The Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs (DEFRA) has advised Anne Nelson Vets that should the UK leave the EU next year without a deal, there would be implications for pet owners wishing to travel overseas with their animals from 30th March 2019 onwards. You will still be able to travel to Europe with your pet after the UK leaves the EU, whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
However you may need to take some additional steps in order to travel with your pet to the EU.
The requirements would include making sure your pet is up to date with their rabies vaccination followed by a blood test to check if the vaccination was successful or not (your pet would need a rabies antibody level of at least 0.5iu/ml). If your pet is up to date with their vaccination they would still be required to have the blood test.
The blood test would need to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after the rabies vaccination and a minimum of 3 months before the proposed travel date.
This means, for example, if you are planning to travel to Europe on the 30th March 2019 you would need to visit a vet no later than the 28th November 2018 for a rabies vaccination if your pet is not up to date.
Please do not hesitate to contact the surgery if you have any concerns and make sure you contact us at least 4 months in advance if you are planning to travel to Europe on or after 29th March 2019.