Transporting Pets to the UK

The transportation of dogs, cats, and ferrets to the UK is a relatively easy experience particularly if you have a pet passport. However, this isn’t always the case, and there are certain rules for different countries. To help you figure out what you will require to get your pet into the UK easily, take a look at our guide below.

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The EU Pet Passport

Regardless of whether you are bringing a pet to the UK from an EU or Non-EU listed country, a valid EU pet passport will be required. If they do not have a pet passport, they will require an official veterinary certificate (Annex IV Form) and supporting documents if flying within the five day window. If not, you will require the Annex 1 form and supporting documents and PBS Pet Travel will need 48 working hours notice.

The pet passport should record:

  • Your pet’s microchip number
  • Your pet’s tapeworm treatment (dogs only)
  • Your pet’s rabies vaccination, detailing;
    • Manufacturer and name of vaccine
    • Vaccination date
    • Expiry date
    • Veterinary authorisation

If your pet is entering the UK from an unlisted country, a pet passport will still be sufficient. However, the below must be present:

  • Your pet’s microchip number
  • Your pet’s tapeworm treatment (dogs only)
  • Your pet’s rabies vaccination, detailing;
    • Manufacturer and name of vaccine
    • Vaccination date
    • Expiry date
    • Veterinary authorisation
  • Rabies blood test
  • A completed non-commercial movement form

Please note, if any rabies vaccinations were administered outside of the EU, your vet will need to complete the EU Annex IV or Annex 1 Form).

Countries the UK Accepts Passports From

  • All EU countries
  • Andorra
  • Azores and Madeira
  • Canary Islands
  • French Guiana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland and the Faroe Islands
  • Guadeloupe
  • Iceland
  • Lichtenstein
  • Martinique
  • Monaco
  • Norway
  • Reunion
  • San Marino
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

Listed Countries

Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Ascension Island, Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Bermuda, BES Islands (Bonair, Saint Eustatius and Saba), Bosnia-Herzegovina, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Curaçao, Falkland Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Russian Federation, Saint Maarten, Singapore, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Taiwan, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, USA (includes American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the US virgin Islands), Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.

Find out more about the pet passport scheme here

The EU Annex IV Form

If your dog, cat or ferret does not have a valid pet passport, you will be required to fill in an Annex IV form. Also known as a Veterinary Certificate to EU, the form is completed by an official vet and then endorsed by the relevant authority of the country you are travelling from to the UK.

To ensure your paperwork is compliant for entry into the UK, you will need the following supporting documentations:

  • Your pet’s microchip number
  • Blood serological test results (only required for pets arriving from unlisted countries)
  • Your pet’s rabies vaccination documents

Do I Need an EORI Number?

An EORI number is required when making customs declarations when importing or exporting goods. If you are bringing any domestic pet into the UK, you will not require an EORI number. However, livestock and horses will require owners to obtain an EORI number from the customs office of the country you are leaving.

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