A reader has described a stressful experience when she was unable to board the Eurotunnel train with a British EU pet passport for her cat.
Mary Cooper, 64, said after a long drive from Haute-Savoie, she and her husband, 71, were turned back at 3:00 and told they needed a French pet passport.
They slept in their car outside a French vet’s to “beg for help”.
She said Eurotunnel staff had said it was that or the cat would be quarantined. “Seventy-five euros later, we could return for the train and they let us proceed.”
Mrs Cooper, who has moved back to the UK, had brought the pet over in 2010 on a UK-issued passport which her French vet had continued to update, but she was told at the border it was not acceptable post-Brexit.
She said she was annoyed to see later that a form Eurotunnel had given them to show the vet said at the bottom that officials had discretion to let them through on a one-off basis.
Cat ‘becoming distressed
This had not been offered, despite her asking for flexibility for their 16-year-old cat, which was “becoming distressed”.
A Eurotunnel spokesman said usually it is acceptable – in the EU to UK direction only – to use pre-2021 UK pet passports, but they must not include any errors.
It was possible there has been a change in format, or something incorrectly filled in since 2010, he said, though he could not comment on the individual case.