Animal health certificates for pet travel
Taking your pet abroad can be a wonderful experience for you both, but it can take some organising. At Molesey Vets, we can provide the necessary health checks, blood tests, animal health certificates and any other documentation your pet requires to travel overseas.
Pet travel requirements
At Molesey Vets, members of our Veterinary Team hold Official Veterinarian (OV) status, which is needed to issue animal health certificates and other documentation required for pet travel around the world.
Our team has a combined wealth of knowledge and experience dealing with animal travel requirements. You can rest assured that our Vets will be thorough, as well as efficient, whilst helping you get your pet ‘fit’ and ready to travel.
Travelling to an EU country or Northern Ireland
You should begin the process of obtaining the necessary pet travel paperwork at least 6 weeks before you are due to leave. This is because your pet will require a rabies vaccination and a blood test (after 21 days) to prove rabies protection, before they are eligible to travel. We advise allowing extra time in case any of your pet’s tests need repeating.
Post-BREXIT, you can no longer use a pet passport issued in Great Britain (England, Wales & Scotland) for travel to an EU country or Northern Ireland. You can, however, still use a pet passport issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland.
When travelling to an EU country or Northern Ireland, your pet needs:
- to be microchipped
- to have a valid rabies vaccination (having waited 21 days for the results)
- an 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).
These requirements also apply to assistance dogs. 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
Travelling to a non-EU country / Rest of the World
We recommend that you research the requirements for exporting your pet to a destination outside of the EU well in advance of your travel dates. For some countries with strict requirements, you may need to start preparing for your pet’s trip eight months in advance.
In order to take your pet to a country outside of the EU, you will need to get an export health certificate (EHC), and complete an export application form (EXA) if you are in England, Scotland or Wales. The export health certificate 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.