Regulations for pet travel into and out of the UK have changed since the UK left the EU, and new requirements will vary depending on your destination country.
Pet Passports – a few key changes
You can no longer use a pet passport issued in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) for travel to an EU country or Northern Ireland. However, you can still use a pet passport that has been issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland as normal.
An EU-issued pet passport or Animal Health Certificate (AHC) is now required for travel to the EU and Northern Ireland.
Check with your vet
A vet who is registered as an Official Vet (OV) can help you with your pet’s travel requirements, giving you advice on requirements as well as issuing relevant paperwork where necessary. It is essential that you make enquiries with your vet early, as it can often take months to prepare your pet and their paperwork.
Vets qualified as OVs can be found at many private veterinary practices. Some countries may require additional vaccinations, parasite treatments and disease testing, all of which can take time.
When travelling to an EU country or Northern Ireland, your pet needs:
- A microchip
- A valid rabies vaccination
- An animal health certificate, unless you have a pet passport issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland
- Tapeworm treatment for dogs if you’re travelling directly to Finland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway or Malta
Travelling to a non-EU country
If you’re travelling to a non-EU country, you’ll need to get an Export Health Certificate (EHC). You’ll also need to complete an Export Application Form (EXA) if you’re in England, Scotland or Wales.
The EHC and the Export Application Form for each country will tell you how to apply for your export health certificate, depending on whether you have a cat or a dog.
An EHC checks that your pet meets the health requirements of the country you’re travelling to.
You must nominate an official vet who will be sent the EHC. They’ll then check your pet has met the correct health and identification requirements before you travel.
Make sure you check the rules of the country you’re travelling to for any additional restrictions or requirements before you travel.
Further government guidance can be found at:
If you’re travelling to the EU or Northern Ireland
Contact the Pet Travel Scheme helpline if you need more information about pet travel.
If you’re travelling to a non-EU country
Contact APHA if you need more information about pet travel to a non-EU country.