No-deal Brexit threatens UK expat pet owners planning to travel

Published:  22 Nov at 6 PM
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UK expat pet owners living in Europe are being urged to check with their vets as to compliance with animal movement regulations post-Brexit.

British expats living in Europe who’re hoping to travel to the UK with their pets after a no-deal Brexit are being advised to make sure they comply with European regulations. In addition, dog, cat and ferret owners in the UK intending to travel overseas are being told they must visit their local vet before the end on this month in order to ensure their animals are microchipped and have been given the rabies vaccination. For those hoping to leave the UK for Europe before March 29 next year, getting the rabies vaccination in time is essential, as dogs must have a blood sample taken 30 days after the inoculation to confirm it’s worked, and must then wait three months before they can travel overseas.

The advice has been given as, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the EU’s pet passport scheme would no longer apply to UK pet owners. For British expat pet owners in Europe, procedures are slightly different, with the UK advising those planning to travel to visit their local vet and get the full details. However, if it becomes possible to get a pet passport issued by your present EU country of residence, this will allow your pet entry into the UK.

For UK citizens living overseas, travelling with their pets has become far more common since the introduction of the EU’s pet passport scheme, with last year’s numbers of pets entering the UK at 287,016 dogs and 26,480 cats. Although the UK is attempting to arrange discussions with the EU as regards treating the UK as a ‘listed country’, thus allowing pet owners to use pet passports in the event of a no-deal Brexit, negotiations are now running out of time. Pet owners planning to travel should ensure all necessary paperwork is in order as a fail-safe strategy against the worst scenario.
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