- The UK becomes a PART 1 listed country. There would be no change to the current health travel arrangements and minor changes only to documentation.
- The UK becomes a PART 2 listed country. There would be some new requirements. We would have to issue a Model Health Certificate (MHC) confirming the pet was appropriately identified and vaccinated against rabies and 21 days have elapsed since the date of vaccination. This is different from the current EU passport. It is valid for 10 days after issue for entry into the EU and for four months of onward travel within the EU. An MHC would have to be issued for each trip to the EU.
- The UK becomes an UNLISTED third country. This is the worst case scenario and involves the most work.
- Ensure the animal is vaccinated against rabies
- Prove the animal is immune with a blood test (ideally 30 days after vaccination)
- Animals must wait at least 3 months from date of blood collection before travel is allowed
- An MHC (see above) can then be issued.
We obviously hope that the UK becomes a Part 1 listed country but to ensure for all eventualities we have written to you in plenty of time so that arrangements can be made if necessary.
This information was contained in a letter I received from our vet this morning.