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.
The system has changed over the years but currently only has a 21 day wait from rabies vaccination to travel with no post vaccination blood testing required, this in theory will stay the same for now.
With the unending uncertainty over longer term Brexit plans we currently can’t give an answer to what is going to happen come 31st December 2020 (we expect no change) when a trade agreement should have been reached which will no doubt tie in with movement of pets .
We all hope that we might know very soon, but personally i’m not holding my breath!!
The UK has applied to be a “Listed Country” which would allow us to continue in the current pet travel scheme when the next imaginary deadline passes. If we are not accepted or a deal isn’t reached by then, we will leave the current system. The following video explains what the process may become (as our previous posts have suggested many times and has never happened).
If you are planning on travelling with your pet in the next few months you just need to be up to date with ID chip, rabies vaccine with no need for a titre test until 31st December 2020 looms. The test needs to be 3 months prior to travel, so 31st August 2020 becomes an important planning deadline.
If you are already up to date with ID chip, rabies vaccine and titre test, you are all prepared for most eventualities. If and when things change you may be able to continue with a pet passport or you may need to come and see a suitably qualified vet prior to travel for a pet health certificate (costs will apply, to be confirmed) and then can enjoy your trip…… Clear as mud!
There is “more information” here;
This may be familiar to those of you who read this before the April Brexit date, the October Brexit date and any other imaginary deadlines that have passed. Its the same situation all over again but maybe a little more spread out! We still don’t know, we are still having lists of “what if”.
Anyone who hasn’t had a rabies titre test will need to read on.
With the potential of a requirement for blood testing 3 months prior to travel and vaccination to have been given a minimum of 30 days prior to that, there will be a big question mark and lots of guessing come the summer well before an official decision and taking the safest option for your personal plans if you wish to travel in the first few months after “Brexit” at the December 31st 2020 deadline.
If the is a BREXIT TRADE DEAL, nothing will change regarding pet travel (we are led to believe……!!!)
We will update this blog as soon as more information becomes available, but these updates have proved fairly useless over the last few deadlines…. we live in hope!