Can I take my pet from the United Kingdom to the Netherlands after Brexit?

Yes, you can bring your cat, dog or ferret to the Netherlands from the UK. But there are rules for travelling with pets. Your pet must for example have a pet passport or a veterinary certificate. And it must be microchipped. Read more about all the rules below.

You want to travel from the UK to the Netherlands with your pet

If you want to bring your pet from the UK to the Netherlands, your pet:

  • must be microchipped (for identification purposes). The microchip must be fitted before the animal is vaccinated against rabies;
  • must be vaccinated against rabies;
  • must have a European pet passport or a valid veterinary certificate issued by the relevant UK authority. Please note: European pet passports issued in the UK will no longer be valid after Brexit;
  • will probably need a blood test involving a 3-month waiting period. This blood test is to check whether the anti-rabies vaccination has been effective. The 3-month waiting period does not apply if the blood test is carried out in an EU country and the results have been noted in the pet passport. Please note: it is currently still unclear whether a blood test will be required after Brexit. More information about the rules on blood tests for pets is available on the website of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA).

If your pet does not meet the requirements, it will immediately be taken into quarantine on entering the Netherlands.

Read more about rules for travelling with your pet from the UK to The Netherlands after Brexit on the website of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA).