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How to Ship a Pet to the UK 2022

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Due to fears of rabies and other animal diseases, the UK has some of the strictest pet quarantine laws in the world. If you are shipping a pet to the UK, you will need to get the necessary tests and treatments for your pet, obtain the necessary documentation, and find a reputable transport company. Thanks to the UK Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), your pet will not need to fulfill a six month quarantine period as long as you have fulfilled these requirements.

Steps

Part 1 of 3:Getting the Necessary Tests and Vaccines

1Make sure your pet is fitted with a microchip. If you are shipping a dog, a cat, or a ferret to the UK, your pet should be fitted with a microchip by your vet. This microchip will ensure your pet is properly identified when he reaches the UK.

Keep in mind microchips do not act as GPS devices or tracking devices for your pet. Instead, they contain a radio-frequency identification that acts as a permanent ID for your pet. The microchip procedure is painless for your pet and can be done at your vet's office.

Not all microchips use the same reader. To ensure the chip can be read, you can purchase one that is compatible with the chip, or you can ask your vet what type of chip has been implanted and then contact the UK DEFRA organization to see if the readers are compatible. If the chip cannot be read, you pet will likely be put into quarantine.

2Get your pet vaccinated for rabies. This is a required step in the process of bringing your pet to the UK. You will need to have your pet vaccinated for rabies even if he has a current rabies vaccination.Trustworthy SourceOfficial UK government websiteOfficial website for the public sector of the UK governmentGo to source Make sure this information is recorded in your pet's passport on on their health certificate.

Once your vet gives your pet the rabies vaccine, you will need to wait 21 days from the day after your pet received the vaccine to make arrangements for your pet to enter the UK.

3Have your dog tested and treated for tapeworm. If your pet is a dog and you are planning to have him shipped to the UK, you will need to have him treated with an approved product containing praziquantel, which is effective at killing the tapeworms (Echinococcus multilocularis).Trustworthy SourceOfficial UK government websiteOfficial website for the public sector of the UK governmentGo to source

The treatment must be be approved for use in the country in which it's being given.

If your dog has tapeworm, your veterinarian should apply the treatment for tapeworm no more than five days before your pet is scheduled to be shipped to the UK, and the treatment should be recorded on your pet's health certificate to show he has been treated for tapeworm.

Part 2 of 3:Obtaining the Necessary Documentation

1Get a health certificate for your pet. Your vet can provide you with a copy of your pet's health certificate stating the pet is free from infectious disease and healthy enough to travel. The certificate should confirm that your pet has received his rabies vaccine and has been treated for tapeworm, if applicable.Trustworthy SourceOfficial UK government websiteOfficial website for the public sector of the UK governmentGo to source

Your pet should travel within 10 days of the certificate being issued. The certificate is valid for four months if your pet does any more travelling within the UK. The certificate will be reviewed and stamped by an official when your pet first enters the UK.

2Obtain a pet passport for your pet. Many vets can provide a pet passport for your pet. If your vet does not have access to a pet passport, ask her to refer you to a vet nearby that does give out pet passports or contact the Animal and Plant Health Agency of the UK here: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/animal-and-plant-health-agency/about/access-and-opening. You should check that your vet has filled out the following information in the passport:Trustworthy SourceOfficial UK government websiteOfficial website for the public sector of the UK governmentGo to source

The details of ownership, including the full owner name(s).

A full description of the animal.

Any identifications of the animal, such as the microchip information.

Confirmation of vaccination against rabies, as well as rabies blood tests.

Confirmation of tapeworm treatment, if applicable.

3Fill out a declaration form for your pet. Before your pet can enter the UK, you will need to confirm that your pet is not coming into the UK for commercial purposes. You can fill out the declaration form at home and bring it with you when you are arranging for the shipment of your pet to the UK.Trustworthy SourceOfficial UK government websiteOfficial website for the public sector of the UK governmentGo to source

A blank UK declaration form for pets can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/393123/declaration-non-commercial-movement.pdf.

Part 3 of 3:Finding an Approved Transport Company

1Confirm the transport company is approved for pet travel to the UK. Your pet can only travel to the UK with an approved transport company on an approved route via air travel, sea travel, or rail travel. You are not allowed to bring your pet on a private boat or plane from outside the UK unless you are travelling from Ireland.Trustworthy SourceOfficial UK government websiteOfficial website for the public sector of the UK governmentGo to source

A list of approved routes under the Pet Travel Scheme can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pet-travel-approved-air-sea-rail-and-charter-routes-for-the-movement-of-pets.

Keep in mind if you are travelling with more than five pets or planning to ship more than five pets at once, you will need to comply with additional rules and guidelines. Ask the transport company about the guidelines around shipping multiple pets at once.

2Ask the transport company if they need a statement of travel from your vet. Some transport companies will require a written and signed statement from your vet confirming your pet is fit to travel to the UK. You may need to provide the transport company this statement in addition to the required documentation for your pet.Trustworthy SourceOfficial UK government websiteOfficial website for the public sector of the UK governmentGo to source

3Keep in mind your pet must travel within five days of you if you are not travelling together. If you are shipping your pet to the UK, you will need to be enter the UK within five days of your pet's arrival date. You can give written authorization for someone else to travel to the UK and pick up your pet, but they will need to travel within five days of your pet as well.Trustworthy SourceOfficial UK government websiteOfficial website for the public sector of the UK governmentGo to source

Once your pet arrives in the UK, airport staff will scan your pet's microchip and examine your pet's travel documentation. If your pet does not have the required travel documentation or has not received the required vaccines for travel to the UK, he may be held in quarantine or sent back to his country of origin.

As the pet owner, you are responsible for the quarantine fee (usually £300/month for dogs and £200/month for cats) for your pet. The UK has a mandatory six month quarantine period for pets who do not fall under the UK Pet Travel Scheme.