Arun Veterinary Group

Pet Passport – an update

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Latest advice from the RCVS, an overview for pet owners

Pet owners will still be able to travel to Europe with their pet after
the UK leaves the EU, whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
However, in the event of no deal, they may need to take some additional
steps to be able to travel with their pet to the EU.

If pet owners are planning to travel after 29 March 2019 the Government
will recommend they contact their vet at least four months in advance to
check what they need to do.

Those wishing to travel to the EU on 30 March 2019, for example, should
discuss requirements with their vet as soon as possible and BY 28

The requirements for travel would include making sure that pets are
effectively vaccinated against rabies before they travel. This involves
having an up-to-date rabies vaccination and a blood test to demonstrate
sufficient levels of rabies antibody.

The blood test would need to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after
any initial rabies vaccination and a minimum of three months before
their travel date. This means that pet owners will need to talk to their
vet about health requirements in good time to make sure they are able to
travel with their pet.

The Government has published further guidance for pet owners on its


  • We already have a Pet Passport which is up to date with Rabies booster etc, Have been holding off booking our usual 2 months spent in Spain.Do we still need to see a vet in the uk before we travel?

    • Liz Panter

      Nothing has changed as yet and currently there is no legal requirement to visit a vet prior to travel. We don’t know at this stage what the changes, if any, will be.
      Will will endeavour to provide updates as they arise.

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