Taking your Dog to the EU in 2021 - What you Need to Know

Dog looking out a car window on the French Riviera

Doggy Travels to the EU and UK 

Organising family holidays should be an enjoyable experience. But like many things in life, for plans to run smoothly, we need to make arrangements well in advance. We need our passport, insurance, boarding pass and so on. The same is true of making arrangements to take our dog to the EU and to the UK.

The UK's departure from the EU from Jan 2021 means, that requirements for taking your dog on holiday to the EU will be very different in some ways. For instance, the EU pet passport can no longer be used to enter the EU. However, if your UK registered dog has a valid EU pet passport issued prior to Dec 31st 2020, it can still be used to re-enter the UK from the EU.

The reason EU pet passports registered prior to Dec 31st 2020 can still be used for entry to the UK, is, that the pet passport is an EU registered document. Dogs owned by UK nationals who live in the EU can still be allowed to enter the UK with their valid EU pet passport.

How things might work out - Within the EU Pet Travel Scheme, there are three categories of Third Countries. Unlisted, Part 1 listed and Part 2 listed. At the time of publishing this article, the UK has not been given its category. However, it is likely that the UK will become Unlisted and the following requirements should be followed.


Golden Labrador at the vets

For your dog to be eligible to enter the EU from Jan 2021, the following requirements must be in place:

  • Microchipped - Your dog must be microchipped, which can be done by most Vets. The microchip holds all your dog's details. Also, if you're preparing your doggy for travel or even considering it, it is best to get the Rabies vaccination at the same time as the microchipping. Your Vet will advise you further on this.
  • Rabies - Your dog must be vaccinated against Rabies and this process will take at least four months to complete. For a dog to be vaccinated, it needs to be at least 12 weeks old. 30 days from the date the vaccination is administered, a blood sample is taken by your Vet and sent to be tested. Provided the blood sample is successful, you will then have to wait three months before you can travel to the EU. If the blood test is unsuccessful, further treatments and blood tests will be required, thus adding to the time before your dog will be eligible to travel. As long as your dog's rabies vaccinations are kept up to date, you will not be required to get repeat blood tests prior to trips to the EU.
  • AHC - Your dog will require an (AHC) Animal Health Check to be carried out not more than 10 days by your Vet prior to travelling to the EU. Your dogs AHC will be valid for - 10 days after the issue for entry to the EU; Travel within the EU for four months after the date of issue; Re-entry to the UK for four months after the date of issue. To be issued with an AHC, you will need to provide proof of - Microchipping Date; Rabies Vaccination; Successful rabies antibody blood test result. Note - Your dog will need a new AHC for each trip to the EU.
  • Proof - You must take proof of - Your dogs microchipping date; Your dog's vaccination history; A successful Rabies antibody test results. 


Sign with border control on it

Dogs travelling to the UK from the EU will be required to:

  • Have either one of the following documents - A Pet Passport registered in the UK or EU prior to 31/12/2020; A valid AHC that was issued in the UK; A UK pet health certificate (for travel to the UK only)
  • You will not need this documentation if your dog is travelling from Northern Ireland; The Channel Islands; The Isle of Man.
  • Dogs travelling back to the UK must be treated for tapeworm. The purchase of tapeworm treatment must be purchased from an Official Vet and this must be marked in the pet passport prior to travelling. The treatment must be administered at least 24 hours before return to the UK but not more than 120 hours. Dog owners are advised to treat their dogs again at least 28 days after returns to the UK. If you are travelling back to the UK from Malta, Norway, Finland or the Republic of Ireland, your dog will not be required to be treated for Tapeworm.

When considering taking your dog to the EU or further afield, your Vet will be able to give you the best advice based on your doggies needs.

Tip - Testing the water with how your dog reacts to being in a car or moving vehicle for the first time or for longer periods of time, are things you can try well in advance of any travels. Not every dog will travel well in cars, boats, trains or aeroplanes. Therefore you want to mitigate the risks of causing your doggy any stress or anxiety long before the expense of Vets fees or your holiday departure date.


For all the latest government guidance, please visit - Taking Your Pet To Europe/Taking Your Pet To The UK.  


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Many Brexit changes are still evolving at the time of publishing this blog. We estimate that pet travel from the UK to the EU and vice versa will see further tweaks and changes in the coming months to the policy requirements. The above information gives an easy to read understanding of what plans you may need to undertake in advance of travelling with your dog. 


NOTE - Information contained in this article was accurate at the time of publishing and should be used for guidance only. Whilst we make every effort to keep our information up to date, public information is constantly changing and therefore, no responsibility will be accepted if this information becomes out of date or which warrants this information to be inaccurate.

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