The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has advised that should the UK leave the EU next year without a deal, there would be important implications for pet owners wishing to travel overseas with their animals from 30 March 2019.
This means should you want to be sure you are able to travel with your pet whatever the outcome of Brexit negotiations, you need to visit us at least four months before the date you wish to travel. For example, if you thinking about travelling on 30 March 2019 would need to visit us no later than 28 November 2018.
You will still be able to travel to Europe with your pet after the UK leaves the EU, whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. However, in the event of a no deal, you may need to take some additional steps to be able to travel with your pet to the EU.
If you are planning to travel after 29 March 2019 the Government recommend you contact us at least four months in advance to check what you need to do.
If you wish to travel to the EU on 30 March 2019, for example, you should discuss requirements with us as soon as possible
The requirements for travel would include making sure that your pets are effectively vaccinated against rabies before they travel. This involves having an up-to-date rabies vaccination and a blood test to demonstrate sufficient levels of rabies antibody.
The blood test would need to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after any initial rabies vaccination and a minimum of three months before their travel date. This means that you will need to talk to us about health requirements in good time to make sure you are able to travel with your pet.
Obviously, we cannot foresee the outcome of the Brexit deal/talks and would therefore advise all pet owners thinking about travelling next year, make an appointment with us asap.