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Pet Passport Brexit changes – Everything you need to know before travelling with a pet


If you’re taking your pet on holiday, there’s a lot of admin you need to make sure you’ve done first. It isn’t just the human members of your family who need a passport: your pet does too, and the rules have changed since Brexit. Here’s everything you need to know about pet passports.

When Britain left the European Union, it wasn’t just your travel rights that changed, but also your pets’.

If your pet has a passport issued before January 1, 2021, they are now invalid for travelling to an EU country.

You can still use your pet passport to travel to the European Union if it was issued in Northern Ireland or another European Union country.

Here’s everything you need to know about getting your pet a passport.

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Tips for travelling with pets

Even after you’ve made your journey, be aware that rules for pet owners may differ in the country you are in.

For example, in Italy all dog owners can be asked to muzzle their pet in public, so you may need to carry a muzzle with you.

You should speak to your vet about risks from ticks, fleas and sandflies in the country you are travelling to.

If you are travelling to a hot country you may also need to look out for blisters on paws.

You can find out more information by calling the Government’s pet travel helpline on 0370 241 1710 Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm or emailing them at [email protected]



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