Travelling to the EU with your Pet Dog or Cat
Pet dogs and cats travelling to the EU and Northern Ireland for non-commercial reasons now need an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) completed, within the 10 days before travel. This certificate allows for up to 4 months of travel within the EU and return to the UK.
To obtain this certificate, the dog or cat needs to be microchipped and have an up-to-date rabies vaccination, which must have been given at least 21 days before the completion of the AHC.
For further details please see:
With any further specific questions you can contact:
Pettravel@apha.gov.uk or telephone: 0370 2411710
Current EU passport
If your dog or cat has a current EU passport with a valid rabies vaccination, issued in an EU country (so not the UK, even before Brexit), then this may still be valid for travel to the EU and back to the UK. However, from January 2021, UK vets can no longer enter Rabies vaccinations into an EU passport.
If travelling to Northern Ireland, Ireland, Finland, Norway or Malta and when returning to the UK, dogs must be given a tapeworm treatment by a veterinary surgeon. This must be recorded on the valid AHC and needs to be done between 24-120 hours (1-5 days) prior entry into the country or the UK.
There are different parasite and disease risks within the EU, particularly in Eastern and Southern Europe. Specific parasite, tick and fly treatments may be recommended. If you wish to consider preventative treatments, please discuss this with us prior to travel and for further information the following map can be helpful:
Obtaining an AHC for travel to the EU and Northern Ireland from Rowly House Vets
1) Appointment with a veterinary surgeon 4-6 weeks before travel
This is to check the microchip is working, ensure we have all the necessary information and to give a Rabies vaccination if required. Please bring any previous Pet Passports to this appointment. Please contact us ASAP if your departure date is less than 4-6 weeks time.
Please provide the following information, ideally via email before the appointment, or bring to the appointment itself:
- Name, home address and phone number of the owner travelling with the pet(s) – (we will need this person to sign the AHC at time of issuing).
- Please let us know if the owner is not travelling with the pet (NB if an agent is taking the pet, the owner must arrive within 5 days of the pet’s travel).
- Date of travel
- Date of return to UK
- Type of travel, Place and Country of entry into the EU (eg Eurotunnel, Calais, France)
- EU countries you are planning to travel through
- For the Pets Travelling (up to 5), the species, sex, colour, breed and date of birth
- Location and date of last rabies vaccination if known
- Can you confirm that the travel is non-commercial and these are your pet animals?
- We may need proof of rabies vaccination and microchip implantation or reading if we did not perform these – this is normally through a previous Pet Passport or a previous vet’s clinical notes. Please bring any relevant information to the appointment or contact us if you are unsure.
2) Appointment for issuing of the AHC within 10 days prior to travel
The named owner who is travelling with animal and named on the AHC and the animal(s) must bring the animal(s) travelling to this appointment.
It may be better to have this appointment in the region of 3-7 days (rather than 9-10 days) prior to travel, in case of any travel delays.
Travel consultation at the clinic : £44.00
Animal Health Certificate First animal: £120.00 (£30 for each additional animal)
Rabies vaccination if required: £77.00