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).
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.
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Pet dogs, cats, and ferrets exported to a Member State of the European Union (EU) must be identified with a microchip compatible with ISO standard 11784 or 11785. If a microchip does not comply with ISO standards, the appropriate microchip reader must accompany the pet. Alternately, if a non-ISO compatible microchip was implanted, and the client is unable to travel with a microchip reader, then the accredited veterinarian can implant an ISO-compatible microchip. The location and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the health certificate.
Microchip implantation (whether ISO-compatible or not) must occur prior to or on the same day as rabies vaccination. A rabies vaccination given prior to microchip implantation is considered invalid. If the valid rabies vaccination expires before the booster is given, then the pet must be revaccinated. In both situations, the new vaccination is now considered to be the “primary vaccination.” After a primary vaccination, the pet must wait 21 days before being eligible to enter the EU.
Rabies vaccination is not required for pet dogs, cats and ferrets under 12 weeks (3 months) of age. Note that some EU Member States do not allow import of unvaccinated pets. Import of unvaccinated pets under 12 weeks of age must be authorized by the EU Member State. The exporter should contact the animal health authorities in the Member State for authorization, and documentation of authorization should be attached to the export certificate. All dogs, cats and ferrets over the age of 12 weeks must be vaccinated for rabies.
Pet dogs, cats, and ferrets returning to the EU after traveling to the United States may be accompanied by an EU Pet Passport issued prior to leaving the EU. If a pet requires echinococcus treatment for travel to the UK, Ireland, Finland, Malta or Norway, the treatment may be entered in the Passport by an accredited veterinarian. An EU health certificate issued in the United States is not required, and APHIS should not endorse the Passport. If an animal needs a rabies booster while in the United States, this information cannot be entered into the EU Passport by a US veterinarian. A regular EU health certificate must be issued by the U.S. accredited veterinarian and endorsed by APHIS.
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.