Animal health certificates for pet travel
Whether you’re planning on taking your pet on holiday or emigrating with them overseas, our team can provide the necessary health checks, blood tests, animal health certificates and any other documentation required for your pet to travel.
Overseas pet travel
Not all veterinary practices can provide an overseas pet travel service. This is because Vets must hold Official Veterinarian (OV) status to provide documentation required for pets travelling overseas. Our wider team of Veterinary Surgeons have a combined wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to pet travel overseas.
EU countries & Northern Ireland
Please be aware that post-BREXIT, pet passports issued in Great Britain (England, Wales & Scotland) cannot be used for pet travel to an EU country or Northern Ireland; you can still use a pet passport issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland.
Your cat, dog, or ferret will need:
- a health check
- to be microchipped
- a valid rabies vaccination (having waited 21 days for the results)
- animal health certificate (or a pet passport issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland)
- tapeworm treatment for dogs if you’re travelling directly to Finland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway or Malta, and for entry back into Great Britain (it must be given no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (5 days) before you enter GB).
The above requirements also apply to assistance animals and you may need to produce your pet’s documents on arrival.
You can find rules for repeat trips and travelling with more than five pets on the Government’s travel advice site: www.gov.uk/taking-your-pet-abroad
Non-EU country / Rest of the World
You should research the requirements for exporting your pet to a destination outside of the EU well in advance of your travel dates here: www.gov.uk/taking-your-pet-abroad
Some countries have strict requirements and preparation may need to start eight months in advance. If you are in England, Scotland or Wales you will need to get an Export Health Certificate (EHC), and complete an export application form (EXA). The EHC checks that your pet meets the health requirements of the country you are travelling to – you must nominate an officially recognised Vet who will be sent the EHC to complete during the required health check. The EHC and EXA forms for each country and pet will tell you how to apply.