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Animal health certificate: pet travel from non-EU countries

Use for your pet dog, cat, ferret or assistance dog that will enter the UK from a listed or unlisted country without a valid pet passport.

Documents

Health certificate for pets entering the EU from non-EU countries and some territories - Word format

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Health certificate for pets entering the EU from non-EU countries and some territories - PDF format

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Details

The 2 certificates on this page are the same. One is a Word document and one is a PDF document.

When you must use an animal health certificate

Your pet or assistance dog must have this certificate to enter the UK if both of the following apply:

You must use this certificate if your animal has a rabies vaccination booster or blood test in a listed or unlisted country, even if it has a valid pet passport.

When the certificate is valid for travel

Your animal must enter an EU country up to 10 days from the date the certificate is issued. It’s issued when it’s signed and dated by an official veterinarian.

The certificate can then be used for travel between EU countries (including the UK) for up to 4 months from the date your animal enters the EU. The rabies vaccination must be valid.

Published 31 March 2015
Last updated 18 January 2017 + show all updates
  1. Removed information about the final date pets can enter the UK from the EU using the old certificate because this date has passed. All animals that must have this certificate to enter the UK must travel with the version published on 1 September 2016.
  2. Made it clearer when pet owners should use the new or old certificates, and that these certificates are the same but in different formats.
  3. Removed description of what a listed or unlisted country is, as it wasn't correct, and you need to check the list on the link provided to know which countries are listed or unlisted.
  4. Updated when to use new version of certificate. Added non-commercial declaration to certificate. Added PDF format. Removed old health certificate.
  5. Certificate updated by the European Commission.
  6. September 2016 certificate updated to remove questions that are not related to pet travel, and to add help notes.
  7. New certificate attached. Vets must issue new certificate from 1 September 2016.
  8. First published.