The transportation of dogs, cats, and ferrets to the UK is a relatively easy experience particularly if you have a EU 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.
Regardless of whether you are bringing a pet to the UK from an EU or Non-EU country, a valid EU pet passport or vaccination booklet will be required. If they do not have an EU pet passport or it is not useable as the sole documentation for travel you will require an official veterinary certificate (GB Health Certificate) and supporting documents I.E vaccination booklet.
Pet passports/vaccination booklets must include the following:
Please note, if any rabies vaccinations were administered outside of the EU, your vet will need to complete the GB Health Certificate or the Commercial Health Certificate, depending on your travel circumstances.
If you are unsure if you can use your EU pet passport as the sole document for travel under the pet travel scheme, let us know and we can advise if you will need a GB health certificate or commercial health certificate, for your pet’s travel.
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 and Vatican City.
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.
As a guide you must make sure you have the following:
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.