Getting a Pet Passport During Brexit
Is your dog dreaming of strutting next to the Poodles, visiting chic dog friendly cafes, and posing outside the Eiffel tower? Of course, they are! But there’s one thing in your way, the stress of getting a pet passport during Brexit.
We’re setting the situation straight on how to get a pet passport during Brexit. After all, our pups deserve a break too, and we have so many beautiful countries like France, right on our doorstep.
How to Get a Pet Passport
Currently, all pooches can enjoy free movement across the pond under the EU Pet Travel Scheme. This will continue to be the case until December 31st 2020 while the UK goes into the Brexit transition period.
So, how to start the process of getting a pet passport during Brexit? To get started your precious pooch will need to be at least 12 weeks old before they can travel. They’ll need to be up-to-date with their injections and microchipped. Then once those boxes are ticked, they’ll need a rabies vaccination, which must be done at least 21 days before you travel.
Once you’ve completed these steps, any vet can issue a pet passport for your pooch. No need to try and balance your dog on a stool in the photo booth, while telling him not to smile!
What About Brexit?
After Brexit, our dogs will still be able to travel, but the requirements for the documents and health checks needed may differ and could take months longer than they previously did to obtain.
What happens from 2021 will depend on the UK’s negotiations on its future relationship with the EU.
Part 1 Listed:
If the UK becomes a Part 1 listed country, not much will change.
To travel with your pooch from a Part 1 listed country, your dog will need to apply for a UK pet passport. Your dog will need to be microchipped, vaccinated against rabies (21 days before travel) and possibly treated for tapeworm.
Part 2 Listed:
To travel with your pooch from a Part 2 listed country, your dog will need to apply for a UK pet passport. Your dog will need to be microchipped, vaccinated against rabies (21 days before travel) and possibly treated for tapeworm.
Then you will need to visit the vet 10 days before travelling to get an animal health certificate (AHC). This will confirm that your dog is microchipped and vaccinated against rabies. (You will need a new AHC each time you travel.)
To travel with your pooch from an unlisted country, your dog will need to apply for a UK pet passport. Your dog will need to be microchipped, vaccinated against rabies (21 days before travel), and possibly treated for tapeworm.
Then you will need to visit the vet 10 days before travelling to get an animal health certificate (AHC). This will confirm that your dog is microchipped and vaccinated against rabies.
You will need a blood sample taken at least 30 days after their last rabies vaccination. Wait three months from the date it was approved before you can travel. These blood results will go on the AHC.
How to get from A to B?
Okay, you’ve got your pet passport, and you’re all prepped for Brexit! What next? It’s time to travel. France is just on the doorstep, but it’s also a gateway to some other beautiful dog friendly countries too.
The quickest and easiest way is to travel across the pond is on the Euroshuttle with your car. It takes 35 minutes so you can spend less time travelling and more time exploring. They even have dedicated areas with artificial grass and complimentary poop bags.
Sadly, the Eurostar (train) is a no go for our dogs – boo!
Perhaps your pup is a salty old sea dog? You and your pooch can take the ferry. Some boats have rules meaning your dog has to stay in your car during the crossing, while others offer dog friendly cabins and exercise areas. Your dog may be required to wear a muzzle in public areas. You can check the different ferry regulations here.
Is your pooch an international jet-setter? We know how important it is for your pooch to travel safely and in comfort. There are some professional pet carriers out there who take care of all this for you, but it’s much cheaper to do it yourself. Everything you need to know about traveling with your beloved pet, from taking your dog on a plane, to airline carrier fees is available on the Sky Scanner website.
Returning to the UK
Okay, so you’re all prepped for heading out with your dog, but what about coming home? So many dogs end up stuck in quarantine because dog owners haven’t prepared for this part in advance.
Before you pack your bags to go home, your globe-trotting pooch will need to visit a local vet for tapeworm treatment, not less than 24 hours, and not more than five days before you enter the UK. They will certify your pooch is in tip-top shape and sign your pup’s passport for the journey back.
We suggest you find a local vet at the beginning of your trip and book an appointment ahead of time. Before you board officials will check your pet’s paperwork and scan him to make sure his microchip ID matches the records.