Recently a few clients have asked us what will happen to pet travel and the pet passport scheme after Brexit. Unfortunately we can’t give a definitive answer on this until we receive government information, which in turn won’t be finalised until Brexit negotiations are complete. However, there is government guidance which tells us what might happen in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit. In this case it is possible that there will be some major changes to the Pet travel scheme as is currently exists.
In this situation the UK could become listed as a “non-listed third country” under the travel scheme. Should this be the case pet travel will become more complicated; you would need to plan much further ahead to be able to travel with your pet as regulations would become stricter. The advice of the Animal and Plant Health Agency and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is therefore that you would need to start the process of preparing for travel four months in advance. For example, to travel on 30th March, you would need to start the process no later than 28th November. It may also become necessary to apply for an export certificate.
It is quite possible that all of this will be unnecessary, but Blythwood are providing pet owners with the current government guidelines and the opportunity to make the best choice for you and your pet. Please remember the above may only happen if there is a no-deal Brexit.
Please click here to read the full government guidance for pet owners. and please give us a call if you have any questions for us.