Bringing food, animals or plants into the UK

Pets and other animals

Dogs, cats, ferrets and horses

You can bring your dog, cat or ferret into the UK without quarantine as long as they meet the rules of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS).

There’s a similar scheme for horses.

Other animals

There are no restrictions on bringing pet rodents, rabbits, birds, invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles to the UK from other EU countries.

Pet rabbits and rodents from countries outside the EU must spend 4 months in quarantine. They need a rabies import licence.

Contact the Centre for International Trade (Carlisle) for more information on the rules for travelling with these or other species of pet.

Non-native animals

There are rules you must follow when importing animals that aren’t native to the UK.

  1. Step 1 Check if you need a visa

    Depending on the country you're from, you might be able to visit the UK without a visa or by applying for a visa waiver.

    1. Check if you need a visa
  2. Step 2 Apply for a visa

  3. or Apply for an EEA family permit

    You may be able to visit on an EEA family permit if you have a family member who is a citizen of:

    • an EU country
    • Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland
    1. Check if you can apply for an EEA family permit
  4. or Apply for a visa waiver

    Apply for a visa waiver if you have a passport from:

    • Kuwait
    • Oman
    • Qatar
    • the United Arab Emirates
    1. Apply for a visa waiver £15
  5. Step 3 Check what you can bring with you

  6. Step 4 Check what you need to show at the UK border