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Equine pre-export requirements prior to moves from GB to EU from 1 January 2021

29 Sept 2020

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From 1 January 2021 any unregistered horse, other equine or one that is being exported permanently from GB to EU or Northern Ireland, would have to be in GB (or another country with a similar or enhanced health status, including any EU state) for 90 days prior to export. If you therefore plan to move a horse in these circumstances, on or shortly after 1 January, you should be ensuring now that you are able to provide the required evidence to allow the Official Vet signing off your Export Health Certificate to confirm the residency period has been met.

In addition, you should be prepared to meet requirements in relation to blood testing and isolation. Please see the summary of testing, as well as residency and isolation periods below:

Unregistered Temporary

Unregistered Permanent

Blood testing

  • Equine Infectious anaemia within 90 days of travel
  • Equine viral arteritis - within 21 days of travel for uncastrated male equines older than 180 days, unless they meet vaccination
  • Equine infectious anaemia - within 30 days of travel
  • Equine viral arteritis - within 21 days of travel for uncastrated male equines older than 180 days, unless they meet vaccination

Residency

90 days

90 days

Isolation

30 days

30 days

 

Registered Temporary

Registered Permanent

Blood testing

  • Equine infectious anaemia within 90 days of travel
  • Equine viral arteritis - within 21 days of travel for uncastrated male equines older than 180 days, unless they meet vaccination
  • Equine infectious anaemia - within 30 days of travel
  • equine viral arteritis - within 21 days of travel for uncastrated male equines older than 180 days, unless they meet vaccination

Residency

40 days

90 days

Isolation

N/A

30 days

If you plan to move a registered horse or other equine to the EU or Northern Ireland, temporarily after 1 January, the required residency period is shorter at 40 days. You will also have to meet the relevant blood testing requirements (as above), but will not be required to isolate your equine.

Please note that in order to be considered registered your equine will need to have its studbook approved by the EU (unless it is registered by an international sporting organisation like the FEI Federation Equestre Internationale). If not approved, the equine will be considered unregistered (and will have to follow the relevant requirements for this category).

We have applied for studbook listing by the EU, but currently we do not expect this to be granted by 31 December. You should therefore be planning on the basis that your equine will be considered unregistered. We will alert you if that position changes. 

All equine moves from 1 January will also be dependent on the UK obtaining third country listing from the EU, without this none will be able to move from GB to the EU or Northern Ireland. We will alert you as soon as the position has been confirmed.

The following processes will also need to be followed:

  • Equines travelling from GB to the EU, will need both an ID document (equine passport) and Export Health Certificate (provided by APHA and needing to be signed off by an approved vet).
  • Unregistered equines will also need a Supplementary Travel ID (again provided by APHA and signed off by an OV).
  • The vet will need to confirm that the equine has met the necessary pre-export residency and isolation requirements and been blood tested to prove the absence of particular notifiable diseases. None of which apply to intra-EU movements. 
  • The equine will have to enter the EU through a relevant Border Control Post.  A list of those able to take equines will be provided in due course.
  • Paperwork will need to be completed via the EHCO system and an official vet. 

Guidance and other information is also available on GOV.UK here.

BREXIT: GUIDANCE FOR EQUESTRIANS

Please read our guidance for equestrians intending to transport their horse between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021

 

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