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Animal welfare

5. Importation of animals

Animals imported into the UK are required to be quarantined in Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs approved facilities for six months.

The Rabies (Importation of Dogs, Cats and Other Animals) Order 1974 (as amended) gives powers to destroy animals landed without a pet passport. In addition the Act has powers to fine or imprison owners of animals.

Pet travel information

The importation of pets (including hamsters, gerbils, mice and birds) is strictly controlled. However, regulations for the importation of pets from Europe have been revised.

Pets must have been vaccinated for rabies and to have a pet passport. The scheme also means that UK residents can take their pets to designated countries and return to the UK without quarantine.

More information about bringing your pet to the UK can be found on the DEFRA website.