Taking your Pet Abroad
Travelling to the EU or NI from Great Britain with your Dog, Cat or Ferret
A current EU pet passport issued in GB will not be valid for travel form 01/01/2021. You’ll need an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) instead of a passport. Please follow these steps:
You no longer need the rabies titre blood test.
Animal health certificates are valid for:
If you are travelling with a dog directly from GB to Finland, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway or Malta you must treat against tapeworm no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (5 days) before arriving. The vet must enter full details of this on the AHC after giving the treatment at the veterinary practice.
When arriving in the EU or NI you must enter through a designated Travellers Point of Entry (TPE). You can look these up on the European Commission website for each country. Youll need to present your AHC along with proof of your pets’ microchip, rabies vaccination and tapeworm treatment if required.
You will need a new AHC for each trip to the EU or NI.
Returning to GB with your Dog, Cat or Ferret
Your pet must have one of the following documents when returning to GB from the EU:
You won’t need this documentation if entering GB from NI, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
You must travel via approved routes; these can be checked on the Gov.uk website.
You don’t have to travel on an approved route if entering GB from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland.
Your dog must be treated for tapeworm by a vet no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (5 days) before entering GB. You do not need to treat your dog for tapeworm if you’re travelling directly to GB from Finland, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway or Malta.
Travelling with more than 5 pets or Commercial Pet Travel
There are different rules for travelling with more than 5 pets and for commercial pet travel e.g. buying and selling puppies. Please see the Gov.uk website or call the APHA for more information.
Pet Travel Helpline
Contact the pet travel helpline if you’re unsure about anything.
Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm (closed bank holidays)