Do I need any documentation for my pet?

The UK has now left the European Union. If you are travelling with a dog, cat or ferret you will need either a UK issued EU Animal Health Certificate (AHC), or an EU Pet Passport that has been issued by a current EU country. 

If travelling with an AHC you will also be required to have a record of your pet’s microchip and rabies vaccination certificate. You can find the latest guidance from DEFRA on taking your pet to the EU here.

If you would like to take a pet that is not a dog, cat or ferret to France and Spain then the rules have changed. You may need an EU Health or CITES certificate. For more information, there are English versions available on the official websites for those travelling to France and those travelling to Spain.

Useful Information

Export health certificates are available from exporters' local DEFRA animal health division office. Private health certificates are available from your local vet.

CITES - Global Wildlife Division, Defra, 1/17 Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6EB.  - Tel: 0117 372 8749

The Fish Health Inspectorate - CEFAS Weymouth Laboratory, Barrack Road, The Nothe, Weymouth, DT4 8UB - Tel: 01305 206673

DEFRA - Web: DEFRA quarantine rules  Tel: 0870 241 1710 (Mon-Fri 0830 - 1730) E-Mail: