From 1 January 2021 Great Britain (GB) will become a third country with respect to the EU Pet Travel Scheme. On 3 December 2020 the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (PAFF) of the EU voted in favour of giving Great Britain and the Crown Dependencies PART 2 LISTED status for the purposes of non-commercial pet travel after the Transition Period. This listed status will be formally adopted by the EU in due course.
Under Part 2 listed stat
U pet passports issued by Official Veterinarians in GB will no longer be valid to travel to Europe. Instead, a pet travelling from GB to the EU will need an Animal Health Certificate (AHC). AHC’s will be issued instead of pet passports to owners travelling with their pet to the EU from the 1 January 2021. N.B. This would affect and travellers with pets arriving in an EU Member State after 23:00 GMT on the 31 December 2020. The AHC needs to be completed in both English AND the language of the country of entry to the EU so we will need to know this information from the start.
An AHC is valid for:
How to get an AHC:
Travel from the GB to EU listed countries that are tapeworm free: Finland, Republic of Ireland, Norway or Malta: If you are travelling with a dog directly to one of these countries, it must have treatment against tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis) 1-5 days before arriving in one of these countries, the details of this must be entered on the AHC by the vet.
Returning to GB
There will be no change to the current health preparations for pets entering the GB from the 1 January 2021.
Your pet must have ONE of the following documents when returning to Great Britain:
Your pet will not need this documentation if entering Great Britain from:
Your pets documents and ID chip will be checked upon entry to GB. You must travel using approved routes unless travelling from Norther Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. (Bringing your pet dog, cat or ferret to the UK: Approved routes – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) )
You cannot take more than 5 pets to an EU country or Northern Ireland under this scheme unless you are attending or training for a competition, show or sporting event. If this applies to you please contact the practice directly to discuss the specific requirements for travel.
If you have further questions, please see the government website for advice:
You can also ask for advice from the APHA via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0370 241 1710 Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm
Please also feel free to contact the practice at email@example.com or on 01458 832972 and we can discuss your requirements.
You can download a copy of these notes here.