Pet Passports and Brexit

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As Brexit seemingly interminably continues, the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) have issued new guidelines for pet travel between the UK and Ireland. At present, it is adequate to have an EU Pet Passport but that will change in the event of a No-Deal Brexit, as the UK leaves the EU and becomes a 3rd country. The new guidelines are described below

INFORMATION NOTE

Changes to the rules for pet (cats, dogs, ferrets) travel between Ireland and the UK after Brexit, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal

The United Kingdom (UK) will leave the European Union (EU) on 29 March 2019.

This will result in a change in the rules for pet travel between Ireland and the UK after 29 March. This notice only concerns pet dogs, cats and ferrets travelling between Ireland and Great Britain (GB), in three different scenarios.

Important first step – you should contact your vet as soon as possible before your travel date to start making the necessary arrangements in good time.

The UK Government has indicated that pet travel rules for entry into the UK may not change for some time after Brexit, but you must check with the UK authorities for the latest information https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit.

The three scenarios:

Scenario 1: travelling to GB on holidays with your pet and returning to Ireland

Your pet dog/cat/ferret must:

  1. be micro chipped before its first rabies vaccination (or tattooed, if the tattoo was applied before 03 July 2011);
  2. be vaccinated against rabies;
  3. for travel to GB – have an EU pet passport or an EU health cert

for return to Ireland – have an EU pet passport (not a UK-issued EU pet passport) or an EU health cert issued by a UK government vet. You will not be able to return to Ireland on an EU pet passport issued in the UK, but you should hold on to a UK-issued pet passport if you have one, as it may have important information about vaccinations, treatments, etc;

  1. have a rabies titration test (blood test). You must wait at least 30 days after the rabies vaccine was administered before the blood test can be carried out. You should arrange the test in Ireland before you travel. This is because if the test is administered in GB after 29th March, 2019, the pet must wait three months from the date the successful rabies titration test was carried out before it can travel to Ireland;
  2. Dogs will need to be given treatment against Echinococcus multilocularis (tapeworm), by a vet, before re-entering Ireland.
  3. Anyone bringing a pet dog, cat or ferret into Ireland from GB will have to give the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine advance notice by email before arrival.

 

Scenario 2: Travelling from GB to Ireland with your pet

Your pet dog/cat/ferret must:

  1. be microchipped before its first rabies vaccination (or tattooed, if the tattoo was applied before 3rd July 2011);
  2. be vaccinated against rabies;
  3. have an EU pet passport (not a UK-issued EU pet passport),

OR

if you don’t have an EU pet passport, an EU health cert issued by a UK government vet. You will not be able to travel to the EU on an EU pet passport issued in the UK, but you should hold on to a UK-issued pet passport if you have one, as it may have important information about vaccinations, treatments, etc;

  1. have a rabies titration test (blood test). You must wait at least 30 days after the rabies vaccine was administered before the blood test can be carried out.

Important: if the rabies titration test (blood test) is administered in GB after 29th March, 2019, the pet must wait three months from the date the successful rabies titration test was carried out before it can travel to Ireland.

  1. Dogs will need to be given treatment against Echinococcus multilocularis (tapeworm), by a vet;
  2. Anyone bringing a pet dog, cat or ferret into Ireland from GB will have to give the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine advance notice by email before arrival.

Scenario 3: Moving to GB with your pet and not returning to Ireland

The UK Government have indicated that pet travel rules for entry into the UK may not change for some time after Brexit, but you must check with the UK authorities for the latest information https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit.

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This notice does not apply to pet animals transported between Ireland and GB for commercial reasons – a change in ownership including rehoming, or a sale.

For further information, please see www.agriculture.gov.ie/brexit

 

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So, what does all that mean from a practical point of view? The important changes are:

1) If your pet already has an EU Pet Passport, issued in Ireland or another EU country (NOT the UK), and their rabies vaccinations are up to date, you will still need to have a rabies blood titre performed, to re-enter Ireland after visiting the UK. This needs to be carried out at least 30 days after the vaccine was administered. This then needs to be sent to an EU-approved laboratory: DAFM have confirmed that there are two labs in the UK that will remain EU-approved for this purpose. As soon as a successful result is confirmed (i.e. that the rabies blood titre is a above a certain level), your pet is free to travel to GB and return without any further waiting period.

2) If your pet does not have EU Pet Passport, and you intend travelling to GB this summer, please contact us so we can assist you in working out a timeline to ensure all documentation is ready in time.

3) You will need to visit a vet in GB prior to returning to Ireland for a tapeworm treatment to be given, and the relevant section of the passport to be filled out. We have had an enquiry from a client who is travelling to mainland Europe via GB and returning the same way. There will be no need for tapeworm treatment on the outward journey, but on the return journey their pet will need to be treated as usual 24-120 hours before arrival in GB. They will NOT require any further treatment before returning to Ireland as long as the journey is completed within 120 hours from the tapeworm treatment.

4) And you will now need to e-mail DAFM in advance before arrival back in Ireland.

 

All clear? If you have any queries please contact us on 016270402 and we will be happy to help.