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How long does a pet passport last, and how much does it cost?

Pet passports issued in Great Britain are no longer valid for travel to the EU or Northern Ireland.

Instead, those travelling from Great Britain to the EU or Northern Ireland with a pet cat, dog or ferret will need to have an animal health certificate, which contains proof of the pet’s vaccination status and microchipping date. It typically costs about £100 and must be obtained no more than ten days before travel.

It remains valid for four months for onward travel within the EU and return to the UK, but a new certificate is needed for each trip from Great Britain to the EU or Northern Ireland.

Those taking a pet cat, dog or ferret to a non-EU country will need an export health certificate, with the precise conditions of this varying according to each individual country.

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