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Can I Take My Dog Abroad?

December 30, 2020

There are new rules for travelling abroad with a dog now that the UK has left the EU. Here’s a brief guide on what to do if you want to take your dog abroad.  

The good news is that your dog will still be able to join you on European holidays but there will be some changes under the PETS Travel Scheme because the UK is no longer be a member of the EU.

Travelling abroad with a dog after 1 January 2021

From 1 January 2021, the UK is classed as a third country and different rules apply for travelling to EU countries and Northern Ireland after this date. An EU pet passport issued in the UK is no longer valid.

If you are planning to take your dog abroad, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Make sure your dog is microchipped.
  2. Have your dog vaccinated against rabies – they must be at least 12 weeks old before they can be vaccinated.
  3. Wait 21 days after the primary vaccination before travel.
  4. No more than 10 days before you travel to the EU get an Animal Health Certificate for your dog from your vet.

Your dog’s animal health certificate will be valid: 

  • for 10 days for entry into the EU from the date of issue
  • four months after issue for onward travel within the EU
  • for return to the UK within four months from the date of issue.

There are additional requirements for travelling to Finland, the Republic of Ireland and Malta. Your dog will need to be treated for tapeworm 1-5 days before arrival in one of these countries. This information must then be added by your vet to your dog’s animal health certificate. 

What to do when you arrive in the EU

When you arrive in the EU, if you are travelling with your dog you will need to enter through a designated Travellers’ point of entry (TPE).  You will need to present your dog’s Animal Health Certificate, along with proof of their: 

  • Microchip
  • Rabies vaccination history
  • Tapeworm treatment (if required)

Your dog will require a new Animal Health Certificate each time they travel to Europe, for which you will need to show proof that your dog is microchipped and of their rabies vaccination history.

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