PET TRAVEL UPDATE AUGUST 2020

You may already be aware that the PETS Passport Scheme is set to change with effect from 1st January 2021 due to Brexit.  Up until now there has been little in the way of indication as to what these changes will be.  It’s for this reason we have said ‘sit tight’ and wait for clarification.  

The government department responsible (DEFRA) have recently released an updated statement:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pet-owners-reminded-to-seek-advice-on-travel-plans-ahead-of-1-january-2021

This link also provides some information: 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit?

This in fact is only an indication of what may happen.  So, with this in mind we are advising you all (as we don’t know your individual travel plans) to think ahead.  It’s a case of  ‘prepare for the worst and hope for the best’. 

Departing around Christmas and returning after New Year?

Get in touch NOW to arrange a blood test.  The blood test is to confirm the rabies vaccine has had the desired effect with a positive titre response.  Your pet will only then be allowed to travel 3 months after a positive test result is confirmed.  We have always railed against unnecessary interventions, and indeed this blood test ultimately may prove to be unnecessary.

Departure after 31st January 2021?

Contact us by the end of October 2020 (although it may be no further action is required once the rules are clarified).

Departure after 28th February 2021?

Contact us by the end of November 2020 (although it may be no further action is required once the rules are clarified).

Departure after 31st March 2021?

Contact us by end of December 2020 (although it may be no further action is required once the rules are clarified).

Departure after 30th April 2021?

Again, the advice for now is ‘sit tight’ and do nothing.  Requirements for pet travel within the EU will be confirmed by 1st January 2021 and it may be that no further action is required.

Call us on 01789 299455 to discuss your pet’s situation if you plan to travel within the above time frame and/or their rabies booster vaccination is due soon.   The vaccination information will be detailed in your pet’s passport and we have the vaccination details on our records too.  If we have vaccinated your pet against rabies but you no longer wish to take your pet abroad, please contact us and we will update our records.  We will be in touch again once DEFRA have confirmed the regulation changes.