Pet Passport United Kingdom
If your pet is entering the
United Kingdom and they are entering from a rabies free or
country with a low incidence of rabies after residing there for at least
the preceeding 6 months, they will not be quarantined if they follow
these steps in the following order:
- 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 pets entering the United Kingdom 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 the United Kingdom 90 days after the date the blood was
drawn and avoid quarantine. The titer test results
must be endorsed by the Govermental Authority from your country.
This step is not required unless entering the United
a high rabies country.
- Within 10 days of travel, an accredited veterinarian must
then complete the bi-lingual
Annex II for United Kingdom
for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United
States or Canada. If you are not traveling from either of these
countries, the Governmental Authority from your country responsible
for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms.
- A copy of the Rabies Certificate should also be included for
- Before your dog can enter the United Kingdom, it must be treated against certain tapeworms one to five days prior to entering the country unless your pet is entering directly from Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway.
This completes a passport for your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom.
*Pets entering the UK 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.
**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 the United Kingdom without the 21 day wait.
Restricted Breeds: The following breeds are not permitted to enter the UK: Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa Inu or Pit Bull Terrier.
When arriving by air, all pets, with the exception of service animals, must do so by manifest cargo. Approved Border Posts for arrival by air are London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Manchester (pets accompanied by owners only), Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dublin.
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
the United Kingdom. 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 and should have a health certificate to enter the United Kingdom. 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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