It will be necessary to plan ahead if you wish to transport horses into the EU after 1st January 2021
After 1st January 2021, the UK will no longer be in the current transition period following our exit from the EU. If no deal has been negotiated for the export of horses from the UK to the EU then this process is going to become much more complicated. There is detailed information on the gov.co.uk website.
Horses will no longer be able to travel on DOCOMs or under the TPA and will require Export Health Certificates (EHCs) as they currently do to travel to most of the EU and all third countries. It is expected that all requirements for export to the EU will be reciprocated for exports from the EU into the UK
There will be a requirement to have the following blood tests:
- A Coggins (AGID) test for Equine Infectious Anaemia within 30 days of export - this is for all horses
- An EVA test using one of the methods cited in the EHC for all colts over 180 days of age and all stallions
Pre-export Residency Requirements
Residency requirements for permanent export (8335EHC)
- 90 days prior to export: horse must be on premises ‘under veterinary supervision’
- 30 days prior to export: horse must not have contact with horses of lesser health status. This means they must be in a separate group or isolated and must not be in contact with horses moving in and out from elsewhere in the UK or abroad.
- 15 days prior to export: horse must have no contact with animals suffering from infectious disease transmissible to equidae
Residency requirements for temporary export (8336EHC)
- 40 days prior to export: horse must be on premises under veterinary supervision in countries that are assigned to Sanitary Groups A, B, C,D,E or G.
- 15 days prior to export: no contact with animals suffering from infectious diseases transmissible to equidae.
At present, only horses registered with an EU recognised studbook or a national branch of an international racing or competition organisation will be able to travel as registered equidae. At the time of writing, no UK studbook is recognised by the EU.
For all EHC applications, and equine ID document will be issued along with the EHC.
Entry into the EU
Consignments of registered horses will have to enter the EU through a Border Control Post (BCP) designated by the EU for horses. Unregistered horses will have to use Ungulate BCPs