If you plan to take your pet overseas shortly after 29th March next year, you will need to plan ahead.

We have been informed by the authorities of the possible scenarios in relation to the pet travel scheme (PETS) once Brexit occurs.

There are three possible scenarios depending on if there is a deal or no deal Brexit and what the EU decides in relation to the PETS when Brexit occurs on the 29th March:

Scenario 1: The UK will become a List 1 country – everything will stay the same or very similar in regards to the PETS, The pet passport document itself might change but essentially, the process of getting your pet ready to travel to Europe will remain the same – or at least similar to how it is now.

Scenario 2: The UK with become a List 2 country – You will need an export certificate completed by your Official Veterinarian 10 days prior to travel and your current pet passport will remain valid

Scenario 3: The UK will become an Unlisted country and this will bring about the biggest change.

What happens if the UK becomes Unlisted in regards to the PETS?

  • Your Pet may or may not need a new passport
  • Your Pet will need a blood rabies titre test 3 months before travel to check the level of immunity.
  • You will need an export certificate completed by your Veterinarian 10 days prior to travel

In the event of a no deal/hard Brexit as it’s otherwise known, the process of getting your pet ready for travel will take around 4 months to complete. Annoyingly, if the UK becomes a Part 1 or 2 listed country, all of the time (and expense) that goes towards preparing for scenario 3 will have been wasted.

If you are travelling soon after March 29th however, it’s probably best to prepare for the worst.

After speaking to the drug company which supplies our rabies vaccine they are advising the following:

  • If your pet had their rabies vaccination over 12 months ago, they will need a further booster to increase the likelihood that your pet should have the correct level of rabies immunity in their blood. The rabies vaccine needs to be given 30 days prior to the blood titre test.
  • If your pet has had their rabies vaccine less than 12 months ago the drug company says that your pet should have the correct level of rabies immunity in their blood, however there is no guarantee of this due to individual animal variation.

Park Issa Veterinary Hospital cannot accept any liability for errors in or changes of this information and the legislation

For further information please check the government website for the most up to date information following the link below

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit