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Bringing Pets To The UK

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Pet Microchip

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Your pet must be microchipped before they get a rabies vaccination or they’ll need to be vaccinated again. The microchip must meet the ISO 11784 and 11785 standards. You may have to bring your own microchip if your pet’s microchip doesn’t meet the ISO standards.

Tattoos are accepted if your pet was tattooed on or before July 3, 2011, the tattoo is visible and your pet was vaccinated against rabies after it was tattooed.

Vaccinations

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All dogs and cats require a veterinary confirmation that they have been vaccinated against rabies no more than one year and no less than 30 days prior to their arrival in the UK.

Most dogs must be treated against tapeworm. The treatment must be done no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (5 days) before you enter the UK. You don’t need to treat your dog for tapeworm if you’re coming directly to the UK from other parts of the UK, Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway.

Rabies Antibody Titer Test

Blood serums for Rabies Titer Test

If you’re travelling to the UK from an unlisted country, a blood sample should be taken from all dogs and cats not less than 30 days after the rabies vaccination was given. The blood sample must be taken by an approved veterinarian and the serological test should be tested in an OIE approved laboratory. The result should state that the rabies neutralizing antibody titer was equal to or greater than 0.5 IU/ml.

Your pet will only be able to enter the UK 3 months after the blood sample was taken.

Health Certificate

Pet Health Certificate need for pet travel

Pets entering the UK must be accompanied by an official veterinary health certificate (non-commercial or commercial), which was issued no more than 5 or 10 days prior to the pet’s arrival. The health certificate must be endorsed by a government veterinarian of the country of origin.

Dangerous & Banned Breeds

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The following breeds and crosses can’t be imported into the UK: Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Braziliero.

Exemptions can only be authorised at the discretion of the courts once a dog has been seized in the UK, and then only in exceptional circumstances.

Entering The UK With A Pet

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Pets entering the UK by air can only enter as manifested cargo, on certain travel routes and companies. Once entering the UK, you will only be able to collect your pet after it’s been taken through customs (could take about 6-8 hours). You must pay an agent, travel company or airline to do this for you.

Quarantine

Dogs in quarantine

There is no mandatory quarantine in the UK. Your cat, dog or ferret will be checked when it arrives in the UK. If it doesn’t meet the pet travel rules, you will need to choose one of the following: placing your pet in quarantine, sending it back to the country it travelled from or to have it put down. The owner/importer will need to pay all the fees and charges that will occur.

Need Help Bringing Pets To The UK?

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Bringing pets to the UK isn’t easy. We highly recommend you take a professional service to assist you throughout the process. If you have any questions, go ahead and contact us at any time!

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