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Pet Travel Update

Important notice for anyone planning to travel to the EU with their pet in 2019:

If there is a no-deal Brexit, new rules will apply to pets going from the UK to the EU. Rabies vaccination is still required, and your pet must have a working microchip, but there will be the following new requirements: 

1. A blood test to check the rabies vaccine has worked. Please note - your pet WILL NOT be able to leave the UK until 3 MONTHS after a positive test. The blood test cannot be carried out until AT LEAST a month after the rabies vaccination. 

2. EU Passports will no longer be valid, so your pet will need a health certificate from an OV (Official Veterinarian) to confirm they are fit, healthy, and well enough to travel. NB most of the vets here at Alfreton Park Veterinary Hospital are OVs.

So this means that if you are planning to take your pet to the EU on 30th March 2019, you need to get the process started by 28th November. 

Bear in mind that these rules will apply if there is a no-deal Brexit, as the UK would be considered an 'unlisted country'.

For more information, please see the Government website:…/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit