Once the transition period ends on December 31, going back and forth between the UK and Europe is going to be a very different experience. Come January 1, freedom of movement between the UK and the EU will end with immediate effect. From this moment, the ease with which the British have holidayed worked and lived in the EU for decades will come to an abrupt end.
Will I need a visa?
Not if you are visiting as a tourist for a holiday.
But you will need one if you are planning to spend an extended amount of time on the continent.
You will be able to stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period in EU countries.
Environment Secretary George Eustice said owners will not be able to use their EU pet passports once the current Brexit transition period finishes at the end of the year.
The Government had applied for the UK to be in Part 1 of the EU Pet Travel scheme, which would have meant little change to the current arrangements, however, Mr Eustice said it was more likely to be in Part 2.
He said: “We’re likely to be listed in the EU’s annex 2, the sort of second category, which means whereas in the past you might have had a pet passport, in future you’d need a certificate from the vet instead of the passport.”
Under the Part 2 rules, owners need to visit an official vet no more than 10 days before travelling to get an animal health certificate confirming their pet has been microchipped and vaccinated against rabies.
This will not just apply to pets but will also apply to guide and assistance dogs.