Bringing Your Pet To The UK From Ireland
Everyone knows that the British are animal lovers, but if you want to bring your pet to the UK there are certain rules you need to follow. If not, you could be refused entry or your pet could be quarantined. In this article, you will find answers to some of the questions you might have.
What is a pet passport?
The UK has arrangements with certain countries in the EU and beyond and recognizes pet passports from these countries. Pet passports contain all the information about your pet to allow them to travel. For other countries, you will need documentation from your vet to show that you have taken all the required steps. Check https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad for the full list.
Which pets can I bring in?
Most of the information here applies to dogs, cats and ferrets which are the most common visitors. There are special regulations for horses. And rabbits may also undergo a period of quarantine. If you are bringing in an exotic pet (non-native species) you will need to apply for a special license. You can find out more about this on the UK government’s website.
Although most dogs are welcome, a few breeds are banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act. They include the Pit bull terrier, Japanese tosa, dogo argentino and fila brasileiro.
Do I need to have my pet microchipped?
Yes! Microchipping your pet is always a good idea, but if you want to travel it is essential. Make sure it is done before they get their rabies vaccine or at the same time. Otherwise, you will need to do it again once they are microchipped.
The chip should comply with ISO 11784 and ISO 11785 Standards. If you have a different type, you can still travel. Just make sure to bring your own reader so that the airline staff can access the information
What about rabies?
Dogs, cats and ferrets being transported to the UK must be vaccinated against rabies. This can be done when your pet is 12 weeks old. There are lots of different vaccines available so let your vet know where you are going so that they use one that is approved in the UK.
You will then need to wait between three weeks or three months before you can travel, depending on where you are traveling from. Plan well ahead to make sure your pet is ready.
Any other medical treatments?
Although not as serious as rabies, dogs need to be free of tapeworm and have been treated recently. Treatment should be given no earlier than five days before travel but at least 24 hours beforehand.
There are some exceptions. If you’re coming directly to the UK from Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway this is not required.
What else do I need to know?
The UK has recently left the EU so the regulations will change in the future with new rules coming into force from the start of 2021. If you are planning ahead be sure to check with the UK government website to ensure you have the most up to date information.
If you have any questions about moving you pets to the UK, get in touch with our team today.