EU Regulations for travelling with your dog if we have a ‘No Deal Brexit’.

EU Regulations for travelling with your dog if we have a ‘No Deal Brexit’.

September is when we have to plan ahead if we plan to travel with our pooches after 1st Jan 2021. The Withdrawal Agreement ends on 31st December. If there is not a special agreement done for travelling with your pets to the EU, then you need to think in advance. I mean, four months in advance! If at the last minute we have an agreement, then we could be lucky! But as of today, negotiations are not looking pretty. So better to prepare than being sorry later!
 
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If you want to take your pooch to the Continent, act now! Here Ozzy poses with his jacket and preferred ball. Photo: The-Ski-Guru. EU Regulations for travelling with your dog if we have a 'No Deal Brexit'.
If you want to take your pooch to the Continent, act now! Here Ozzy poses with his jacket and preferred ball. Photo: The-Ski-Guru. EU Regulations for travelling with your dog if we have a ‘No Deal Brexit’.

What steps to take to travel with your pet. EU Regulations for travelling with your dog if we have a ‘No Deal Brexit’.

 
 
So what you have to do? Well, for starters, your dog needs to have a rabies vaccine. If you regularly go to the continent, then you should have given your dog a rabies test to travel. The vet needs to put a microchip to your pet, but this is pretty common practice in the UK when you get a pet.
 
Your pet needs to be at least 12 weeks old to receive a vaccine.
 
Even if your pet received a vaccine, your vet, might suggest you to give another rabies vaccine. This is because you need to wait at least 30 days to take some blood samples from your pet to send to an EU-approved lab.
 
The UK government states that you need to wait 3 months from the date of the succesful blood sample to travel. The vet will need you to give you a copy of the test results and include the date the blood sample was taken. He/she will have to write this on an animal health certificate (AHC).
 
Then, if the blood result is not successful, you have to repeat the vaccination and blood test after 30 days… Imagine the pain…
 

Get an animal health certificate (AHC). EU Regulations for travelling with your dog if we have a ‘No Deal Brexit’.

Ten days before travel, you need to get an animal health certificate (AHC). Ask your vet if they issue it. He will need to sign and stamped it. There you will need to have:
  • your pet’s microchipping date
  • your pet’s vaccination history
  • a successful rabies antibody blood test result
Your pet’s AHC will be valid for:
  • 10 days after the date of issue for entry into the EU
  • onward travel within the EU for 4 months after the date of issue
  • re-entry to Great Britain for 4 months after the date of issue
Ozzy discovered the water fountains. Look how handsome he looks with his turtleneck- a la Alain Delon or Sean Connery. EU Regulations for travelling with your dog if we have a 'No Deal Brexit'. Photo: The-Ski-Guru.
Ozzy discovered the water fountains. Look how handsome he looks with his turtleneck- a la Alain Delon or Sean Connery. EU Regulations for travelling with your dog if we have a ‘No Deal Brexit’. Photo: The-Ski-Guru.

Arriving in the EU. EU Regulations for travelling with your dog if we have a ‘No Deal Brexit’.

On arrival in the EU, people travelling with pets will need to use a designated Travellers’ point of entry (TPE).
At the TPE, you may need to present your pet’s original AHC along with proof of:
  • your pet’s microchip
  • rabies vaccination
  • successful blood test results
  • tapeworm treatment (if required)

Repeat trips to the EU. EU Regulations for travelling with your dog if we have a ‘No Deal Brexit’.

Your pet will need a new health certificate for each trip to the EU.
To get a new health certificate, you must take your pet to an official vet no more than 10 days before you travel. You must show proof of your pet’s:
  • microchipping date
  • rabies vaccination history
  • successful rabies antibody blood test result
Pets do not need a repeat blood test before travelling again if they have:
  • had a successful blood test
  • an up-to-date subsequent rabies vaccination history
Ozzy on his morning walks in Italy. Act now if you want to keep on taking your pooch abroad after Jan 1st, 2021! EU Regulations for travelling with your dog if we have a 'No Deal Brexit'.
Ozzy on his morning walks in Italy. Act now if you want to keep on taking your pooch abroad after Jan 1st, 2021! EU Regulations for travelling with your dog if we have a ‘No Deal Brexit’.

Return to Great Britain. EU Regulations for travelling with your dog if we have a ‘No Deal Brexit’.

This stays as always. Your pet will need the following when returning to the UK.
  • an EU pet passport (issued in the EU or in the UK before 1 January 2021)
  • the AHC issued in Great Britain used to travel to the EU (which you can use up to 4 months after issued)
  • a UK pet health certificate (for travel into the UK only)
Your pet will not need this documentation if it is entering Great Britain from:
  • Northern Ireland
  • the Channel Islands
  • the Isle of Man
Loveland Ski Area - Powder Dogs, Powder Alliance. This photo is from the other side of the pond, but isn't this dog beautiful? EU Regulations for travelling with your dog if we have a 'No Deal Brexit'.
Loveland Ski Area – Powder Dogs, Powder Alliance. This photo is from the other side of the pond, but isn’t this dog beautiful? EU Regulations for travelling with your dog if we have a ‘No Deal Brexit’.
Remember that all this will come into effect on 1st January 2021. So if you act now, you’ll be fine. You can renew your rabies vaccine to your pet, then take the blood sample and get the vet form 10 days prior travel. If you travel prior 1st Jan 2021, you don’t need to wait three months to travel out of Britain…. Please, this is my appreciation and that one of my vet. Please talk to your vet, as things change very fast and it is difficult to plan ahead! And I don’t want you to be stuck at the border without being able to travel!!!
The rules for going to Finland, the Republic of Ireland, Norway and Malta are different. Please check for them on the Gov.uk site.
The official information is on the Gov.uk site. 

What to buy for your dog when travelling in winter. EU Regulations for travelling with your dog if we have a ‘No Deal Brexit’.

Dog booties for those cold paws:

If going to the snow, these can be great for your dog. Some dogs suffer with the cold on their feet. Also, it avoids them getting their paws cut with ice.

EU Regulations for travelling with your dog if we have a ‘No Deal Brexit’.

Dog coat for autumn or light coat for winter.

The Dog Face, your dog will look as cool as the extreme skiers of the heyday!
EU Regulations for travelling with your dog if we have a ‘No Deal Brexit’.

Dog winter coat.

For colder weather your dog will be very toasty with this smart jacket.
EU Regulations for travelling with your dog if we have a ‘No Deal Brexit’.

Dog fleece

This dog fleece is great for  a walk on dry afternoons and will keep your pooch toasty. 
If travelling by car, it is always a good idea to have your dog secured. I’ve tried with mine but he ate his car safety lead, but you might have more luck with it!
EU Regulations for travelling with your dog if we have a ‘No Deal Brexit’.

Travel bed for your pooch. 

A travel bed for your pooch is always something to carry.
Don’t forget to keep your dog hydrated. This bottle is really cool, I have bought one more than one year ago and is one of my best buys!
And for giving food on the go to your doggie, these are great collapsable food bowls.

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Something more to read in this blog

You can start thinking about your trip, by reading the articles on the Planning your Ski Trip tab.  Or how to pack for your family ski trip.  If taking your furry friend abroad to the continent, read about the new Pet Travel Scheme update from DEFRA. Self-drive skiers also need to plan for Brexit. Check out our tips for driving to the mountains.  If flying and renting a car in Europe, beware of the extra charges they will pass to you if you want winter tyres, snow chains or ski racks. If driving, check the winter tyres news for Europe and North America.

You can see how our last family ski holiday was not as expected, even though one plans it to be a success, but how we could do the most of it. If you want to get better before getting to your next ski holiday, here is a quick guide to indoor skiing and dry slopes in the UK. You can also read our week in the mountains during our summer holidays in Courmayeur.

Check also how we can envision ski resorts opening on the 2020-21 ski season. 

You might want to read our lasts must-read guides: to Vail , Chamonix and Summer in South-Tyrol. 

Featured Image: Get ready to take your pet abroad after Brexit is imposed. EU Regulations for travelling with your dog if we have a ‘No Deal Brexit’. Photo Unsplash Jeremy Bishop.

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