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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 do not 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 in the UK from outside the EU or inside the EU

  • rehomed in the UK from inside or outside the EU

  • 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.


  • 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, for example a letter from a vet or certain information in your pet passport

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