In the absence of specific arrangements by the end of the transition period, British travellers transporting dogs, cats or ferrets from the UK to the EU will need to meet all the following animal health conditions defined by Regulation (EU) No. 576/2013 of 12 June 2013:
- Make sure that pets are marked: electronic microchip implanted under the skin or clearly readable tattoo applied before 3 July 2011.
- Make sure that pets have received an anti-rabies vaccination that is still valid.
- Make sure that a test has been conducted in a laboratory on a blood sample taken from the pet to check the effectiveness of the anti-rabies vaccination. The rabies antibody titration test must be carried out at least 30 days after the date of vaccination and no less than three months before the date of travel. The laboratory test must be performed in an EU-approved laboratory, the list of which can be found on the Europa website. The result of the test must be equal to or greater than 0.5 IU/ml. The rabies antibody titration test is valid throughout the animal’s lifetime, which means that it only needs to be conducted once, provided that the pet animal is revaccinated within the period of validity (booster injections given within the required timeframe).
- Make sure that you have an animal health certificate for each pet, issued by an official veterinarian established in the United Kingdom. The animal health certificate must be accompanied by proof of anti-rabies vaccination, a copy of the result of the antibody titration test stating the date of the laboratory test, and a document certifying that the animal is marked. The animal health certificate is valid for 10 days after the date of issue to enter the EU during which it must be presented at border controls. The animal health certificate is then valid for onward travel within the EU and re-entry to the UK for four months after the date of issue.
More information is available in English via the following link to the Europa website