To make sure your pet is able to travel from the UK to the EU after 1st January 2021, you should contact the clinic at least one month prior to travel.
RULES FOR PET TRAVEL to the EU
The rules for taking your pet to any EU country have changed as the UK becomes a part 2 listed country on January 1st, 2021.
You must get your cat microchipped and then vaccinated against rabies and an Animal Health Certificate issued in both English and the language of your destination. Previously issued UK pet passports will no longer be valid for travel into the EU.
EU-issued and UK-issued pet passports, however, will remain valid for entering and re-entering the UK.
To take your cat to an EU country:
Your Animal Health Certificate will then be valid for:
The previously mentioned blood test will no longer be a requirement as the UK has not become an unlisted country. This change was made public on December 14th, 2020.
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 alongside the pet’s health certificate
RETURN TO THE UK
Your cat must have one of the following documents when returning to the UK:
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 health preparations for pets entering Great Britain from the EU from 1 January 2021.
More information can be found here.
RULES FOR PET TRAVEL TO NON-EU COUNTRIES
These vary from country to country and may be subject to change over the next years. Please contact us as soon as you know the time of your trip or relocation as some countries require more extensive preparation procedures and official documentation that cannot be sped up.
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.