Travelling with your pet to an EU country
When the Brexit transition period came to an end in January 2021, the way in which we travel with our pets in Europe changed. Instead of the previous pet passport system, pets now need a new document, known as an animal health certificate. Animal health certificates must be signed by an Official Vet within 10 days of travel.
When travelling to an EU country or Northern Ireland, your pet needs:
- a microchip
- a valid rabies vaccination
- an animal health certificate (unless you have a pet passport issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland)
- tapeworm treatment for dogs if you’re travelling directly to Finland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway or Malta
Travelling with your pet outside the EU
If you’re travelling to a non-EU country, you’ll need to get an export health certificate (EHC). An EHC checks that your pet meets the health requirements of the country you’re travelling to. You’ll also need to complete an export application form (EXA) if you’re in England, Scotland or Wales.
The export health certificate and the export application form for each country and pet will tell you how to apply. You must nominate an official vet who will be sent the EHC. They’ll check your pet has met the correct health and identification requirements before you travel.
Where do pets travel on the plane and will they be comfortable?
Pets travel in the hold of the aircraft, in a special area that is heated and pressurised. The dogs and cats who fly have to travel in crates to make sure that pets are safe and comfortable when travelling.
PetAir UK builds their own crates that go above and beyond the minimum safety guidelines. Their crates are made of wood in order to minimise noise and temperature variation. The crates are lined with veterinary bedding and incontinence pads to ensure that the pets can be as comfortable as possible.