Are you planning to travel abroad with your pets? Read on to find out everything you need to know about getting a pet passport.

Since the end of the Brexit transition period on 31st December 2020, UK-issued Pet Travel Scheme passports are no longer valid for entry into the EU; however, you are still able to travel with your pet within the EU.

Requirement for EU Travel

Travelling within the EU post Brexit is still possible as long as your pet is microchipped. Additionally, your pet also needs to have currently valid rabies vaccination administered when the pet is at least 12 weeks old and at least 21 days before your date of travel.

If your pet has both of these, you will then need to book an appointment within 10 days before you travel for our lead veterinarian, Dr Johnny Irish, to issue an Animal Health Certificate (AHC).

What is an AHC?

An AHC is a single entry, bilingual document which allows onward travel within the EU for 4 months, with return to the UK within the same period. Currently, you can also return to the UK with a valid PETS passport.

Where can you travel to with an AHC?

The AHC is valid for entry to all countries in the EU; however, the first country that you wish to travel to must be stipulated on the certificate so that it is issued in the correct language.

For travel to countries outside of the EU, the requirements to enter and return can vary widely, and in some cases in order to get a dog or cat passport for them, further documentation, vaccinations or blood testing is necessary.

You can contact DEFRA/APHA, the government department in charge of animal movement, and they can provide information regarding travelling outside of the EU.

Who can issue the AHC?

Our lead veterinarian, Dr Johnny Irish is an Official Veterinarian (OV) authorised by the government to carry out procedures related to pet travel and pet passports.

Johnny has a wealth of experience in dealing with these procedures and requirements, which can sometimes be confusing for owners. We would be more than happy to discuss the process or answer any questions over the phone.

How quickly can an AHC be issued?

If your pet’s vaccinations for the desired destination are up to date, we can issue the AHC. If you require the AHC within 48 hours an increased fee will be payable.

Animal diseases abroad

If you’re travelling abroad with a dog or cat, there are many infectious diseases that your pet may come into contact with including rabies.

The most important diseases to be aware of are the arthropod-borne diseases such as, leishmaniasis, babesiosis and ehrlichiosis. However, diseases do vary from place to place. We strongly recommend you contact us as soon as you know that you want to take your pet abroad so that we can advise you accordingly.

Pet Passport Costs

The costs for travelling with your pets are as follows:

  • Microchipping: £42
  • Rabies Vaccination: £49.50
  • AHC Issue: £149.00

If you’re travelling with your four-legged friend soon, get in touch with us for getting an AHC issued. Or if you need vaccinations for travel, book an appointment online now!