Pet Travel To The UK And Ireland

Pets travelling to the UK & Ireland don’t need to quarantine if they meet all the veterinary entry requirements: Rabbits are an exeption, they will need to quarantine

  • Valid Rabies Vaccination – over 30 days less than 12 months
  • Microchip – This must be done prior to or on the same day as the rabies vaccine. If not a revaccination and an additional blood test will be required, which will lead to travel delays
  • Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titration Test (RNATT) – blood can only be drawn 30 days after the rabies vaccination was given. If the rabies vaccination has lapsed, it won’t be valid
  • Entry to The UK & Ireland may only take place 90 days after the blood sample for the RNATT test reaches the lab.
  • Export health certificates and government documents will be prepared for you as part of our service
  • Valid Vaccinations – over 30 days less than 12 months

There is an additional import clearance cost charged by UK agents used to clear animals while bringing pets to UK or taking pets to Ireland or any other place as a matter of fact. This is compulsory. Relopet work closely with well-respected agents and vets based in the UK that can assist with import clearance and delivery of your pet(s) to their new home after arrival. Your import clearance will be included in your estimate.


Relopet taking Pets to Ireland & UK

Customs laws might be a pain for any importer or exporter, but they’re in place to prevent the unlawful trafficking of endangered wildlife when it comes to animals.
Animal Travel’s advisers are well-versed in these rules and can assist you in ensuring that your valuable cargo passes through customs smoothly.

Non-Commercial Pet travel

  • All accompanied pets over 6 months.
  • Travelling with their owner or representative, or within 5 days of their owner or representative's departure
  • Pets under 6 months can only travel if their owners can prove they are family pets
  • Non-commercial arrivals are all checked by the Arrival Border Inspection Post that they arrive at before clearance. Airports include: London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • You will need to complete a TOR (Transfer OF Residency) into the UK. This needs to be completed prior to departure, to avoid additional penalties on arrival. It will also indicate your travel dates into the UK in line with above
  • You will need to apply and have your TOR (Transfer OF Residence) number handy before collection, to avoid possible delays and additional costs , in Bringing Pets to UK.
  • Unaccompanied pet(s) ,where the pet and owner travel more than 5 days apart.
  • If there are more than 5 pets travelling, even if within 5 days of the owner, this is still seen as a commercial shipment.
  • Pets younger than 6 months old, or a stud animal purchased from abroad and brought into the UK or Ireland
  • All Commercial arrivals into the UK are checked at border inspection posts located at London Heathrow, Manchester, Gatwick and with exception Edinburgh airports
  • You will need a VAT number and have a State Vet Commercial number to confirm that your pet is not a commodity.
  • You will need to apply and have your TOR (Transfer OF Residence) number handy before collection, to avoid possible delays and additional costs , in bringing your pet(s) home.
Other regulations may apply depending on whether you wish to export or import animals. Contact us today to learn more about what your pet may require for pet travel customs clearance.