Pet travel: checks on pets by transport carriers

How sea, rail and air transport companies check that dogs, cats and ferrets travelling to Great Britain are following the pet travel requirements.



This guidance provides information for sea, rail and air carriers on how to check pets entering Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales).

Pet carriers and checkers are responsible for checking that the rules for bringing a pet into Great Britain are met, and dealing with:

  • passengers with pets that do not meet the requirements
  • suspected certification fraud
  • suspect cases of disguised commercial activity
  • suspect cases of smuggling, identified anytime between check-in and disembarking
  • recording data of all pets that have travelled on their routes and any that are found to be non-compliant

Transport companies checking pets coming into Great Britain must be authorised by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

Contact the pet travel helpline to apply for authorisation as a transport carrier for pets.

Published 1 June 2014
Last updated 27 May 2022 + show all updates
  1. Published new guidance.

  2. Updated PT44

  3. Updated document

  4. AHVLA documents have been re-assigned to the new Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

  5. First published.