From DEFRA: Travel preparation for pet owners for Christmas Travel 

As you know, our messaging advises pet owners planning to travel with their pets to Europe after Brexit to contact their vets at least four months before travel to prepare for all scenarios, including No Deal.

We now want to remind pet owners planning a trip to the EU over the Christmas and New Year period that they need to speak to their vets before the end of August 2019 for guidance. 

Check guidance on GOV.UK to know how to prepare (

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How to prepare to travel with your pet over Christmas and New Year in all scenarios 

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31 October 2019, pet owners would need to visit their vet four months before travelling. They will need to ensure their pet has a microchip, an up-to-date rabies vaccination and a blood test to demonstrate sufficient levels of rabies antibody. The blood test needs to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after its last rabies vaccination (whether that’s a booster or initial vaccination) and a minimum of three calendar months before travel. A current EU pet passport issued in the UK will not be valid for travel to the EU. Instead, pet owners would need to apply an Animal Health Certificate no more than 10 days before travel.

Contact information

Camilla Chapman 

Senior External Affairs Manager

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs 

Mobile: 07341 800071


Address: Seacole Block, 2 Marsham Street

London, SW1P 4DF