PETS Travel Scheme Changes March 2019
At the current time we do not know what exactly the new arrangements for the PETS Scheme will be. There are three possibilities being discussed by DEFRA which depend on how the UK is ‘listed’ as a country next to the EU.
- If the UK becomes a Listed Part 1 country the PETS scheme rules will stay the same;
- If the UK becomes a Listed Part 2 country PETS scheme rules will be the same but an extra MHC Model Health Certificate will be required 10 days before travel. These can be issued by Millcroft and will allow you to travel for 4 months in the EU. Returning arrangements will be the same as they are now.
- If the UK becomes a Unlisted 3rd country then this is the ‘worst case’ scenario. In order to leave the UK you will need to plan ahead at least 4 months prior to the date of travel and follow the guidance on this web site ;
If your pet's rabies vaccination was given more than a few months ago, then there is a possibility that they would not pass the blood test without an additional booster vaccination. Ideally a booster vaccination followed by a blood test at least 30 days later with a good result or PASS will allow them to travel. You will then need to wait for 3 months after the blood test before they can travel. You will need to start this process if your intention is to travel in early April19.
Our advice to you will be that if you want an early trip then go and return before 29th March19! Or else delay your travels until August 2019 and beyond when we will know exactly what arrangements are in place to allow you to prepare. If you intend to travel from 29th March then please follow the advice on the government web site page as above or ring the PETS helpline;
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0370 241 1710 Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm
Or alternatively contact Clare Welford at the surgery and I will try to help you with your passport arrangements.