Animalcouriers at the Animal Reception Centre

Pet travel after Brexit

Pet travel between the UK and the EU after Brexit

With the UK due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019, many of our clients are asking what the effect of Brexit will be on pet travel between the UK and the EU. Specifically, they’re asking whether the Pet Passport Scheme (PETS) that covers dogs, cats and ferrets will still apply.

Pets will still be able to travel

Defra (the UK government’s Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) has stated that pets and their owners will still be able to travel between the UK and the EU post Brexit.

  • For pets travelling from the EU to the UK, there will be no change to PETS requirements.
  • For pets travelling from the UK to the EU, there may be some changes, depending on the terms on which the UK leaves the EU.

pet travel after BrexitIf the UK leaves the EU with a deal

Changes to requirements for pet travel from the UK to the EU will be minor if the UK leaves with a deal and becomes what’s called a ‘listed country’.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the EU will probably treat it as an ‘unlisted country’, in which case pets travelling to EU countries will almost certainly have to meet additional requirements. These will include:

  • A rabies vaccination
  • Followed by a blood test at least 30 days afterwards
  • Then a wait of three months (assuming a successful blood test result) before the pet can travel

What does this mean for pet owners with travel plans?

If you’re planning to travel from the UK to an EU country with a dog, cat or ferret after 29 March 2019, Defra recommends you contact your vet at least four months ahead of your travel date to see what the requirements may be.

So if, for example, you have a trip planned for 30 March 2019, you need to contact your vet before 30 November 2018.

For more information

We’ve published summary information on our website. For the latest information and updates, please make sure you check the Defra website.

By |2018-11-09T09:32:03+00:00Friday, November 9, 2018|Brexit, pet passport, red tape|23 Comments


  1. easyweimaraner November 9, 2018 at 9:53 am - Reply

    I hope for the best for us and for our pets… who knows how long the whole EU thing will exist, it seems a lot of countries are not happy with the things there…

  2. Clowie November 9, 2018 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Thanks for keeping us informed.

  3. Timothy Price November 9, 2018 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    If they require extra paperwork after Brexit and your dog eats the paperwork? That excuse never worked for me on my homework when I was a kid. From the perspective of the popular press, Britain is listing every-which-way on Brexit. Let’s hope for PETS’ sake Britain can be listed.

    • Animalcouriers November 9, 2018 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      We have enough trouble with paperwork without dogs eating it! Heaven knows how it will end up but one of the chief EU negotiators has a dog and is keen for the current situation to continue…

  4. Jovina Coughlin November 9, 2018 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    Good information.

    • Animalcouriers November 9, 2018 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      Thanks. It’s a bit of a mare not knowing anything firm at this late stage…

  5. GP Cox November 9, 2018 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    Wishing you the best of luck!

  6. tootlepedal November 9, 2018 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    I was wondering about the effects on you and your business. The way things have been handled is a disgrace from the point of view of the people who will be most affected.

    • Animalcouriers November 12, 2018 at 10:45 am - Reply

      It has been a disgrace. And there are so many new disasters cropping up daily.

  7. Sheila Morris November 10, 2018 at 3:40 am - Reply

    Well, this is most informative, and I’m sure any questions will be answered this weekend by our all-knowing president visiting France, assuming he knows what Brexit and the EU are.
    I never trust a person who doesn’t love a dog…only president I’ve ever known about in the White House that didn’t have a dog…makes sense to me.
    At least we’ve finally elected a House of Representatives to try to exert restraints on his blatant corruption.
    Whoops! Excuse me for straying into politics in your perfectly wonderful post.

    • Animalcouriers November 12, 2018 at 10:48 am - Reply

      We’ve thought the same about tRump and animals — the eagle said it all so well. We do hope he put the world to right this past weekend but suspect he’s just opened more wounds 😉

  8. smilecalm November 11, 2018 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    may your compassionate
    efforts continue receiving
    needed love & support 🙂

    • Animalcouriers November 12, 2018 at 10:50 am - Reply

      Thank you so much. We all hope for an end to this Brexit madness…

  9. kkessler833 November 11, 2018 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Great post!

  10. BellaDharma's LadyMew November 17, 2018 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Wow Annie this could put a crimp in things…I can’t imagine having to do all that 4 months b4 hand. I hope UK leaves EU with a sweet deal so it can be business ‘purr’ usual…a girl can hope right???
    All the best!
    ((hugs)) Sherri-Ellen & **purrsss** BellaDharma

    • Animalcouriers November 22, 2018 at 2:14 pm - Reply

      It’s certainly fingers crossed that we’ll end up without the booby prize of a ‘no deal’ exit but everyone has to be warned and plan for the worst.

      • BellaDharma's LadyMew November 24, 2018 at 8:49 pm - Reply

        I agree it is best you wrote about all possibilities…I hope things transition smoothly for AC & everyone!!! The world is changing far too fast 😉

  11. Charlotte Hoather November 18, 2018 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Why will they need rabies shots if they don’t now? Is there a big problem with rabies in the UK or Europe I hadn’t heard anything? Good luck with all this.

    • Animalcouriers November 22, 2018 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      They do need rabies shots now, it’s just the antibody test that would cause the 3 month delay. Turning the clocks back to before the EU pet passports were introduced. The UK is rabies free but there are some EU countries that do have problems.

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