You can still travel with your pet to the EU under the current pet travel rules using your current UK-issued EU pet passport. These rules will apply until 31 December 2020.
Full details of the current Pet travel scheme can be found here, but to summarise:
- They need to be microchipped.
- Have a rabies vaccination.
- Be issued with a pet passport which is valid for travel from the UK to the EU 21 days after rabies vaccination.
- Take your pet to a veterinary surgeon 1-5 days before you return to the UK where they will receive a treatment against tapeworms, and the pet passport completed to this effect.
Peak Vets are here to help
Several of the veterinarians at Peak Vets have government authorisation to issue pet passports and we’re happy to offer advice on the travel scheme including disease prevention for conditions such as Babesiosis, Dirofilaria immitis (heart worm), Dirofilaria repens, and Leishmaniosis; diseases that are currently not endemic in the UK.
Pet travel to the EU will change from 1 January 2021. The changes that will come into effect will depend on the results of discussions between the EU Commission and the UK government during the transition period.
To make sure your pet is able to travel from the UK to the EU from 1 January 2021, you should contact the practice at least 4 months before travelling to get the latest advice.