Animal Health Certificate (AHC) - Taking Your Pet Abroad?

You can download and print off the information below here

About the AHC

Animal Health Certificates allow cats, dogs and ferrets, over three months of age to enter Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) from certain qualifying countries without the need for quarantine, providing they meet certain stringent requirements.

The guidance below applies to people travelling to and from Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) with their pet cats, ferrets or dogs, including assistance dogs. This guidance is only for travel of less than 5 pets and for non-commercial reasons.

You need to follow these guidelines to travel between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as between Great Britain and the EU. Travel to other non-EU countries is not covered in these guidelines.

How do I get a certificate for my pet?

Animal Health Certificates are issued by our vets under official guidance of DEFRA. Your pet must conform to all the conditions outlined below.

Travelling into an EU country or Northern Ireland from Great Britain

You can no longer use a pet passport issued in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) for travel to an EU country or Northern Ireland. You can still use a pet passport issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland (for Northern Ireland see additional guidance below).

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

· a microchip placed or read before any rabies vaccination

· a valid rabies vaccination at least 21 days before certification and when the pet was at least 12 weeks of age

· an Animal Health Certificate (AHC)

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

You will need to go through a traveller’s point of entry, when you arrive in an EU country or Northern Ireland. A list of these can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/food/animals/pet-movement/eu-legislation/non-commercial-non-eu/tpe_en

Always check the rules of the country you are travelling to or through for any additional restrictions or requirements before you travel – it is your responsibility to check the current rules for travel and arrange the appropriate documents.

Repeat trips to an EU country or Northern Ireland

Your pet will need a new animal health certificate for each trip to an EU country or Northern Ireland.

Your pet will not need a repeat rabies vaccination so long as their rabies vaccinations are up to date.

Getting an Animal Health Certificate

You must book an appointment with one of our Official Veterinarian’s to get an animal health certificate. The certificate will be specific to the country you are entering the EU through but can then be used for onwards travel through other EU countries. You need the certificate no more than 10 days before you travel. Please give us as much notice as possible when booking the appointment. We cannot guarantee a last minute appointment for an Animal Health Certificate, this is due to the time required, and only Official Veterinarians can do these appointments. Kasia Atmaca at East Grinstead, Emma Tarrant at Horley and Jenny Kemp at Edenbridge)

We will require you to send us information about your pet and the travel in advance of your appointment. When booking the appointment, please tell us the country you will be entering the EU from.

When you come to your appointment for the Animal Health Certificate, you MUST bring proof of your pet’s:

· microchipping date

· rabies vaccination history

Your pet’s animal health certificate will be valid after the date of issue for:

· 10 days for entry into the EU or Northern Ireland

· 4 months for onward travel within the EU

· 4 months for re-entry to Great Britain

Your pet will need a new AHC for each trip to an EU country or Northern Ireland from Great Britain.

Contact us for estimates of costs for Animal Health Certificates.

Summary of requirements for travel from GB to the EU or NI

Travelling from GB

· Microchip

· Rabies vaccination (at least 21 days before travel/certification, and when the pet was at least 12 weeks of age)

· AHC (Animal Health Certificate) no more than 10 days before travel

· Or a valid non-UK EU passport

· Tapeworm treatment if travelling to Finland, Northern Ireland, Ireland or Malta (to be given and certified by a veterinarian 24-120 hours before entry to EU/NI)

· Entry must be through a Traveller’s Point of Entry

 

Travelling back to GB

· Microchip

· Rabies vaccination (at least 21 days before travel/certification, and when the pet was at least 12 weeks of age)

· AHC that was used to exit GB can be used to come back within 4 months

· Or UK passport supplied before 31/12/2020

· Or EU passport issued in the EU

· Tapeworm treatment unless travelling from Finland, Northern Ireland, Ireland or Malta (to be given and certified in the original AHC or the valid passport by a veterinarian 24-120 hours before entry to GB)

· You must enter GB via an Approved Route (except for assistance dogs)

 

Please remember, it is the responsibility of the owner (or persons transporting the pets) to know the requirements of travel for all countries travelled to and through, not your veterinary practice. We can provide guidance where appropriate, and complete the appointments for rabies vaccinations, certification, tapeworm treatments and any other necessary health checks you require. You must bring all supporting documents and information we request in order to complete these appointments correctly, otherwise we may not be able to provide you with certification.

Help and support

You can contact the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) if you’ve got questions or need more information.

If you’re travelling to a non-EU country

Contact APHA if you need more information about pet travel to a non-EU country.

Animal and Plant Health Agency exports@apha.gov.uk Telephone: 03000 200 301 Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm Find out about call charges


Deprecated: Directive 'allow_url_include' is deprecated in Unknown on line 0