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Pet Travel to the EU after Brexit

October 15, 2019 by 1 Comment | Category EU, Uncategorized

Scotland does not want to leave the EU but there is a strong risk that we may end up leaving without a deal in place on 31st October 2019.

While the Scottish Government is doing as much as it can to mitigate the impact of leaving the EU, we cannot mitigate for every impact.

Leaving the EU will mean things we currently take for granted, or which we agreed to as part of a Member State, will no longer stand.

This note sets out what you need to do what you need to do to make sure your family pet can travel to the EU after Brexit.


Pet travel requirements will change depending on our future relationship with the EU on exit day.

A current EU pet passport issued in the UK will not be valid for travel to the EU.


To make sure your family pet can travel from the UK to the EU after Brexit, you need to take the following steps:

• Visit your vet 4 months before travelling
• Microchip your pet
• Get a rabies vaccination and blood test 30 days later
• Wait 3 calendar months after a successful blood test before travel
• Get an animal health certificate no more than 10 days before travel


For further information on how to ensure your pet can travel to the EU after Brexit, please visit Pet travel to Europe after Brexit.

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  • Andreia Albuquerque Wendt says:

    Hi! If you have an European pet (cat) which is staying temporarily in uk and want to go back to Europe after brexit (deal or no deal), do i still need to get uk documents for it? Or is there a special regulation for this cases? Could you clarify? (it seems that the case presented online is more directed to british pets visiting europe.

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