Pet Travel Update 2021

We have been informed in the last few days about the changes effecting Pet Travel from 01.01.2021.

In order to travel from GB or Northern Ireland your pet must:

  • Be a minimum of 12 weeks old.
  • Be microchipped.
  • Vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days prior to travel.
  • Visit a vet with your pet for a new Animal Health Certificate to be issued within 10 days of your intended travel.


About the new Animal Health Certificates:

  • The certificate forms vary depending on your pet’s country of destination.
  • Each certificate form is specifically issued per pet.
  • The vet applies for the certificate form on your behalf.
  • Each certificate form has a unique number when issued.
  • Each Animal Health Certificate will be valid for 4 months only for travel within the EU and returning to Great Britain.


When contacting us to arrange an appointment for the Animal Health Certificate we will need to know in advance the following details:

  • Dates of travel.
  • The country of your pet’s final destination.
  • Details of any countries your pet maybe travelling through to reach the  final destination.
  • Date of your pet’s most recent rabies vaccination *.
  • Your pet’s microchip number and the date the microchip was implanted *.

(* all this information should be in your pet’s current passport.)

Worming treatment.

Depending on your pet’s destination he or she may require to have worming treatment administered by the vet issuing the Animal Health Certificate.


If your pet is currently abroad (travelled prior to 01.01.2021)

He or she won’t have had the newly introduced Animal Health Certificate  issued prior to leaving GB or Northern Ireland so will be able to travel back with their current Pets Passport.  However, we do advise that you consult a local veterinary centre for advice before travelling back.


In a nutshell, it’s important to plan ahead, you need to allow a minimum of 1 month if your pet hasn’t had rabies vaccination before.  If your pet has got a PETS passport keep hold of it.  Further information can be found: