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Travellers with pets advised to check latest advice ahead of Brexit

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Wednesday 23 October 2019

Islanders are being advised to continue planning for the possibility of the UK exiting the EU without a deal on the 31st of October.

While debate continues in the UK with regard to the deal recently agreed by the Prime Minister and the EU, and while a number of outcomes are still possible, the UK Government's policy remains that it will leave on the 31st of this month, with or without deal.

For this reason, Islanders should continue to use the online resource provided at www.gov.gg/Brexit for guidance and advice on a range of issues.

Advice on travel to the European Union is one of several topics included. One area the States of Guernsey are keen to highlight in particular is for those intending to travel with pets. Pet owners are advised to contact their vet as early as possible before their intended journey. The States Vet has been contacting local vets and has discussed pet travel with Condor Ferries to make them aware of possible changes to the requirements for travel to Europe.

Since last year Islanders intending to travel with cats, dogs or ferrets have been encouraged to speak with their vet about ensuring their pets receive a rabies vaccination and later have a blood sample taken to check that the vaccine has provided their pet with protection against rabies. Within 10 days of travel pets must be checked by a vet who will issue an animal health certificate which is required for each trip. This process can take 4 months so it is important that those who are planning trips, and who have not already discussed this with their vet, do so as soon as possible.

States Vet David Chamberlain said:

'We know many people like to take their pets with them to France. We want to avoid a situation where someone finds they aren't able to take their pet with them at the 11th hour. Owners are strongly advised to contact their vets as early as possible when planning a trip to Europe to avoid any unanticipated problems and upset.'

Further guidance and updates are available at www.gov.gg/Brexit including information for those travelling with horses and endangered species.

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