Bringing pets into the UK after 1 January 2012

This leaflet describes a summary of rules for bringing pets into the UK after 1 January 2012. 

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Bringing pets into the UK after 1 January 2012

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This leaflet explains the rules for bringing your pet dog, cat or ferret into the UK after 1 January 2012.

Please note that all procedures, including administration of tapeworm treatment, must be carried out by a registered vet and recorded in the pet passport or third country health certificate.

Published 30 June 2011
Last updated 11 February 2014 + show all updates
  1. Added link to the current 'Taking your pet abroad' information.

  2. First published.