Do I need a Pet Passport or Animal Health Certificate?
If you want to travel with your dog, cat or ferret from January 1st 2021 to the EU or Northern Ireland then you will need to have an Animal Health Certificate. GB-issued Pet Passports will no longer be valid. Vets are able to issue AHCs from 22nd December 2020 to cover travel after the New Year.
Great Britain is a Third Country from 1st January 2021, but has been granted Part 2 Listed status in terms of non-commercial pet travel by the EU.
Travelling to the EU, but your first destination is an unlisted Third Country
If you are travelling to the EU, but your first destination is an unlisted Third Country, then you will need to follow a different procedure regarding the rabies vaccination
- Rabies vaccination given when your pet is at least 12 weeks old (only valid if given AFTER your pet has been microchipped)
- A Rabies Titre Blood Test at least 30 days post rabies vaccination
- After a positive titre test result, you need to wait at least 3 months before applying for an Animal Health Certificate
Documents required when returning to GB from the EU
Your pet must have one of the following documents when returning to GB from the EU:
- An EU pet passport (issued in the EU, or in GB before 1 January 2021)
- OR a pet passport from a Part 1 listed third country
- The AHC issued in GB used to travel to the EU – which you can use up to 4 months after it was issued
- A GB pet health certificate (for travel into GB only)
Your pet WILL NOT need this documentation if it’s entering GB from NI, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man.