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Travelling with Pets


Cats, dogs and ferrets

After Brexit you will not be able to use the existing pet passport for travel into the EU. This is because the UK will  become an unlisted country under the EU Pet Travel Scheme after Brexit.

In order to travel with pets after Brexit you will need to ensure that your pet:

  • has been micro chipped
  • has a pet passport or third-country official veterinary certificate
  • has been vaccinated against rabies, with a blood sample taken at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination and a waiting period of 3 months before travel
  • has had tapeworm treatment (applicable to dogs)
  • has a valid health certificate issued by an official veterinarian that has been issued no more than 10 days before travel (this remains valid for 10 days after issue for entry into the EU; 4 months of onward travel inside the EU; and for re-entry to the UK for 4 months)

The UK Government is recommending contacting your vet at least 4 months before you plan on travelling to any EU country.

Your pet may be put into quarantine for up to 4 months if you do not follow these rules - or refused entry if you travelled by sea.

There are currently no changes envisaged to the current requirements for pets entering the Isle of Man or UK from the EU after Brexit.

There are currently no official requirements for dogs, cats or ferrets travelling between the Isle of Man, the UK and the Channel Islands.

More information about taking pets abroad can be found at

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