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** 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.
- For pets entering or leaving the United Kingdom to or from a
country with a high incidence of rabies,
a Blood Titer Test administered no sooner than 30 days after
rabies vaccination. (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 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.
- 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
- A copy of the Rabies Certificate and Blood Titer Test results should also be included for
endorsement (if applicable).
- 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.
- Effective December 29, 2014: If your pet is entering the UK by air
from outside of the EU 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. You must show
evidence of your travel within 5 days of your pet´s movement.
- If you
are intending to sell or change ownership of your dog, cat or
ferret, then it must meet the requirements listed above. (Annex I
form instead of Annex II form). Additionally, it must be accompanied
by an Intra Trade Certificate.
- If you are traveling with more than 5 pets, you will need to conform to regulations for a commercial transport. (see below)
This completes a pet passport for your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom.
Due to regulations of commercial airlines approved to fly animals to the UK, pets must arrive as manifest cargo 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 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. When arriving in the United Kingdom by air, all pets, with the exception of service animals, must do so by manifest cargo. Pets entering by air from outside the UK must do so on an approved airline at Border Inspection Points of London Heathrow, London Gatwich, London Manchester (pets accompanied by their owners), Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dublin.
**After the first vaccination and waiting period, you can enter the UK whenever you like as long as booster vaccinations are given on time, you do not enter a high-rabies country, and you continue to meet the other entry requirements.
Puppies and Kittens: Unvaccinated puppies and kittens are not permitted to enter the UK. Effective December 29, 2014, rabies vaccinations cannot be given earlier than 12 weeks of age.
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
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.
Commercial Movements: Unless you are traveling to a show or competition with more than 5 pets over 6 months of age, your pet must meet the requirements as listed above (Annex I instead of Annex II 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).
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.
Pets Leaving 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.
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.
Need equipment for traveling with your pet? Find it all at PetTravelStore.com.GOT QUESTIONS??? Please post to our blog or forum.
GOT COMMENTS??? Please enter them below. Your experiences will provide help for us all!!