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Pet Travel Scheme

The Pet Travel Scheme allows pet cats, dogs and ferrets from any country, to enter Great Britain without quarantine as long as they meet certain conditions. The pet travel scheme can only be used for pet dogs, cats and ferrets that are travelling for non-commercial reasons (no intention for sale or transfer of ownership) and the move is associated with the relocation of the owner. Please refer to our BIP page for commercial ‘PETS’. The Edinburgh ARC can also receive ‘PET BIRDS’. See our Birds page.

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The rules for entry are as follows;

EU PET Moves;

1. Move must occur within 5 days of you/your nominated responsible persons travel and be associated with your transfer of residency
2. Must be micro chipped prior to the initial rabies vaccination
3. After chipping be vaccinated against rabies and wait 21 days. Note – Date of vaccination is classed as day ‘0’
4. Be treated for tapeworm not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival time in the UK. The treatment must contain praziquantel. (Dogs only)
·Not required for dogs arriving from Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway
5. Be accompanied by an EU Pet Passport or Endorsed EU Third Country (Annex IV) Health Certificate
·If the Pet has been prepared after the 29th December 2014 the new style pet passport must be used
6. Be accompanied by an owners declaration. Evidence of the owner/person responsible’s travel arrangements should be available
7. Travel with an approved carrier on an approved route
8. Travel as manifest cargo

 

Listed 3rd Country PET moves;

  1. The move must occur within 5 days of you / your nominated responsible persons travel and be associated with your transfer of residency
  2. Must be micro chipped
  3. After chipping be vaccinated against rabies and wait 21 days
    • Date of vacciantion is classed as day ’0′
  4. Be treated for tapeworm not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5) days before its scheduled arrival time in the UK. The treatment  must contain praziquantel. (Dogs only)
    • Not required for dogs arriving from Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway
  5. Be accompanied by either an;
    • a) EU Pet Passport
        • i.  Please note that only an EU Official vet can issue and complete the rabies section however any vet may complete the tapeworm page
        • ii. Be accompanied by an owners declaration
    • b) Annex IV EU Health Certificate
    • i.  Must be endorsed by the National Government Veterinary Authority
    • ii. The owner / responsible person’s declaration must be completed
    • iii. Be accompanied by supporting paperwork e.g. Rabies vaccination certificate
  6. Evidence of owner / responsible person’s own travel should be available
  7. Travel with an approved carrier on an approved route
  8. Travel as manifest cargo

If you cannot comply with point 1 then the movement is considered ‘unaccompanied / commercial’ and the entry rules are slightly different which are as follows;

  1. Comply with points 2 – 4 shown above
  2. Be accompanied by an Annex I EU Health Certificate
    • This certificate must be endorsed by the National Government Veterinary Authority
  3. Arrive at an approved Border Inspection Post. In the UK there are three such facilities located at;

 

Un Listed 3rd Country PET moves;

  1. Move must occur within 5 days of you / your nominated responsible persons travel and be associated with your transfer of residency
  2. Must be micro chipped
  3. After chipping be vaccinated against rabies
  4. At least 30 days after vacciantion have had asuccessful rabies titre blood test which has been completed at an EU approved laboratory after which 3 calendar months must pass before travel
  5. Be treated for tapeworm not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5) days before its scheduled arrival time in the UK. The treatment  must contain praziquantel. (Dogs only)
    • Not required for dogs arriving from Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway
  6. Be accompanied by either an;
    • a) EU Pet Passport
        • i.  Please note that only an EU Official vet can issue and complete the rabies section however any vet may complete the tapeworm page
        • ii. Be accompanied by an owners declaration
    • b) Annex IV EU Health Certificate
    • i.  Must be endorsed by the National Government Veterinary Authority
    • ii. The owner / responsible person’s declaration must be completed
    • iii. Be accompanied by supporting paperwork e.g. Rabies vaccination certificate, Laboratory blood test report
  7. Evidence of owner / responsible person’s own travel should be available
  8. Travel with an approved carrier on an approved route
  9. Travel as manifest cargo

If you cannot comply with point 1 and your pet is originating from a country shown on the enclosed list then the movement is considered ‘unaccompanied / commercial’ and the entry rules are slightly different which are as follows;

  1. Comply with points 2 – 5, 8&9 shown above
  2. Be accompanied by an Annex I EU Health Certificate
    • This certificate must be endorsed by the National Government Veterinary Authority
  3. Arrive at an approved Border Inspection Post. In the UK there are three such facilities located at;

 

Please Note: If your pet is originating from a country which is an ‘Unapproved Unlisted’ country it may only travel under the EU Pet travel scheme and must comply with the 5 day rule. If you are unable to make arrangements for your pet to be accompanied within 5 days of its journey your pet will not be permitted entry to The United Kingdom.

For further information regarding preparation, approved countries, carriers and routes, please see the DEFRA website: https://www.gov.uk/pet-travel-information-for-pet-owners

 

 

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