Brexit pet travel update

Italian Greyhound being held by a lake

Following the end of the Brexit transition period on 1 January 2021, new rules regarding pet travel between GB, NI and the EU were introduced which will have a profound effect on those who travel between these nations/countries to breed, sell or show their dogs.

GB, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man have been given part 2 listed status with regards to EU pet travel. However, the Government has insisted it will continue to push for this to be updated to part 1 listed.

We are disappointed that, despite assurances from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pet owners will now have to comply with a number of significant changes when travelling abroad with their pet:

New requirements for GB-based dog owners travelling from GB to NI or EU

GB-based dog owners seeking to travel from GB to NI – and EU countries – will now be required to obtain an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) from an Official Veterinarian for their dogs before every journey into NI or the EU. In order to obtain an AHC, you will need to comply with these requirements:

  • Dog must be microchipped
  • Dog must be vaccinated against rabies – puppies must be at least 12 weeks old before they can be vaccinated
  • Wait 21 days after the primary vaccination before travel
  • 访问您的兽医在前往欧盟之前不超过10天内获得宠物的AHC

Animal Health Certificates are valid for:

  • 发行日期后10天进入欧盟
  • 单行进入欧盟的旅行 - 必须为每个条目获得新的证书
  • 在问题之日后欧盟内部旅行四个月
  • Re-entry to GB for four months after the date of issue.




基于NI的狗主将继续要求EU pet passportto travel to EU countries with their dog. Pet passports issued to NI residents prior to 1 January 2021 will need to be taken to aveterinarianto be updated. While no health preparations or paperwork will be required to enter GB from NI a pet passport will now also be required to re-enter NI following a trip to GB, as well as ensuring their dog has met the tapeworm treatment requirements. Upon return from GB to NI, dog owners will need to enter via a designated旅行者的进入点。

Kennel Club’s actions


We have also engaged with members of parliament and Northern Irish officials to highlight the significant difference between the current and previous rules and to outline the impact that this will have on pet owners and breeders.

It is our hope that our work will increase the existing pressure on the Government to find a workable and permanent solution and to remove the barriers which are currently preventing smooth travel for pet owners between NI and GB.


我们很高兴的是,环境,食品和农村的选择委员会已启动询问新的Brexit法规以及它们将如何影响宠物旅行。The inquiry will cover how the new rules will impact animal welfare and disease control. We will be engaging with the committee’s inquiry and will submit our thoughts on behalf of those who travel between GB, NI and the EU with their dogs to breed, sell, show or holiday.

The Northern Irish Agriculture Minister, Edwin Poots, has宣布延长新宠物旅行规则的教育阶段。这意味着,直到2021年7月1日,边境的日常检查将不会开始允许宠物业主的时间适应新的法规。议员还宣布,他将继续按照他的威斯敏斯特和欧盟同行建立一个共同的旅行区。

Michael Gove MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, announced that he has beenworking intensively alongside European Commission Vice President, Maroš Šefčovič, to resolve a number of matters relating to the Northern Ireland Protocol. The Minister has identified pet travel as one of the six priority issues which must be urgently addressed, committing to negotiating ‘a bilateral arrangement that comprehensively addresses the barriers that are imposed on pet travel between Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and Ireland'。我们强烈欢迎这一步骤,并向部长介绍了我们对宠物旅行要求的其余疑虑,这将继续对爱尔兰海的小狗买家,狗主人,参展商和育种者产生负面影响。

How to help

If you have concerns regarding this situation and how it will impact you directly, we would strongly advise contacting your local representative – yourMember of Parliament或者立法议会if you are based in NI – to request that they also raise their concerns with DEFRA and/or the Northern Irish Executive on your behalf.

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