Pet Travel Certificates
Everything you thought you knew about Pet Passports has changed due to Brexit! If your pet had previously been issued with a blue passport, shown right, this is now obsolete and of no use! Sorry!
Pets can still travel to and from the European Union – and Northern Ireland – but to do so they need a Pet Travel Certificate also known as an “Animal Health Certificate” (AHC). Unfortunately AHC’s involve more bureaucracy than pet passports as different certificates are issued for different countries.
In a nutshell however, if you wish to travel to these countries your pet will need
- A microchip (dogs in the UK must be microchipped by 8 weeks, whereas cats may need to have one inserted)
- A rabies vaccination AT LEAST 3 weeks BEFORE the travel date. Animals over 12 weeks can be vaccinated
- An Animal Health Certificate which must be issued by an ‘Official Vet’ (see below) within 10 days of travel.