Isle of Man Pet Passport & Import Regulations
NOTICE: On October 17, 2019, United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) reached an agreement
on the conditions for the departure of the UK from the EU and also defined a transition period to negotiate terms
for that agreement. The agreement has been approved by the UK parliment; however, it has yet to be approved by the EU Parliament.
Should the EU Parliament approve the agreement, the UK will leave the EU on January 31, 2020.
The next step in the process will be the negotiating period. During this time, all legislation currently
in effect for pets traveling to the UK and between the UK and the EU will remain in effect. Regulatory changes
will be clarified during the negotiation period which will end on December 31, 2020.
Until that time, UK Pet Passports will
be valid for entering the EU and EU Pet Passports will be valid to enter the UK.
There will be no quarantine imposed on your pet as long as the following requirements are met. Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets. Owners of other pets should refer to item 11.
Is your origination country approved for pet import to the European Union? See the list of approved countries for EU pet import.
The first step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter the Isle of Man is to have your pet microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet currently has a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, then you have 3 choices:
- You can bring your own microchip scanner.
- You can contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you will enter the EU and inquire as to whether they have scanners that can read your pet's chip.
- If your pet's current microchip can still be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The number and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is an acceptable form of identification as long as it was given prior to July 3, 2011, is clearly visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets must have proof of a current rabies vaccination administered after a microchip was implanted to enter the Isle of Man.
The first rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted is called the primary vaccination and it should be a one year vaccine unless manufacturer specifications permit its use as a primary vaccination. If your pet's previous rabies vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the next vaccination becomes the primary vaccination.
All vaccinations that are administered after the primary vaccination are called booster vaccinations.
If your pet is entering the Isle of Man from a rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), the primary rabies vaccination must be administered no sooner than 21 days before entering the Isle of Man.
There is no waiting period after booster vaccinations as long as:
- the previous vaccination was administered after a microchip was implanted AND
- the booster vaccination was administered before the previous vaccination had expired.
The Isle of Man does honor the 3 year rabies vaccination for dogs, cats and ferrets; however, it should only be administered as a booster, not as a primary vaccination. You can speak to your veterinarian about this.
Once your pet has entered the Isle of Man, a 21 day waiting period is not required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date, and the other entry requirements are met.
If your pet is entering the Isle of Man from a high-rabies country, it must wait for a minimum of 30 days after the primary or booster vaccination before receiving a rabies titer test (see step #3).
Rabies Titer Test
If your pet is entering the Isle of Man from a high-rabies country (click here), your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order). After waiting a minimum of 30 days after the primary or booster vaccinatino, a rabies titer test (FAVN) must be administered. (Have your veterinarian scan your pet's microchip prior to the titer test.)
Samples must be processed at approved laboratories. Assuming test results are within acceptable limits, your pet can enter the Isle of Man no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering the Isle of Man from a high-rabies country (click here).
Tapeworm Treatment - Dogs Only
Before your dog can enter the Isle of Man, it must be treated against certain tapeworms by a licensed veterinarian between one and five days prior to entering London unless your pet is entering directly from Finland, Ireland, Malta, other members of the United Kingdom or Norway.
The type of health certificate required for your pet depends on whether or not your pet's transport is accompanied OR it involves a purchase, sale or transfer of ownership. Choose from two options below.
Non-Commercial Transport: the owner or a legal representative of the owner is traveling with or within 5 days of the pet AND the transport does not involve purchase, sale or transfer of ownership.
Non-Commercial Transport to the Isle of Man from a country outside of the EU:
Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.
A licensed veterinarian in the originating country must complete the non-commercial EU health certificate for the Isle of Man within 10 days of travel. If your pet is traveling from the United States, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA and the health certificate must be endorsed by the State USDA office unless the certificate is completed by a military Veterinary Corps Officer or GS-0701 series civilian government veterinarian employed by the military.
The CFIA must endorse forms issued by Canadian veterinarians.
If traveling to the Isle of Man from another country, then the forms must be endorsed by the government agency responsible for the import and export of animals.
This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. (see item 6 if you are traveling with more than 5 pets.) The form is good for 4 months of travel within the EU as long as the rabies vaccination documented on it does not expire.
Non-Commercial Transport to the Isle of Man from another EU Member State:
Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.
Have your veterinarian update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. An EU health certificate is not required for pets traveling to Austria from another EU Member State unless a rabies booster was administered by a veterinarian outside of the EU at any time after your pet received its microchip.
No matter what country you are entering the Isle of Man from, you or your representative must sign a Declaration of Non-Commercial Transport stating that your pet's transport does not involve the sale or transfer of ownership of your pet.
Commercial Transport: the owner or a legal representative of the owner is not traveling with or within 5 days of the pet OR the purpose of the transport involves a sale or transfer of ownership OR more than 5 dogs, cats or ferrets are traveling with or without their owner.
Commercial transport to the Isle of Man from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country outside the EU:
Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.
A licensed veterinarian in the originating country must complete the commercial EU health certificate within 48 hours of travel. If your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA or CFIA respectively and the commercial EU health certificate must be endorsed by the local USDA (United States) or CFIA (Canada) office unless the certificate is completed by a military Veterinary Corps Officer or GS-0701 series civilian government veterinarian employed by the military. If traveling from another country, then the forms must be endorsed by the government agency responsible for the import and export of animals.
This form is good for transports of 5 or less dogs, cats or ferrets. (see item 6 for transports of more than 5 pets). It is valid for 4 months of travel within the EU as long as your pet's rabies vaccination does not expire.
Your pet must enter through an approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) at an international airport in Heathrow, Gatwick or Edinburgh. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival.
All dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
Commercial Transport to the Isle of Man from high-rabies countries outside the EU:
Dogs, cats and ferrets can only enter the Isle of Man from these high-rabies countries. Pets must conform to all rules above and also have a titer test according to step 3 above.
Commercial transport to the Isle of Man from another EU Member State:
Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. Step 3 does not apply.
Your pet must travel from a licensed premises which is registered with the governing authority in your EU country responsible for the import and export of animals.
Your veterinarian must obtain and update an EU Pet Passport for your pet.
Your pet's veterinarian must issue an Intratrade health certificate completed within 48 hours of entry.
Your pet's transport must be entered into the TRACES system.
Traveling with more than 5 pets
If you are traveling with 6 or more cats, dogs or ferrets, in order to transport them under non-commercial regulations, they must be 6 months or older and attending or training for a competition, show or sporting event. If this is not the case, your pets must meet the requirements for commercial transport. (see step #5)
Entering the Isle of Man from Malaysia & Australia
If your pet is entering Isle of Man from peninsular Malaysia, the following conditions must be met:
1. Your pet has had no contact with pigs during at least the past 60 days prior to export.
2. Your pet has not lived in a place where cases of Nipah disease have been confirmed during the past 60 days.
3. Your pet has been tested with negative a result to an IgG capture ELISA test carried out in a laboratory approved for testing for Nipah disease viruses within 10 days of export.
Cats may only enter Isle of Man from Australia under the condition that they have not lived in areas where cases of Hendra disease have been confirmed during the past 60 days.
Entering the Isle of Man by Air
Pets entering the Isle of Man by air from outside of the UK must do so through approved Border Inspection Posts at London Heathrow, Gatwick or Edinburgh Airports. If accompanied, pets can also enter the Isle of Man from Manchester Airport. Pets entering the Isle of Man by air from the United Kingdom can do so from any airport.
Pets should enter London directly or transit through another EU Member State. If your pet transits through a high-rabies country, then a Transit Declaration will be required stating that your pet has had no contact with rabies-carrying animals and remained secured within the airplane or airport.
All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to Isle of Man. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Puppies and Kittens
Microchips and rabies vaccinations must not be administered prior to 12 weeks of age and there is a 21 day wait for puppies and kittens over 3 months of age arriving from EU Member States or rabies-controlled countries. The minimum age for entering Isle of Man from high-rabies countries is 7 months of age.
The following dog breeds are not permitted to enter the Isle of Man: Pit Bull Terrier types, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Braziliero
Exporting Pets Living in Isle of Man
All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Isle of Man for another EU Member State must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving Isle of Man. Export permits issued by your local veterinarian are required.
If you are planning to take your pet on a trip to a country with a high incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should do a rabies titer test before you leave Isle of Man if you intend to return.
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 and should have a health certificate to enter Isle of Man from other EU Member States. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.
If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations.
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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.
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