The latest from DEFRA re BREXIT – nothing new, just the latest.

From: SM-Defra-Stakeholders Team (DEFRA) <>
Sent: 10 August 2020 16:57
To: SM-Defra-Stakeholders Team (DEFRA) <>
Subject: Pet travel to the EU from 1 January 2021

Good afternoon,

Following the end of the Transition Period with the European Union, the requirements of the EU Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) may change. From 1 January, those that wish to travel with their pet from GB to the EU will currently need to take new steps at least four months in advance of their travel date.

Please see our press notice issued this afternoon.

We are committed to ensuring pets can continue to be taken abroad and are negotiating to ensure this remains as easy as possible whilst maintaining high levels of protection against the spread of pests and disease.

You are uniquely positioned to help make sure that pet owners receive the most up to date information on pet travel and what steps need to be taken, if any, in advance of 1 January. As such, we would like to ask for your support in amplifying our communications. Our stakeholder toolkit includes digital assets and messaging for you to use on your channels and we would be very grateful if you could please communicate this to your members or customers. Please see here:

We will keep you updated on what steps are needed to ensure pet owners are able to continue to travel with their pets. Please visit for the latest guidance on the requirements for pet travel between GB and the EU after 1 January.

Please do let us know if you have any questions at all. We would welcome your feedback to help in developing our communication efforts.

Kind regards,

Defra External Affairs Team

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

2 Marsham Street | Seacole Block | London SW1P 4DF

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