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    Travelling with Pets

    New UK–EU Relationship in 2021:

    Changes in effect as of 2300 hours UTC on 31 December 2020.

    You will have an obligation to report to UK Border Force when moving into and out of the UK by recreational boat.

    You should expect greater scrutiny and requirements to report on arrival and departure, when moving between the UK and the EU and/or the Schengen area by recreational boat. 

    As the future UK / EU relationship negotiations were still incomplete in mid December 2020 this information may be incomplete, and will be updated and amended as we learn more.

    If you are boating abroad and you find something is different or come across something new, please let us know by emailing boating.abroad@rya.org.uk. 

    Great Britain

    A pet can only arrive in Great Britain (GB) on a private boat if it is arriving from Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland.

    Otherwise your pet must enter the UK using an approved transport company and route.

    If you are leaving Great Britain with your pet you should ensure that it is correctly prepared in accordance with the rules of the destination country.  

    For further information see: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-from-1-january-2021    

    Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland  

    Pets arriving in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland need to enter through a designated travellers’ point of entry (TPE). 

    There are changes to how you prepare your pet for travel and the documentation you will need.  Further information for Northern Ireland can be found at:

    Further information for the Republic of Ireland:

    If you are leaving Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland with your pet you should ensure that it is correctly prepared in accordance with the rules of the destination country.  

    The Channel Islands

    The Isle of Man

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