Movement of commercial and non-commercial dogs and cats post Brexit
We now have clarity on the movement of dogs and cats post Brexit. This will apply from 11 pm on 31 December 2020. This is separate from the deal/no deal and not contingent on deal/no deal so these arrangements will not change.
If you are transporting commercially i.e. transporting rescue dogs to or from GB you need to use the same process as now, apply for a ITAHC and ensure your dog/cat is vaccinated against rabies, microchipped and treated for tapeworm, Further details can be found here: http://apha.defra.gov.uk/documents/bip/iin/bllv-5b.pdf
If you are transporting non commercially e.g. going on holiday you need to know the following information:
1. Pet passports are no longer valid for travel to the EU or NI from 1 January 2021.
2. If you want to take your dog/cat/ferret to Northern Ireland or the EU from GB you will need an animal health certificate from your vet which is valid for one trip for up to 4 months. Importantly, you will need to visit your vet no more than 10 days before travel to the EU or NI to get an animal health certificate for your pet. This has to be used to travel to the EU or N Ireland. It will have your rabies vaccination on it so after vaccination you will need to wait 21 days to get this rather than the four months if we were not a listed country. If you are travelling to N Ireland, Ireland, Finland, Norway or Malta your pet will also need treatment against tapeworm 1-5 days before arriving in any of these countries.
3. If you are travelling from EU to GB you will need a pet passport or animal health certificate and you will have to use a designated point of entry.
4. If you are travelling from N Ireland to GB you will not need a pet passport or health certificate as we are in the same Customs Union but you will need one to return to N Ireland
In addition Eurotunnel has introduced a maximum rule of 3 dogs per vehicle for non commercial travel.