Pet travel from the U.S. to the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland)
HEALTH CERTIFICATE ISSUANCE AND SUBMISSION
|USDA Accredited Veterinarian Signature||Original Ink|
|APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer Signature||Original Ink|
Details: Health certificates require original ink signatures from the issuing USDA Accredited Veterinarian and the endorsing APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer with the application of the APHIS embossed seal. Submissions through the online Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS) cannot be accepted at this time.
The following information applies to the United Kingdom.
Pet Dogs, Cats and Ferrets
Do you have an EU Pet Passport?
- YES — I have and EU Pet Passport — You do not need to meet the following requirements because of your EU Pet Passport.
- NO — I do NOT have an EU Pet Passport — Follow the requirements listed in steps 1-5 below.
STEP 5: Have APHIS endorse (sign and seal) the EU Health Certificate
- After your veterinarian has issued the EU Health Certificate, have your completed paperwork endorsed by your local APHIS Veterinary Services office.
- Your local APHIS Veterinary Services office will be able to provide specific information about the process and fees associated with endorsement of the EU Health Certificate.
- Endorsement Fees
STEP 6: Tapeworm (Echinococcus) treatment- DOGS ONLY
NOTICE: The United Kingdom has specific requirements based on the type of pet you are traveling with. To get the appropriate Health Certificate, read requirements 1-6 listed above and choose the option that applies to you.
Please note: The EU health certificate is valid for travel within the EU for up to 4 months from the date it is issued by the USDA Accredited Veterinarian as long as the rabies vaccine documented on it does not expire. After entering the EU, dogs subsequently traveling to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Malta, or Norway will need to be treated for tapeworms by an EU veterinarian within 1-5 days before entering those countries. The EU veterinarian will add the tapeworm treatment information to the EU health certificate issued in the United States. It is your responsibility to ensure your pet meets the import requirements of each country you visit.
Please make sure you read all requirements for taking your bird(s) to the United Kingdom (UK).
- Pet bird(s) must have an identification number such as a clip, leg band, microchip (transponder), or tag.
- Your pet bird may have to undergo isolation and/or testing for Avian Influenza before it can travel to the UK.
- Please note that statements #3 and #4.3 in the health certificate contain an “either/ or” component. The option you choose in statement #3 should match the option you pick in statement #4.3. Only one (1) option under each statement section should be chosen. (The Accredited Veterinarian issuing the health certificate must line-out and initial the statements that do not apply).
OPTION 1: Pet bird(s) has/have been confined on a premises under official supervision for no less than 30 days prior to the date of departure with no contact with any other bird(s).
This means the USDA Accredited Veterinarian you are working with has agreed to supervise your bird’s 30 day quarantine in your home.
OPTION 2: Pet bird(s) has/have been vaccinated for Avian Influenza H5 and H7 on one occasion and re-vaccinated within the last 6 months and no later than 60 days prior to date of departure.
Pet Birds in the U.S. are not vaccinated for Avian Influenza. This option should be lined-out for all U.S. origin pet birds
OPTION 3: Pet bird(s) was/were isolated for at least 10 days prior to the date of departure and was/were tested for Avian Influenza H5 and H7 with a RT-PCR or virus isolation test using both a cloacal and an oropharyngeal swab at least 3 days after start of isolation.
This means your pet bird must be isolated (kept away) from other birds for at least 10 days prior to leaving the U.S. and tested for Avian Influenza H5 and H7 with either a RT-PCR or virus isolation test on both a cloacal and an oropharyngeal swab at least 3 days after the 10 day isolation starts.
OPTION 4: The owner/responsible person has made arrangements for a 30 day post-introduction quarantine in an approved quarantine facility or center.
This means that you have made arrangements for your pet bird to be quarantined in an approved facility in the EU once your pet bird arrives in the EU. This option is not available in all EU countries.
Once your pet bird has met all the entry requirements of the UK, your pet bird will be eligible to travel to the UK. A USDA Accredited Veterinarian must exam your bird and issue the below health certificate within 48 hours of travel or the last working day prior to the date of departure to the EU. APHIS endorsement of the health certificate is required after it has been issued by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian.
Do you plan to bring your birds back to the US after your visit to the EU?
For pet travel requirements not listed, APHIS has not been officially informed by the foreign country about the requirements for your pet’s travel. We recommended that you contact a government official of the country you are traveling to for more information.
Country of destination contact information:
Considerations for airline travel:
Airlines may have separate and additional requirements. Check with your airline to determine what requirements they may have, if any.