We have had loads of enquiries from pet owners concerned about pet travel to the European mainland after Brexit. Unfortunately, the answer to this isn’t clear because we still don’t know what the arrangements will be. However, there are systems being put in place in the event of a “No-Deal Brexit”.
If your pet dog or cat has a pet passport and you are planning on travelling with them to the EU, then you may need to take further action, as the rules may change after Brexit.
In the event of a no-deal Brexit, it is likely that pet passports issued in the UK will no longer be valid for travel to the EU.
Additional steps will need to be taken before you travel with your pet and there may be a time period during which you will not be able to travel.
For further advice, please check the government website for up to date information: www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit
Unfortunately, the actual answer will remain unclear until the final outcome of Brexit is known, but if travelling with your pet is essential, then you may wish to prepare for the worst-case scenario.
If you’d like further advice on travelling to Europe post-Brexit then please give the practice a call. However, please bear in mind that we don’t have the final answers yet either.