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Wales Pet Passport & Import Regulations

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There will be no quarantine imposed on your pet when entering Wales as long as the following requirements are met. Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets only. Owners of other pets should refer to item 12.

1.

Pet Microchip

pet microchip

Your pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO compliant, you can either bring your own microchip scanner or, if your pet's non-ISO compliant microchip can still be read, then your veterinarian can implant an ISO-compliant microchip in addition to the one your pet currently has. The number and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate.

A tattoo is an acceptable form of identification as long as it was given prior to July 3, 2011, is clearly visible and your pet's current rabies vaccination was administered after the tattoo was applied.

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2.

Rabies Vaccinations

pet rabies vaccination

All dogs, cats and ferrets must have proof of a current rabies vaccination administered after a microchip was implanted to enter Wales.

The first rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted is called the primary vaccination and it must be a one year vaccine. If your pet's previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the next vaccination becomes the primary vaccination and it also must be a one year vaccine.

All vaccinations that are administered after the primary vaccination are called booster vaccinations.

If your pet is entering Wales from a rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), the primary rabies vaccination must be administered no sooner than 21 days before entering Wales.

There is no waiting period after booster vaccinations as long as:

  • the previous vaccination was administered after a microchip was implanted AND
  • the previous vaccination had not expired when the booster was given.

Wales does honor the 3 year rabies vaccination for dogs, cats and ferrets; however, it should only be administered as a booster, not as a primary vaccination. You can speak to your veterinarian about this.

Once your pet has entered Wales, 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.

If your pet is entering Wales from a high-rabies country, it must wait for a minimum of 30 days after vaccination before receiving a rabies titer test (see step #3).

Cats from Australia should be accompanied by an official veterinary certification that the animals have not been resident on holdings where during the past 60 days cases of Hendra disease have been confirmed.

Dogs and cats from Peninsular Malaysia should have a declaration stating they were not exposed to pigs within 60 days of import. They will also need to prove they originate from an area where no cases of Nipah have been reported. Your pet will also need to be tested for the antibody for Nipah disease within 10 days of import.

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3.

Rabies Titer Test

Blood Titer Test

If your pet is entering Wales from a high-rabies country (click here), your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order). After waiting 30 days, a rabies 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 Wales no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering Wales from a high-rabies country (click here). 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.

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4.

Tapeworm Treatment - Dogs Only

tapeworm treatment for dogs

Before your dog can enter Wales, it must be treated against certain tapeworms between one and five days prior to entering the country unless your pet is entering directly from Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway.

5.

Health Certificate

pet health certificate

The type of health certificate required for your pet depends on whether or not your pet's transport is accompanied OR it involves a purchase, sale or transfer of ownership. Choose from two options below.

Non-Commercial Transport: the owner or a legal representative of the owner is traveling with or within 5 days of the pet AND the transport does not involve purchase, sale or transfer of ownership.
Non-Commercial Transport to Wales from a country outside of the EU:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. If entering Austria from a high-rabies country, step 3 applies as well.

A licensed veterinarian in the originating country must complete the non-commercial EU health certificate for Wales within 10 days of travel. If your pet is traveling from the United States, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA and the health certificate must be endorsed by the State USDA office unless the certificate is completed by a military Veterinary Corps Officer or GS-0701 series civilian government veterinarian employed by the military.

The CFIA must endorse forms issued by Canadian veterinarians.

If traveling to Wales from another country, then the forms must be endorsed by the government agency responsible for the import and export of animals.

This form is good for transports of 5 or less dogs, cats or ferrets. The form is good for 4 months of travel within the EU as long as the rabies vaccination documented on it does not expire.

Non-Commercial Transport to Wales from another EU Member State:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

Have your veterinarian update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. An EU health certificate is not required for pets traveling to Austria from another EU Member State unless a rabies booster was administered by a veterinarian outside of the EU at any time after your pet received its microchip.

No matter what country you are entering Wales from, you or your representative must sign a Declaration of Non-Commercial Transport stating that your pet's transport does not involve the sale or transfer of ownership of your pet.

The owner or a legal representative of the owner is not traveling with or within 5 days of the pet OR the purpose of the transport involves a sale or transfer of ownership OR more than 5 dogs, cats or ferrets are traveling. If any of these is correct, then your pet will travel under commercial regulations as follows:
Commercial Transport to Wales from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country outside the EU:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 will apply. Step 3 will not apply.

A licensed veterinarian in the originating country must complete the commercial EU health certificate for Wales within 48 hours of travel. If your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA or CFIA respectively and the commercial EU health certificate must be endorsed by the local USDA (United States) or CFIA (Canada) office unless the certificate is completed by a military Veterinary Corps Officer or GS-0701 series civilian government veterinarian employed by the military.

If traveling to Wales from another country, then the forms must be endorsed by the government agency responsible for the import and export of animals.

This form is good for transports of 5 or less dogs, cats or ferrets. It is valid for 4 months of travel within the EU as long as your pet's rabies vaccination does not expire.

Your pet must enter through an approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) at an international airport in London Heathrow or Gatwick. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival.

All dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.

Commercial Transport to Wales from high-rabies countries outside the EU:

Dogs, cats and ferrets can only enter Wales from these high-rabies countries. Pets must conform to all rules above and also have a titer test according to step 3 above.

Commercial Transport to Wales from another EU Member State:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 will apply. Step 3 will not apply.

If your pet is traveling to Wales alone from another EU country, it must travel from a licensed premises which is registered with the governing authority in your EU country responsible for the import and export of pets. Your veterinarian must obtain and update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. Your pet's transport must be accompanied by an Intratrade health certificate completed within 48 hours of entry.

6.

Entering Wales from Malaysia & Australia

Malaysia

If your cat or dog is entering Wales from peninsular Malaysia, the following conditions must be met:

1. Your pet has had no contact with pigs during at least the past 60 days prior to export.
2. Your pet has not lived in a place where cases of Nipah disease have been confirmed during the past 60 days.
3. Your pet has been tested with negative a result to an IgG capture ELISA test carried out in a laboratory approved for testing for Nipah disease viruses within 10 days of export.

Cats may only enter Wales from Australia under the condition that they have not lived in areas where cases of Hendra disease have been confirmed during the past 60 days.

7.

Traveling with more than 5 pets

exporting more than 5 dogs or cats from Wales

If you are traveling with 6 or more cats, dogs or ferrets, in order to transport them under non-commercial regulations, they must be 6 months or older and attending or training for a competition, show or sporting event. If this is not the case, your pets must meet the requirements for commercial transport. (see step #5)

8.

Entering Wales by Air

airplane

Due to regulations set by commercial airlines approved to fly animals to Wales, 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. Accompanied pets entering by air from outside the EU must do so on an approved airline at Border Inspection Posts (BIPs) in London Heathrow, London Gatwick or London Manchester as there are no approved BIPs in Wales. Pets traveling unaccompanied from outside the EU must custom clear at London Heathrow or Gatwick Airports.

Pets should enter Wales directly or transit through another EU Member State. If your pet transits through a high-rabies country, then a Transit Declaration will be required stating that your pet has had no contact with rabies-carrying animals and remained secured within the airplane or airport.

All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to Wales. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.

Beginning April 1, 2017, Value Added Tax (VAT) will be due for pets entering the UK from outside the EU. If entering the UK as visitors, the VAT will be refunded when exiting the UK.

If your pet is transferring residency to the UK, then a Transfer of Residency Form must be filed with customs to avoid paying the tax. Pet owners who have not filled out the form will be refunded when the form is completed and filed.

Pets returning to the UK from another EU country will not be charged VAT as long as proof that the pet exited the UK with the owner is provided.

Pets who have not been owned for at least 6 months or are being purchased are subject to 20% of the value of the pet and the cost of transport and import charges.

9.

Puppies and Kittens

Importing a puppy or kitten to Wales

Unvaccinated puppies and kittens under 12 weeks of age are not permitted to enter Wales. 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.

10.

Banned Breeds

Dogs Banned in Wales

The following breeds are not permitted to enter Wales: 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 enter Wales.

11.

Exporting Pets Living in Wales

Export pets from Wales

All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Wales for another EU Member State, it 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 high-rabies country, your veterinarian should do a Blood Titer Test before you leave Wales if you intend to return to the country. Export permits may be required for unaccompanied transports.

12.

Other Animals

rabbits turtles other animals

There are no rabies requirements for other species of rodents, rabbits, birds, ornamental fish, intervebrates, amphibians and reptiles imported to Wales 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 will be quarantined for 4 months unless they have lived in an EU Member state for at least 4 months prior to import.

Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits should have a health certificate to enter Wales. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the destination country.

13.

CITES

CITES endangered turtle

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 (CITES).  You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations.

14.

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