Travelling to Finland, Republic of Ireland or Malta
If you’re travelling with your dog directly to Finland, Republic of Ireland or Malta, it must have treatment against tapeworm one to 5 days before arriving in one of those countries (Echinococcus multilocularis). Your Vet must enter full details on the AHC following treatment.
Entry rules for pets entering the UK from unlisted non-EU countries to Europe from 1 January 2021
|What has to be done||Currently||From 1 January 2021|
|Documentation||Yes, Pet Passport||Yes, possible Third Country Certificate (yet to be decided)|
|Blood test (dogs and cats)||No||Yes, blood sample taken at least 30 days after vaccination.|
|Pre-entry waiting period||Yes||Yes|
|Length of waiting period before entry to the UK||21 days after vaccination against rabies||3 months from date sample taken for blood test (4 months from vaccination)|
|Tapeworm treatment||Yes (1 to 5 days before embarkation)||Yes (1 to 5 days before embarkation)|
Arriving in the EU
On arrival in the EU, pet owners travelling with pets will need to enter through a designated Travellers’ point of entry (TPE). At the TPE, you may need to present proof of:
- your pet’s microchip
- rabies vaccination
- successful blood test results
- tapeworm treatment (if required)
- your pet’s health certificate
Repeat trips to the EU
Your pet will need a new health certificate for each trip to the EU. To get a new health certificate, you must take your pet to an official Vet no more than 10 days before you travel. Again, you must show proof of your pet’s:
- microchipping date
- rabies vaccination history
- successful rabies antibody blood test result
- Pets do not need a repeat blood test before travelling again if they have:
- had a successful blood test
- an up-to-date subsequent rabies vaccination history
You’ll need tapeworm treatment if you’re travelling to Malta, Republic of Ireland or Finland.
Return to the UK
There will be no change to the current health preparations for pets entering Great Britain from the EU from 1 January 2021. Your pet must have one of the following documents when returning to the UK:
- an EU pet passport (issued in the EU or the UK before 1 January 2021)
- the AHC emitted in the UK used to travel to the EU (which you can use up to 4 months after it was issued)
- a UK pet health certificate (for travel into the UK only)
Check the routes before you travel. You must travel using approved roads. Your documents and microchip will be checked when entering England, Scotland or Wales (Great Britain). Different rules apply in Northern Ireland. Owners of assistance animals do not have to travel on approved routes. You do not have to travel on an approved route if you travel to Great Britain from:
- other UK countries
- the Channel Islands
- the Isle of Man
- the Republic of Ireland
Talk to your Vet about what preparations you need to make before you travel from these places.
Travel from countries not free from tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis)
You need to take your dog to a vet no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (5 days) before entering the UK, for approved tapeworm treatment. This requirement will not change after 1 January 2021. You do not need to treat your dog for tapeworm if you’re coming directly to the UK from Finland, Republic of Ireland or Malta.
- Take your pet for a health check by your vet in advance of your journey. Get advice from your vet on pregnant animals.
- Speak to the carrier in advance to ascertain the conditions that your pet will travel in and to ensure that you have the required paperwork.
- Do not use sedatives unless advised by a vet.
- Give your pet only a light meal about 2 hours before travel.
- Check with the carrier that your pet will have full and constant access to fresh water.
- Use a container which enables your pet to stand, sit and lie down in a natural position, and to turn around quickly. The box should contain absorbent bedding and provide ample ventilation. A familiar toy can help your pet get used to the container.
- Ensure that your pet will not be exposed to extreme temperatures.
- Try and match your pets sleeping patterns by travelling overnight where possible.
If the UK becomes a listed third country
Third countries can apply to the European Commission to be listed under either Part 1 or Part 2 of EU Pet Travel Regulations. Part 1 listed countries operate under similar rules as EU member states. You’ll need to obtain documents from an official vet that will replace the EU pet passport. The type of paper you need depends on whether the UK becomes a Part 1 or Part 2 listed country.
Pet travel helpline
Contact the pet travel helpline if you need more help:
Telephone: 0370 241 1710 • Monday to Friday • 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (closed on bank holidays)