New Brexit rule could mean taking your pet on holiday may become more difficult

Pet owners jetting off on holiday next year face a red tape nightmare and having to visit their vet four months before a holiday from 1 Jan.

Currently dogs, cats and ferrets can travel anywhere in the European Union as long as they hold a “pet passport”.

But after the Brexit transition period is over, people wishing to holiday in Europe will be advised to contact a vet at least four months before travelling.



Pet owners face a long complex process

This means pet owners looking to travel in January must begin their preparations in September this year.

Under previous no-deal plans, the government warned that pet owners would need to ensure their animal had a blood sample taken at least 30 days after a rabies vaccination.

This would then be sent to a laboratory in order for them to be approved for EU travel.

Then owners must wait a further three months from the date the clear blood sample was taken before they can take their pet abroad.

The test would remain valid for as long as the rabies vaccination is up to date – but the animal would still need a health certificate for each trip.

This had led to claims that many owners will not take their pet abroad, because the process is a “faff.”

On the Today programme, BBC’s assistant political editor, Norman Smith said: “Speaking as a dog owner it looks to me frankly such a faff, you are just not going to bother.”

“You are going to have to take your pet to the vet to get a rabies vaccination. You’ll then have to return a month later to get a blood test, send that blood test to an EU laboratory.

“Their vet will then send back the ‘OK’. You’ll then have to wait another three months before you can go.

“I’m just thinking: pets of Great Britain, you can say farewell to the Dordogne.”

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