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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).

Animal Products

Live Animals

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.


Bovine Semen

  • Bovine Semen Model 1 - Health certificate for imports into and transits through the EU of bovine semen dispatched from a semen collection center where the semen was collected - April 2015 (pdf 49kb)
    • Bovine Semen Model 1 - Previous version of Model 1 health certificate may be used until 30 June 2015 if it is issued no later than 1 June 2015

Equine Semen


For animals older than 16 weeks of age, 21 days must elapse from the date of the primary rabies vaccination before a pet is eligible to travel to the EU. A rabies vaccine is considered primary if either:

(1) the animal was vaccinated for the first time.
(2) the animal was vaccinated for the first time after a microchip was implanted, or
(3) vaccination was not carried out within the period of validity of a previous vaccination

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

Note:  The Queen Mary 2 (Cunard) cruise ship from New York to Southampton (and Hamburg) is the only approved cruise ship route/carrier from the United States to the UK.  Even though the voyage is longer than 10 day validity period of the health certificate, dogs may be treated for echinococcus between 1-5 days prior to boarding

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

Additional Information