Thank you for contacting me about travelling with a guide dog after the transition period.
I truly understand how important it is for guide dogs and their owners to be able to travel to and from the EU with as much ease as possible. The Government has submitted an application for the UK to become a Part 1 listed third country under the Pet Travel Scheme. Acceptance of this application would mean very similar documentation and health requirements to those in place now for pet owners and users of assistance dogs travelling to the EU. I am aware that the Commission is now considering the UK’s application and the Government is continuing to engage with them on this point.
I am pleased that requirements for pet travel into Great Britain will not be changing in the short term, in order to make the movements of pet travellers and users of assistance dogs as frictionless as possible. I would like to reassure you that any future review of the pet travel rules will take into consideration the needs of assistance dog users as a priority.
I am aware that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has published guidance on ‘Pet Travel to Europe after Brexit.’ In line with this guidance, guide dog owners should contact their vet at least 4 months before travel to ensure they can continue travelling to the EU in any scenario. I am pleased that the Department has made these communications accessible to blind and partially sighted people and will continue to keep this guidance updated.
Finally, I know that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is proactively and positively engaging with the assistance dog community on the impacts on dog movements to the EU. I am assured that Ministers will continue to closely work with assistance dog organisations to share the latest advice and guidance in accessible formats with their members on pet travel requirements as this is updated.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Sally-Ann Hart MP