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PETS: eligible routes of entry to UK

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Eligible countries

For the latest information on pet travel after 31st October 2019, visit www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit.​

EU

Austria

Estonia

Hungary

Netherlands

Azores

Faroe Islands

Ireland 3

Poland

Balearic Islands

Finland

Italy

Portugal

Belgium

France

Latvia

Reunion

Bulgaria

French Guiana

Lithuania

Romania

Canary Islands

Germany

Luxembourg

Slovakia

Ceuta

Gibraltar

Madeira

Slovenia

Cyprus 1

Greece

Malta

Spain

Czech Republic

Greenland

Martinique

Sweden

Denmark

Guadeloupe 2

Melilla

 

 http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets/countries/eu-countries/ 

1. Dogs, cats and ferrets prepared for PETs in, or returning under PETS to the UK from the Republic of Cyprus may enter or re-enter the UK without quarantine. However, PETS compliant animals travelling from north Cyprus (the area north of the Buffer Zone) must be licensed into quarantine for 6 months on arrival in the UK. This must be arranged before the animal travels.
2. Includes St Barthelemy and St Martin.
3. No preparation or documentation is necessary to the movement of pets directly between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

  • A limit of 5 pets per person has been introduced by the European Parliament and Council and is applicable to all listed countries, for dogs, cats and ferrets only.
  • Pets normally resident in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland can enter the UK under PETS from any qualifying country if they meet the rules. Pets that have first entered the British Isles under the Scheme can then travel between the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland without the need for extra documentation. However, you are advised to take your PETS documents with you in case you need to show them. 
  • Owners of pets entering the Channel Islands or the Republic of Ireland from outside the British Isles should contact the appropriate authorities in those countries for advice on approved routes and any other requirements:
  • For EU countries where more stringent entry requirements do not apply, the EU has introduced a wait of 21 days from the date of the first rabies vaccination before a pet can enter those EU countries. However, if the vaccine manufacturer's date sheet requires more than one vaccination to complete the primary vaccination protocol, the 21 day wait applies from the date of the final vaccination of that protocol. You vet will advise you further.
  • Booster vaccinations are valid for entry from the date given provided they are given on time (according to the instructions in the vaccine manufacturer's data sheet where the previous vaccination was given).
  • Since it may take time for EU member States to adopt this change into their import legislation, pet owners are advised to contact the authorities of the relevant EU country to confirm the appropriate timing of the rabies vaccination under their current import regulations.
  • PETS certificates may be used to enter other EU countries (except Sweden and the Republic of Ireland) until they expire. If you want to return to the UK with your dog or cat you must meet the rules (http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets/pet-owners/).
  • For further information, visit:  http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets/countries/ .

Non-EU and long-haul countries

Andorra

Fiji

Saint Maarten (5)

Antigua & Barbuda

French Polynesia

San Marino

Argentina

Guam

Singapore

Aruba

Hawaii

St Helena

Ascension Island

Hong Kong

St Kitts & Nevis

Australia

Iceland

St Lucia

Bahrain

Jamaica (1)

St Pierre & Miquelon

Barbados

Japan

St Vincent & The Grenadines

Belarus

Liechtenstein

Switzerland

Bermuda

Malysia (3)

Taiwan

BES Islands (Bonair, Saint Eustatius & Saba) (5)

Mauritius

Trinidad & Tobago

Bornia-Herzegovina

Mayotte

United Arab Emirates (4)

British Virgin Islands

Mexico

USA (mainland)

Canada

Monaco

Vanuatu

Cayman Islands

Montserrat

Vatican

Chile

New Caledonia

Wallis & Futuna

Croatia

New Zealand

 

Curacao (5)

Norway

 

Falkland Islands

Russian Federation (2)

 

 http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets/countries/noneu-countries/ 

  • Dogs and cats being exported to listed countries outside the EU must comply with the import conditions of those countries. You are advised to find out what import requirements apply to dogs or cats before you travel. Many countries require an Export Health Certificate and some an import license. Other documents may also be required. Your pet can enter Gibralter, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland with an EU pet passport.
  • Some countries require your pet to have been vaccinated against rabies within a specified period before its arrival (so you may have to get it vaccinated again before the booster is due).
  • Advice is available from your local Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency Divisional Office (  http://animalhealth.defra.gov.uk/about/contact-us/index.htm ) or by contacting the authorities (eg Embassy) of the appropriate country or territory.
  • From 1 January 2012 the UK falls in line with the European Union pet movement rules   Pet travel scheme  .
  • UK-resident dogs, cats and ferrets that have travelled to any of the non-EU countries or territories in the above table, can return to the UK under the pet travel rules. Pets that come from any of these countries can also enter the UK as long as they meet the rules. Pets can enter the UK via any other EU or non-EU listed country or territory. Pets must not have been outside any of the EU or non-EU listed cuntries in the 6 calandar months before travelling to the UK.

1. Although Jamaica is a qualifying country under the EU regulation, Jamaican law currently prevents the involvement of that country in PETS. PETS-prepared animals may not enter Jamaica and animals may not be prepared for PETS in Jamaica.
2. The Russian Federation consists of 88 subjects (regions) - for further details, go to:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_subjects_of_Russia .
3. The import into UK quarantine of dogs and cats from Malaysia (Peninsula) is prohibited unless health certification provided by the Malaysian veterinary authorities is provided which confirms certain conditions (see:   http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets/countries/noneu-countries/ ).
4. The UAE consists of the following states: ABu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwaun, and Al Fujairah.
4. Formally known as the Netherland Antilles. The BES Islands are Bonair, Saint Eustatius and Saba.

  • The maximum number of pet animals each person may bring into the EU from non-EU listed countries is 5. This rule does not currently apply to animals brought from Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican. A limit of 5 pets will be introduced by the European Parliament and Council and will be applicable toalllisted countries, for dogs, cats and ferrets only.
  • If a pet enters the UK with an unapproved transport company or on an unauthorised route you will need to arrange for it to be licensed into quarantine. Your pet will be able to get early release from quarantine only if the veterinary supervisor at the quarantine premises is satisfied that your pet qualifies under the PETS scheme. If you pet does not qualifiy for early release, it will have to undergo 6 months quarantine.

Approved transport routes and companies

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Mansfield K L, Burr P D, Snodgrass D R et al (2004) Factors affecting the serological response of dogs and cats to rabies vaccination. Vet Rec 154 (14), 423-426 PubMed.
  • Shaw S E, Lerga A I, Williams S et al (2003) Review of exotic diseases in small animals entering the United Kingdom from abroad diagnosed by PCR. Vet Rec 152 (6), 176-177 PubMed.
  • Cox M, Barbier E R, White P C et al (1999) Public preferences regarding rabies-prevention policies in the UK. Prev Vet Med 41 (4), 257-270 PubMed.
  • Scudamore J M (1999) Pet travel scheme. Vet Rec 145 (8), 236 PubMed.

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