Pet Travel

Pet Passports and Animal Health Certificates

Your pet will require a new Animal Health Certificate for each trip to the EU or Northern Ireland.

Pets based in Northern Ireland can return to Northern Ireland on a NI-issued pet passport, and will not need an AHC.

  • Do I need a Pet Passport or Animal Health Certificate?
  • What are the Animal Health Certificate (AHC) requirements from GB to an EU listed country?
  • Travelling to the EU, but your first destination is an unlisted Third Country
  • Documents required when returning to GB from the EU

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.

What are the Animal Health Certificate (AHC) requirements from GB to an EU listed country?

  • A working microchip or clear tattoo (if applied before 3rd July 2011)
  • Rabies vaccination when your pet is at least 12 weeks old (only valid if given AFTER your pet has been microchipped)
  • You are required to have 21 clear days between having the initial rabies vaccine course before travel (this does not apply for boosters).
  • Official Documentation– the AHC plus supporting documentation of vaccinations. This can be copies of a vaccination card or pet passport.
  • For dogs – tapeworm treatment (required 1-5 days before re-entry into the UK and must be overseen by a vet in the country you are in, or before leaving the UK on a day trip, or if travelling to Malta, Finland, Norway, Northern Ireland, or the Republic of Ireland)
  • You have 10 days to enter an EU member state via a TPE (travellers point of entry) from the date of the Animal Health Certificate
  • The AHC is valid for 4 months onward travel through the EU, and for re-entry into Great Britain within 4 months of the date of the AHC
  • Each AHC can cover up to 5 pets for non-commercial travel
  • The Animal Health Certificate must be in one of the official languages of the first EU member state you are entering (eg. English/French if travelling to France)

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.

 

Check the requirements of your origin and destination countries before you travel​

 

Check the list of approved countries on the DEFRA website (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs).

 

Animal Health Certificates (AHCS) can only be issued by certain registered vets - please check when boooking

Book your AHC appointment