Pet Passport United Kingdom
European Union (EU) regulations for taking a domestic dog, cat or ferret to the United Kingdom (UK) from an EU country, rabies free country or a country with a low incidence of rabies* after residing there for a period of more than 6 months. New pet import regulations for the EU in effect on December 29, 2014.
No quarantine will be required if
these steps are taken in the following order:
- Your pet will need an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit
implanted by your veterinarian.
If your pet has a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can
bring your own
- If your pet is entering from a rabies-free or
country, it will need a rabies vaccination after the chip 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 was not vaccinated after it was fitted with a
microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip
- If your pet is entering or leaving the United Kingdom from a
your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that
order). After waiting 30 days, a Blood 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 the United Kingdom no sooner than 90 days after the date the blood
was drawn and avoid quarantine.
This step is not required unless entering or leaving the United
Kingdom from or to
a high rabies country.
- If you or your representative are traveling with your pet, an accredited veterinarian must then
Annex IV for the United Kingdom
within 10 days of entry
for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United
States or Canada. If you are entering the UK from another EU country, then have
your veterinarian update an EU Blue Pet Passport for your pet.
- If you or a legal representative are not traveling within 5 days
of your pet, an accredited veterinarian must then
Annex I for the United Kingdom
within 48 hours of entry
for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United
States or Canada. If you are entering the United Kingdom from another EU country,
then have your veterinarian update an EU Blue Pet Passport for your
pet. See additional commercial transport rules below.
- 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.
- As your pet will travel as manifest cargo to the United Kingdom, it will need a health certificate completed by an accredited veterinarian within 10 days of travel.
This completes a pet passport for your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom.
**Once you have entered the United Kingdom, a 21 day waiting period is not required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date, and the other entry requirements listed above are met.
Effective December 29, 2014: If your pet is entering the UK unaccompanied by air from an EU country or rabies-controlled country, and you are unable to travel on the same flight as your pet, you will need to sign a declaration confirming that you do not intend to sell or transfer ownership of your pet. If your pet originates from outside of the EU, you must show evidence of your travel within 5 days of your pet´s movement.
Effective December 29, 2014: If you are not traveling within 5 days before or after your pet or if you are intending to sell, re-home or change ownership of your dog, cat or ferret, then your pet's transport will be considered a commercial transport, and it will need to meet the following requirements:
- Your pet must originate from another EU or rabies-controlled country.
- All requirements listed above must be met. (Annex I form instead of Annex IV form)
- If your pet is entering the UK from another rabies-controlled country, it must enter through a Border Inspection Post approved to clear live animals and notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival.
- If your pet is entering the UK from another EU country, 24 hours notice must be given to the local Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency office serving the destination, your pet must be accompanied by an Intra Trade Certificate and registered in the TRACES system.
Traveling with more than 5 pets: Effective December 29, 2014: If you are traveling with more than 5 pets over 6 months of age, unless you are traveling to a show or competition, your pets must meet the requirements as listed above (Annex I instead of Annex IV form), travel from a registered premesis, use a licensed transporter, register the transport on the TRACES system, and also enter the UK through a Border Inspection Post (if you are traveling from outside of the EU).
Entering the UK by air: Due to regulations of commercial airlines approved to fly animals to the UK, pets must arrive as manifest cargo on an approved airline unless they are medically certified service animals or documented emotional support animals and the airline has a program that supports the transport of these animals in the cabin. Pets entering by air from outside the UK must do so on an approved airline at Border Inspection Points of London Heathrow, London Gatwick or Edinburgh.
Puppies and Kittens: Unvaccinated puppies and kittens are not permitted to enter the UK. Puppies and kittens must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies no sooner than 12 weeks of age (effective December 29, 2014). All regulations above will apply.
Restricted Breeds: The following breeds are not permitted to enter the UK: Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa Inu or 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.
Dogs and cats from the Malaysian Peninsular
A dog or cat from Malaysia (Peninsular) is prohibited from entering the UK unless it is accompanied by a certificate issued by the Malaysian government veterinary health services which confirms:
- Your pet has had no contact with pigs during at least the 60 days prior to export
- Your pet has not been resident on holdings where during the previous 60 days any case of Nipah disease has been confirmed
- Your pet has had a negative blood test result carried out in a laboratory approved for testing for Nipah virus antibody on a sample of blood taken within 10 days of export
*Pets entering the UK from northern Cypruss: If your pet is entering the UK from northern Cyprus and 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.
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.
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 (CITIES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Search their database. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. Read more about CITIES.
Exporting Pets from the UK:
effective December 29, 2014, all dogs, cats and ferrets leaving
the UK 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 and
returning to the United Kingdom, your veterinarian should do a Blood Titer Test
before you leave the country.
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 for pets leaving the US.
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