Scotland Pet Passport & Regulations
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 11.
Your pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO compliant, you can either bring your own microchip scanner or, if your pet's non-ISO compliant microchip can still be read, then your veterinarian can implant an ISO-compliant microchip in addition to the one your pet currently has. The number and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate.
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's current rabies vaccination was administered after the tattoo was applied.
If your pet is entering Scotland from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country, it will need a rabies vaccination after a microchip is implanted and more than 21 days prior to entry but not more than the expiration date of the manufacturer of the vaccine. If your dog, cat or ferret has a current rabies vaccination but no microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip is implanted and wait 21 days before travel. Once you have entered Scotland, 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.
Rabies Titer Test
If your pet is entering Scotland from a high-rabies country, your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order). After waiting 30 days, a rabies titer test 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 within acceptable limits, your pet can enter Scotland no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering Scotland from a high-rabies country. If you do not have 3 calendar months before traveling, your pet will be quarantined for the balance of time required to fulfill the 3 months.
Tapeworm Treatment - Dogs Only
Before your dog can enter Scotland, it must be treated against certain tapeworms between one and five days prior to entering the country unless your pet is entering directly from Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway.
Here is where the rules differ and depend on whether or not you or a legal representative of yours is traveling within 5 days of your pet's transport.
The owner or a legal representative of the owner is traveling with or within 5 days of the pet. If this is correct, then your pet will travel under non-commercial regulations as follows:
Traveling to Scotland from a country outside the EU:
- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. If traveling to Scotland from a high-rabies country, step 3 will apply.
- A licensed veterinarian must complete the non-commercial EU health certificate for Scotland within 10 days of entry. (Note: new form is required if issued by a licensed veterinarian after August 31, 2016.) If your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA or CFIA respectively and the non-commercial EU health certificate must be endorsed by the local USDA (United States) or CFIA (Canada) office. This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. (see item 5 if you are traveling with more than 5 pets.)
If you are entering Scotland directly from a non-EU country, you must enter through Edinburgh or Glasgow International Airports on an approved airline.
Traveling to Scotland from another EU Member State:
- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.
- Have your veterinarian update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. A non-commercial EU health certificate is not required for pets traveling to Scotland 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.
If you, as the owner, is being represented by another person, 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.
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. If either of these is correct, then your pet will travel under commercial regulations as follows:
- Traveling to Scotland from a country outside the EU:
- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.
- A licensed veterinarian must complete the commercial EU health certificate for Scotland within 48 hours of entry. 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 or CFIA office. This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. (see item 6 for transports of more than 5 pets.)
Traveling to Scotland from another EU Member State:
- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.
- If your pet is entering Scotland from another EU country, your pet must travel from a licensed premises which is registered with the governing authority in your country responsible for the import and export of pets. Your veterinarian must update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. Your pet's transport must be accompanied by an Intratrade certificate and registered in the TRACES system.
- If your pet is entering Scotland from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country outside the EU, it must enter through an approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) at Edinburgh. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival.
- All dogs, cats and ferrets may enter Scotland commercially from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled countries. Dogs, cats and ferrets may only enter Scotland commercially from these high-rabies countries and must have a titer test according to step #3 above.
Traveling with more than 5 pets
If you are traveling with more than 5 pets that are 6 months or older, unless you are going to a show or competition, your pets must meet the requirements as listed in Step 5 (commercial EU health certificate instead of non-commercial EU health certificate), and have endorsement from the government agency in your country that regulates the import and export of animals. If you are traveling to Scotland from another EU country, you will also need to have an Intra Trade Certificate and register the movement on the TRACES system. If you are entering Scotland from a non-EU rabies-controlled or rabies-free country, your pet will need to enter Scotland through an approved Border Inspection Post at Edinburgh, London Heathrow or Gatwick and give 24 hours notice of arrival.
Entering Scotland by Air
Pet owners accompanying their pets can bring their animals from abroad as manifest cargo directly into Scotland on certain approved routes which are operating through the Animal Reception Centre/Border Inspection Post at Edinburgh or Glasgow Airports. Animals using this service must meet all the requirements of the Pet Travel Scheme detailed above. Within the British Isles pets can be carried on any route subject to the transport company's agreement and conditions of carriage.
Pets traveling unaccompanied from outside the EU must custom clear at Edinburgh, London Heathrow or Gatwick Airports.
Pets should enter Scotand 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 Scotland. 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
Unvaccinated puppies and kittens under 12 weeks of age are not permitted to enter Scotland. 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 are not permitted to enter Scotland: Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa Inu or American Staffordshire Pit Bull Terrier. 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.
Exporting Pets from Scotland
All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Scotland for another EU Member State must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving the country. Have your veterinarian issue an EU pet passport if you intend to return to the EU.
If you are planning to take your pet on a trip to a high-rabies country, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test before you leave Scotland if you intend to return to the EU.
Export certificates are required for unaccompanied transport of dogs and cats to the following countries: Anguilla, Antigua/Barbuda, Argentina, Ascension Island, Australia, the Bahamas, Bahrian, Bangladesh (GB only), Bermuda, Bolivia, Boznia Herzogovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus (northern), Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Falkan Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Gambia (dogs only), Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Guyana, Hawaii, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libia, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia (peninsula), Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Soloman Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Kitts and Nevis, St Helena, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga (dogs only), Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks & Caicos, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzebekistan (dogs only), Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wallace and Futuna Islands, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
There are no rabies requirements for other species of rodents, rabbits, birds, ornamental fish, intervebrates, amphibians and reptiles (except red-eared sliders) imported to Scotland from other EU Member 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 are banned in the United Kingdom..
Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits should have a health certificate to enter Scotland. 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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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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