If you love travelling with your dog, cat, or ferret, you will be pleased to know you can still take them with you to the EU and Northern Ireland. However, there are a few extra steps you need to take before you depart.
If you have a pet passport issued in Great Britain, you can no longer use it for travel to an EU country or Northern Ireland. Instead, you will need to get an animal health certificate (AHC) from your vet no more than 10 days before you travel. You can still use your pet passport if it was issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland.
You can use your AHC for travel within the EU or Northern Ireland for up to 4 months. You will need to get a new certificate every time you travel to the EU or Northern Ireland, but your pet will not need repeat vaccinations if they are kept up to date.
Before travelling to an EU country or Northern Ireland, your pet also needs to be microchipped and had an up-to-date rabies vaccination. If you are travelling to Finland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway, or Malta with your dog, they will need a tapeworm treatment 1 to 5 days before you arrive.
Please check the rules of the country you are travelling to for any additional restrictions or requirements before you travel.