Pet travel to Europe from 1st January 2021
If you’re planning on taking your pet to an EU Country after 1st January 2021, there’s some important information you need to know to make sure your travel plans go as smoothly as possible for you and your pet.
From 1 January 2021, pet passports will no longer be valid for travel to and from the EU. Official Animal Health Certificates will be required for dogs, cats and ferrets.
Before you travel
Before your dog, cat or ferret can travel for the first time after January 1st 2021, you will need to start taking the following steps four months before you are planning to travel.
Unfortunately, you will not be able to travel with your pet until you have a valid Animal Health Certificate.
If the blood test result is unsuccessful, your pet will need a repeat vaccination and another blood test taken after a further wait of 30 days.
As long as you keep your pet’s rabies vaccination up to date, you will not need to repeat blood tests for further trips to the EU. However, you will need to get an AHC from your vet within 10 days each time you travel.
It is possible that as things progress, not all of this will be necessary, however please ensure you give yourself enough time to arrange this before travelling.
For more information or to make an appointment to start the process, call us on 0121 712 7070
Further information can be found by visiting on the GOV.UK website.