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What You Need to Know About Moving Your Pet to the U.K.

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What You Need to Know About Moving Your Pet to the U.K.

Bringing your Pet into the U.K.

After the UK officially left the European Union in 2021, travelers have a lot of questions about the new requirements for bringing our furry friends into the UK. Luckily, we’ve got you covered! In this post, we’ll discuss the requirements for bringing your pet into the United Kingdom.

Quarantine:

Long gone are the days when the UK required a six-month quarantine for inbound pets. (Yikes!)

Dogs, cats, and ferrets can enter the UK and avoid quarantine as long as they adhere to PET requirements. The UK has used the PET travel scheme for more than 15 years and allows EU countries and listed non-EU countries to travel to the UK without quarantine. Recently, the UK has decided that pets that comply with the EU PETS rules can enter the UK without mandatory quarantine from almost any location in the world.

Microchip:

All pets inbound to the UK must be microchipped. Microchips must be implanted before any vaccinations are given to your pet. Even if your dog has been vaccinated against rabies before receiving their microchip, they will be required to receive an additional rabies vaccination. To learn more about microchips and the international standards for microchips, take a look at our blog post, Managing Your Pets Microchip Needs!

If your pet has already had a microchip implanted, make sure your vet has scanned the microchip to ensured it’s still working, hasn’t moved subdermally, and all information is up to date.

Vaccinations:

Pets arriving in the UK must have their rabies vaccination. If your pet has received their rabies vaccination prior to their microchip implantation, you will pet will require an additional rabies vaccination 30 days after microchip implantation.

If your pet requires boarding after arriving in the UK, here are the additional vaccinations your pet will require.

General Vaccinations:

Dogs

  • DHPPL (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, and Leptospirosis)
  • Bordetella

  • Cats

  • FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia)
  • Blood Tests:

    For pets originating outside the European Union:

    After your pet has received its rabies vaccination, they must wait 30 days before receiving testing to ensure your pet has sufficient protection against the rabies virus. This test is known as a rabies titer test and is required for pets entering from outside the European Union.

    EU and non-EU-listed countries are not required to administer a blood test. Non-EU listed countries include but are not limited to Switzerland, the USA, Australia, Russia, and Mexico. For a complete list of Non-EU listed countries, visit their website here.

    Health Certificate

    Your pet will require an international health certificate signed by a government-approved veterinarian within ten days of travel. You will also be required to show an endorsed European Union Certificate and Declaration.

    Additional Requirements:


    Tapeworm: For your dog to enter the UK, rules require a tapeworm treatment be administered by your vet no less than 24 hours and no more than 5 days before travel. If your dog does not have the required tapeworm treatment, it could face a 4-month quarantine upon arrival. However, dogs coming from Ireland, Malta, Finland, and Norway are not required to receive tapeworm treatment.

    If you are traveling to the UK from an unlisted country (countries designated as rabies endemic), your pet must have a rabies titer test 30 days after the vaccination and then wait an additional 3 months after the test until they are permitted to enter the UK. Unlisted countries include but are not limited to Brazil, China, India, and South Africa.

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