1. Overview

You can enter or return to the UK with your pet cat, dog or ferret if it:

Dogs must also usually have a tapeworm treatment.

Your pet may be put into quarantine for up to 4 months if you don’t follow these rules - or refused entry if you travelled by sea. You’re responsible for any fees or charges.

You must follow extra rules if the animals will be sold or re-homed. The rules are different if you’re bringing other animals into the UK.

Before you travel

Check if the company you’re travelling with:

  • will accept your pet for travel - and how many they’ll accept if you have more than one
  • needs any proof that your pet is fit and healthy to travel, eg a letter from a vet or certain information in your pet passport

Travelling with your pet

Your pet must arrive in the UK no more than 5 days before or after you, or you’ll have to follow different rules.

You must use an approved transport company and route unless you’re travelling between the UK and Ireland.

If you’re travelling from outside the EU, fill in a declaration confirming that you aren’t going to sell or transfer the ownership of your pet. You don’t need to do this if you have a pet passport.

Authorising someone else to travel with your pet

Your pet can travel with someone else if you’ve authorised it in writing.

Bringing other animals

There are no restrictions on bringing pet rodents, rabbits, birds, ornamental fish, invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles to the UK from other EU countries - as long as they travel with you or someone you’ve authorised.

Pet rabbits and rodents from countries outside the EU must spend 4 months in quarantine. They need a rabies import licence.