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How to take a trip with a family pet abroad after Brexit

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On January 1, 2021, the Brexit shift duration concerned an end. Fantastic Britain is now thought about a 3rd nation with regard to the EU Family Pet Travel Plan. Let’s see what’s altered and how to take a trip with a family pet now so whatever goes efficiently.


New pet travel guidelines after January 1, 2021

From January 1, 2021, the UK has actually Part 2 noted status under the EU Family Pet Travel Plan. Individuals taking a trip from Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) to the EU and Northern Ireland with their animals and help canines now require to follow brand-new requirements. The primary modification is using an animal health certificate rather of a family pet passport.

Is my family pet’s passport still legitimate after Brexit?

Whether your family pet’s passport is still legitimate for travel to the EU or NI depends upon where it was provided.

  • If the family pet passport was provided in Fantastic Britain
    You can no longer utilize a family pet passport provided in England, Scotland, or Wales to take your family pet to a nation in the EU or Northern Ireland. Rather, you’ll require to get an animal health certificate (AHC) for your dog, cat, or ferret.
  • If the family pet passport was provided in the EU or Northern Ireland
    You can utilize this family pet passport to bring your family pet into the UK and to take a trip in the EU or to Northern Ireland. An EU or Northern Ireland family pet passport stands for life as long as your family pet’s vaccinations and treatments depend on date.
Travelling with your dog
Credit: Jen Kaarlo and Céline

The length of time will an animal health certificate (AHC) last?

After the date of concern, your family pet’s animal health certificate will stand for:

  • 10 days for entry into the EU or Northern Ireland;
  • 4 months for onward travel within the EU;
  • 4 months for re-entry to Great Britain.

Your family pet will require a brand-new AHC for each journey to an EU nation or Northern Ireland from Great Britain.

As a basic guideline, family pet owners must follow these actions:

  1. make certain that your dog, cat or ferret is microchipped;
  2. make sure that your dog, cat or ferret is immunized versus rabies. Family pets need to be at least 12 weeks old prior to they can be immunized;
  3. wait 21 days after the main vaccination prior to travel;
  4. if taking a trip to a tapeworm-free nation, make certain that your dog is dealt with versus tapeworm 24-120 hours prior to landing. Travel can just happen in between 24 hr and 5 days of the treatment. You likewise need to make sure the time is recorded to the hour, and travel does not happen prior to or after a distinct timeframe;
  5. check out a veterinarian to get an animal health certificate (AHC) for your family pet, no greater than 10 days prior to travel to the EU. This is then legitimate for 4 months.

Family pets and help canines need to get in the EU through a tourists’ point of entry (TPE), that includes all the significant French ports such as Calais, Caen, and Dunkirk.

There are no modifications to the health preparations or files for animals getting in Fantastic Britain from the EU or Northern Ireland.


Taking your family pet dog, cat or ferret abroad

If you’re taking a trip abroad with your family pet dog, cat, or ferret, what you need to do depends upon where you’re going. There are various guidelines for taking a trip with your family pet to an EU nation or Northern Ireland and for bringing your family pet to a non- EU nation.

What files will my family pet requirement to take a trip to the EU or NI?

When taking a trip to an EU nation or Northern Ireland, your family pet or help dog requires:

  • a microchip;
  • a legitimate rabies vaccination;
  • an animal health certificate, or a legitimate family pet passport that’s accepted in the nation you’re taking a trip to. You can not utilize a family pet passport provided in Fantastic Britain (England, Wales and Scotland);
  • tapeworm treatment for canines if you’re taking a trip straight to Finland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway, or Malta. The treatment needs to’ve been offered no less than 24 hr and no greater than 120 hours (5 days) prior to you get here.

Examine the guidelines of the nation you’re preparing to go to for any extra requirements or supporting files prior to you take a trip.

Travelling with a cat

Taking a trip with animals from Fantastic Britain to Northern Ireland

If you have a family pet passport provided in Northern Ireland, checked out suggestions on the NIDirect site and call your veterinarian prior to taking a trip.

What files will my family pet requirement to take a trip to a non-EU nation?

If you’re taking a trip with your family pet to a non-EU nation, you’ll require to get an export health certificate (EHC). You need to choose a main veterinarian who will make certain that your family pet has actually satisfied all the health and recognition requirements prior to you take a trip.

If you remain in England, Scotland, or Wales, you likewise need to finish an export application (EXA).

Discover the export health certificate and the export application for your location and family pet. These types will inform you how to use. Make certain to inspect the guidelines of the nation you’re taking a trip to for any extra limitations or prior to you go.


Bringing your family pet to the UK

You can get in or go back to Fantastic Britain (England, Scotland, Wales) with your family pet cat, dog, or ferret if it:

How to bring your pet abroad after Brexit

Pets are likewise generally needed to have a tapeworm treatment that must’ve been given no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (five days) before you enter Great Britain.

If you don’t follow these rules, your pet may be put into quarantine for up to four months or refused entry if travelled by sea. You are responsible for any charges and fees.

Northern Ireland has its own rules for pet travel.


Can my pet travel from the UK and back in the cabin?

Due to government regulations, UK airlines don’t allow pets in passenger cabins. The only animals that are permitted to fly in the cabin are registered assistance dogs. Some other carriers, such as Air France, KLM or Lufthansa, allow small pets in aircraft cabins on flights out of the UK. When animals come back to the United Kingdom, however, they have to fly as cargo. And that’s a deal-breaker for many pet owners. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives to flying back to the UK with your pet.


What is the best option to get back to the UK with my pet?

When returning to the United Kingdom with your pet, almost the same transportation options are available, as included in this list of approved routes. The only difference is that pet dogs, cats, and ferrets can’t be flown as checked baggage or in the cabin on the way back to the UK, only as cargo.

This means that if you’re flying out of the UK with a pet in the cabin, you’ll have to find another way back. Luckily, there are a few of them. Instead of flying directly to the UK with your pet, consider flying to another airport within Europe and then travelling by another option across the Channel.

There are two popular European airports to fly to with your pet: Paris Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Schiphol. Besides being busy airports with lots of flights arriving from all over the world, both of these allow you to bring your pet with you in the cabin or as checked baggage.

After landing, you’ll have multiple options for crossing the English Channel and getting to the UK.

How to get back to the UK with your pet by ferry

From Paris, walk-on passengers with pets are only permitted on the DFDS Seaways ferry from Dieppe to Newhaven on the southern coast of England. The animals on this route must stay in a kennel on the car deck, and visits may be limited. With the 4-hour ferry crossing and the rail journey (pets are allowed on local trains, for a small fee), you’re looking at a full-day trip from Paris to London. There aren’t any other ferries between France and England that let foot passengers bring pets onboard, but you and your pet can still go by ferry in your car.


Jen Kaarlo travelling with her dog Céline

Jen Kaarlo, Author, Editor and Analyst on Travel, Dating & & Relationships, and Women’s Security:

” I have actually done this path with my dog Céline a handful of times throughout the year. From Paris to London it has to do with a 17-hour journey door-to-door and here are my attempted and checked ideas for the journey.

When you have a concept on your dates it’s finest to call and schedule a kennel with DFDS well beforehand, as kennel areas (there are normally 4 per trip) book up rapidly on weekends, along with throughout the Christmas vacations and the summertime.

Throughout the summertime there are a couple of trips a day, however throughout the winter season there are normally just 2 journeys a day (around 6:30 am and 6 pm). While it’s less than perfect, I extremely advise a buffer of 2.5 hours in between your train and ferryboat departure. I have actually had 2 different journeys from Saint-Lazare where the station was momentarily closed due to a suspicious bundle or there was a hold-up on the very first leg (from Paris to Rouen-Rive-Droite) and after that we missed out on the connection from Rouen-Rive-Droite to Dieppe. Fortunately, we had the ability to get a shuttle bus, however it was a close call.

When in Dieppe there are no cars and truck riding services such as Uber, Bolt or Lyft and it’s finest to call among the regional taxi business beforehand (and, do not forget money). Likewise, if you’re getting to Dieppe the night prior to your ferryboat journey make certain to reserve a taxi for the early morning a minimum of 10-12 hours prior, as the regional business stop taking appointments at 9 pm.”


If you fly into Amsterdam Schiphol, you have more alternatives in a brief train trip from the airport to a ferryboat terminal.

How to travel with a dog after Brexit

How to get in the UK with a family pet by cars and truck

Regrettably, the Eurostar trains are not dog- or cat-friendly. Nevertheless, the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle bus service will quickly zip you and your family pet to the UK in 35 minutes while being in your own cars and truck.

Both Folkestone and Calais provide 24-hour family pet check-in centers. Pets, felines and ferrets can take a trip for simply ₤ 22 per family pet each method. Family pet bunnies, in addition to rodents, birds, invertebrates, amphibians, and reptiles are likewise welcome onboard offered your veterinarian has actually finished a veterinary certificate. All animals need to have DEFRA pet travel documents.

Registered guide and help canines take a trip by means of Eurotunnel totally free.

How to go back to the UK by family pet taxi

There are likewise a great deal of family pet taxis and family pet drivers that let you and your family pet travel through the tunnel together. EasyPetTaxi, for example, uses door-to-door service from France to England or England to France with rates beginning at EUR800, while PetMoves supplies CDG to London all Inclusive service for as much as 5 travelers (animals & & people) for about EUR2,235.

” The most convenient of these paths is the Eurotunnel, as you and your animals can remain in your lorry. Normally, the family pet check-in takes about 20 minutes, however can often use up to an hour based upon the line and the time of year. I frequently get asked why we do not take the Eurostar, however they do not enable canines or felines other than for service animals with a comprehensive training program signed up with a main organisation.”

Jen Kaarlo, Author, Editor and Analyst on Travel, Dating & & Relationships, and Women’s Security


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