Taking your Pet Abroad Post-Brexit

When travelling abroad with your pet dog, cat or ferret, what you need to do will depend on what country you’re going to.  There are different rules for travelling with your pet to an EU country or Northern Ireland and for taking your pet to a non-EU country.  You can no longer use a pet passport issued in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) for travel to an EU country or Northern Ireland.  You can still use a passport issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland.

Please find our guide for post-Brexit pet travel here

Each appointment with the vet will be at least one hour long, depending on the number of pets travelling.  It is your responsibility to ensure the correct timescales .  The new AHC is a complex and time-consuming document which can only be completed by an APHA Official Veterinarian (OV) who has undergone hours of training in order to be certified.  The forms cannot be completed by other vets or staff members.  The OV is completely responsible for the process and it takes time.  Should the pet become ill whilst abroad, with any of the notifiable diseases and this has been skipped through and signed, the OV would be considered personally responsible, and we are not prepared to risk their position and reputation, hence the OV taking time to ensure this weighty paperwork is completed accurately.

The AHC can only be completed no more than 10 days before travel and it is your responsibility to ensure an appointment is made within the correct timescales for your travel plans.  We require as much notice as possible to ensure there is an APHA OV appointment available.  We also require a pre-consultation form to be completed prior to your appointment.  The form can be found here.  As explained, we will need plenty of time to examine your pet, complete and check the documents as well as copy and certify all the other paperwork required.   Please remember that this will be required every time that you want to take your pet to the EU,  again to be completed no more than 10 days before travel.  The cost is for the completion of the AHC only and does not include any vaccinations, microchipping etc.

The current price for our existing clients is £165.62 inc VAT, plus £56.89 for each additional pet to be included on the AHC.

Due to the increased work involved for pets of non-clients the cost will be £ 234.17 inc VAT, plus £56.89 for each additional pet to be included on the AHC.

Please note:    We do not send out reminders for rabies vaccinations.  The practice takes no responsibility for incorrectly booked appointments or if your travel plans change after issuing an AHC.  If a new AHC is required, costs will be as above.