Passport for your Cat?

To make sure your pet is able to travel from the UK to the EU after 29 March 2019 in any scenario, you should contact the clinic at least 4 months before travelling to get the latest advice.

Rules for pet travel

The rules for taking your pet to any EU country will change if the UK leaves the EU with no deal and is treated as an unlisted country.

You must get your cat microchipped and then vaccinated against rabies before it can travel.

However, to allow effective contingency planning in the worst case scenario of the UK not being granted third country status, you’ll need to take the following steps to make sure your cat can travel after 29 March 2019:

  1. You must get your cat microchipped and then vaccinated against rabies before it can travel. Your cat must have a blood sample taken at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination. You’ll need to talk to us about whether you need a rabies vaccination or booster before this test.
  2. We will send the blood sample to an EU-approved blood testing laboratory.
  3. The results of the blood test must show that the vaccination was successful (Your cat must have a rabies antibody level of at least 0.5 IU/ml).
  4. You must wait 3 months from the date the successful blood sample was taken before you travel.
  5. You must take your cat to an Official Veterinarian (Dr Jeremy or Dr Luisa), no more than 10 days before travel to get a health certificate.

If there’s no deal, pet passports issued in the UK would not be valid for travel to the EU.

A successful blood test is only required for first time travel to an EU country. This is provided that your cat’s rabies vaccinations are kept up to date with boosters before the expiry date of the previous vaccination.

Your pet health certificate would be valid for:

  • 10 days after the date of issue for entry into the EU
  • 4 months of onward travel within the EU
  • re-entry to the UK for 4 months after the date of issue

On arrival in the EU, pet owners travelling with their pets would be required to enter through a designated Travellers’ Point of Entry (TPE). At the TPE, the pet owner may be asked to present proof of microchip, rabies vaccination and the blood test result alongside their pet’s health certificate.

Repeat trips to the EU

Cats that have previously had a blood test and have an up-to-date rabies vaccination do not need to repeat the blood test. Your catt will need a health certificate for each trip to the EU.

To get a new health certificate you must take your pet to an Official Veterinarian no more than 10 days before you travel. You must take proof of:

  • your cat’s vaccination history
  • a successful rabies antibody blood test result

Return to the UK

Your cat must have one of the following documents when returning to the UK:

  • an existing EU pet passport (both for UK and EU citizens)
  • the EU health certificate issued in the UK used to travel to the EU
  • a UK pet health certificate (issued outside the UK for travel into the UK only)

Check the routes before you travel. On existing approved routes your documents and microchip will be checked. If you’re not travelling on an approved route talk to your vet about what preparations you need to make before travel.

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

More information can be found here

 

The London Cat Clinic is able to provide all the services required if you would like to obtain a Passport, allowing your cat to travel with you between the UK and the EU or non-EU listed country

In recent years the procedures to make your cat ready to travel have become a lot easier.

Provided your cat is more than 12 weeks of age what needs to be done is in the order below:

1)   Your cat must have a readable microchip implanted

2)   They must have a rabies vaccination followed by a 21 day waiting period after which they are able to enter the EU and re-enter the UK

3) The passport containing all relevant details will be issued by our Official Veterinarian within 7 days of the vaccination

Cat PassportYour cat must enter with an approved transport company on an authorised route

The complete list of requirements and more detailed information on all aspects of the scheme including travelling to and from unlisted countries can be found on Gov.uk

While we will do everything we can to help, it is entirely the responsibility of the client to ensure that all the requirements are completed correctly and at the appropriate time.

Before starting out on your travels with your cat, it is a good idea to consider how the stress associated with transport and change of environment will affect that particular individual.  For short holidays abroad we recommend your cat remains in the comfort of familiar surroundings with a loved carer. For longer trips or relocation, we can advise you on techniques and ideas that may improve the experience of both the nervous and seasoned traveller and their owner.

For general advice on getting your cat used to the carrier check here.

 

Remember to keep flea, tick and worm control current throughout your time abroad. Enhanced treatments may be required depending on your location and we can advise you on this prior to your trip.

If you would like to book an appointment, please call The London Cat Clinic 0203 740 1112 or book online here.