Pet Passport England
Regulations for taking a pet dog, cat or ferret to England from countries within the European Union*
rabies free countries or
countries with a low incidence of rabies:
If your pet is entering England from another EU country, a rabies free or a country with a low incidence of rabies after residing there for at least 6 months, they will not be quarantined if the following steps are completed in this order:
- Your pet must have a ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit
If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you
can bring your own
- Rabies vaccination no sooner than 21 days and not more than 12
months prior to entry. If your dog, cat or ferret has been
vaccinated before it was fitted with a microchip, it will have to be
vaccinated again after the microchip is inserted.
- For dogs, cats and ferrets entering England from a
country with a high incidence of rabies,
a Blood Titer Test administered no sooner than one month after
rabies vaccination. Samples must be processed at approved
laboratories. Assuming test results within acceptable limits, your
pet can enter England 90 days after the date the blood was drawn and
avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering England from
a high rabies country.
- Within 10 days of travel, a USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must complete the bi-lingual
Annex II for
England for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling
from the United States or Canada. If you are traveling from
another country, endorsement is not required unless your country
- A copy of the Rabies Certificate and Blood Titer Test
results should also be included
for endorsement (if applicable).
- A Tapeworm Test is required for dogs between one and five days of entering England unless your pet is entering directly from Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway.
*Pets entering England from northern Cyprus who did not originate in the UK and meet the requirements of the Pet Scheme are subject to the rules for entering from a country with a high incidence of rabies.
**After the first vaccination and waiting period, you can enter England whenever you like as long as booster vaccinations are given on time and you continue to meet the other entry requirements.
When entering England for commercial purposes such as breeding or sale, pets require additional forms and different rules apply.
If arriving by air, pets must enter England at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airports on approved air carriers. (Pets can enter at Manchester only if they are accompanied by their owner.) Pets will travel as manifest cargo.
Breed Restrictions: The following breeds are not permitted to enter England: Brazilian Fila, Put Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa Inu, and Fila Braziliero.
Puppies and Kittens: Unvaccinated puppies and kittens under 3 months of age are not permitted to enter England.
Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet will be refused entry or returned to the country of origin or placed in quarantine, all at the expense of the person responsible for your pet.
Inspection: All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease
communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to
England. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a
licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Other Animals: Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements such as an Import License and quarantine and should have a health certificate to enter England. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.
Veterinary Certificate: All countries have unique veterinary certificates. This form may differ from the veterinary certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) It is an essential part of the cat or dog passport.
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