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Old 16.10.2020, 14:33
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Brexit - Pet travel

So looks like the UK have more or less just walked away from Brexit deal talks

I want to take my dog to the UK with me in April. Trying to figure out what I need to do.

From UK side I don't think anything changes. (I hope I understood that correctly).

From France/Switzerland, unless the EU make the UK a listed country, the procedure according to BLV is the same as Albania. https://www.blv.admin.ch/blv/en/home...frettchen.html

Looks like he will need a titre test, but not the 3 month wait? Have I got that right?

"Exception: The three-month waiting period between blood test and entry does not apply if vaccination and titration of antibodies were carried out before the animal left Switzerland or the EU."

Although, I wonder how long it takes to get results, and the process if the level of anti-bodies isn't high enough? (New vaccine and waiting time?)

However I don't understand the Vet certificate. It's valid for 10 days? So I'd have to get this done in the UK before coming home?

"The veterinary certificate must be issued by an official veterinarian in your country of origin. It is valid for 10 days from the date of issue."

Bloody Brexit and Covid are really pushing my limits of sanity!
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Re: Brexit - Pet travel

for sure- we normally travel back and forth several times a year to the UK, with our dog. It is a massive worry, as she is severely traumatised by past events in her life, and cannot be left in kennels, and not even with our next door neighbour whom she loves. With a small property in UK and all our close family there, it is a huge worry. And yes ****ing Brexit and ****ard Johnson, Cummings and ERG
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Re: Brexit - Pet travel

https://english.nvwa.nl/topics/brexi...m-after-brexit

This Dutch site suggests if the pet has an EU passport they donít need the health certificate. Iíve emailed BLV to check if it is required if pet has a Swiss passport.
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Re: Brexit - Pet travel

Our dog actually has a Danish passport as her previous owners were Danish. She will be 15 on 4.11.
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Re: Brexit - Pet travel

UK Govt. suggests an anti rabies blood test 3 months prior to travel back to Europe but it’s not that clear. Seems we can apply for it to be done now though:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-trav...1-january-2021

Looks like travel to the UK with pets and existing pet passport after 1st Jan remains the same.
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Re: Brexit - Pet travel

So I’ve done a lot of digging this afternoon. What I’ve found out is;

Your pet needs the rabies vaccine ... and afterwards a titre test from an approved lab, to show vaccine has worked. Looks like this doesn’t have to be repeated after subsequent boosters.

If you have the titre test before leaving the EU to the U.K. you do not have to do the 3 month wait and do not have to have a veterinary health certificate. (My one unanswered question on this so far, is that the EU doc says the pet should have an EU passport - is Swiss pet passport included in this. Can’t find the answer!)

Edit: Forgot to mention, Swiss rules are apparently not relevant if entering by car into EU first.

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Re: Brexit - Pet travel

My understanding is that you need for both directions; a titre test showing the efficacy of the rabies vaccination is required, an up to date rabies vaccine noted in the pet passport and the visit within the prescribed time showing that the dog is healthy to travel and has had the worming treatment. I really hope I am wrong but I was sent this, seen in a UK vet surgery recently.
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My understanding is that you need for both directions; a titre test showing the efficacy of the rabies vaccination is required, an up to date rabies vaccine noted in the pet passport and the visit within the prescribed time showing that the dog is healthy to travel and has had the worming treatment. I really hope I am wrong but I was sent this, seen in a UK vet surgery recently.
UPDATE: AFTER MUCH SEARCHING OF MULTIPLE SOURCES I HAVE THIS SUSSED!

If you are resident in Switzerland or EU with a Swiss or EU pet passport;

1. The U.K. for once are not the ones making this hard. They are changing nothing for entering the U.K. They are accepting pet passports as before Brexit.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-trav...1-january-2021

2. Worst case scenario, if the EU does not make the UK a listed country for pet travel, Your pet will need a titre test before travelling from the UK to EU. If living in the EU/CH, and the test is done here before going to the UK, there is no need for the 3 month wait after the test.

https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info...lling_en_6.pdf (Page 16, 5.1.2.3.)

3. As long as you keep your rabies vaccinations up to date, no gaps, then you only ever need one titre test. One lasts for life.

https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/pet-trav...stions-answers

4. A Swiss pet passport is equal to an EU pet passport (source Pet Centre EuroTunnel).

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Re: Brexit - Pet travel

Thank you! The listing thing has been exercising my mind and the embassy couldn't answer at the roadshow events. I had a titre test done for Carrot last autumn as a just-in-case scenario so any waiting period would be over, then we can't get caught out too badly.
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