Can I still travel abroad with my Cairn Terrier after Brexit? November 15, 2018 07:04

Can I still travel abroad with my Cairn Terrier after Brexit?


As if there wasn’t already an absolute stew of confusion over what happens to Britain if there is a hard, soft or even no deal at all Brexit!  Rules about pet travel abroad are already strict, and there MAY be change after 29th March 2019, depending on politics!

Whether we are in or out of the EU, you still need to contact your vet at least four months before travel for the latest advice.  Your Cairn will definitely still need to be micro-chipped and vaccinated against rabies.


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The advice I have gathered from the official Government is as follows.  Note, that if the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the UK will become an unlisted country.  If the UK is not granted third country status, these will be the guidelines.

Your dog must be chipped and vaccinated against rabies.  At least thirty days after the jab, a blood sample must be taken and sent to a EU approved blood-testing laboratory.  The results must show an antibody level of at least 0.5 IU/ml.  You have to wait three months from when the date of the successful blood sample was taken.

No more than ten days before travel, your dog must visit an Official Veterinarian for a health certificate to be issued.

If there is no deal reached, pet passports (as in, the health certificate) issued in the UK will NOT be valid for travel to the EU.

There will be no change to the current requirements for pets entering the UK from the EU after 29th March 2019.

Obviously alongside the Rabies jab, all other inoculations need to be up to date, and flea and worm treatments sorted too.  That’s whether or not we are in, out, or banished and living on the dark side of the moon because everybody got so totally fed up with Brexit. 

Best points of reference for up to date information will be your trusted vet, and the Government’s own web site.   At this point in time, nothing is certain, except death, taxes and the fact there will always be dishes to wash.

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