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Brexit and Your Pet

If there is a no-deal Brexit, there will be important implications for pet owners wishing to travel overseas with their animals from whenever Brexit happens.

Please read the following government guidelines, and contact us now if this may affect you.

Our advice is to make sure your pet is vaccinated against rabies, and has had a blood test 30 days later to confirm vaccination has been effective.

  • You will still be able to travel to Europe with your pet after the UK leaves the EU, whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

  • However, in the event of a no-deal, you may need to take some additional steps to be able to travel with your pet to the EU.

  • If you are planning to travel after Brexit (whenever that may be), the Government recommends that you contact Chertsey Vets at least four months in advance to check what you need to do.

  • If you wish to travel to the EU after Brexit, you should discuss requirements with us 

  • The requirements for travel would include making sure that your pet is effectively vaccinated against rabies before they travel. This involves having an up-to-date rabies vaccination and a blood test to demonstrate sufficient levels of rabies antibody.

  • The blood test would need to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after any initial rabies vaccination and a minimum of three months before their travel date.

  • This means that as a pet owner, you will need to talk to us at Chertsey Vets about health requirements, in good time, to make sure you are able to travel with your pet.