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Taking Your Pet Abroad

The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)

Travel to the EU post Brexit

GB Pet Passports are no longer valid for travel to Europe*. They have been replaced by Animal Health Certificate which only Official Veterinarians (OV’s) can complete. At the moment only Mike can do these but Kate is hoping to do the exam to also do them.

Pet Travel to Europe requires:

  • Microchip
  • Rabies Vaccination (at least 21 days before travel and a vaccination certificate will be required). You can get your pet's rabies vaccination from Town & Country Vets for £75.31.
  • Animal Health Certificate or AHC (within 10 days of travel date)
  • Tapeworm treatment if travelling directly to Finland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway or Malta.

The pet will need to travel through a designated point of entry into the EU. It is the client’s responsibility to arrange that.

The AHC is valid for up to 4 months travel in the EU.


  • First Pet £135 plus any treatment on top of this
  • Second and subsequent pets £75 plus any treatment on top of this

The pets need to be examined in a 20 minute consultation and all details including microchip checked. The Vet will need 1 hour to complete the certificate. It will usually be available the working day after the health check so if the check is done Friday it will be Monday to issue the AHC.


Check the availability of the Vet to do these appointments and we will need at least a weeks’ notice from the client.

*Pet Passports issued in a European Country are still valid and as far as we know these pets do not need an AHC. The client must check themselves with the appropriate travel method e.g. Ferry or Eurostar before travelling.

These details are correct on 15.01.2021

Animal Health Certificates

Find out more information here about what is required and key points to remember when arranging to take your pet overseas. 

Animal Health Certificate Information