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European Union (EU) regulations for taking a pet dog, cat or ferret to the United Kingdom (UK) from a rabies free country or a country with a low incidence of rabies*:

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:

  1. ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
     
  2. Rabies vaccination no sooner than 21 days** prior to entry and not more than the expiration date of the manufacturer of the vaccine.  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 implanted.
     
  3. 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. This step is not required unless entering the United Kingdom from a high rabies country.
     
  4. 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, endorsement is not required unless your country mandates it.
     
  5. A copy of the Rabies Certificate and Blood Titer Test results should also be included for endorsement (if applicable).
     
  6. 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 pet passport for your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom.

Dog Passport 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.

**After the first vaccination and waiting period, you can enter the UK whenever you like as long as booster vaccinations are given on time and you continue to meet the other entry requirements.

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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pamela.martinmakuk
I am a home based cattery in the US and will be returning to UK permanently this summer 2014. I am now retired I an anxious to know how many cats I can bring as it would break my heart to part with any of them.
Posted on 2014-01-27 22:54:26.0
PetTravel
You can bring up to 5 before the transport becomes a commercial transport. Then there are additional requirements. They must all travel as manifest cargo into the UK.
Posted on 2014-01-28 04:43:17.0
caroline.walters.796
I'm looking at purchasing a puppy from Saskatchewan, Canada , to bring to the UK , what procedures have to be done and followed to do this ?
Posted on 2014-01-30 10:18:13.0
PetTravel
Puppies cannot enter the UK until 21 days after they receive their rabies vaccination. Generally, this vaccination is not administered until 3 months of age. The process is: microchip, then vaccinate for rabies (in that order). Within 10 days of entry, a veterinarian will complete the Annex II form for the UK for endorsement by the CFIA. The puppy will also need a tapeworm test within one and five days of travel. Assuming that you are not traveling with the puppy, the UK may consider it a commercial import. You should discuss the consignment with your breeder.
Posted on 2014-01-31 19:43:46.0
irene.armstrong.144
I am looking to bring two cats from Langkawi to the UK but not sure if Langkawi comes under a non-malaysian peninsula or the malasian peninsula can someone help?
Posted on 2014-02-04 09:21:17.0
stephen.dartnell
I am visiting UK from Cambodia for 3 months and want to bring my dog with me. Can I get it micro-chipped etc and use the Pet Travel Scheme??
Posted on 2014-02-26 23:23:58.0
PetTravel
Langkawi is right off the coast of the Malaysian Peninsular and I would consider it a part of it.
Posted on 2014-02-27 05:14:07.0
PetTravel
You will need at least 4 months to prepare. Your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies. No sooner than one month later, your vet will administer a blood titer test for processing at an approved laboratory. Assuming results within acceptable limits, your pet can enter the UK 90 days after the date the blood was drawn without quarantine. You can find additional requirements here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/UnitedKingdom.cfm
Posted on 2014-02-27 05:16:25.0
naaattttttyyyyy
Having a puppy shipped from Belgium to UK. The puppy is 12 weeks and the owner wants to send the puppy via airplane. The puppy has : # AKC Registration # Current vaccinations # Veterinarian examination # 1 Year Health guarantee # Certificate of health How long will it take for the puppy to be allowed in the country?
Posted on 2014-03-08 14:50:34.0
PetTravel
The puppy must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies, then wait 21 days prior to entering the UK. Because rabies vaccinations are generally administered at 3 months, that would put the age of the puppy just shy of 4 months.
Posted on 2014-03-10 03:47:28.0

How old must a puppy be before it can enter the UK,with all its relevant jabs and passport?
Posted on 2014-03-13 13:04:07.0
azeemsaeedkhan
My brother went to UK and his dog is here in Pakistan, how can I send his dog to him to UK? Please Help.
Posted on 2014-03-20 02:22:31.0
PetTravel
The rabies jabs are given at 3 months and the wait is 21 days as long as you are entering from another EU country or listed non EU country. You can find listed non-EU countries here: http://www.pettravel.com/passports_third_countries.cfm
Posted on 2014-03-20 03:47:24.0
PetTravel
Hi Azeem - there is a process that must be followed to bring a dog to the UK from Pakistan. Because Pakistan is a high rabies country, the dog must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order). Then wait for 30 days and have your vet administer a Blood Titer Test. Assuming acceptable results, your dog can enter the UK 90 days after the date the blood was drawn. It will need an Annex II form filled out no more than 10 days prior to travel and a tapeworm test within one and five days of travel. You can find a link to complete instructions and all forms required for taking your brother's dog to the UK here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/UnitedKingdom.cfm. Let us know if you have further questions.
Posted on 2014-03-20 03:50:50.0
andreialotfi
hello i live in uk and i got a cat, i would like to know if its possible to fly with my cat from uk to portugal in the cabin and from portugal to uk in the cabin with me, its a very scared cat. pls help
Posted on 2014-03-31 18:24:19.0
PetTravel
Hi Andreia - your kitty can fly to Portugal in the cabin, but must travel as manifest cargo going back to the UK. One option would be to drive and use Euro Shuttle to Calais France. There are also pet friendly ferries to get you across the channel. You can find them here: http://www.pettravel.com/cruise_ferry_rules.cfm Let me know if you need more information.
Posted on 2014-04-02 04:54:47.0