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UK Pet Passports will not be valid for use from 1st January 2021

Brexit and Pet Passport Information for clients

From 1st January 2021 the UK is classed as ‘Part 2 listed status’ for non-commercial pet travel.

EU Pet Passports issued in the UK WILL NO LONGER BE VALID to travel in Europe.

Pets will, alternatively, need an AHC (Animal Health Certificate) from 1st January 2021.  This affects any travellers with pets arriving in the EU after 2300 GMT on 31st December 2020.

Animal Health Certificates (AHCs):

  • Are valid for 10 days from issue – and must be issued by an OV (Official veterinarian) must within 10 days of travel.
  • An AHC is only valid for a SINGLE trip to the EU.
  • Once in the EU the same AHC will be valid for up to 4 months from the date of issue, and the pet can re-enter the UK up to 4 months from the date.
  • However if you re-enter the UK, and want to go back to the EU you will need a NEW AHC.
  • We advise you to start the process at least 1 month before they travel.
  • We have several OVs within the practice, but do give us at least 1 month’s notice of your intention to travel, to ensure appointments can be made and all documentation can be prepared in a timely manner.

Pet (Dog, Cat or Ferret) Requirements for travel in EU:

  • Pets must be microchipped.
  • Pets must have had a rabies vaccination, and must be minimum 12 weeks old to have the rabies vaccination.
  • You must wait 21 days after the vaccination before you can travel.
  • There is now no requirement for a blood test.
  • If you are traveling to Finland, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway or Malta your pet must have treatment against tapeworm (Echinococcus) between 1 and 5 days before travel.
  • If traveling to EU, your pet will not need tapeworm treatment before they go, but they will need it before they come back.

There is a lot of info out there (some more useful than others), so if in doubt, please ask, or refer to the government websites eg  or

For travel to other countries, please refer to the Gov.UK websites as above.

Information correct at 22nd December 2020

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