Brits rush for French citizenships for pets to avoid post-Brexit prices

It also confirmed that a animal health certificate must be issued 10 days before travelling and owners must show that the EU passport was accepted for entry back into the UK.

Presenter Keven Mosley, explained how the show had been inundated with case studies of people doing just that.

He said: “You don’t need to get one (an Animal Health Certificate) every time, just the first time, and then get an EU vet to issue you with an EU pet passport”.

He quoted listener Bridget Day who visited Ireland and got a local Irish vet to issue her with a pet passport.

He also said one listener, Jane Allen, had gone an extra step and made her dog a French citizen for just 25 euros.

However, British second-home owners are only allowed to stay in France for 90 days out of 180, without having a longer-term visa.

Sir Clive Loader, police and crime commissioner for Leicestershire, said he’d taken his dog Gus, to his holiday home in France, and was told about the clever hack by a friend.

He said: “I was bemoaning the cost of the animal health certificate when a friend said, when you get out there you’ll be able to get a EU passport for him. I went to the vet and asked if I could do it there and he said, yep.

“It took 15 minutes, twenty euros, signed up, passport in hand and left”.

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Roy Walsh

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