What papers will my pet need?
Under the EU pet movement system, all pet dogs, cats and ferrets moving between EU Member States must meet the same animal health rules. All pets travelling between the Republic of Ireland and the UK or Continental Europe and between the UK and Continental Europe must be micro chipped, vaccinated against rabies and accompanied by a pet passport.
Please note it is your responsibility to provide all necessary documents and make all arrangements including where necessary quarantine, to satisfy all legal requirements.
For more information, visit the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) at www.defra.gov.uk or by calling 0870 241 1710.
You can find more information about the changes made to pet travel implemented on 29th December 2014 by clicking the following link - EU Pet Travel Scheme.
At present there has been no agreement on pet travel between the UK and the EU, therefore if no agreement is reached, from 1st January 2021, the rules for travelling to EU countries with your pet will change.
While the UK government has said it remains hopeful that an agreement can be reached, if it is not then pet owners will need to contact their vets 4 months prior to travel to discuss the latest requirements including the documentation and vaccinations needed. This means that all pet owners looking to travel with their pets on 1 January will need to contact their vets as soon as possible in order to start this process on 1 September at the latest even if your pet has current vaccinations.
For further details please see here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pet-owners-reminded-to-seek-advice-on-travel-plans-ahead-of-1-january-2021