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Guide on Importing a Puppy to the UK [2022 GB Regulations]

Can my puppy get a UK Pet Passport (GB)?

As of 2021, Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) no longer issues official Pet Passports. Prior to Brexit, you were able to obtain an EU Pet Passport which would allow you to travel within the EU with ease. Nowadays, ‘GB Pet Passport’ is just a term used to describe the documents that are required to travel to GB 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 GB, your puppy will not have to face a lengthly quarantine period, as long as you have followed all regulations and your puppy is healthy.

The documents required to import a puppy to GB depend on whether you are traveling from a Part 1 listed country, Part 2 listed country, or an unlisted country. You can check which category your country is in below, here

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


Great Britain – Listed & Unlisted Countries

‘Part 1’ listed countries

Great Britain accepts pet passports or a Great Britain pet health certificate from the following countries (known as Part 1 listed countries):

EU countries, Andorra, Azores and Madeira, Canary Islands, French Guiana, Gibraltar, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Martinique, Mayotte (French territory), Monaco, Norway, Réunion (French territory), Saint Barthélemy (French Territory), San Marino, Saint Martin (French part of the island – French territory), Switzerland, Vatican City State

‘Part 2’ listed countries

Great Britain accepts a Great Britain pet health certificate from the following countries (known as Part 2 listed countries):

Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Ascension Island, Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Bermuda, BES Islands (Bonair, Saint Eustatius and Saba), Bosnia-Herzegovina, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Curaçao, Falkland Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Russian Federation, Saint Maarten, Singapore, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, USA (includes American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the US virgin Islands), Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.

Great Britain does not accept a pet passport from these countries.

Countries that are not listed

If your country is not listed, you’ll need a Great Britain pet health certificate. Your pet will also have to follow specific rules on rabies, vaccinations and blood tests.

What does a Pet Passport contain?

A Pet Passport contains all the treatments your pet has had. 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 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 (GB) 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 (GB)

FIRST VET VISIT (MICROCHIPPING, RABIES VACCINE)

Puppies will need a microchip and rabies vaccination on their first vet visit. You will also require a GB Pet Health Certificate but this must be done within 10 days of entering the UK.

If you are traveling from Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, you will not require any of this documentation. 

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 its 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 (GB), however this must be done within 10 days of entering GB. 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 (PET HEALTH CERTIFICATE AND/OR RABIES TITER TEST)

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

If you are traveling from Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, you will not require any of this documentation. 

To import a puppy to the UK (GB), you will need a pet health certificate issued within 10 days of entering GB. As you must wait 21 days after your puppy’s vaccination before entering GB 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 GB 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, 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.

If you are flying to Great Britain, puppies imported 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).

Additionally, there are specific carriers and routes that are approved by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to bring your pet to England and Scotland. There are no approved routes for Wales. 

You can only use these carriers and routes approved by the Animal and Plant Health Agency to bring your pet to England or Scotland. There are no approved routes to Wales. 

You can check approved airlines and airports here, and approved sea and rail routes and companies here

You must follow pet travel rules. Ask your travel company if they have extra rules you must follow.

You don’t have to use an approved carrier or route if you travel to England, Scotland or Wales from:

  • UK countries
  • the Channel Islands
  • the Isle of Man
  • the Republic of Ireland

For more information on flying into the UK (GB) 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.


Regulations for importing a puppy to GB

To import a puppy to the UK (GB), your puppy will usually 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. You can check which countries are considered high risk for rabies here

If you are traveling from Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, you will not require any documentation. 

MICROCHIPPING

In order to import puppies to the UK (GB), 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 (GB) 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 (GB), 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.

Traveling from a Part 1 or Part 2 listed country

In order to obtain a GB Pet Passport, puppies will need their primary vaccination administered no sooner than 21 days before entering the UK (GB). The primary vaccination is the first vaccination your pet gets after being microchipped.

Once your puppy has entered GB, 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 an unlisted 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.

Booster Vaccinations

You must get regular booster vaccinations for your puppy. You must check your pet passport or pet health certificate to find out when your puppy’s booster vaccination is due.

If you happen to miss the booster and you’re traveling from an unlisted country, your travels will be delayed 3 months. This is because you will need to have your pet vaccinated and blood tested again before traveling. 

Vaccination record

Your pet’s vaccination record in their pet passport or health certificate must show the following:

  • your pet’s date of birth
  • microchip number, date it was put in or read, and where it is on your pet’s body
  • vaccination date
  • vaccine manufacturer and product name, for example Nobivac
  • vaccine batch number
  • date the vaccination is valid until
  • the vet’s signature and contact details

GB PET HEALTH CERTIFICATE

In order to obtain a Pet Passport to import a puppy to the UK (GB), you will need a GB pet health certificate

You must use this certificate for a pet that’s entering or returning to GB (England, Scotland or Wales) the UK from a listed or unlisted country and does not have a valid EU or NI pet passport, Part I listed pet passport or if you are not using an Animal Health Certificate issued in GB.

Your puppy must enter GB no later than 10 days from the date the certificate was issued. The certificate must be signed and dated by an ‘official’ vet who has authority from their government to issue it.

Get in contact with your vet to find out if they can complete the form. They might need to contact their local authorities to get a copy of the form and it may need to be signed and stamped by an official vet.

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 AN UNLISTED COUNTRY

If you are importing a puppy to the UK (GB) from an unlisted country, your puppy will require a rabies blood test to show that their rabies vaccination was successful. 

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.


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 with an approved carrier and on an approved route – you can check approved airlines and airports here, and approved sea and rail routes and companies here

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].


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.


Importing puppies to the UK (GB) from Malaysia

If your puppy is entering the UK (GB) 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.


Risk Categorisation

The country or animal risks shown below represent risks as assessed by Public Health England for use in post-exposure risk assessments. They incorporate the presence or absence of rabies in domestic and wild animals, surveillance systems in place, and consideration of UK traveller behaviour.

No-risk country – no indigenous rabies in terrestrial animals. Related lyssaviruses in bats.

Low-risk country – rabies occurs in wild animals but not in companion animals. Related lyssaviruses in bats.

High-risk countries – rabies occurs in wild and companion animals (or there are no data to prove otherwise). Related lyssaviruses in bats.

A

Country Risk level
Afghanistan High risk
Albania High risk
Algeria High risk
American Samoa No risk
Andaman and Nicobar Islands High risk
Andorra No risk
Angola High risk
Anguilla No risk
Antarctica No risk
Antigua and Barbuda No risk
Argentina High risk
Armenia High risk
Aruba No risk
Ascension Island No risk
Australia No risk
Austria No risk
Azerbaijan High risk
Azores No risk

B

Country Risk level
Bahamas No risk
Bahrain Low risk
Balearic islands No risk
Bali High risk
Bangladesh High risk
Barbados No risk
Belarus High risk
Belgium No risk
Belize High risk
Benin High risk
Bermuda No risk
Bhutan High risk
Bolivia High risk
Borneo High risk
Bosnia and Herzegovina High risk
Botswana High risk
Brazil High risk
British Virgin Islands No risk
Brunei Darussalam Low risk
Bulgaria Low risk but foxes are high risk
Burkina Faso High risk
Burma High risk
Burundi High risk

C

Country Risk level
Cabrera No risk
Cambodia High risk
Cameroon High risk
Canada Low risk but foxes, skunks and racoons are high risk
Canary Islands No risk
Cape Verde No risk
Cayman Islands No risk
Central African Republic High risk
Ceuta (north African territory of Spain) High risk
Chad High risk
Channel Islands No risk
Chile Low risk
China High risk
Christmas Island No risk
Cocos (Keeling) Islands No risk
Colombia High risk
Comoros High risk
Congo (Republic) High risk
Congo (Democratic Republic of) High risk
Cook Islands No risk
Corsica No risk
Costa Rica High risk
Côte d’Ivoire High risk
Croatia Low risk but foxes are high risk
Cuba High risk
Cyprus No risk
Czech Republic No risk
Czech Republic, within 50km border Poland/Slovakia Low risk but foxes are high risk

D

Country Risk level
Democratic Republic of the Congo High risk
Denmark No risk
Djibouti High risk
Dominica No risk
Dominican Republic High risk

E

Country Risk level
East Timor Low risk
Easter Island No risk
Ecuador High risk
Egypt High risk
El Salvador High risk
Equatorial Guinea High risk
Eritrea High risk
Estonia Low risk
Ethiopia High risk

F

Country Risk level
Faeroe Islands No risk
Falkland Islands No risk
Fiji No risk
Finland No risk
Formentera No risk
France No risk
French Guiana High risk
French Polynesia No risk

G

Country Risk level
Gabon High risk
Galapagos Islands No risk
Gambia, The High risk
Georgia High risk
Germany No risk
Ghana High risk
Gibraltar No risk
Greece No risk
Greenland High risk
Grenada Low risk
Guadeloupe No risk
Guam No risk
Guatemala High risk
Guinea High risk
Guinea-Bissau High risk
Guyana High risk

H

Country Risk level
Haiti High risk
Hawaii No risk
Honduras High risk
Hong Kong Low risk
Hungary Low risk but foxes are high risk

I

Country Risk level
Ibiza No risk
Iceland No risk
India High risk
Indonesia High risk
Iran High risk
Iraq High risk
Ireland No risk
Isle of Man No risk
Israel High risk
Italy No risk

J

Country Risk level
Jamaica No risk
Jan Mayen and Svalbard (Norway) High risk
Japan No risk
Jordan High risk

K

Country Risk level
Kazakhstan High risk
Kenya High risk
Kiribati No risk
Korea, North High risk
Korea, South High risk
Kosovo High risk
Kuwait Low risk
Kyrgyzstan High risk

L

Country Risk level
Laos High risk
La Reunion No risk
Latvia Low risk but foxes are high risk
Lebanon High risk
Lesotho High risk
Liberia High risk
Libya High risk
Liechtenstein No risk
Lithuania High risk
Luxembourg No risk

M

Country Risk level
Macau SAR High risk
Macedonia High risk
Madagascar High risk
Madeira Islands No risk
Majorca No risk
Malawi High risk
Malaysia High risk
Maldives No risk
Mali High risk
Malta No risk
Margarita Island High risk
Marshall Islands No risk
Martinique No risk
Mauritania High risk
Mauritius No risk
Mayotte No risk
Melilla (north African territory of Spain) High risk
Menorca No risk
Mexico High risk
Micronesia No risk
Moldova High risk
Monaco No risk
Mongolia High risk
Montenegro High risk
Montserrat No risk
Morocco High risk
Mozambique High risk
Myanmar (Burma) High risk

N

Country Risk level
Namibia High risk
Nauru No risk
Nepal High risk
Netherlands No risk
Netherlands Antilles No risk
New Caledonia No risk
New Zealand No risk
Nicaragua High risk
Niger High risk
Nigeria High risk
Niue No risk
Norfolk Island No risk
Northern Mariana Islands No risk
Norway (mainland only) No risk

O

Country Risk level
Oman High risk

P

Country Risk level
Pakistan High risk
Palau No risk
Palestine High risk
Panama High risk
Papua New Guinea No risk
Paraguay High risk
Peru High risk
Philippines High risk
Pitcairn Islands No risk
Poland High risk
Portugal No risk
Puerto Rico High risk

Q

Country Risk level
Qatar Low risk

R

Country Risk level
Republic of Korea (S. Korea) High risk
Reunion No risk
Romania High risk
Russian Federation High risk
Rwanda High risk

S

Country Risk level
Saint Helena No risk
Saint Kitts and Nevis No risk
Saint Lucia No risk
Saint Martin/Sint Maarten No risk
Saint Pierre and Miquelon No risk
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines No risk
Samoa No risk
San Marino No risk
Sao Tome & Principe Low risk
Saudi Arabia High risk
Senegal High risk
Serbia High risk
Seychelles No risk
Sierra Leone High risk
Singapore No risk
Slovakia Low risk but foxes are high risk
Slovenia Low risk but foxes are high risk
Solomon Islands No risk
Somalia High risk
South Africa High risk
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands No risk
Spain – mainland, Balearic and Canary Islands No risk
Spain – north African territories of Ceuta and Melilla High risk
Sri Lanka High risk
Sudan (North and South) High risk
Suriname High risk
Svalbard High risk
Swaziland High risk
Sweden No risk
Switzerland No risk
Syria High risk

T

Country Risk level
Tahiti No risk
Taiwan Low risk
Tajikistan High risk
Tanzania High risk
Thailand High risk
Tibet High risk
Timor-Leste Low risk
Togo High risk
Tokelau No risk
Tonga No risk
Trinidad and Tobago Low risk
Tunisia High risk
Turkey High risk
Turkmenistan High risk
Turks and Caicos Islands No risk
Tuvalu No risk

U

Country Risk level
Uganda High risk
Ukraine High risk
United Arab Emirates Low risk
United Kingdom No risk in animals. Low risk in bats
United Kingdom – imported animal Contact RIgS
United States of America Low risk but foxes, skunks and racoons are high risk
Uruguay High risk
Uzbekistan High risk

V

Country Risk level
Vanuatu No risk
Venezuela High risk
Vietnam High risk
Virgin Islands No risk

W

Country Risk level
Wake Island and the US Pacific Islands No risk
Wallis and Futuna Islands No risk
Western Sahara High risk

Y

Country Risk level
Yemen High risk

Z

Country Risk level
Zambia High risk
Zanzibar High risk
Zimbabwe High risk

Bottom Line

Importing a puppy to the UK (GB) is pretty straight forward, as long as you are aware of the strict regulations. The requirements vary depending on whether you are traveling from a part 1 listed, part 2 listed, or unlisted country. However, it is likely that your puppy will require a microchip, a valid rabies vaccination, and either a pet passport or a pet health certificate. Furthermore they may need a tapeworm treatment administered within 5 days of entering GB. If you are traveling from an unlisted country, your puppy will also need a rabies titer test.

When organising travel, ensure that you select an approved carrier and route. You can check approved airlines and airports here, and approved sea and rail routes and companies here. Additionally, ensure you have an approved puppy carrier and try to get your puppy used to it before traveling.

Quarantine in GB 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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