In the unlikely event of a 'no deal' Brexit in March 2019 there would inevitably be some changes to the way that cats, dogs and ferrets are allowed to travel between EU member countries.

At the moment you need to contact an Official Veterinarian 21 days prior to travel (if travelling for the first time) for them to ensure the animal has an ID chip and rabies vaccination and then issue an EU pet passport which is valid for the pet's lifetime.

In the event of a 'no deal' Brexit there are three possible outcomes for the UK, the worst case scenario being that we become an 'unlisted' country.  In this case you would need to contact an Official Veterinarian at least 4 months in advance of any foreign travel to discuss previous rabies vaccinations and blood titre testing.

 

Pets that have not previously had a blood titre test or rabies vaccination, or their vaccination is not up to date, would be required to have a rabies vaccination before the blood titre test.  A minimum waiting period of 30 days is then required before blood is taken.  Once a blood titre test shows significant levels of antibody there must be a 3 month waiting period from the date the blood is drawn to the date of travel.

The majority of vaccinations last for around 3 years - provided a pets rabies vaccinations are kept up to date once a test has shown a satisfactory blood titre, the test does not need to be taken again.

All these vaccinations and results need documenting in a Health Certificate to be issued by an Official Veterinarian for each trip to the EU.  It is valid for 10 days after the date of issue for every entry into the EU and for 4 months of onward travel within the EU.

For a full guide to the implications of a 'no deal' Brexit on travelling with your pets (cats, dogs and ferrets) please click here to visit the DEFRA website.