Pet passports explained

Is Brexit Going To Make It Harder To Take Your Dog Abroad?

Currently, nobody knows the outcome of Brexit negotiations but there is a chance that the existing Pet Passport scheme may not suffice for clients wishing to travel with their pet after 29th March.

Planning to take your pet abroad after 29th March?

If you need to travel in the first three months after 29th March we recommend taking a ‘belt and braces’ approach which means your pet will need additional tests and documentation to minimise the risk of disruption.

Planning to take your pet abroad after 29th March? Please book an appointment with your vet to discuss this further.

Brexit & The Pet Travel Scheme

When Britain leaves the EU on 29th March 2019 there are three potential outcomes for the UK to be ‘listed’ with regard to pets travelling abroad.


Potential Outcome 1

The UK becomes a Part 1 listed country
If the UK ends up as a Part 1 listed country then the set up with regard to pet passports & rabies vaccinations will remain pretty much as it is at the moment. Very little will change.

Potential Outcome 2

The UK becomes a Part 2 listed country
If the UK ends up as a Part 2 listed country then all the current passport regulations would still apply but pets would also require a Model Health Certificate to travel.

It is expected that a model health certificate would be issued by one of our vets at least 21 days after a Rabies vaccination and within 10 days of travel. The certificate would be valid for 4 months for travel within the EU.

Potential Outcome 3

The UK becomes an Unlisted country
If the UK became an unlisted country then the following requirements for travel would need to be adhered to:

  • A blood sample would need to be taken 30 days after vaccination with Rabies
  • The pet would not be able to travel until it had a certificate with a required antibody titre from an approved laboratory and 3 months had elapsed since the date of blood sampling
  • The pet would also require a Model Health Certificate
  • The pet would have to enter the EU via a designated travellers point of entry (as yet, an unspecified location).

All of the above outcomes are possible therefore this should be considered when considering taking your pet abroad using a Pet Passport.

Serious consideration should also be given to rabies blood sampling if you are determined to take your pets away with you after Brexit. It may be sensible for your pet to have the blood test carried out in case the UK becomes unlisted. The risk of this strategy is that your pet may have the blood test done and then find out it was unnecessary if the UK becomes a Part 1 or 2 listed country.

You can keep up with changes as they happen on the website. Learn more about vaccinations which will be an essential part of the preparation for your trip.