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Dogs entering the UK

New rules now in place (introduced on 1/1/2012) will make it easier and cheaper to travel to the UK with your dog - but there is still a procedure to follow which if not correct your dog will be refused entry to the UK.

NB There are no checks when you leave the UK to return to Europe - but please ensure you comply with your own country's rules for dogs re-entering your country.

Please do not rely on this information – speak to your vet and refer to the DEFRA website to make sure you comply with these new regulations.

Approved countries

For your dog to enter the UK from the countries listed below:

European Union (EU) countries and territories: Austria, Azores, Balearic Islands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Ceuta, Cyprus (†), Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Melilla

Non EU listed countries and territories: Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Ascension Island, Australia (†), Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Bermuda, BES Islands, Bosnia-Herzegovina, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Croatia, Curacao, Falkland Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Iceland, Jamaica (†), Japan, Liechtenstein, Malaysia (†), Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Monaco, Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Russian Federation (†), Saint Maarten, San Marino, Singapore, St Helena, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre & Miquelon, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, USA, Vanuatu, Vatican, Wallis & Futuna

(†) Aditional conditions may apply, see DEFRA website

You must answer ‘yes’ to the following questions:

(*) Official Veterinary Health Certificates are issued by non-EU countries only.

(**) This treatment must be done by a qualified veterinary surgeon with the time and date recorded, and signed and stamped by the vet in your Pet Passport.

Non-approved countries ie Russia may need a minimum of 4 months to prepare your dogs for travel to the UK

Russian Federation please check the DEFRA website as you have different requirements based on region and different time requirements.

For your dog to enter the UK from non-approved countries: (check the DEFRA website for these countries), you must answer ‘yes’ to the following questions:

(*) Official Veterinary Health Certificates are issued by non-EU countries only.

(**) This treatment must be done by a qualified veterinary surgeon with the time and date recorded, and signed and stamped by the vet in your Pet Passport.

Tick and Tapeworm treatment

Consult your vet for advice 1-5 days before crossing to the UK.

Tick treatment is no longer necessary.

Tapeworm treatment must be done 1-5 days before arrival in the UK by a qualified veterinary surgeon with the time and date recorded, and signed and stamped by the vet in your Pet Passport.

Travel with more than five pets

Movement of dogs between EU Member States – including into and out of the UK – is limited to five per person, unless you are taking part in a competition, show or sporting event.

These animals will require a specific health certificate issued by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency. Applications for the certificate should be made at least 10 working days prior to the date of travel. The certificate will be issued direct to your nominated Official Veterinarian.

In order to complete certification the Official Veterinarian will require:

International Trade Centre for Exports:

Each pet you are taking to Europe will still need a completed and valid pet passport. The new certificate is not evidence your pets meets the Pet Travel Scheme rules. For more information contact the Carlisle Specialist Service Centre Export Team.