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From the 1st of January 2021 the regulations and requirements for pet travel from the UK to mainland Europe have changed.

Previously issued and accepted UK pet passports will not be accepted as valid for travel to Europe with these changes.

With these changes you will now need an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) to travel with your fur baby.


These AHCs must be issued by an Official Veterinary Surgeon (3 of our vets are available for this service) and are valid for travel to specific destination states for 10 days from the date of issue. They are valid for return to the UK up to 4 months from the date of issue. An AHC is only valid for one trip.

For your pet to travel with an AHC it must:

  • Be over 12 weeks of age (16 weeks for some destinations),
  • Must be microchipped with information up to date.
  • Have had a rabies vaccination at least 21 days prior (some country’s are 30 days) to the issue of the AHC.

Before you plan to travel please contact the surgery in good time as there is some information we require before we can complete the AHC so we will need this in advance of your appointment.

When you attend your appointment, you will need:

  • To bring your pet for his/her microchip to be verified,
  • Proof of a valid, in date rabies vaccine, (UK Pet passport if you have one already issued),
  • Written authorisation if you will not be accompanying your pet naming the person who will be responsible for them during travel,
  • Proof of entry to an event if travelling for the purpose of competition.

Please note that the AHC is not for animals that are being sold or used for commercial purposes.

Please note that entry to European countries must be through specific entry points, more information about which is available here.

In some cases, different countries may have extra requirements such as a valid rabies blood test. More information about which countries this may be should be checked online here as this information changes regularly

If you would like any more information or to book an appointment prior to travel, please use the form below or get in touch with the Brightside Crew.

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Owner's Title (please select)
Please select your title, if it is not listed here please use other
Owner's Name
The first section of this form relates to the owner of the animal(s) that require a certificate for travel. PLEASE NOTE, the details filled in here are the details of the person attending the appointment.
Owner's street address including town
Your pet's name
Have we previously seen you at Bright Side Vets?
e.g. Calais
This is the final country you are travelling to (not the country you are arriving in or travelling through).
Will you be travelling with the animal or will someone else be responsible for their transportation?
Include Full name (title, first and surname) and for a carrier/ agency please provide their full name.
If you have more than one animal travelling, you will need to complete this form again for each animal travelling.
The breed of your pet (if known)
e.g. 6 years old, DD/MM/YYYY
Is your pet microchipped?
Please insert the microchip number if you know this ( this can often be found on their vaccination record).
Was this rabies vaccination a booster or the first vaccine?