From 1 January 2021 Great Britain (GB) will become a third country with respect to the EU Pet Travel Scheme. On 3 December 2020 the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (PAFF) of the EU voted in favour of giving Great Britain and the Crown Dependencies, Part 2 listing.

Under Part 2 listed status, EU pet passports issued by Official Veterinarians (OVs) in GB will no longer be valid to travel to Europe. Instead, a pet travelling from GB to the EU will need an AHC. Vets will need to issue AHCs (Animal Health Certificates) instead of EU pet passports to owners travelling with their pet animal to the EU from 1 January 2021.

Please note, this would affect any travellers with pets arriving in an EU Member State after 23:00 GMT on the 31 December 2020.

An AHC is valid for:

  • 10 days after the date of issue for entry into the EU
  •  A single trip for entry to the EU
  • Onward travel within the EU for 4 months after the date of issue
  • Re-entry to GB for 4 months after the date of issue.

Owners also will also need to provide:

  • Proof and date of Rabies vaccination
  • Proof and date of microchip implantation

This process unfortunately will be a lengthy appointment (approx 45 mins) due to the application process and will cost £124 incl. VAT