The pet travel scheme (PETS) allows dogs, cats and ferrets to travel through the EU and certain other countries based on a passport, microchip, rabies vaccination and certain pre-travel checks. We are going to be down graded within this system on December 31st 2020 and become a part 2 listed country.
This change will mean that the current blue pet passports issued in the UK are no longer valid from 11pm December 31st 2020.
To travel after December 31st 2020 your pet will require a suitably qualified vet to issue an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) no more than 10 days prior to travel.
If you are already up to date with ID chip and rabies vaccine, you are all prepared and just need to book an appointment with a certified vet at the required time.
This change in level avoids the requirement for pre travel blood testing that was expected by the APHA and most of the governing bodies, which is nice. We apologise to anyone that went through the blood testing process but that was the best course of action we could advise prior to this information.
AHC appointments need to be with specific vets, will take some planning from the vet involved and may have a waiting list. AHC’s can’t be issued until 22nd December 2020 – we will be hugely limited in the number of appointments we can offer for this prior to Christmas.
The AHC will be valid for 1 trip out of the UK only, will allow up to 5 pets to travel together and will be valid for up to 4 months on European travel. Certain countries will also require pre travel tapeworm treatment to be given and certified by the vet.
On return to the UK you will require a certified tapeworm treatment 24-120 hours prior to your return.
There is more information here;