Pet passports needed to cross Irish Sea after Brexit

Twitter/Led By Donkeys

Anyone from Great Britain planning a New Year’s Day visit to Belfast with their pet will need to apply for permission by 21 December.

The certificate remains valid for four months, but only for a single journey.

INDY/GO Weekly Newsletter

TIME TO TRAVEL!

Read our full mailing list consent terms here

INDY/GO Weekly Newsletter

TIME TO TRAVEL!

Read our full mailing list consent terms here

EU and Northern Ireland pet owners can continue to use their pet passports to visit Great Britain.

Bill and Dee Swan from Rye in East Sussex will face the new bureaucracy when taking their dog, Bertie, to visit their son, James, in Ireland – whose job in the City of London has moved to Dublin because of Brexit.

Mr Swan said: “This is presumably what ‘sunlit uplands’ or ‘tremendous opportunities’ mean.”

Joe Moran, senior political adviser for the Eurogroup for Animals, said:  “These new rules, whilst at first sight may seem worrying, should come as a great relief for pet owners and their furry companions alike. 

“Yes, it will become a little more complicated to travel across the Irish Sea or the Channel than it is at present, but it could have been worse. 

“Without these rules, owners would have needed to go through a far more costly and bureaucratic process, with multiple trips to their vet, and blood tests for their pet. 

“As long as owners ensure their dogs, cats or ferrets see their veterinarian at least ten days before travel, the process will still be relatively easy.”

The Independent has asked Defra for a response.

The rules apply only to people taking their pets with them on short trips and holidays. More complex regulations apply to commercial movements of animals.

Source: Read Full Article