Importing non-native animals – what you need to know

This publication was withdrawn on 10 June 2016

This information is now out of date. Read the current guidance: importing non-native animals.

Rules that you must follow when importing non-native animals into Great Britain.



This leaflet describes the rules that you must follow before you import any non-native animal into Great Britain. This applies to any mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish or invertebrate such as crustaceans, spiders or insects.

Defra has overall responsibility for many of these rules, but some of the licensing responsibilities are given to other bodies, such as local authorities, Natural England, or the Welsh Assembly Government. Please note that some rules may apply differently in Scotland.