I’m not sure what to do, as my dog’s rabies vaccination is now overdue and I was hoping to take him to Europe later in the year. What is happening with pet passports? Can I still travel?
Graham Finch advises…
I’m afraid everything is all up in the air at the moment. The advice currently is to take the worst-case scenario and assume that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. In this event, it will be up to the EU to determine a classification for the UK. The worst-case scenario is that the UK will be an ‘unlisted’ country, so what would this mean?
You need to have your dog rabies vaccinated (and the microchip read) and then wait 30 days after vaccination (vaccination is day zero) to ensure there are sufficient antibodies to the vaccine. Assuming this is the case (and not all dogs respond sufficiently from a single vaccination), you’ll be provided with a blood result certificate and the pet passport may then be completed. You then need to wait three months from the date of the blood test before you can travel. So, that means you’d need to visit your vet at least four months before you plan to travel. The other side of the coin is that our politicians sort out a deal and then everything should remain as is; as your dog is currently overdue his rabies vaccine, you would be OK to travel 21 days after vaccination.