More than 65% of pet owners think that moving with a furry friend is stressful, and those worries and concerns are exacerbated even more when carrying out an international move to the UK, given the complexities that post-Brexit conditions create.

As a worldwide shipping and packing expert, we often help families move to and from the UK, meaning we have a developed understanding of what conditions must be met to move with a pet. The reality is that it’s not just increased paperwork for traders in a post-Brexit world but for anyone looking to move across the border.

In this article, we will share everything you need to know to move pets in 2024, given the new rules in place as a result of the UK leaving the EU. We will explore what has changed the rules that are in place and share our advice for how to make the process as stress-free as possible. From house removals in Essex to international arrivals, we will share information relevant to any movers.

What Has Changed Since Brexit In Terms Of Moving With Pets?

International removals concerning the UK are just one of the many topics that have changed since Brexit. Moving with pets has always required lots of paperwork and considerations to be accounted for, but the process is now more complex as the UK has rules that are different from those of the rest of Europe. This means it’s no longer simple to just gain a pet passport and travel around without proper planning.

It can now cost pet owners as much as £1,000 every time they wish to take a pet to a new country from the UK or to enter the country. Changes to the pet travel rules between the UK and EU countries changed on January 1st 2021, once Brexit was finalised. Whereas previously, a pet passport, which required annual renewal, was sufficient to travel, now an Animal Health Certificate is legally required. These certifications are valid for up to ten days from the date of issue and for four months after issue for the purpose of onward travel within Europe or for re-entry back to the UK. The reason for this change is that upon leaving the EU, the UK was no longer part of the EU Pets Travel Scheme (PETS), which allowed a pet passport to be obtained once certain factors had been considered, such as being microchipped and vaccinated.

Furthermore, leaving the EU meant the UK was classed as a third country on Europe’s connections level. This means that extra rules and regulations are required when entering EU countries. This also affects Ireland removals and visits for people wishing to enter Northern Ireland.

What Is Needed To Travel With A Pet To And From The UK Post-brexit?

What Is Needed To Travel With A Pet To And From The UK Post-brexit?

Many customers contact us because they have either house removals or international trips planned, which means having pets enter the UK. Our advice is always to become clear on what is needed for travel so that considerations can be made well in advance. To travel with a pet post-Brexit to and from Great Britain, the following is required:

  • A microchip with up-to-date information. This is also a legal requirement for all dogs, cats, and some other pets in the UK, and a vet can do it.
  • If required, tapeworm treatment is needed, which must be registered with the pet and shown in the vet’s records.
  • A valid rabies vaccination can be given to pets older than three months of age.
  • An Animal Health Certification (AHC) which has been issued with ten dates of travel. This shows that a pet is not going to pose any health risks when in the new country and that they are fit to travel.

How Long Does It Take To Arrange Pet Travel Post-brexit?

An AHC can have up to five pets added as long as they have all had the relevant vaccinations and passed the health checks needed. The application process can take a few weeks plus time must be considered for vets appointments. The certificate can be given twenty-one days after a rabies vaccination, if this is needed. As this must have been awarded with ten days of travel, owners must carefully plan their pre-travel schedules to ensure everything is valid.

How To Take The Stress Out Of Travelling With Pets Post-brexit?

As experts in Europe removals, we have seen firsthand how the stress of moving can impact families. However, we believe that by getting informed about the information shared in this article and also considering the following, travelling with pets post-Brexit can be a calm experience.

Seek Professional Support

It’s also best to work with a professional to ensure that all boxes have been ticked before travel. This could be a removal service like our own, which can help with all parts of relocation or a veterinary expert who specialises in pet travel.

Keep Pet Records Up To Date

There are many responsibilities associated with being a pet owner with one being keeping vaccinations up to date. By doing this, you stand more of a chance of having a smooth process when it comes to securing an AHC as less medical work is required at the time of travel. Vets can also keep you informed, at these appointments, of the latest rules if you let them know you are a keen traveller.

Give Yourself Plenty Of Time

Whilst the AHC itself needs to be secured within ten days of travel, knowing what you need to do well in advance is essential. If travelling with a pet, you should become acquainted with the latest rules and regulations before even booking that flight or ferry.

Keep On Top Of Changing Rules And Regulations

Finally, we always recommend that anyone planning to travel to or from Great Britain with a pet keeps informed about the latest changes to rules. Brexit is still throwing up curveballs and new requirements so we wouldn’t be surprised if these laws changed even further. To make this easier, we regularly include updates in our news section so be sure to check back regularly. You can also set up Google alerts or follow relevant hashtags on social media to never miss out on any information.

What Limits And Rules Are In Place For Post-brexit Pet Travel?

What Limits And Rules Are In Place For Post-brexit Pet Travel?

Any pets coming into the UK or leaving and entering other countries will need to visit the travellers entry point. At this time, the AHC will need to be shown. Another rule is that a return journey should be completed within the four months term of the certificate otherwise it will expire. This is fine if you are moving countries but not if you plan on going back at any point. You can also travel with up to five pets but these rules are extended for rules including entering a competition or taking part in a sporting event.

How Can Weston And Edwards Take The Stress Away From Travelling With Pets Post-brexit?

There is no denying that since Brexit moving in and out Europe has been difficult. However, with our dedicated personal team who handle international moves between EU countries by your side, this can be stress-free. With experience of handling anything from France removals to Spain Removals and anything concerning the UK, our team is perfect for the job.

As well as helping with pet travel, we also offer other handy removal services, including storage, managing part or return labels, and even facilitating moving offices. This coupled with our in-depth knowledge of post-Brexit regulations means anyone can travel with complete ease.

When it comes to travelling with a pet post-Bexit, as long as you have the correct documentation in place and manage your pre-travel calendar efficiently, moving around can be simple.

To learn more, contact our team or fill out out online enquiry form to receive a quote for support services.