Pet travel from the EU to GB: TRACES accepted instead of EHCs until 30 June 2021

When a pet enters Great Britain (GB) from an EU country, it needs one of the following documents: a pet passport issued in an EU country or a Part 1 listed third country a pet passport issued in GB before 1 January 2021, provided your pet's journey is direct from the departure country to GB the animal health certificate (AHC) issued in GB and used for your pet's journey from GB to the EU up to four months ago an export health certificate (EHC) for GB issued by a government vet in the departure country TRACES / ITAHCs accepted in [...]

By |2021-04-07T17:51:07+01:00Wednesday, April 7, 2021|animal transportation, Brexit, red tape, TRACES|9 Comments

Behind the scenes at Animalcouriers — keeping pets on the move

Now that we've turned the page on the challenging year that was 2020, we thought we'd give you a sneak peak behind the scenes at Animalcouriers. It's also an opportunity for our directors to give a shout out to the whole team, who've shown phenomenal dedication, creativity and even courage to keep pets on the move. Our office team. When Covid struck, our office team — Lesley, Theresa and Natalie — had to become used to working from home. They've worked flat out, dealing with an increase in enquiries that often finds them at their desks in the evenings and [...]

By |2021-01-02T16:04:37+00:00Saturday, January 2, 2021|Covid-19, pet travel, red tape|22 Comments

Post-Brexit pet travel between the UK and EU: updated advice from Defra

Defra (the UK government's Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) has updated its advice about post-Brexit pet travel between the UK and EU countries. Key points from Defra's advice are summarised below and on our website. For the latest guidance, please visit the Defra website, whose information takes precedence. Pet travel post Brexit from the UK to the EU To make sure your pet can travel from the UK to the EU after Brexit, contact your vet at least four months before your travel date to get the latest advice. The UK will become a third country when it leaves the EU. [...]

By |2019-08-22T11:45:42+01:00Thursday, August 22, 2019|Brexit, pet passport, pet transport, red tape|24 Comments

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 [...]

By |2018-11-09T09:32:03+00:00Friday, November 9, 2018|Brexit, pet passport, red tape|25 Comments

Rescue dogs and cats: why they can’t currently leave Greece

The EU uses an electronic system called TRACES to legally and reliably track the movement of pets being rehomed from one EU country to another. At the moment, however, the Greek government won't issue TRACES certificates. This means that Animalcouriers can't currently transport cats and dogs from rescue centres in Greece on behalf of adopters in the UK or any other EU country. (We can, however, transport pets who are relocating with their existing owners from Greece and have valid pet passports.) For the time being, if you want to adopt a rescue animal from Greece, you have to go [...]

By |2019-02-04T15:07:08+00:00Wednesday, April 22, 2015|pet travel by road, red tape, TRACES|29 Comments

Renaming our van ‘the Argo’ as we leave Athens with Jason, Hector, Ririkos, Bilia, Boxoh, Dusty, Zarly and Pouca on board

Kiki, Martha, Marguerita and other dear friends, we miss you! The Greek government has placed a halt on the movement of rescued pets out of Greece. So six dogs and cats who were due to travel with us to wonderful new homes in the UK now have to wait — or may never even be allowed to travel. TRACES certificates are a legal and reliable way of recording the movement of rescued and rehomed dogs and cats from one EU member state to another. But sadly for many dogs and cats, Greece has withdrawn TRACES certificates. We (and many others) are [...]

No TRACES requirement for pets travelling in the EU +5 days before or after their owners

A new EU pet travel scheme regulation was due to be introduced on 29 December 2014. It required dogs, cats and ferrets travelling between EU countries more than five days before or after their owners to be recorded on the Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES). This regulation has been withdrawn. Dogs, cats and ferrets just need a valid pet passport, even if they're travelling more than five days before or after their owners. However, pets being rehomed from one EU country to another with a change of ownership do need to be recorded on TRACES. See our blog from last month [...]

By |2016-10-17T10:50:26+01:00Thursday, December 11, 2014|animal transportation, latest news, pet passport, red tape|13 Comments

Breakfast in Brindisi, dinner in Ancona

After a somewhat choppy crossing, Animalcouriers docked at the Italian port of Brindisi rather later than expected, having not boarded our ferry from Igoumenitsa until after 2.00am. It was time to walk the dogs, so we headed for breakfast and a doggy leg stretch at a nice hotel we remembered courier S had stayed at. From there we drove towards Ancona where we're spending the night. Our delayed arrival this morning means we haven't got as far as we would have wished. But the late nights and early starts are taking their toll on couriers J and M, so we're [...]

By |2016-10-17T10:51:32+01:00Friday, April 11, 2014|animal transportation, pet travel by road, red tape|29 Comments

Paperwork complexity as we depart Athens

Animalcouriers are leaving Athens with three dogs who are bound for the UK. All three dogs are owned by Athenian residents who have relocated to the UK for work, and are travelling on TRACES (Trade Control and Expert System) health certificates. Theoretically, the dogs don't need these health certificates but there seems to be some confusion in Greece on this matter. To give some background: there has been correspondence between Animalcouriers and Eurogroup for Animals (the leading voice for animal welfare at European Union level), and between that group and the European Commission on our behalf. Between us we have tried to clear a path with [...]

Melissa, Stella, Dimos, Carmel and Zorba fly from Athens to Paris

This morning Animalcouriers were up bright and early to collect five dogs at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport who've undertaken their own odyssey to reach their new homes in the UK. Kiki, Martha and the rest of the Filozoikos team were up just as early, getting the dogs ready for their flight. As usual, every dog was sporting his or her own personal 'good luck' collar and bow, lovingly made by Martha. A stately procession of dogs in travel boxes, accompanied by Nell and Alex All the travel boxes were on the large side, so we worked [...]

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