From 1st January 2012, the rules for bringing your pet dog, cat or ferret into the UK will change.

Until then, the existing rules continue to apply for pets coming into the UK,
see www.defra.gov.uk/pets

 

Don’t delay – find out the rules in plenty of time before you travel.

If you wish to return to the UK with your pet after a trip abroad, or intend to bring your pet into the UK for the first time, you need to be aware of the changes to the UK pet entry rules that take effect on 1 January 2012.

You are responsible for ensuring your pet meets all the rules for entering the UK.

Make sure you have had the procedures carried out in the correct order and your pet’s documentation is correctly completed by a veterinarian. If you do not, your pet may not be able to enter the country or may have to be licensed into quarantine on arrival. This will mean delay and will cost you money.

Rules depend on which country you are travelling into the UK from:

• EU member states – see Part A
• Approved non-EU countries – listed overleaf but please check
www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets/countries/noneu-countries/
for latest details – see Part A
• Non-approved countries (not in EU or not listed overleaf) – see Part B.

Approved non-EU countries and territories

Andorra
Antigua & Barbuda
Argentina
Aruba
Ascension Island
Australia
Bahrain
Barbados
Belarus
Bermuda
BES Islands (Bonair, Saint
Eustatius and Saba)*
Bosnia-Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Canada
Cayman Islands
Chile
Croatia
Curacao*
Falkland Islands
Fiji
French Polynesia
Guam
Hawaii
Hong Kong
Iceland
Jamaica*
Japan
Liechtenstein
Malaysia*
Mauritius
Mayotte
Mexico
Monaco
Montserrat
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Norway
Russian Federation*
Saint Maarten*
San Marino
Singapore
St Helena
St Kitts & Nevis
St Lucia
St Pierre & Miquelon
St Vincent
& The Grenadines
Switzerland
Taiwan
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates*
USA (mainland)
Vanuatu
Vatican
Wallis & Futuna

*asterisk indicates specific information relating to these countries, so please go to
www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets/countries/noneu-countries/ for latest list.

Is your pet prepared?

PART A Entry to the UK from other EU Member States and approved non-EU countries:

 

For your pet to enter the UK from these countries, you must answer ‘yes’ to the following questions:


• Is it microchipped?
• Is your pet currently vaccinated against rabies?
• Was it vaccinated after it was microchipped?
• Have you got an EU Pet Passport or Official Veterinary Health Certificate from
your vet certifying the microchip and vaccination?
• Have 21 days passed since it was vaccinated?
• Are you travelling into the UK with your pet on an approved route?**

PART B Entry to the UK from non-approved countries:

 

For your pet to enter the UK from these countries, you must answer

‘yes’ to the following steps:


• Is it microchipped?
• Is your pet currently vaccinated against rabies?
• Was it vaccinated after being microchipped?
• Was a blood sample for a blood test taken at least 30 days after
it was vaccinated?
• Has it passed the blood test? (your vet will tell you)
• Have you got an EU Pet Passport* or Official Veterinary Health Certificate from
your vet certifying the microchip, vaccination and blood test result?
• Have three months passed since the date the blood sample was taken?
• Are you travelling into the UK with your pet on an approved route?**

* Please note – If your pet was successfully blood tested and issued with an EU pet passport
before it left the UK or other EU country to go to a non-approved country, the three-month
waiting period before re-entering the UK will not apply (but all other rules still apply).

** For certain assistance dogs, they must travel into an approved airport. See our website
for further information.


Further information

Tick and Tapeworm treatment

Requirements for tapeworm treatment are to be confirmed, so you are advised to check the Defra website prior to travel. Tick and tapeworm treatment is still advised. It is best practice, and best for the health of you and your pet, to treat your pet for ticks and tapeworm before returning to the UK. Consult your vet for further advice.

Travelling abroad with your pet

The rules for pets travelling from the UK to other countries will not change. UK pet owners wishing to take their pets abroad should contact the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) for details of the export certification requirements for the destination country.

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Pets in quarantine

Pet owners with pets entering quarantine from 3 July 2011 to 31 December 2011 may be able to have their pet released from quarantine from 1 January 2012 and before the current 6 month quarantine period has elapsed, if they have prepared their pets to meet EU rules.
See Defra website for further information.

To find out more detail

This document only contains a summary of the rules, so please go to the website for the latest and comprehensive details on the rules for pet travel into the UK.
Website: www.defra.gov.uk/pets
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Helpline: +44 (0)870 241 1710

Please note: This document only contains a summary of the rules. Although we have done our utmost to ensure that the details are correct as of 30th June 2011, the rules do occasionally change, so please go to our website for the latest and comprehensive details on the rules for pet travel into the UK.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR
Telephone: 020 7238 6000
Website: www.defra.gov.uk