Travelling to and from the United Kingdom with your pet after Brexit

Once Brexit has taken place on 31 January 2020, you will continue to be able to travel to and from the United Kingdom with your pet in accordance with the current rules until the end of December 2020.

Travelling from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom

If you want to travel to the United Kingdom from the EU with a pet after Brexit, the United Kingdom has hitherto indicated that the current rules will remain unchanged. This means that the following requirements will continue to apply:

  • Identification chip (the pet must have been chipped prior to being vaccinated against rabies)
  • Rabies vaccination (the pet may not travel until 21 days after the first dose)
  • A valid European pet passport
  • Treatment against tapeworm (Echinococcus). This applies exclusively to dogs and must have taken place at least one day (24 hours) and at most five days (120 hours) before entry into the United Kingdom.

Travelling from the United Kingdom to the Netherlands

If you want to travel or return to the Netherlands from the United Kingdom, your dog or cat must meet at least the following requirements:

  • Identification chip (the pet must have been chipped prior to being vaccinated against rabies)
  • Rabies vaccination
  • Valid travel document: either a European pet passport issued by an EU Member State (including United Kingdom, until the end of this year) or a health certificate issued by an official authority in the UK.

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Protected species (CITES)

You may wish to travel to the United Kingdom with an animal that belongs to a protected species. If you wish to import a protected species from a country outside the EU, you may also need a CITES permit. For more information, visit the Trade in protected species section on the Netherlands Enterprise Agency website.