Animal Health Certificates

Travelling to an EU Country or Northern Ireland

Animal Health Certificates (AHCs) replace Pet Passports for non-commercial movements of pet dogs, cats and ferrets to the EU (European Union). They are also required for non-commercial movements to Northern Ireland.

In order to use an Animal Health Certificate for travel to the EU or Northern Ireland your pet must either be travelling with you, or must travel within five days of your departure. If this is not the case then different export documentation will be required. Your pet must have received a valid rabies vaccination at least 21 days prior to the date of travel, and the AHC is valid for a single entry into the EU or Northern Ireland within 10 days of signing. Learn more about pet travel requirements for the EU & Northern Ireland.


Pre-appointment information

So that we can book you a pet travel appointment, we require the following pre-appointment information:

1. Please complete the form below. Alternatively, you can download a copy of the form here and email it to us Рsee no.2

2. Please email the following to and put in the subject line: your surname, pet name(s) and destination:

  • Evidence of date of microchipping (if available)
  • Evidence of your pet’s rabies vaccination. Suitable evidence includes:
    • A Pet Passport (for vaccines administered prior to 1st January 2021). Please include Sections I to V of the Passport (pages 4 to 8) and ensure the passport serial number is visible at the bottom of each page.
    • A rabies vaccination card or certificate, showing the date of vaccination, vaccine details, and that the microchip was read prior to administering the vaccine.

You must also bring these original documents to your appointment; without original documents we will be unable to issue a certificate.

Further information on travelling abroad with your pet can be obtained from the Government’s Pet Travel Scheme helpline: 0370 241 1710 (8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday) or by emailing

Once we have received your completed form and the supporting evidence below, we will contact you to book your pet travel appointment.


AHC pre-appointment form

* Fields marked with an * are required.


About you

About your destination

Destination address in the EU or Northern Ireland

About your pet

Up to five pets may travel on one AHC

Who will be travelling with your pet(s)?

Please fill in ONE of the following 3 options and provide details if appropriate:

Who will attend the appointment at Travel Vet?

Please fill in ONE of the following 2 options and provide details if appropriate


Treatment for tapeworms is required when travelling with dogs (but not with cats or ferrets) from Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) to EU listed tapeworm-free countries including Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland,Finland, Malta and Norway. Dogs travelling to these countries must be treated for tapeworms by a veterinary surgeon not more than 120 hours (five days) and not less than 24 hours before the time of entry into one of these countries, and the treatment must be certified on the relevant section of the AHC.

Before returning to Great Britain dogs (but not cats or ferrets) must be treated for tapeworms not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (five days) before time of entry, unless they are entering GB from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Finland, Malta or Norway. If you are staying in the EU more than five days then a vet in the EU must administer this treatment and certify the relevant section of the AHC. If you are on a short trip and returning
to Great Britain within five days of departure then you should have your return treatment performed by a veterinary surgeon before leaving Great Britain.



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