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If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedures and requirements for exporting animals, animal products, or to obtain a zoosanitary certificate for an animal product, you should contact the VS Field Office covering the area from where the product will be exported (or the area in which your office is located).

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United Kingdom - Summary of Requirements for Animals

United Kingdom (UK) is a Member State of the European Union. Please refer to the English version of the certificates on the link to the European Union. Note special requirements for export of dogs, cats, and ferret to the UK below.



Pet dogs, cats, and ferrets must be identified with a microchip compatible with ISO standard 11784 or 11785 or the appropriate microchip reader must be provided along with the pet. Microchip implantation must occur PRIOR to rabies vaccination. Any rabies vaccination that occurs prior to microchip implantation is not considered valid regardless of whether the animal was up-to-date on its previous rabies vaccines. In this case, the animal must be revaccinated. 21 days must have elapsed after the first (primary) vaccination after implantation of the microchip before the animal is eligible to enter the European Union. A rabies vaccination is considered primary if either: (1) an animal was up-to-date on its rabies vaccination but vaccination occurred prior to microchip implantation, (2) vaccination was not carried out within the period of validity of a previous vaccination, or (3) the animal was vaccinated for the first time.

Pet Passports : Dogs, cats, and ferrets returning to the United Kingdom (UK) after traveling to the United States may be accompanied by an EU Pet Passport issued prior to leaving the EU. An EU health certificate is not required, and APHIS should not endorse the Passport. Information about echinococcus treatment may be added to the Passport by an accredited veterinarian. However, if an animal needs a rabies booster while in the United States, this information cannot be entered into the EU Passport by a US accredited veterinarian. A regular EU health certificate must be issued by the accredited veterinarian and endorsed by APHIS.

A copy of the rabies certificate and microchip identification certificate must be attached to the health certificate. If the microchip identification certificate is not available, then the microchip number must be written on the rabies certificate. The name and manufacturer of the rabies vaccine must be entered on the health certificate.

The UK prohibits import of the following dog breeds: Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa , Dogo Argentino , and Fila Braziliero.

NOTE:  Effective December 29, 2014, the EU will require new health certificates for export of dogs, cats and ferrets (see below).  The previous version of the health certificates should be used through 12/28/14.

  • Dogs, Cats and Ferrets - Health Certificate (Non-commercial movement of five or less animals) – NEW certificate as of 12/29/2014
  • Dogs, Cats and Ferrets - Health Certificate (Movement of commercial or more than 5 non-commercial animals ) – NEW certificate as of 12/29/2014

Additional information for pet owners on exporting a dog or cat to the United Kingdom.

Additional Information