Defra updates guidance to pet travel after Brexit

04 April 2019, at 11:31am

The new guidance outlines procedures and preparations for pet owners in both a no-deal Brexit and a scenario where the UK leaves the EU with an agreement.

New guidance from Defra outlines how pet owners can ensure that their pets can travel form the UK to the EU after Brexit in any scenario. In general, Defra recommends that owners should contact their vet at least four months before travelling to get the latest advice.

According to Defra, when the UK leaves the EU, it will become a third country. In the EU Pet Travel Scheme, there are 3 categorisations of third country:

  • Unlisted
  • Part 1 listed
  • Part 2 listed

Pet travel requirements will change depending on what category of third country the UK becomes after Brexit. Third countries can apply to the European Commission to be listed. The UK is likely to be treated as an unlisted country under the EU Pet Travel Scheme if it leaves the EU without a deal.

To read the full recommendations, click here.