BREXIT AND PET TRAVEL

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05/07/2019
DEFRA has provided us with their advice on how to prepare for 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 at least four months 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 your pet's ability to travel after 31st October 2019, they advise that all pets are blood tested for rabies antibodies no sooner than 31 days after a rabies inoculation.  Dogs and cats can then travel to EU countries three months after the date of the positive rabies antibody test. This means that if you plan to travel with your pet in the immediately after the 31st October, 2019 it must pass a positive test for rabies antibodies on a blood sample taken no later than the 31st July, 2019. 

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 plan to travel with your pet after the 31st October –  2019 we recommend a rabies booster vaccination, followed by the blood test taken 35 days later, followed by a 3 months wait before travel. 

Pets that have a current VALID rabies titre in their passports, and a passport that has never expired, will not require further testing, as far as we are aware. 
 
Between now and the 31st October, pets can continue to travel as normal.

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