Let us know WHERE you will be entering the EU
This is because we need to obtain the certificate in dual language - English AND the language of the point of entry to the EU. Please note - it is the country you ENTER the EU and not your final destination.
You do NOT need to have a blood test taken
The regulations do not require a serological blood test to be taken. Some animals may have already had samples taken but these are now not required.
You must have a rabies vaccine
Pets must be over 12 weeks old. The rabies vaccine can NOT be given within 2 weeks of any other vaccination.
The vaccine we currently use lasts for THREE years before booster vaccination will be required.
We will need proof of rabies vaccination
If your pet has a Pet Passport already, or you have had the rabies vaccine done at our practice then this will suffice as proof.
However, if your pet has had a rabies vaccine at a different practice and you do not have an existing Pet Passport, then you may require a further rabies vaccine with us and a further 21 day wait. We strongly suggest you check with us well in advance if you are not sure.
You CAN'T travel until 21 days AFTER the rabies vaccine.
This is very important as you will need to plan ahead. Animals risk being quarantined if you travel within this 21 day period.
Your AHC is valid for 10 days for entry in to the EU
Your AHC is valid for 10 days for entry in to the EU and 4 months for onward travel.
However, this does mean that you will require a NEW AHC each time you want to travel to the EU.
Even if this is within close proximity to a previous AHC being issued.
You will need to see your vet within 10 days prior to travel
The AHC is only valid for 10 days once it has been issued. You need to plan ahead so you can get your appointment with us within the correct time window for your planned entry into the EU.
You will need to book a 40 minute appointment.
The new AHC is a complex and time consuming document. Your vet will need plenty to time to examine your pet, complete and check the documents as well as copy and certify all the other paperwork required.
Please allow 24 hours following your appointment for your vet to complete the necessary documentation.
Your pet must be microchipped
This will need to be checked/inserted prior to any rabies vaccines. This can be done at the same appointment if required.