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Travelling with pets

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These pages explain what you have to do to bring your pet dog, cat or ferret into the UK through the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS for short). These pages also tell you about quarantine for animals that don’t qualify for PETS.

  • Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) - The scheme that allows pet dogs, cats and ferrets from certain countries to enter the UK without quarantine.
  • Quarantine – For cats, dogs and other rabies susceptible animals that do not qualify for entry into the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme.

If you need further information or advice not covered by these pages please contact the Pet Travel Scheme Helpline.

Latest news

31 January 2011 - The PETS qualifying non-European Union country formally known as the Netherlands Antilles will be officially know by the islands Curaçao and Sint Maarten and the BES islands (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba).

28 January 2011 – Guidance on the movement of more than 5 pets for competitions, shows or sporting events has been updated.

24 May 2010 The European Parliament and Council have advised that numbers of dogs, cats and ferrets entering from one EU Member State into another will be limited to 5 as of 26th May 2010.  Currently, there are no limits on the number of pets that may be moved within the EU, but as of 26th May 2010 this limit will be enforced and is applicable to all pets entering into the UK and also those leaving the UK for EU destinations.  A limit of 5 pets is already enforced for entries of animals from listed non-EU countries.

Relevant legislation and regulations

The EC Regulation No. 998/2003 sets out the requirements for the movement of pet animals (dogs, cats and ferrets) travelling within the European Community, and into the Community from non-EU countries.

Contact us

Pet Travel Scheme helpline

Telephone: +44 (0)870 241 1710 – Monday to Friday – 8am to 6pm UK time (closed Bank Holidays).

Email: quarantine@animalhealth.gsi.gov.uk – Please enclose your postal address and a day time telephone number.

Fax: +44 (0) 1245 458749. There is also a minicom/textphone number for the deaf and hard of hearing: 0845 300 1998

Quarantine Section

Telephone: +44 (0) 1245 454860

Email: quarantine@animalhealth.gsi.gov.uk – Please enclose your postal address and a daytime telephone number. 

Fax: +44 (0) 1245 458749

Quarantine Section
Animal Health
Government Offices
Beeches Road
Chelmsford
Essex
CM1 2RU

Page last modified: 14 February 2011

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