documentation for cat travel

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To bring your cat or into (or back into) the UK, it must be accompanied either by an EU pet passport or a third country official veterinary certificate. The passport or certificate must show that your pet has been microchipped (a tattoo is only acceptable in certain circumstances), vaccinated against rabies and if necessary blood tested.

Cats coming from Australia must be accompanied by a certificate showing protection against Hendra disease. Cats coming from the Malaysian Peninsula must be accompanied by a certificate showing protection against Nipah disease.

You are responsible for making sure you have the necessary documentation for your pet to enter the UK. Make sure it is correctly completed and your pet meets all the rules. If your pet does not meet the entry rules, it will not be allowed to enter the UK unless it is licensed into quarantine.

If you are bringing more than 5 cats (or pets) with you to the UK,  either from Europe or another country, then you will require additional documentation.

Travelling with more than five pets?

The number of pets that can be moved between EU Member States – including into and out of the UK – is limited to five per person. If there are more than 5 pets moving with an accompanying person, the following rules apply:

  • The movement of the pets should be as a consequence of the move of the owner – there should be no transfer of ownership involved.
  • For moves from the UK to another EU Member State: each pet animal will require a specific health certificate issued by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, in addition to having a completed and valid pet passport. Applications for the certificate should be made at least 10 working days prior to the date of travel. The new health certificate is not evidence that your pets meet the Pet Travel Scheme rules.
  • For moves to the UK from another EU Member State: an official veterinary surgeon in that Member State will supply the health certificate.
  • Animals entering with this certificate will travel on an approved route and be subject to pet checks at the point of entry.
  • Couriers may transport more than 5 pets if meeting these conditions.

For more information (including advice on rules for transporting more than 5 animals to non-EU countries) contact:

 

Imports

Imports Team
Centre for International Trade – Carlisle
Hadrian House
Wavell Drive
Carlisle
Cumbria CA1 2TB
 
Tel: 01228 403 600 (option 3)
Fax: 01228 591 900
 
Email: imports@ahvla.gsi.gov.uk

Exports

Specialist Service Centre for Exports
Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA)
Hadrian House
Wavell Drive
Rosehill
Carlisle
CA1 2TB
 
Tel:  01228 403600
Fax:  01228 591900
 
Email: CentralOps.Carlisle@ahvla.gsi.gov.uk (exports)

 

We hope this documentation for cat travel has been helpful. For further information please ask your vet or visit the pages of Defra.

CAT PASSPORTS | TRAVEL INFORMATION

VACCINATION INFO

BLOOD TEST INFO

MICROCHIP INFO

DOCUMENTATION

ROUTES AND TRAVEL COMPANIES

HEATH AND WELLBEING TIPS DURING TRAVEL

CATS IN AIRLINE CARGO INFORMATION

 

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Anita

Anita Kelsey graduated from Middlesex University with a first class Honours degree (work based) in Feline Behaviour and Psychology. She runs a vet referral cat behaviour consultancy in Notting hill, London. Anita also trained in cat grooming at master level and is known for her valuable work with extremely aggressive cats. She is a regular contributor to Your Cat magazine, Cats Protection magazine and The Canine and Feline Behaviour Association of which she is a fully member. Anita is fully recognised, by pet insurance companies and veterinary practices, as an accredited qualified cat behaviour practitioner. Home visit consultations are offered in London and anywhere else in the UK.