There are a lot of things to think about and what you need to do very much depends on where you are going to, if your pet is returning to the UK and the means of transport by which it is travelling.
Currently the EU PETS travel scheme applies to all dogs, cats and ferrets travelling with their owner. It is designed to stop the spread of rabies and other diseases into the UK while still allowing pets to travel.
The UK has been free of rabies for many years, but mammals are still at risk in some other countries. All rabies-susceptible animals entering the UK must spend six months in quarantine, unless they arrive under and meet all the conditions of PETS.
When the UK leaves the EU the rules for pet travel will change, at present we do not know exactly what they will be, however, you may need to get your pet vaccinated against rabies 4 months before it leaves the UK. Therefore, if you plan to travel to the EU with your pet after Brexit we recommend you speak to us at least 4 months before you plan to leave the UK for advice on the steps you need to take. Further information on the possible new regulations is included in the links below.