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Guide on Importing a Puppy to the UK [2021 Regulations]

Can my puppy get a UK Pet Passport?

Your puppy can get a UK Pet Passport, the same regulations that are in place for adult dogs, apply for puppies.

UK Pet Passport is a term used to describe the documents that are required to travel to the UK with a pet. Customs officials will need to see these documents in order to clear your puppy. Essentially, a pet passport demonstrates that your puppy is fit and healthy to travel. With a Pet Passport for the UK, your puppy will not have to face a lengthly quarantine period, as long as you have followed all regulations and your puppy is healthy.

Generally, for a UK Pet Passport, your puppy will require a microchip, rabies vaccination, parasite treatment and health certificate. However, if you are traveling from a country the UK considers to be high-risk for rabies, your puppy will also need a rabies titer test. Additionally, if you are importing a puppy to the UK for commercial reasons, you will need an import permit.

To export pets from the UK, you may require additional vaccinations and documents, as each country has different import requirements.


What does a UK Pet Passport contain?

A UK Pet Passport contains all the documents required to enter the UK with your pet. Essentially, it will prove that your pet is fit and healthy enough to travel. Pet Passports are required to ensure imported pets don’t pose as a health threat to other animals.

A Pet Passport UK can contain any of the following information:

  1. Details of ownership (name, address, passport number, telephone, etc.)
  2. Description of the animal (name, species, breed, date of birth, etc.)
  3. Official veterinarian’s details
  4. Rabies vaccination certificate
  5. Microchip details
  6. Health certificate
  7. Parasite treatment records
  8. Additional vaccinations recorded and treatment records
  9. An optional photo
  10. Rabies antibody titer test results

UK pet passport for puppies will contain those listed 1-7 at minimum. Those listed 8-10 are potential requirements that your pet may need, depending on where you are traveling from, and whether your transport will be commercial.

All records must be signed and stamped by your official veterinarian with official stickers from the medication used.


Step by step guide on importing a puppy to the UK

FIRST VET VISIT (MICROCHIPPING & RABIES VACCINE)

Puppies will need a microchip and rabies vaccination on their first vet visit. You will also require a health certificate but this must be done within 10 days of entering the UK, or within 48 hours if traveling commercially. 

When booking the appointment, inform your vet where you and your puppy are heading to, so they can prepare your pup’s vaccinations. If you are traveling outside of the UK, they may need to prepare additional vaccinations and treatments.

At your appointment, your vet will first microchip your puppy, and then administer it’s primary rabies vaccination. Be sure to keep copies of your puppy’s certificates.

Please note you will also need a health certificate to import a puppy to the UK, however this must be done within 10 days of entering the UK, or within 28 hours if traveling commercially. Because you must wait 21 days after your puppy’s rabies vaccination, before entering the UK, you will need a second vet visit. If your puppy has already had its rabies vaccinations

For more information on microchipping and rabies vaccinations, check the regulations section below.

SECOND VET VISIT (HEALTH CERTIFICATE AND/OR RABIES TITER TEST)

You will need a second vet visit to obtain your puppy’s health certificate. Additionally, if your puppy requires a rabies titer test.

To import a puppy to the UK, you will need a non-commercial health certificate issued within 10 days of entering the UK, or a commercial health certificate issued within 48 hours of shipment. As you must wait 21 days after your puppy’s vaccination before entering the UK with a puppy, you must visit the vet for a second time. For more detailed information on health certificates, check the regulations section below.

Furthermore, if traveling from a country that the UK considers high-risk, your puppy will need a rabies titer test. You will need to wait 30 days after your pet’s primary or booster vaccination in order to have a rabies titer test. Once your pet has passed the test, they can enter the UK no sooner than 3 months after the date the blood was drawn.

We will go into more detail in the rabies titer test section below.

The following countries are considered high-risk of rabies by the UK:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Angola, Anguilla, Antarctica, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Balearic Islands, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Borneo, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cabrera, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Ceuta, Chad, China, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Cook Islands, Corsica, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Turkish Republic of (Northern), Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Easter Island, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fatuna, Formentera, Galapagos Islands, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (North and South), Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Margarita Islands, Martinique, Mauritania, Melilla, Miquelon, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Cyprus, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Samoa, Saint Barthelemy, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Siberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sudan, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tibet, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Western Sahara, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zanzibar and Zimbabwe

BOOK TRAVEL

Only once you have all of your documents in order, should you book your travel, just in case there are any complications. Be sure to book your travel with a company that will allow the shipment of your puppy.

Puppies imported into the UK can only arrive as manifest cargo. When a pet travels as manifest cargo, they are booked on their own ticket (called an air waybill). This means that pets can arrive before or after you. Many pet owners enjoy this option as it allows them time to get their new home set up so their pet is able to be welcomed into a happy and calm environment (and not into a chaotic moving day).

For more information on flying into the UK with puppies, check the ‘flying with puppies‘ section below.

GET YOUR PUPPY USED TO IT’S CRATE

As mentioned above, puppies are only allowed to enter the UK as manifest cargo. This means they will be spending a reasonable amount of time in a crate or carrier. For your puppy’s wellbeing, we recommend that you spend some time making sure he or she is used to their travel crate.

Introduce them to their carrier as early as possible to ensure your puppy has a stress free journey. Take your puppy out in its crate for test runs.

For information and guidance on puppy crates, check the puppy carrier guidelines below.

NOTIFY IPAFFS (COMMERCIAL TRAVEL ONLY)

If your pet is traveling to the United Kingdom under commercial regulations from another EU Member State, a licensed agent registered in the origination country to enter transports into Import of Products, Animals, Food & Feed System (IPAFFS) must handle the transport.

Pre-notification in IPAFFS  must be provided at least 1 day in advance of transport.


Regulations for importing a puppy to the UK

To import a puppy to the UK, your puppy will require the following:

  • A microchip
  • Rabies vaccination
  • Health certificate
  • Tapeworm treatment

You will also require a rabies-titer test if you are traveling from a high-risk country.

MICROCHIPPING

In order to import puppies to the UK, they must be microchipped. 

A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification. The chip is around the size of a grain of rice – and is implanted just under your pet’s skin between its shoulder blades. Each chip has a unique number that is detected using a microchip scanner.

Not only is it a requirement to enter the UK with a puppy, it is highly recommended your pets is microchipped. This is because if you were to lose your pet while, a microchip makes it far more likely that you will be reunited.

It is important that you microchip your puppy is before getting it’s rabies vaccination. Otherwise, your puppy’s vaccination will not be valid.

RABIES VACCINATION

When importing puppies to the UK, you must have them vaccinated against rabies. The timing of your puppy’s rabies vaccination depends on where you are traveling from.

Puppies must be at least 12 weeks old in order to have their rabies vaccination.

Your puppy’s first rabies vaccination is called their primary vaccination and should be a 1 year vaccine unless the manufacturer specifies it as a primary vaccine. Any vaccines given to your puppy in the future, are called booster vaccines and must be kept up to date in order for your pup to be valid for travel.

Ensure that you have your puppy vaccinated by an accredited veterinarian, and be sure to keep copies of the certificate safe. You will need all certificates to clear customs.

Depending on where you are traveling from, there are additional regulations.

Traveling from a rabies-controlled country

The UK considers the following countries to be rabies-controlled:

American Samoa, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Ascension Island, Azores, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belarus, Bermuda, Bonair, Bosnia-Herzegovina, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Canada, Canary Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, Croatia, Curacao, Cyprus (South of Buffer Zone only), Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Germany, Gibralter, Greece, Greenland, Grenadines, Guadeloupe (St Barthelemy and French part of St Martin), Guam, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jamaica (does not participate in Pet Travel Scheme – quarantine required), Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madiera, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mauritus, Mayotte, Mexico, Monaco, Montserrat, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Reunion, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Eustatius, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Helena, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Scotland, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Al Fujairah), United Kingdom (Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, Malta), United States of America, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Virgin Islands – US, Virgin Islands -British and Wallis and Futuna.

In order to obtain a UK Pet Passport, puppies will need their primary vaccination administered no sooner than 21 days before entering the UK.

Once your pup has entered the UK, a 21 waiting period is not required for any subsequent visits, as long as your puppy’s rabies vaccinations are up to date.

Traveling from a high-risk country

You will need to wait 30 days after your puppy’s rabies vaccination, and do a rabies titer test. Please check the rabies titer test section below for more information.

HEALTH CERTIFICATE

In order to obtain a Pet Passport to import a puppy to the UK, you will need a health certificate. The type of health certificate differs depending on whether you are importing a puppy to the UK for commercial, or non-commercial reasons. 

The type of health certificate required for your pet depends on:

  • whether or not your pet’s transport is accompanied, OR
  • it involves a purchase, sale or transfer of ownership, OR
  • more than 5 puppies are traveling with or without their owner.

Non-commercial transport: These regulations apply if you are traveling with your puppy (or within 5 days) and the transport doesn’t involve purchase, sale or transfer of ownership, and you are traveling with less than 5 pets. You, or your representative, must sign a Declaration of Non-Commercial Transport stating that your puppy’s transport does not involve the sale or transfer of ownership.

Commercial transport: These regulations apply if you are not traveling with your puppy (or within 5 days), or if the purpose of your travel involves a sale or transfer of ownership. It also applies if traveling with more than 5 puppies with or without their owner.

Model health certificate for the commercial importation of dogs, cats and ferrets:
Dogs, cats and ferrets from non-EU countries
Dogs, cats and ferrets from EU countries

Non-Commercial Transport (from EU Member State or listed country)

If your puppy resides in one of the following countries and your veterinarian has issued your puppy a pet passport, the UK will accept it in lieu of an EU Health Certificate as long as it is updated with all rabies vaccinations and the tapeworm treatment:

Austria, Azores, Balearic Islands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Ceuta, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta *, Matinique, Melilla, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden

Andorra, Azores and Madeira, Canary Islands, French Guiana, Gibraltar, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Liechtenstein. Martinique, Monaco, Norway, Reunion, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican City.

Non-Commercial Transport (from country not listed above)

In order to import a puppy to the UK, you must obtain a non-commercial UK health certificate for the UK completed by a licensed veterinarian. It must be issued within 10 days of entering the UK.

Your puppy’s health certificate must be endorsed by the government agency in your country that is responsible for the import and export of animals. Thus, if your pet is traveling from the United States, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA and the health certificate must be endorsed by the State USDA office. If you are traveling from Canada, you must have your health certificate endorsed by the CFIA.

The health certificate is valid for transports of 5 or less puppies and for 4 months of travel within the European Union as long as the rabies vaccination documented on it does not expire.

Commercial Transport (from EU Member State)

A licensed agent registered in your origination country must handle the transport of the puppy(s). Pre-notification in IPAFFS (Import of Products, Animals, Food & Feed System) must be provided at least 24 hours in advance of transport.

Your veterinarian should obtain and update an official Pet Passport for your puppy, especially if they will be returning to the EU after visiting the UK.

Your puppy must have a health check within 48 hours of transport and your veterinarian must complete a commercial UK health certificate.

If you and your puppy are flying into the UK, you must enter through an approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) at an international airport in London Heathrow, Gatwick or Edinburgh. You must give notice to the border post at least 48 hours prior to arrival.

Commercial Transport (from rabies-controlled non-EU Member State)

A licensed veterinarian in your home country must complete your puppy’s commercial UK health certificate within 48 hours of travel.

Your health certificate must be endorsed by the government agency in your country that is responsible for the import and export of animals. Thus, if your pet is traveling from the United States, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA and the health certificate must be endorsed by the State USDA office. If you are traveling from Canada, you must have your health certificate endorsed by the CFIA.

The health certificate is valid for transports of 5 or less puppies and for 4 months of travel within the European Union as long as the rabies vaccination documented on it does not expire.

Your puppy must enter through an approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) at an international airport in London Heathrow, Gatwick or Edinburgh. You must give the border at least 48 hours notice, prior to your arrival in the UK. Ferry companies will not permit the boarding of puppies entering the UK under commercial regulations.

All puppies must also be vaccinated against distemper.

Commercial Transport (from high-risk non-EU Member State)

Puppies can only enter the United Kingdom from the following high-rabies countries:

Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Ascention Island, Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bonaire, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Gibraltar, Greenland, Guatemala, Herzegovina, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Iceland, India, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea Republic, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Macau, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Melarus, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Namibia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saba, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Sint Maarten, South Africa, St Eustatius, St Helena, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City State, Wallis and Futuna, Zimbabwe

In order to import puppies to the UK, you must conform to all commercial rules above and puppies must also have a rabies titer test.

TAPEWORM TREATMENT

In order to get a UK Pet Passport to import puppies to the UK, they will need to be treated against tapeworm.

Your puppy must be treated against tapeworms between 24 hours (1 day) and 120 hours (5 days) before entering the UK. If you fail to have your puppy treated within this time scale, then he or she may be put into quarantine for up to 4 months.

The tapeworm treatment must be administered by a vet and officially recorded in your pet’s UK pet passport. Over the counter treatments will not be valid.

RABIES TITER TEST (IF TRAVELING FROM HIGH-RISK COUNTRY)

If you are importing a puppy to the UK from a high-risk rabies country, your puppy will require a rabies blood test to show that their rabies vaccination was successful. 

The following countries are considered high-risk of rabies by the UK:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Angola, Anguilla, Antarctica, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Balearic Islands, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Borneo, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cabrera, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Ceuta, Chad, China, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Cook Islands, Corsica, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Turkish Republic of (Northern), Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Easter Island, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fatuna, Formentera, Galapagos Islands, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (North and South), Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Margarita Islands, Martinique, Mauritania, Melilla, Miquelon, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Cyprus, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Samoa, Saint Barthelemy, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Siberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sudan, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tibet, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Western Sahara, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zanzibar and Zimbabwe

Your puppy can get a rabies titer test at accredited veterinary clinics.

  1. Your pet must have a blood sample taken at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination.
  2. Your vet must then send the blood sample to an approved blood testing laboratory.
  3. Your pet’s blood test results must show a rabies antibody level of at least 0.5 IU/ml.
  4. You must wait 3 months from the date the blood sample was taken before you travel – this doesn’t apply if your pet was vaccinated, blood tested and given a pet passport in the EU before travelling to an unlisted country.
  5. The vet must give you a copy of the test results and enter the day the blood sample was taken in a third-country official veterinary certificate.


NON-COMMERCIAL TRAVEL

You must travel to the UK within 5 days of your puppy’s arrival to avoid the transport being labeled as ‘commercial’. If you cannot travel within five days of your pet, you can still send them on a commercial health certificate. However, the timeline will be tighter and a tax will be imposed upon the arrival of your pet.

Prior to 2021, the non-commercial movement of puppies into UK was regulated by the European Union (EU) under the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), which required puppies to be a minimum of 15 weeks of age upon importation. Unfortunately, it is widely acknowledged that commercial importers were illegitimately using PETS as a route to import puppies under the age limit, raising serious implications for both the welfare of puppies and the risk of diseases.

As of 1 January 2021, the UK Government now possesses the ability to set import rules into the UK, although these are currently the same as the requirements that were in place prior to the end of the transition period.

The following rules apply to dogs being imported into GB from outside of the UK*, and for import into NI (including from GB):

All puppies must be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies. Vets will require proof that your puppy is at least 12 weeks of age upon vaccination, and travellers from the EU and certain other countries (including GB for import into NI) will be required to wait 21 days after the primary vaccination before travel. Puppies from these countries will have to be at least 15 weeks of age before importation. Puppies entering from a ‘non-listed’ third country must pass a blood test 30 days after their initial vaccination, followed by a three month wait. Unless traveling from Malta. Norway. Finland or Ireland, pups must also receive tapeworm treatment no more than five days before travelling.

COMMERCIAL TRAVEL

Commercial movements of animals are covered by the principles of the Balai Directive, a piece of EU law which the UK has retained following the transition period. The Balai Directive covers, for example, when a puppy is imported for onward sale and requires puppies to be a minimum of 15 weeks of age and to meet national pet travel rules.

Under the Balai Directive, puppies must come from a registered holding and will need to undergo a clinical examination performed by an accredited veterinarian. As well as this, importers must provide notice of their shipment to the Animal and Plant Health Agency alongside a declaration of their onward destination to allow for future traceability and follow up checks.

These rules must also be followed if there are more than five pets per traveller within a party or when a puppy is being moved and can’t be joined by its owner within five days. However, if an individual is travelling with more than five animals for the purpose of a competition, show or training for an event, a Declaration can be completed which provides an exemption from the requirements for commercial movements. Given that exhibitors are unlikely to be competing with puppies under six months of age, this exemption is only likely be applied to a consignment of five or more adult dogs.


Guidelines for flying puppies into the UK

Whether you are flying with your puppy or it will be flying without you, it is important to choose an airline that serves the entire route from beginning to end. Before selecting an airline you will need to check their pet policies to ensure that they will allow your pet to fly. Another option for airline pet travel is by private charter. Although this is more expensive than commercial airlines, pets will fly in the cabin with their owners in luxury, regardless of their size.

BEFORE YOU FLY

You are permitted to bring up to 5 puppies with you – if you are planning on bringing more you will need to submit a request to the Import of Products, Animals, Food & Feed System (IPAFFS).

Book your flight into an approved port of entry – pet’s traveling non-commercially can only enter the UK on an approved airline at Border Inspection Posts of London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Dublin. This doesn’t apply if you are flying from Ireland. Commercial import of pets must enter the UK at London Heathrow, London Gatwick or Edinburgh airports.

Ensure you have the correct carrier – pets are required to travel in an appropriate cage according to its size and weight if travelling.

ONCE YOU LAND

Clinical examination and document check – after arrival a quarantine officer will verify your pet’s veterinary health certificate and vaccination records. Additionally, your puppy will have a clinical examination/quarantine observation to ensure your puppy is healthy and disease free. If your puppy is free from any clinical illness as well as the documents including veterinary certificate/vaccination records are found in order, quarantine isn’t usually required. However, if the pup is detected with any signs of clinical illness during inspection, then they will be placed in quarantine.

FLIGHT OPTIONS

Manifest cargo – unless your puppy is a registered emotional support animal, they will need to travel as manifest cargo. Manifest cargo is a system wherein the import of pet is done using the airline cargo. If the pet is being transported in this manner, the documents must include of copy of the passport of the owner/caretaker, a copy of the owner/caretaker’s e-ticket and a copy of the air way bill.

Private charter – if you and your pet are flying into the UK on a private aircraft, you must enter at Biggin Hill, Blackpool, Cambridge, Doncaster, Farmborough, Sheffield, Stansted, London Ashford or London Oxford. This is only allowed if your private charter is approved to transport live animals to these airports.


Guidelines for puppy travel carriers

If you are flying to the UK with a puppy, it is important that you use a pet carrier that is approved by your airline. Different airlines have different pet carrier policies, which often vary between aircrafts and routes. Check that your pet carrier is approved for your chosen airline, aircraft and route. 

The rules and regulations have been set out by International Air Transport Association (IATA) ensure that pets are comfortable when travelling. Thus, inside their travel carriers, pets must be able to stand up, turn around and lie down in a natural position in their kennel (without touching any side or the top of the container).

iata carrier guidelines

 

If you are travelling in the cabin with your puppy (only permitted for emotional support animals), then you will need to ensure that the carrier fits under the seat in front of you. This is why, generally, only small dogs weighing under 7-8kg are permitted in the cabin. Additionally, if traveling with a puppy in the cabin, airlines often require that he or she is be obedient to your commands and can behave appropriately in public. Thus, he mustn’t bark or growl at other passengers or staff. If your dog does not behave in an appropriate manner, some airlines may transfer him to the cargo hold at an additional cost, or refuse to transport him all together. Some airlines require a consent form to ensure your pet is flight-ready.

MOST AIRLINES ONLY ACCEPT CAGES THAT COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING IATA REGULATIONS:

  • The cage must not have wheels
  • It must have a solid roof
  • The screws and nuts that hold the lower and upper parts of the cage must be properly installed and tightened – because yes, the cage must consist of two sections, made of solid and rigid plastic
  • The cage must also include bowls firmly attached to its lower wall containing food and water
  • It must be clean, but also and above all waterproof and covered with materials capable of absorbing liquid materials
  • It must be well ventilated, with openings in all 4 sides of the cage
  • The cage must also be properly closed, using a lock that cannot be opened from the inside
  • Finally, it must bear a label distinguishing the top from the bottom and another indicating that the cage contains a live animal

For a list of airlines that allow dogs to fly in the cabin with their owners, check 13 Airlines That Allow Flying With Dogs In-Cabin [2021 Prices & Policies].

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How much will it cost to import a puppy to the UK?

The cost of a UK Pet Passport can vary drastically. The price you pay will depend on the following:

  • Your home country
  • Where you are traveling to
  • The veterinary clinic that you visit
  • The species of your pet
  • Whether your pet already has a microchip and rabies vaccination

Firstly, different countries and veterinary clinics will have different prices for veterinary treatments and vaccinations. If you want to save some money, check the prices of a few different veterinary clinics.

Additionally, some pets species may require more treatments and vaccines than others. For example, dogs require more vaccinations than cats, when traveling to the UK. Alternatively, rodents, rabbits, reptiles and amphibians do not require any vaccinations.

If your pet already has a microchip, and a recent rabies vaccination, you will probably pay less for your UK pet passport. Generally, a microchip and rabies vaccination both costs between $20-50 each, in the USA.

The cost of importing a puppy to the UK is broken down into the following (USD):

  1. Microchipping – $20-50
  2. Rabies vaccination – $20-50
  3. Health certificate – $25-150
  4. Tapeworm treatment – $3-15
  5. Pet air ticket – $1000-4000 (depends where you are traveling from and the weight/size of your puppy)
  6. Document endorsement – $38 per endorsement
  7. Pet crate – $20-100+
  8. Airport consignment fee – £210 at London Heathrow

How long will it take to import a puppy to the UK?

This will depend on where you are traveling from. It can take you as little as 21 days to import a puppy, but can also take up to 4 months. 

If you are traveling from a country the UK considers controlled from rabies, the time scale will be shorter. In these cases, you will simply need to wait 21 days after your puppy’s primary rabies vaccination.

However, if you are traveling from a high-risk rabies country, your puppy will need a rabies titer test, also know as a rabies blood test. You will need to wait 30 days after your puppy’s rabies vaccination in order to have their blood taken for the test. You must then wait 3 months from the date the blood sample was taken before you travel – this doesn’t apply if your pet was vaccinated, blood tested and given a pet passport in the EU before travelling to the high-risk country.

The following countries are considered high-risk of rabies by the UK:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Angola, Anguilla, Antarctica, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Balearic Islands, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Borneo, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cabrera, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Ceuta, Chad, China, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Cook Islands, Corsica, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Turkish Republic of (Northern), Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Easter Island, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fatuna, Formentera, Galapagos Islands, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (North and South), Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Margarita Islands, Martinique, Mauritania, Melilla, Miquelon, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Cyprus, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Samoa, Saint Barthelemy, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Siberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sudan, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tibet, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Western Sahara, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zanzibar and Zimbabwe


Importing puppies to the UK from Malaysia

If your puppy is entering the UK from peninsular Malaysia, the following conditions must be met:

1. Your puppy has had no contact with pigs during at least the past 60 days prior to export.
2. Your puppy has not lived in a place where cases of Nipah disease have been confirmed during the past 60 days.
3. Your puppy has been tested with negative a result to an IgG capture ELISA test carried out in a laboratory approved for testing for Nipah disease viruses within 10 days of export.


Frequently Asked Questions

How old does a puppy have to be to enter the UK?

The length of the waiting period before entry to the UK is 21 days after the vaccination date. If the vaccination is in two parts the 21 day wait will be from the date of the second vaccination. So, pets are not able to travel until they are at least 15 weeks old.

Can I import my puppy to the UK with an EU Pet Passport?

An EU Pet Passport permits pets to travel to EU countries and listed non-EU countries without having to face quarantine. As long as your puppy is microchipped and their rabies vaccinations are up to date, you can use an EU Pet Passport to travel to the UK. Your puppy will also require a tapeworm treatment administered within 5 days of arrival in the UK.

Can my puppy fly in the airplane cabin with me?

Unfortunately, unless your puppy is an official emotional support animal, he or she will need to fly as manifest cargo. All pets entering the UK must fly as manifest cargo, with the exception of ESAs who can fly with their owners in the cabin.

Can I relocate to the UK with my pet?

Yes, many people relocate to the UK each year. As long as you follow the guidelines above then moving to the UK with a pet should be simple. This means, making sure that your pet has any required vaccinations and has all the documents required to enter the country.


Bottom Line

Importing a puppy to the UK is pretty straight forward, as long as you are aware of the strict regulations. Firstly, your puppy will require a microchip. They will also need a valid rabies vaccination, administered no sooner than 21 days before entering the UK. Furthermore they will need a tapeworm treatment administered within 5 days of entering the UK, and a health certificate. Your puppy will also need a rabies titer test if you are traveling from a high-risk rabies country.

When organising travel, ensure that your chosen airline allows your pet to fly on their planes. Additionally, ensure you have an approved puppy carrier and try to get your puppy used to it before traveling.

Quarantine in the UK is not common, however if your puppy is shown to have any signs of disease upon clinical inspection, they will be quarantined.

Hope you have found this helpful – happy travels!

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