United Kingdom Pet Passport Regulations
Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets. Owners of other pets should refer to item 11.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country, it will need a rabies vaccination after the microchip 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 has not been vaccinated after it was fitted with a microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip is implanted.
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 are met.
Blood Titer Test
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from a high-rabies country, 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 3 calendar months 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. If you do not have 3 calendar months before traveling, your pet will be quarantined for the balance of time required to fulfill the 3 months.
Tapeworm Treatment - Dogs Only
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.
Are you traveling with your pet?
If you or your legal representative is traveling to the UK on the same flight or at least within 5 days of your pet, the transport will be considered non-commercial and the following regulations will apply:
- A licensed veterinarian must complete the English version of the Annex IV form within 10 days of entry. If your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA or CFIA respectively and the Annex IV form must be endorsed by the local USDA or CFIA office. This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. (see item 6 for transports of more than 5 pets.)
- Your or representative must declare that the transport does not involve the sale or transfer of ownership of your pet.
- If you are entering the UK from another EU country, then have your veterinarian update an EU Pet Passport for your pet.
Is your pet traveling alone?
If you or your legal representative is not traveling to the United Kingdom on the same flight or within 5 days of your pet, the transport will be considered a commercial transport and the following regulations apply:
- A licensed veterinarian must complete the English version of the Annex I form within 48 hours of entry. If your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA or CFIA respectively and the Annex I form must be endorsed by the local USDA or CFIA office. If your pet is traveling to the UK from another country, the governmental authority responsible for the import and export of pets should endorse the form.
- If your pet is entering the UK from another EU country, your pet must travel from a licensed premises which is registered with the governing authority responsible for the import and export of pets. Your veterinarian must update an EU Pet Passport for your pet and provide 24 hours notice to the local Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency office serving your pet's destination in the UK. Your pet must have a health inspection within 24 hours of transport.
- If your pet is entering the UK from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country, it must enter through an approved Border Inspection Post. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival. Pets are not permitted to enter the United Kingdom commercially from a high-rabies country.
Traveling with more than 5 pets
If you are traveling with more than 5 pets that are 6 months or older, unless you are going to a show or competition, your pets must meet the requirements as listed above (Annex I instead of Annex IV form), and have endorsement from the government agency that regulates the import and export of animals. The transport must be handled by a licensed agent. If you are entering the United Kingdom from a non-EU rabies-controlled or rabies-free country, you will need to enter through an approved Border Inspection Post and give 24 hours notice of arrival.
Entering the United Kingdom by Air
Due to regulations set by 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 your airline has a program that supports the transport of these animals in the cabin.
Pets traveling non-commercially entering by air from outside the UK must do so on an approved airline at Border Inspection Posts of London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Manchester, Edinburg, Glasgow or Dublin. Pets traveling commercially must enter the United Kingdom at London Heathrow, Gatwick or Edinburgh Airports.
Puppies and Kittens
Unvaccinated puppies and kittens nder 12 weeks of age are not permitted to enter the UK. Puppies and kittens must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies no sooner than 12 weeks of age. All regulations in steps 1-5 will apply.
The following breeds are not permitted to enter the UK: Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa Inu or American Staffordshire 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.
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. You should also ask your veterinarian for an EU Pet Passport if you intend to return to the EU.
If you are planning to take your pet on a trip to a country with a high incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test before you leave the country if you intend to return to the EU.
There are no rabies requirements for other species of rodents, rabbits, birds, ornamental fish, intervebrates, amphibians and reptiles imported to the UK from other EU Member States as well as Andorra, Switzerland, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway and San Marino. However, pet rabbits and rodents imported to the UK from any other non-EU rabies-controlled country will be quarantined for 4 months.
Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits should have a health certificate to enter United Kingdom. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the destination country.
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. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. .
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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.
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