International Pet Travel

International Pet Travel

Travelling abroad with your pet



Since Brexit there have been significant changes regarding pet travel to the EU, as well as Northern Ireland.


The main change is that you are no longer able to use pet passports issued in England, Wales or Scotland and will instead require an Animal Health Certificate (AHC). Unlike pet passports, AHCs can only be used for a single journey.


When travelling to an EU country or GB, your pet needs:


· An AHC, unless you have an up to datepet passport issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland


· A registered microchip


· A valid rabies vaccination, at least 21 days before you travel


· Tapeworm treatment for dogs if you’re travelling directly to Finland, Ireland, Norway or Malta


If you are returning to NI , you must see a vet in the country you are visiting to have a tapeworm treatment administered one to five days before you return. This does not apply if you are returning from Finland, Ireland, Norway or Malta.



Travel outside of the EU


Different countries around the world have their own rules on whether you can take your pet there, and what you need to do so.


If you’re planning on making a trip, please contact us for more details as it can take a long time to sort out all the required documents and treatments.



It’s always a good idea to visit the Department of Agriculture Environment, and Rural Affairs (DAERA) website for guidance, as the rules can change.


It’s always a good idea to visit the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website for guidance, as the rules can change.


Other things to check before you travel include the approved transport companies and authorised routes for travel.


Do you have pet insurance? Is your accommodation pet-friendly? Also consider what breed of dog you own, as countries can vary in what breeds they class under the Dangerous Dog Act.


It can seem like a complicated situation – because it is! But don’t worry, as we’re always here to help.