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.
With the unending uncertainty over Brexit plans we currently can’t give an answer to what is going to happen come October 31st 2019. There is “more information” here;
Essentially, anyone wishing to travel with their pet in November 2019, December 2019, January 2020, February 2020 would be advised to plan ahead and keep an eye on the APHA website and may have to take a gamble 4 months prior to travel. This may be familiar to those of you who read this before the April Brexit dates, its the same situation all over again.
For anyone who has had the blood testing and passed, you are primed and ready for whatever the government throw at us, so dont worry until much closer to your travel dates to arrange paperwork as required.
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 an element of guessing 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.
The safest plan for pets who currently hold a valid passport wishing to travel with their owners soon after Brexit would be to have a blood test at least 4-5 months before they wish to travel which would check rabies anti-body levels. This would allow enough time to re-vaccinate if the titre levels were too low. For pets without a valid passport wishing to travel in that period we would advise to book for vaccination ASAP and to blood test 30 days later. This may well prove completely unnecessary once the dust settles, but as the process requires a minimum of 3 months from the blood test decisions can’t be made too late if you need/want to travel with your pet.
We will update this blog as soon as more information becomes available.