Brexit and Pet Travel


DEFRA has provided us with their worst case scenario in the event of a no-deal Brexit. In the event of a no-deal Brexit pets may still travel to the rest of Europe but you will need to plan well in advance and your pet will need to undertake additional blood sampling.

This is DEFRA’s advice:

If there is a no-deal Brexit, to guarantee the ability to travel after 29th March 2019, they recommend that all pets are rabies blood tested.  A pet that will travel in the immediate period after the 29th March, 2019 MUST be blood tested before the 28th November 2018.

A proportion of vaccinated dogs (up to 20%) fail to reach DEFRA’s rabies titre. If you are worried that your dog may fail and you definitely need to travel with your pet in this period (29th March – 31st Dec 2019) we recommend a rabies booster vaccination, followed by the blood test taken 30 days later, followed by a 3 months wait before travel. 

Pets that have a current VALID rabies titre in their passports will not require further testing, as far as we are aware. 
Between now and the 29th March, pets can continue to travel as normal.

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