Guidance on importing and exporting live animals or animal products

Collection of guidance and forms for importing and exporting live animals or animal products.


This collection of guidance specifically covers importing and exporting live animals or animal products.

There’s also specific guidance on pet travel: entering/returning to the UK.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): send application by email

If possible, you should send any applications by email as staff may not be able to collect post during the coronavirus outbreak.

Please apply in advance to avoid delay - APHA is dealing with a high volume of applications.

Topical issues

Imports to the UK from non-EU countries

Exporting from the UK to all countries

Moving goods or animals between EU countries

Balai Directive: animals, semen and embryos for research, display and conservation

Circus and animal acts

Endangered species

Non-native animals

Poultry Health Scheme

Animal pathogens

Artificial breeding controls

Welfare of animals in transport

Importing and exporting from 1 January 2021

Published 12 September 2014
Last updated 23 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added coronavirus statement on sending applications by email.

  2. Added guidance on importing and exporting after the UK leaves the EU

  3. Removed message on flooding at Carlisle

  4. Added link to new guidance on importing non-native animals

  5. Added links to new guides on general imports licences and authorisations, and topical issues.

  6. First published.