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 uncertainty over Brexit plans we currently can’t give an answer to what is going to happen come April 1st 2019. There is more information here;
Essentially, anyone wishing to travel with their pet in April, May, June, July would be advised to plan ahead and keep an eye on the APHA website and may have to take a gamble.
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.