To enter the UK from a non-EU listed country without quarantine a pet must, in this order, be microchipped, vaccinated against rabies and blood tested. It must also be issued with an EU pet passport or a third country official veterinary certificate and be treated against ticks and tapeworms.

Pet dogs, cats, and ferrets must be identified with a microchip compatible with ISO standard 11784 or 11785 or the appropriate microchip reader must be provided along with the pet. Microchip implantation must occur PRIOR to rabies vaccination. Any rabies vaccination that occurs prior to microchip implantation is not considered valid regardless of whether the animal was up-to-date on its previous rabies vaccines. In this case, the animal must be revaccinated. 21 days must have elapsed after the first (primary) vaccination after implantation of the microchip before the animal is eligible to enter the European Union. A rabies vaccination is considered primary if either: (1) an animal was up-to-date on its rabies vaccination but vaccination occurred prior to microchip implantation, (2) vaccination was not carried out within the period of validity of a previous vaccination, or (3) the animal was vaccinated for the first time.

Pet Passports : Dogs, cats, and ferrets returning to the United Kingdom (UK) after traveling to the United States may be accompanied by an EU Pet Passport issued prior to leaving the EU. An EU health certificate is not required, and APHIS should not endorse the Passport. Information about echinococcus treatment may be added to the Passport by an accredited veterinarian. However, if an animal needs a rabies booster while in the United States, this information cannot be entered into the EU Passport by a US accredited veterinarian. A regular EU health certificate must be issued by the accredited veterinarian and endorsed by APHIS.

A copy of the rabies certificate and microchip identification certificate must be attached to the health certificate. If the microchip identification certificate is not available, then the microchip number must be written on the rabies certificate. The name and manufacturer of the rabies vaccine must be entered on the health certificate.

The UK prohibits import of the following dog breeds: Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Braziliero.

Step 1: The microchip

Your pet must first be fitted with a microchip. We recommend that it meets ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO Standard 11785. If the microchip does not meet one of these Standards you must provide a reader that can read the microchip number at the time of any inspection.

Ask the person fitting the microchip to check that its number can be read before and after it has been fitted. Get your vet to read the microchip every time you visit.

Step 2: The rabies vaccination

When to vaccinate

Pets being prepared to enter or re-enter the UK must be vaccinated in accordance with the recommendation of the vaccine manufacturer’s data sheet. They must be vaccinated after a microchip has been fitted. Get the vet to read the microchip number before the vaccination.

If your pet was vaccinated before the microchip was fitted, it will have to be vaccinated again. This is to make sure that it is correctly identified when vaccinated.

Vaccination record

When your pet is vaccinated, make sure that the vet accurately records the following details on its vaccination record and passport or third country official veterinary certificate:

• its date of birth/age

• the microchip number, date of insertion and its location in the animal

• the date of vaccination

• the vaccine manufacturer, product name and batch number

• the date by which the booster vaccination must be given (i.e. the “Valid until” date). This date is calculated by reference to the validity period of the vaccine given in the vaccine manufacturer’s data sheet.

Step 3: Documentation

EU Vet Health Certificate – This is the standard Health Certificate to be filled out by your accredited Veterinarian. This certificate is valid for 10 days from the date of issue by the official veterinarian until the date of the checks at the EU point of entry. For the purpose of further movements within the EU, this certificate will be valid for a total of 4 months from the date of issue or until the date of expirty of the rabies vaccination, whichever date is earlier. 6. International Health Certificate: Your vet should have these in stock. It's a good idea to call ahead and ask. This is an international health certificate that needs to be completed by your vet within 10 days of departure.

Step 4: Tapeworm Treatment (Dogs Only): 1-5 Days Before departure you will need to bring your dog back to your veterinarian so they can administer the required tapeworm treatment. Make sure to record the date and time the treatment was administered on the EU Vet Certificate.

Administer Tapeworm Treatment: Must contain the ingredient Praziquantel, and be administered in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. It is important to note that the USDA currently requires the tapeworm treatment to be administered and recorded before they will issue their endorsement on the EU Vet Certificate.

The above forms need to be sent to your local USDA veterinary authority office for their endorsement.

Your pet will have to clear customs and you are required to complete a C5 form prior to pet's arrival.

General Information

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island is a sovereign state located off the northwestern coast of continental Europe. It is an island country, spanning an archipelago including Great Britain, the northeastern part of Ireland, and many small islands.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK with a land border, sharing it with the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the UK is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the English Channel and the Irish Sea.

The largest island, Great Britain, is linked to France by the Channel Tunnel. The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy and unitary state consisting of four countries: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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