Travelling with pets easier from 1st January 2012
The UK is going to harmonise its pet movement rules with the rest of the European Union from 1st January 2012. According to Defra, travelling abroad with pets will become cheaper and easier when new rules are introduced. The UK is going to maintain its high level of protection against animal diseases however, the changes are believed to save pet owners around £7 million in fees.
All pets will still need to be vaccinated against rabies. Pets from the EU and listed non-EU countries such as the USA and Australia will no longer need a blood test and will only have to wait 21 days before they travel. Pets from unlisted non-EU countries such as India, Brazil and South Africa will be able to enter the UK if they meet certain strict criteria to ensure they are protected against rabies, including a blood test and a three-month wait before they enter the UK.
To read more please click here.