Pet Travel Scheme 2021

The current Pet Passports will no longer be valid for travelling to the EU. Instead your pet will need an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) issued in UK which can then be used for travel to the EU or Northern Ireland and re-entry to UK for up to 4 months after it was issued.

A health examination plus Animal Health Certificate must be completed 10 days or less prior to your planned departure. The AHCertificate is only valid for one trip.

The AHCertificate is a legal requirement in order to bring your pet to the UK or to travel with it within an EU country or Northern Ireland without the need for quarantine.

The purpose is to keep the UK Rabies free, along with other foreign diseases such as those transmitted by parasites that do not exist in the UK.

To qualify for a AHCertificate, your pet must be:

  • Microchipped
  • Vaccinated against Rabies.
  • Your pet must be 12 weeks or older before it can be vaccinated.
  • The primary Rabies vaccination must be given more than 21 days before you travel.

You cannot take more than 5 pets to an EU country or Northern Ireland unless you are attending training for a competition, show or sporting event. You will need written evidence of registration for the event when you travel.

If you are travelling to Finland, Eire, Northern Ireland, Norway or Malta your pet will need to be treated for tapeworm 24-120 hours(1-5days) prior to travelling and certify this on your AHCertificate.

If you plan to visit EU for a trip shorter than 24hrs then the above applies to comply with the entry requirements to UK. For longer trips to EU countries except those listed above worming is not required.

Worming is required 1-5 days prior to returning to the UK from EU countries unless you are travelling direct to the UK from Finland, Eire, Northern Ireland, Norway or Malta. This must be done by an EU vet and certified on your AHCertificate.

We are happy to help with any questions you may have regarding travelling with your pet/s.

For More Information

Animal Plant and Health Agency: 0370 241 1710