Pet Travel Scheme

If you’re looking for information on travelling with your pet to France or the EU, you’re at the right place! In 2021 the rules won’t change that much if you want to travel back to the UK from an EU-country, but it will be a little more complicated to leave the UK and enter France or the EU with your pet. What follows is a summary of the actuel post-Brexit reglementation. If you want more details, please consult the government website: www.gov.uk/pet-travel-to-and-from-great-britain. Thank you for your comprehension.

Pet Travel Scheme : entering the UK from France (or the EU)

The Pet Travel Scheme has been designed to allow animals such as dogs and cats to travel easily between countries and avoid quarantine but also to stop spreading rabies and other diseases.

From 1 January 2012, it is easier to travel abroad with pets. The new Brexit rules for 2021 aren’t much different. Tick treatment for pets returning to the UK are no longer required. Pets from the EU and listed non-EU countries (such as the USA and Australia) still need to be vaccinated against rabies, but they no longer need a blood test. A worming treatment has to be administered by an official veterinarian at least 24h and not more than 5 days before entering the UK.

What has changed though, is the British European Passport that is no longer valid. For leaving and entering the UK British pets will need an International Health Certificate from their veterinarian, issued and signed no more than 10 days before leaving the UK.

For more information

CHECK LIST WHEN YOU ARE TAKING
YOUR PET ON HOLIDAY :

  • Is your pet identified with a microchip ?

  • Ensure your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date before you’re leaving. A vaccination against rabies is obligated and after the vaccination you must wait 21 days before travelling to France or any other European country.

  • Does your pet has a valid European Pet Passport ? Important: European Passports delivered in the UK are not valid anymore starting from January 2021! If your Pet Passport isn’t valid anymore, you’ll need to ask an International Health Certificate at your Veterinary Clinic.

  • Even if it’s no longer obligated: check if your pet is treated against ticks and flees before you’re leaving. Also, it’s better to give them a worming tablet a few days before leaving.

  • If you want to return to the UK from France (or the EU), your pet must have been treated against tapeworm not less than 24 hours and not more than 5 days before travelling to the UK by a registered vet.

Our veterinarians speak English!

Our 3 veterinary clinics are open from Monday to Saturday.

You can always call us or send us an e-mail at contact@vetbray.fr if you want any further information. You can also fill in a contact form on our website. If you want to make an appointment, you can use our Online Booking Service.

Our day is such we seldom have a chance to look at emails until the end of clinical hours, but we will try to answer you as soon as possible.

Thank you very much and we hope to see you soon in one of our Veterinary Clinics!

If you’re looking for any practical information on travelling with your pet, you can consult the following article, written by people who have a lot of travel experience:

6 Things To Remember When Travelling With Your Dog
Essential Tips for Traveling With Pets in Your RV