Importing horses if there's a no-deal Brexit

Rules for importing horses and other equines if there’s a no-deal Brexit.

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If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the rules for importing equines from the EU to the UK will not change straightaway, although there is a new system to notify the UK authorities.

There will be no immediate change to the current entry documentation for horses which enter the UK:

  • from France using a Commercial Document (DOCOM)
  • from Ireland without any animal health documentation

Other horses from the EU will continue to be able to travel using a health certificate. Registered horses can also continue to travel using veterinary health attestations.

Equines originating in the EU will not have to enter the UK via a border inspection post.

Horses in the UK for racing or competition

EU owners returning horses to the EU can use a streamlined re-entry process for registered horses that have been in the UK for less than 30 days for racing or competitions. Under EU rules, these horses will need a health certificate or veterinary health attestation from their own country proving when the animal left the EU.

In this streamlined re-entry process, animals still need an EHC and equine ID but do not need to have blood tests or meet the same residency and isolation requirements.

Read guidance on exporting horses if there’s a no-deal Brexit.

Notifying the UK authorities

Although the documents you need to import will not change, the process to notify the UK authorities will change.

If you import from a non-EU country you’ll need to use the IPAFFS system.

Equines imported from the EU and travelling with a health certificate or DOCOM should use the IV66 form.

As now, notification will not be required for horses:

  • travelling with a veterinary health attestation
  • travelling from Ireland with no animal health documentation

Find out about the rules and processes for importing animals and animal products if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Published 8 October 2019