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Thousands of British holidaymakers charged £180 to travel to Europe thanks to new rules

UK holidaymakers face a fee of £180 if they take their beloved pets abroad on holiday.

Since Brexit and the UK leaving the European Union, UK-issued ‘pet passports’ are no longer accepted for entry of dogs, cats or ferrets into EU countries.

Taking your beloved pooch on holiday can cost you as much as £180 depending on the destination

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Taking your beloved pooch on holiday can cost you as much as £180 depending on the destinationPhoto credit: Getty

For almost two decades pet owner were able to go abroad with their furry friends as part of the “Pet Passport” program.

Until early 2021, the EU Pet Travel Scheme allowed Brits to take their pets on unlimited trips in and out of the rest of the EU – but post-Brexit that has changed.

The EU has removed the UK from its Part 1 Listed status in the Pet Travel Scheme and will no longer accept UK-issued pet passports.

Instead, UK pet owners now pay up to £180 for an ‘animal health certificate’ which can be obtained from a veterinarian.

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The rule change was originally put into effect in January 2021, but it has largely gone unnoticed due to travel restrictions surrounding Covid-19.

However, the bureaucracy does not affect anyone visiting the UK from European Union countries, who can still use the much cheaper alternative of pet passports.

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Want to take your cat on a well-deserved beach vacation? It will cost you!Photo credit: Getty

EU travelers can get a pet passport from as little as €20 (£16.60). Pets who travel.

These passports have the added benefit of being valid in some non-EU countries such as United States of AmericaNorway and Switzerland.

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It is understood that the government is lobbying for the elimination of bureaucracy to allow UK pet passports to be accepted again for travel to EU countries.

Brits who want to take their pet on holiday with them at no extra charge can check out the best dog-friendly holidays in the UK, with cottages and caravans from £25 a night.

Existing pet passports will no longer be accepted for entry into EU countries, even if they were issued before Brexit

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Existing pet passports will no longer be accepted for entry into EU countries, even if they were issued before BrexitCredit: Alamy

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