Travelling Abroad


To help those of you who are intending to travel abroad (temporarily or permanently) with your pet (Europe or elsewhere). I though it would be useful if I put up some information on the requirements. It is always good to check these out with DEFRA (www.defra.gov.uk) prior to making travel plans as changes are being made all the time. The current information I have (March 2019) from Petplan insurance is as follows:

Current DEFRA advice is as follows:

  1. Pets must be microchipped and then vaccinated against rabies before travel.
  2. Pets must have a blood sample taken at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination. Please note, vets can advise on whether a rabies vaccination or booster is required before this test. A blood test only needs to be done the first time the pet travels to the EU (providing their rabies vaccination is kept up-to-date) and the vet must send the blood sample to an EU approved blood testing laboratory. The blood test results must show that the vaccination was successful.
  3. Owners must wait three months from the date of the successful blood sample before they travel with their pet.
  4. Pets must be taken to an Official Veterinarian no more than 10 days before travel to get a health certificate (you will need a health certificate for each trip to the EU). You must take proof of:
    • Your pet's vaccination history;
    • A successful rabies antibody blood test result.

Brexit is a rapidly developing issue so this advice could change in the coming days, weeks or months. We'll make sure we keep you updated.

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