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Travelling with dogs

Posted: March 28th, 2019, 8:12 pm
by SusieH
I don't know if this is true but a lady posted it on FB on the Expats Menorca forum:

Notification has been sent to all vets there that as from 1st April - the U.K. are out of the EU therefore no animals will be allowed entry without having a blood test for rabies anti-bodies!!!!!!!! This has to be totally illegal!! Well that's us scuppered as we were sending our dogs over on a flight on 6th April to get them there before Brexit on 12th!!

It's had many many many replies, so not sure if it's going ahead or not.

Re: Travelling with dogs

Posted: March 28th, 2019, 8:51 pm
by watta
Well it seems to me Susie, to be a 'grey area', with all the nonsense emanating from this pathetic Government .!!!!!!

I have found the Gov. website stating after 29/03/19 EU Exit whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal. , :shock: :roll: Here is link for all, but no doubt somebody will have changed it again.!!!!! :evil: ... ter-brexit

The best of luck to anyone going over and you all have my sympathies for your poor animals. :sad:


Re: Travelling with dogs

Posted: March 30th, 2019, 1:53 pm
by Slartibartfast
More fake news, there has always been stringent checks on pets travelling with in Europe. We had to get rabies shots, then blood tests and then more blood tests for our pup Sally even were were thinking about driveing back even crossing the border from Spain to France we were told we'd need to see a French vet for even more checks.

And did you see the other headline about the queues forecast in Spanish airports !! They don't have the facility for the huge number of UK citizens that will be arriving over the summer!! WTF. Don't they have huge number of UK citizens arriving over the summer now?? Are they expecting even more visitors after brexit??

And here's another scare story about EHIC cards, you'll be left to die as European hospitals won't see you :roll: You have always needed medical insurance even with an EHIC card.

Re: Travelling with dogs

Posted: March 30th, 2019, 3:08 pm
by Annie41
To pick up what Slartibartfast says about the EHIC card and travel insurance I can see the potential for problems here. If my EHIC isn't accepted I take it that I can't access the state hospitals - for example in an emergency. I have probably got this totally wrong but I thought that travel insurance was good for the private clinics and hospital, but you would use your EHIC in the state hospitals. Please could someone let me know if I am wrong? Last year for example my Direct Line annual policy which was health screened would not cover asthma. I wasn't even given the choice of an extra premium!

I need to get a new annual policy before my next trip to Menorca on 4th June, but am leaving it until as late as possible as it's likely that the politicians will still not have resolved this.

I would be grateful for any thoughts.



Re: Travelling with dogs

Posted: March 30th, 2019, 6:25 pm
by Shuggie
Travelling with animals might be a little more challenging when/if brexit happens but certainly not impossible. Blood tests have been rumoured but I tend not to listen to all that crap. What will be will be and I’ll still take my dogs to Menorca. We have friends who regularly move horses through Europe and indeed across the world and it’s all possible if you know what your doing. Brexit might change the way things are done so we’ll just need to adapt. You should never be frightened of change, is always the way I look at things.

As for Ehics. I’ve used the medical facilities in menorca with my EHIC and it’s been really simple and very effiecient, but you do need to know where to go. There is a medical centre on Carrer de Fornells in Mahon where you should go with any problems. I used it a couple of times last summer for a ear infection and I was in and out in less than 30 minutes. They did ask to see my EHIC and passport so it’s essential you take that with you. I did ask them what would happen if I didn’t have my EHIC with me and they said I would of had to pay for the service and it would have cost €76 to see a doctor. I thought that was reasonable. It should be remembered the EHIC will not cover you for transport to a hospital or medical centre or repatriation, that’s where your holiday medical insurance comes in.

Re: Travelling with dogs

Posted: March 31st, 2019, 1:07 am
by Annie41
Thanks Shuggie. I hope it is as simple as that. My experience of using the EHIC card has been good so far but without it I am worried. My concerns are minor compared to UK citizens living in the EU.

Re: Travelling with dogs

Posted: March 31st, 2019, 3:12 pm
by Slartibartfast
As far as I know but you would have to check with your insurance provider it does not matter which doctor/hospital service, private or public, you need to use, your insurance would cover any costs if covered under the insurance T&C's As Shuggie said the EHIC only covered the medical basics and insurance was still needed. If you are all worried please check with your insurance co.

As for not being covered for a particular ailment you need to shop around. AFAIR last year we used staysure and after going through all our ailments we were offered cover for everything but at a premium (basic cover cost X 3). But for peace of mind it may be worth it.

Re: Travelling with dogs

Posted: March 31st, 2019, 8:22 pm
by Annie41
Thanks for the info and the tip. I will try and get a quote from staysure. I am also keeping my fingers crossed for a Brexit extension haha!

Re: Travelling with dogs

Posted: April 1st, 2019, 11:11 pm
by trevx
As Slarti says it's better to shop around for insurance if you have any existing health conditions and there are plenty of specialist companies. Google will turn up plenty!
We've been with Staysure and Good to go in the past who covered existing health conditions including asthma; we had a problem last year with Staysure after I had a heart attack a few weeks before we were due to go away but found AllClear were prepared to cover us- eye watering premium but we were covered and went on hol happy!
Had appendicitis on my 1st trip abroad over 45+ years ago, having taken out insurance without thinking we might need it and have never travelled without insurance since- it's not worth the risk and worry.

Re: Travelling with dogs

Posted: April 2nd, 2019, 8:49 am
by Annie41

Thanks for this info. Sorry to hijack the thread about travelling with dogs!