Jersey Channel Islands Pet Passport & Import Regulations
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 including service and emotional support dogs and cats. Owners of other pets should refer to item 13.
For owners of pets entering or returning to the EU from the United Kingdom (UK): as of January 31, 2020, if there is no ratified deal between the UK and EU, the UK is likely to be treated as an unlisted (high-rabies) country under the EU Pet Travel Scheme. If this is the case, then a titer test will be required a minimum of 3 calendar months in advance of travel any EU Member State from the UK. (see step #3) Your pet will also need an EU health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of travel. (see step #5) Your pet will need to enter the EU at an approved Border Inspection Post.
For owners of pets returning to the UK from the EU, your pet will need either an existing EU pet passport (both for UK and EU citizens) or the EU health certificate issued in the UK used to travel to the EU.
There are no official requirements for pet dogs, cats or ferrets traveling between Jersey and the UK (including Northern Ireland), the Isle of Man or other Channel Islands; however, pets over 8 weeks must be microchipped and registered in an approved UK database if your pet is staying in the Jersey Channel Islands over 30 days.
The first step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter The Jersey Channel Islands 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 UK 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 Jersey Channel Islands.
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 Jersey Channel Islands 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 Jersey Channel Islands.
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 Jersey Channel Islands do 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 Jersey Channel Islands, 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 Jersey Channel Islands 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 Jersey Channel Islands 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 vaccination, 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 Jersey Channel Islands no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering the Jersey Channel Islands from a high-rabies country (click here).
Tapeworm Treatment - Dogs Only
Before your dog can enter the Jersey Channel Islands, it must be treated against certain tapeworms by a licensed veterinarian between one and five days prior to entering the country unless your pet is entering directly from Finland, Ireland, Malta, the United Kingdom or Norway.
If you are importing a pet to the Jersey Channel Islands from an EU Member State outside of the UK for commercial reasons (sell, rehome or change ownership - see step #6), then you will need an import permit from the States Veterinary Department. The permit is valid for 4 months. If you are importing a pet from the UK for commercial reasons, an additional authorization may be needed.
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 Jersey Channel Islands from a country outside of the EU:
Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. If entering the Jersey Channel Island from a high-rabies country, step 3 applies as well.
A licensed veterinarian in the originating country must complete the non-commercial EU health certificate for the Jersey Channel Islands 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 Jersey Channel Islands 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 7 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 Jersey Channel Islands 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 Jersey Channel Islands 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 pet transport to the Jersey Channel Islands from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country outside the EU:
Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. Step 3 does not 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. If your pet is traveling to the Jersey Channel Islands from another country, then the government agency responsible for the import and export of live animals must endorse the forms.
This form is good for transports of 5 or less dogs, cats or ferrets. (see item 7 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 London Heathrow or Gatwick. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival.
An import license must be obtained from the States Veterinary Department. It can take up to 3 months for approval to import a dog, cat or ferret for resale or adoption.
All dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
Commercial Transport to the Jersey Channel Islands from high-rabies countries outside the EU:
Dogs, cats and ferrets can only enter the Jersey Channel Islands from these high-rabies countries. Pets must conform to all rules above and also have a titer test according to step 3 above.
Commercial pet transport to the Jersey Channel Islands from another EU Member State:
Regulations in steps 1 and 2 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.
Entering the Jersey Channel Islands from Malaysia & Australia
If your pet is entering the Jersey Channel Islands 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 the Jersey Channel Islands 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.
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 Jersey Channel Islands by Air
All pets entering Jersey must do so on approved carriers unless entering from Ireland.
Unaccompanied pets entering by air bound to the Jersey Channel Islands from outside the United Kingdom must do so on an approved airline at Border Inspection Posts of London Heathrow, London Gatwick or Edinburgh Airports. Once the pet is cleared in London or Edinburgh, it can be forwarded on to the Jersey Channel Island's Jersey Airport.
All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry in London and must conform to UK regulations. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Entering the Jersey Channel Islands by Boat
Cats and dogs arriving onboard private yachts, boats or commercial vessels cannot enter Jersey from any country unless they are traveling from Ireland.
Puppies and Kittens
Unvaccinated puppies and kittens are not permitted to enter the United Kingdom and thus the Jersey Channel Islands. Puppies and kittens must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies no sooner than 12 weeks of age. All regulations in steps 1-5 will apply.
The following breeds or their mixes are not permitted to enter the Jersey Channel Islands: Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa Inu or American Pit Bull Terrier. Also some kinds of American Bulldogs have been found to be Pit Bulls. It is illegal to enter or transit Jersey Channel Islands with any of these breeds or their mixes or any dog bred for fighting.
If you have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, then you must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency before you travel.
All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving the Jersey Channel Islands for another EU Member Country must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving the country.
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 the country if you intend to return. You don't have to wait 3 months if your pet has an EU pet passport and its vaccination and blood test were done in the EU and recorded in the pet passport.
Export permits may be required for non-accompanied transports.
There are no rabies requirements for other species of rodents, rabbits, birds, ornamental fish, intervebrates, amphibians and reptiles (except for red-eared sliders) imported to the UK from other EU states as well as Andorra, Switzerland, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway and San Marino. However, pet rabbits and rodents imported to the UK will be quarantined for 4 months unless they have lived in an EU Member state for at least 4 months prior to import. Red-eared sliders have been banned in the United Kingdom.
Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits should have a health certificate to enter the Jersey Channel Islands. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the destination country.
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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