Following the UK leaving the EU on 31st December 2020 we are no longer part of the original Pet Travel scheme and Pet Passports can no longer be issued in Great Britain. Instead, if you wish your pet dogs (including assistance dogs), cats or ferret to travel to an EU country and Northern Ireland they will require an ‘Animal Health Certificate’ (AHC). Unlike the old Pet Passport system, these certificates are valid for a specific length of time and only cover a single trip, so you will need a new AHC each time you travel to the EU and Northern Ireland with your pet.
At Bath Vets, we want to help our pet owners be prepared for pet travel to an EU country and Northern Ireland. This means making sure you are clear on the new pet travel requirements and understand the steps you need to complete in advance of your travel dates.
Please know that due to overwhelming demand, we are now fully booked for export appointments until October. Please only contact us if you are planning to travel with your pet after this time.
What does my pet need for travel from the UK to an EU country and Northern Ireland?
Step 1: Ensure your pet is correctly microchipped
Step 2: Ensure your pet is vaccinated against Rabies
Step 3: Ensure a minimum of 21 days has elapsed between the date of Rabies vaccination and date of issue of AHC
Step 4: Call Bath Vets to request a Pet Travel Questionnaire to complete and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org – Please know that due to overwhelming demand, we are now fully booked for export appointments until October. Please only contact us if you are planning to travel with your pet after this time.
Step 5: Await contact from a member of our admin team with an available appointment with one of our Official Veterinarians (OVs) enabling us to issue your pet an AHC within the 10 days prior to leaving the UK.
For the most up-to-date information on travelling with your pet to the EU or Northern Ireland visit www.gov.uk/taking-your-pet-abroad
Bath Vets look forward to supporting you and your pet(s) preparation for travel to an EU country!