United Kingdom

Import / Transit Requirements for Cats and Dogs into United Kingdom


Step 1 – Have your pet micro chipped – Before any of the other procedures for pet travel are carried out, your pet must be fitted with a microchip so it can be properly identified.


Step 2 – Have your pet vaccinated – After the microchip has been fitted your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. There is no exemption to this requirement, even if your pet has a current rabies vaccination. Rabies boosters must be kept up to date.

Blood Test

Step 3 – Arrange a blood test – After your pet has been vaccinated, it must be blood tested to make sure the vaccine has given it a satisfactory level of protection against rabies. The blood sample must be taken at least 30 days after vaccination. The length of the waiting period before entry to the UK is three calendar months from the date your vet took the blood sample which led to a satisfactory test result. The three month waiting period will not apply if your pet was vaccinated and blood tested in the EU and issued with an EU pet passport before it went to an unlisted country.

Travel Documentation

Step 4 – The pets have to be accompanied by an Official Third Country Veterinary Health Certificate issued by a private veterinarian certifying compliance with the above requirements and this Health Certificate must be stamped & signed by the SA State Vet. The Health certificate must be done within 48 hours or 5 days of travel. Your Global Paws consultant will advise when the health certificate would need to be done.

~ Our clients will be supplied with the correct & filled in Heath Certificate.

Tapeworm Treatment

Step 5 – Dogs travelling to the United Kingdom requires treatment for Echinococcus (tapeworm) 120 hours and not less than 24 hours before the time of scheduled entry. We do however recommend that this treatment is administered for cats travelling to the UK as well.

Arrange travel with an approved transport company

Step 6 – Arrange for your animal to travel with an approved transport company (Global Paws) on an authorised route – Your pet must enter the UK with an approved transport company on an authorised route.