First off – a word of warning!
If you are thinking of taking your pet abroad you need to do it before March 29th to avoid the problems we are potentially faced with!
How a no deal will affect the Pet Passport Scheme
On our previous blog, we were unsure how things would go should there be a no deal. It is all pure speculation. However we have a bit more information now we are only two short months from the day we are due to leave. Although, at this stage its still speculation.
I don’t like to get all political, and will avoid going into too much detail but what a fugly mess we are all in. The doom and gloomers would have us believe it is going to be impossible to travel. They might be almost right…not impossible but very difficult. Usually I try to find a positive out of a negative but, my word, this is a tricky one.
It is looking more and more likely that we will have a no deal situation. They have had two years to sort out this mess and unless they are able to perform miracles, they are not going to resolve the issues by March 29th 2019…..
Not that they are holding some sort of grudge against us for voting out, but it seems that the EU are hell bent on making life as complicated and as difficult for us as possible…..
Now I could get on my soap box and put them all to rights but what’s the point? We need to get down to what it could really mean to us. What are the potential consequences?
Can I still travel to the EU?
Yes, you will be able to but the process is going to go back to being more complicated and as a result, expensive.
What will happen if there is a no deal?
Well chances are now high that we will have to be classed as a ‘third country’ This means that we go back to the days 20 odd years ago, before we had Pet Passports.
If there’s no deal, pet passports issued in the UK would not be valid for travel to the EU.
What this means is that you need to have planned and started the process, up to FOUR MONTHS before your planned travel date.
What will we need to do to be able to travel with our pet?
- You must get your dog, cat or ferret microchipped and then vaccinated against rabies before it can travel. Your pet must have a blood sample taken at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination. You’ll need to talk to your vet about whether you need a rabies vaccination or booster before this test.
- Your vet must send the blood sample to an EU-approved blood testing laboratory.
- The results of the blood test must show that the vaccination was successful (Your pet must have a rabies antibody level of at least 0.5 IU/ml).
- You must wait 3 months from the date the successful blood sample was taken before you travel.
- You must take your pet to a Official Veterinarian (OV), no more than 10 days before travel to get a health certificate.
More details on what is required to travel to and from Europe can be found here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit?
As professional Transporters, life becomes a new level of complicated. The vehicle inspections that we have in place, approved by DEFRA, will no longer be valid.
Transporters will have to complete a two day course (costing up to €700.00 and have a vehicle inspection in the country they register in. They also need to have a company in that country where they will have to register their vehicle through. You cannot do this in the UK.
That said, if by some miracle they manage to come to a mutual agreement, 3rd country would be the best outcome.