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ITBA News Update - EU 30 Day Residency lifting


ITBA is delighted to announce that after extensive lobbying and hard work the EU 30 day restriction on residency has been lifted.

ITBA in association with EFTBA Chairman Joe Hernon lobbied at the highest levels in Brussels and were instrumental in establishing an EU Taskforce whose priorities included the 30 day residency.

Ireland was represented on this Taskforce by both Brian Kavanagh, HRI and Dr Des Leadon, ITBA who actively pushed this agenda on behalf of the Irish breeding industry.

Any restriction on movement between GB and the EU would have had a detrimental effect on the industry, so today’s news will bring welcome relief on the movement of thoroughbreds, for both breeding and sale purposes.

In essence the lifting of this restriction means that the current Export Health Certificates (EHC) for movement of equines from GB to the EU and Northern Ireland (and the current rules underpinning them) will be valid until 20th August 2021.

From 21st August 2021 the new EHCs (implementing the Animal Health Law) will need to be used which means:

  • GB registered horses do not need to remain in the EU/NI for any specific length of time before returning to GB.
  • GB registered horses do not need to isolate pre-export (only to be under veterinary supervision for 30 days).
  • Pre-export residency period for registered GB horses in country of origin is also 40 days or since birth).

More information will follow over the coming days and the ITBA will update breeders accordingly.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact us.


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