Traveling with pets to the UK – what do you need to know?


Moving to England with a pet is not so simple. To cross the border of the United Kingdom, you must meet specific requirements and have several documents to allow your pet to accompany you. You can find out in the following article what certificates you need to obtain to travel with your pet into England and whether the introduction of Brexit has affected the existing regulations.

Moving with a pet from the EU to England

Many people facing a move from the European Union to the UK wonder whether the introduction of Brexit has affected existing regulations for traveling with a pet in any way. Currently, because of the change made on January 1, 2021, the statute on bringing ferrets, dogs, and cats into the UK has changed. From then on, the animals mentioned above must:

  • have a current health certificate or European Union passport
  • be vaccinated against rabies
  • undergo prophylactic treatment against Echinococcus multilocularis tapeworms
  • be equipped with a chip

If the above requirements are not met, pets will not be allowed to enter the UK.

Travel with a pet from England to the European Union

Moving from England to the European Union with a pet is a bit more complicated. Due to Brexit, the UK is treated as a third country. For this reason, some examinations and documents that have been made there lose their validity. Anyone traveling with their pet to EU countries must equip their pet with:

  • a valid rabies vaccination
  • chip or a marking tattoo
  • health certificate (each time on entry to the Union)

If the animal has a passport issued in the European Union, it can return to the country based on it. Passports issued in England, unfortunately, are no longer considered in the EU. Having the required documents and meeting the necessary requirements, the final step in bringing a pet from England into the European Union is to have it inspected at travelers’ designated point of departure.