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Assistance Dogs

We welcome Assistance dogs travelling to and from Liverpool John Lennon Airport.  Contact your airline or tour operator to confirm you can travel with your dog on your chosen route. The following links will provide some important information; taking your dog abroad and assistance dog travel. When departing from Liverpool, contact the Assistance desk as soon as you arrive. 


To make sure your pet is able to travel from the UK to the EU after EU Exit in any scenario, you should contact your vet at least 4 months before travelling to get the latest advice.

How will Assistance Dogs be affected by Brexit?

When the UK leaves the EU, it will become a third country. In the EU Pet Travel Scheme, there are 3 categorisations of third country:

  • unlisted
  • Part 1 listed
  • Part 2 listed

Pet travel requirements will change depending on what category of third country the UK becomes on the day the UK leaves the EU. Third countries can apply to the European Commission to be listed. The UK is likely to be treated as an unlisted country under the EU Pet Travel Scheme if it leaves the EU without a deal.

Pet travel if the UK is an unlisted country

A current EU pet passport issued in the UK will not be valid for travel to the EU.

You’ll need to take the following steps:

  1. You must have your dog, cat or ferret microchipped and vaccinated against rabies before it can travel. Your pet must have a blood sample taken at least 30 days after its last rabies vaccination. Your vet may recommend a booster rabies vaccination before this test.
  2. Your vet must send the blood sample to an EU-approved blood testing laboratory.
  3. The results of the blood test must show a rabies antibody level of at least 0.5 IU/ml.
  4. You must wait 3 months from the date the successful blood sample was taken before you travel.
  5. The vet must give you a copy of the test results and enter the day the blood sample was taken in an animal health certificate.

You might find that the blood test result is not successful despite your pet being up to date with its rabies vaccinations. If this happens you’ll need a repeat vaccination and blood test taken at least 30 days after the repeat vaccination.

Find out more about rabies vaccination boosters and blood tests.

Dogs travelling from the UK to EU listed tapeworm free countries (Finland, Ireland and Malta) should be treated for tapeworm before travel.

You will not be able to travel with your pet if you have not completed these steps.


Electronic mobility aids ( including mobility scooter )

Tell your airline or travel company that you wish to travel with an Electronic Mobility Aid (EMA) at the time of booking or up to 48 hours before you travel. Your will need to provide the make and model of your EMA and know how to isolate your EMA from its battery supply before it is loaded onto the aircraft.

If you are travelling with an Assistance dog or Electric mobility aid we recommend arriving at the airport a minimum of 2 hours before your flight is due to depart.