Pet Passport Scotland
Regulations for taking a pet dog, cat or ferret to Scotland from countries within the European Union*
rabies free countries or
countries with a low incidence of rabies:
If your pet is entering Scotland 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 Scotland 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 Scotland 90 days after the date the blood was drawn
and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering Scotland from
a high rabies country.
- Within 10 days of travel, a USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must complete the bi-lingual
Annex II for
Scotland 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 it is mandated by your
- 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 Scotland unless your pet is entering directly from Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway.
*After the first vaccination and waiting period, you can enter Scotland whenever you like as long as booster vaccinations are given on time and you continue to meet the other entry requirements.
**If your pet was vaccinated prior to the insertion of the microchip and the vaccination had not expired when the chip was inserted, then your veterinarian can re-vaccinate your pet after the chip is inserted and your pet can enter Scotland without the 21 day wait.
Pet owners can bring their animals from abroad directly into Scotland on certain approved routes which are operating through the Animal Reception Centre/Border Inspection Post at Edinburgh Airport and the recently approved Animal Reception Centre facility at Glasgow Airport. 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.
Puppies and Kittens: Unvaccinated puppies and kittens under 3 months of age are not permitted to enter Scotland.
When entering Scotland for commercial purposes such as breeding or sale, pets require additional forms and different rules apply.
If arriving by air, pets will travel as manifest cargo. The airports approved to importing animals are Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Breed Restrictions: The following breeds are not permitted to enter Scotland: Brazilian Fila, Put Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa Inu, and Fila Braziliero.
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
Scotland. 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 Scotland. 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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