Pet Travel after Brexit NI

Pet Travel after Brexit

Now that Brexit is coming into effect, how will it affect the rules for travelling to the EU with your pet?


What has been decided?

In a nutshell, the process for getting your dog, cat or ferret ready for travel abroad will differ depending on where you’re travelling to.

If you’re travelling to the EU (including Republic of Ireland), the traditional pet passport procedure will still be valid. However, if you’re travelling to Great Britain, the process is a little different.

Travelling from Northern Ireland to the EU or Republic of Ireland?

Your pet will need a pet passport. In order to be issued with a pet passport, your dog, cat or ferret must be microchipped, fully vaccinated (including Rabies*) and protected against tapeworm (depending on your destination).

Contact us to discuss this further or to arrange a pet passport for your pet.

Travelling from Northern Ireland to Great Britain?

If you’re travelling between Northern Ireland and England, Scotland or Wales, your pet will still be covered by the EU Pets Scheme. As before, your pet must microchipped, fully vaccinated (including Rabies*) and protected against tapeworm.

Contact us to discuss this further or to arrange a pet passport for your pet.

*Your pet must be at least 12 weeks old to receive a Rabies vaccination and 21 days must have passed since the date of primary vaccination.

Travelling to Great Britain before 1st January but returning after?

It’s estimated that a number of travellers will find themselves in this position, but don’t worry. If you travel to GB from Northern Ireland prior to 1/1/2021, the new rules for returning home won’t be enforced until 1st February 2021.

Contact us for more info.

What should I do next?

If you have any concerns about travelling with your dog, cat or ferret in 2021, give us a call today. We’ll be happy to talk you through the process of getting your pet(s) ready for travel