Pets Travel Scheme January 2021 onwards


To travel  into the EU and Northern Ireland from January 2021 onwards you will need an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) for your dog, cat or ferret. Please read below for more information and the requirements in order to complete the AHC. Please also allow plenty of time prior to your travelling date to ensure that we can complete and provide you with an AHC to travel so your travel plans are not delayed.


-Your dog, cat, or ferret must be microchipped

-Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies (they need to be at least 12 weeks of age to  have the vaccination). You can travel into the EU or Northern Ireland from 21days after vaccination with a completed AHC.

-The AHC  is valid for travel into the EU or Northern Ireland for up to 10 days after the date of issue.

-You will need a new AHC for each trip that you take. Unlike a pet passport, the AHC is not valid for multiple uses.

-Once you have entered the EU or Northern Ireland, the AHC is then valid for four months after the date of issue, permitting travel between other EU countries during the same trip. It is then permitted for entry back into the UK, also within the 4month timeframe.

-An AHC can only be issued by an ‘Official Vet’ (OV). Please call to arrange as far in advance as possible so we can make sure an OV is available.

-Dogs must also be treated for tapeworm before re-entry into the UK by a vet. The treatment must be approved for use in the country that it’s administered in and must be given no less than 24 hours and no more than five days before entering the UK. You don’t need to treat your dog for tapeworm if you’re traveling from Finland, Northern Ireland, Malta or Norway.

-If you are traveling to Ireland, Northern Ireland, Finland or Malta you will need an appointment at the vets within 1 to 5 days of travel for tapeworm treatment to be done. We recommend 3-4 days.

-There is no requirement for a blood test after the rabies vaccination. Should your rabies vaccination lapse, you will need to re-start the vaccination and wait 21 days for the AHC.

-Traveling is only allowed for five pets, different guidelines apply if more pets  and you should contact the Pet Travel helpline (0370 2411710)

-If you are traveling through or to non-EU countries please contact the Pet Travel helpline to find out travel requirements for those countries. 

To apply for an AHC please complete the attached and email to or drop it off at the surgery in advance of your appointment. uk/eu travel form
download and complete the uk/eu form
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