Pets soon become part of the family. Make sure you have completed all the necessary paperwork before making you move back to the UK.

There are certain vaccines and treatments that must be carried out within a specific timeframe or your animals may not be able to travel with you. Check with your vet well in advance to book in time-sensitive appointments and don't forget to have the microchip updated to your new contact details when you move back. For more information go to www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad

 You can enter or return to the UK with your pet cat, dog or ferret if it:

Your pet may be put into quarantine for up to four months if you don’t follow these rules - or refused entry if you are travelling by sea. You’re responsible for any fees or charges. www.gov.uk/guidance/put-your-pet-in-rabies-quarantine

You can bring your dog, cat or ferret into the UK without quarantine as long as they meet the rules of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad

There is a passport system in place for horses similar to that of other pets. Your horse will need micro-chipping. www.gov.uk/horse-passport

Before You Travel

Check if the company you’re travelling with:

BREXIT!

The following link provides government guidance on Pets in Europe in the event of a no-deal BREXIT: www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit 

Remember

Quarantine

Visit www.gov.uk/guidance/put-your-pet-in-rabies-quarantine#when-to-put-your-pet-in-quarantine and enclose your postal address and a day time telephone number. For pets that do not meet the rules of the Pet Travel Scheme and for non-pet mammals telephone the quarantine team on 01245 358383 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For information on animal health import controls for other live animals please contact the Animal Health Import Team (AHIT) in Chelmsford. Tel: 01245 358383 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Non-Native Animals

There are rules you must follow when importing animals that aren’t native to the UK. This applies to any mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish or invertebrate such as crustaceans, spiders or insects. While Defra has overall responsibility for many of these controls, some of the licensing responsibilities are delegated to other bodies, such as local authorities, Natural England, or the Welsh Assembly Government. Please note that controls may apply differently in Scotland.

Most non-native mammals are subject to six months quarantine which must be arranged before the animals are imported. Exceptions include certain pet animals entering the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) which comply with all the rules. There are also exemptions relating to commercially traded animals entering under the Balai Directive, please telephone the PETS helpline on 0870 241 1710 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information, visit: 

www.gov.uk/government/publications/importing-non-native-animals-what-you-need-to-know 

www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs 

www.nonnativespecies.org/downloadDocument.cfm?id=497 

Top Tip!

  • A maximum of five pets can be taken into the UK, if you have more than five pets please check the guidelines at www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad 
  • You are not entitled to a publicly funded move of pets.