Information on the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)
Assistance dog owners may be concerned about the requirements for their dog when travelling out of the UK during the current Brexit negotiations. The UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affaires (DEFRA) provides guidance on the UK's current relationship with Europe and travel in general, which assistance dog owners are advised to read before preparing to travel with their dog.
Information for guide dog owners travelling to the EU from 2021
Guide dog owners travelling to the EU from 2021 should be aware of potential changes that mean they need to plan further in advance and may need to prepare now.
Following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, we are now in a transition period, where EU rules continue to apply until 31 December 2020.
However, from January 2021, the process of taking dogs abroad – including guide dogs – will depend on whether the UK and EU have reached an agreement on pet passports. If there is no agreement, dog owners would have to take extra steps at least four months in advance of travel. The process for dog owners in Northern Ireland travelling to the EU may differ, and there may be changes in the way dogs are moved between Northern Ireland and Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales).
We are continuing to ask the government for clarity, but the outcome remains uncertain. In the meantime we would recommend that all guide dog owners looking to travel to the EU next year talk to their vets as soon as possible about the requirements.
Pet Travel helpline
When emailing the pet travel helpline, please give them your name, address and day time telephone number.
Telephone enquiries are available Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays).
- Travel by air
- Travel by car
- Travel by coach or bus
- Travel by rail
- Travel by water
- Assistance dogs (UK) ID book
- Welfare of a guide dog when travelling
- Advice on entering the UK for international visitors
- Information on Pet Travel Scheme
- Support from UK service providers
- Regulations that support international travel
- Who to contact for travel support