Pet Travel Scheme

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to continue the existing pet passport scheme once the UK has left the EU.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Whilst we are a member of the EU, we continue to be signed up to the requirements of the pet travel scheme.

The Government is negotiating our departure from the EU and Defra is looking at future arrangements, including those for pet travel. We want pet owners to continue to be able to travel to and from the EU with the minimum of disruption, whilst maintaining high biosecurity and animal welfare standards.

Whatever the outcome of negotiations, owners will be able to continue to travel to the EU with their pets, but there may be changes to the system. The extent of any potential changes will depend on the outcome of negotiations.

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