Brexit guidance

The British Equestrian Federation has been working closely with government departments, vets and leaders in the equine industry to ensure that riders, owners and support staff have the latest information on how to best prepare for a No Deal Brexit. The latest deadline for the UK's departure from the EU is 31 October 2019.

Updates will appear on this page. Please scroll down for the latest advice on the movement of horses, humans and sport equipment. 

**Brexit update 31 October 2019**

The UK and the European Union have agreed an extension to the Brexit deadline until 31 January 2020. This means that the UK will not be leaving the EU on Thursday 31st October 2019.

It is possible that the UK could leave the EU before 31 January if the UK parliament agrees the Withdrawal Bill, and so leave with an agreed deal in place.

During the extension period up to 31 January, you should continue to move equines as you do now to the EU, using all the current processes and systems in place. There will be no additional checks taking place during this time either in the UK or the EU.

However, it is important that you continue to be aware of what it is that you need to do to get ready for all potential Brexit scenarios during this period.

All of the relevant guidance can be found by clicking here.

**Brexit update 22 October 2019**

The EU has approved a number of new Border Inspection Post (BIP) applications. These include Dublin Port, Rosslare Europort, Calais, Eurotunnel, Cherbourg, Caen, Dieppe and St Malo. These BIPs are all now approved for both registered and unregistered equines, which is a change as previously St Malo was only approved for registered equines.

In addition to the above, Dublin Airport has been approved for unregistered equines in addition to its existing approval for registered equines. There are still no approved equine BIPs in The Netherlands.

**Brexit update 14 October 2019**

The BEF is pleased to hear that the UK has secured 'listed status' approval to continue exporting animals and animal products to the EU if the UK leaves without a deal on 31 October. This move is made in recognition of the UK's high biosecurity and animal health standards, and means that horses can continue to be exported into the European Union following Brexit. 

In the event of a no-deal Brexit on 31 October, horses and other equines being exported to the EU will nee

d an export health certificate (EHC). In addition:

  • equines travelling from the UK to the EU may need to undergo additional blood tests, which will need to be carried out within 30 days or less of travelling to satisfy EU regulations
  • owners will need to consult with a vet at least six weeks before they are planning to travel
  • all equines will need to enter the EU via a Border Inspection Post (BIP)
  • most equines will also need a Government issued travel ID document, as well as their existing equine passport

Further details of what will be required to export horses to the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit are available here.

**Brexit update 8 October 2019**

The Government has released updated guidance on the process of importing horses in the event of a No Deal Brexit. Importers will have have to use a new Govt notification system. 

The BEF has been in close consultation with the government, vets and other equine leaders to make sure our members are well prepared for the departure date of 31 October.

We have prepared an FAQ on what you need to know in the event of a no-deal Brexit. 

**Brexit update 19 September**

The Government has issued updated guidance for owners of horses, ponies and other equines on the preparations they need to make in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

If the UK leaves the EU on 31 October without a deal:

  • equines travelling from the UK to the EU may need to undergo additional blood tests, which will need to be carried out within 30 days or less of travelling to satisfy EU regulations
  • owners will need to consult with a vet at least six weeks before they are planning to travel
  • all equines will need an Export Health Certificate in order to travel to EU states, instead of current documents, and will need to enter the EU via a Border Inspection Post (BIP)
  • most equines will also need a Government issued travel ID document, as well as their existing equine passport

For more information, click here.

The BEF has been in close consultation with the government, vets and other equine leaders to make sure our members are well prepared for the departure date of 31 October.

We have prepared an FAQ on what you need to know in the event of a no-deal Brexit. 

**Brexit update 11 April**

The BEF notes that the UK has been granted a six-month extension to its departure from the European Union. The new deadline of 31 October 2019 means that the UK will NOT now leave with No Deal on 12 April.

The BEF welcomed the news on 10 April that the UK had been given "listed status" meaning that the movement of horses from the UK to the EU would continue in the event of a No Deal Brexit. However it is important to stress that agreement was only valid for a No Deal exit on 12 April. There will need to be a new agreement if the UK were to leave in a No Deal scenario on a different date.

A priority for the BEF has been to make sure that owners are well informed on how to prepare for a No Deal departure - and we will continue to work closely with government, vets and other leaders in the equine industry to make sure they have the latest information.

We have prepared an FAQ for how to prepare for No Deal here.

**Brexit update 10 April**

The BEF is pleased to see that the UK’s listed status application has been agreed by EU Member States. This means that we have met the animal health and biosecurity assurances required for the UK to export horses and that the movement of horses between the UK and the EU will continue in the event of a No Deal Brexit.

Exports of horses to the EU will need to go through an EU Border Inspection Post and be accompanied by an Export Health Certificate (EHC).

We will keep you updated on any changes to this situation as they occur, and the situation may well change following UK Government’s meetings with EU members today (Wednesday 10 April 2019). Information for horse owners here - Our updated FAQ is here.

The UK is preparing to leave the European Union on 12 April (unless developments indicate otherwise). The circumstances of the UK’s departure are not yet clear but the BEF has been working closely with government, vets and leaders in the equine industry to make sure our members are informed about what they need to do in the event of a No Deal Brexit.

MOVEMENT OF HORSES

UK Government announces information for horse owners here

Rules for exporting horses and other equines, including ponies and donkeys, and what you’ll need to do if there’s no Brexit deal here

The BEF has been working with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to prepare a FAQ for horse owners to help answer their concerns.

MOVEMENT OF HUMANS

A No Deal Brexit also has implications for the movement of riders, grooms, support staff, etc. The European Commission has proposed that UK nationals visiting the EU will be able to stay visa-free for up to 90 days in any 180 day period. This should include riders and fans visiting the EU to participate in or watch sports events (as long as they are not undertaking paid work). However, UK nationals may require visas (under individual Member States’ immigration laws) if they wish to work, study, or stay longer than 90 days. Please find below a factsheet from the EC...

Travelling between the UK and the EU in the event of No Deal

The BEF strongly advises following the latest advice from the gov.uk

Visiting Europe after Brexit

The links below provide guidance on what will change after the UK leaves the EU and how to prepare:

MOVEMENT OF SPORTS EQUIPMENT

In the event of a No Deal Brexit, sports organisations and individual athletes may be required to make import and export declarations when taking their equipment across the UK/EU border. Guidance is available here:

What sport clubs can expect on day one of a No Deal Brexit

Taking goods (eg sport equipment) temporarily out of the UK

As the conditions under which the UK leaves the EU become clearer, the BEF will continue to take advice from government on how owners can best prepare themselves. Our latest guidance will appear on this page.

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