British Pet Passports are no longer valid for travel to the EU, and have been replaced by the Animal Health Certificate (AHC).
Dogs and cats travelling to the EU currently need:
– a microchip
– a rabies vaccination
– AHC cannot be issued until 21 days after the rabies vaccination
– the pet has to be at least 6 months old in order to travel
– an AHC has to be issued by the APHA-appointed Official Veterinarian (OV) – please make an appointment with Dalya
– dogs travelling to Malta, Finland or Ireland need a tapeworm treatment administered by the OV at least 24h and no more than 5 days prior to arrival in the country of destination
Each AHC is valid for:
– a single entry into the EU within 10 days of the date of issue
– onward travel within the EU for 4 months from the date of issue
– a single return into the UK within 4 months from the date of issue
Returning to the UK:
– dogs returning from EU (except from Malta, Finland and Ireland) need a tapeworm treatment administered by a veterinarian at least 24h and no more than 5 days prior to arrival
The AHC cannot be re-used even if you are travelling in and out of the UK more than once during the same 4 month period. Each trip needs its own AHC.
If the pet’s rabies vaccination expires during the journey, the AHC becomes invalid on that date.
The AHC is issued for a specific country of entry, and it will not be valid if you change your country of entry into the EU.
At this time, we are unable to issue AHCs for pets who are not registered with our practice.
The AHCs are a 10 page document and take about an hour to complete. We strongly suggest that you advise us of your travel plans/dates as far in advance as possible, so we can allow enough time for AHC completion. We are unlikely to be able to issue an AHC with less than a week’s notice.
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