Biobest Laboratories Ltd

Pet Travel To The EU After 31st October

With new political leadership stating a renewed commitment to getting the United Kingdom out of the EU, even if that means leaving without a deal – it is important to consider the implications for pet travel.  For thousands of British people who enjoy taking a winter sojourns to warmer parts of Europe, bringing their pets with them has, till now, been a relatively simple affair thanks to the EU Pet Passport scheme.  This will all change if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31st October 2019.


Without a deal, the UK will no longer enjoy the benefits of being members of the EU Pet Travel Scheme, which currently allows dogs, cats and ferrets to travel freely across the EU with their owners.  In this case third country rules would apply to the UK.  These rules would require pets travelling from the UK to any EU country to be able to prove they are effectively vaccinated against rabies.  To do this, animals will have to submit to a rabies antibody titre test at least 30 days after vaccination and no fewer than three months before travel, meaning anyone in Britain with winter holiday plans with their pets need to start making plans now so their pet can still travel. 


Biobest are one of only two laboratories in the UK capable of carrying out rabies antibody titre test.  We offer a standard turnaround time of 5 to 7 days with an express service with a turnaround time of 2 to 3 days.  Our clear and competitive pricing contains no hidden costs and our exceptional customer service team are available to provide support you require.  For more information visit the rabies section of our website here.