The United Kingdom is a nation of pet lovers! Over 53% of adults own a pet with dogs and cats being the most popular. Cities and rural areas of the UK are pet friendly with plenty of parks, cafes and pubs accepting your pet during your visit. The problem with international pet travel is it’s guidelines and vaccinations vary by country, you will need to follow the correct process for your pet to arrive in the UK.

Listed below are some of the main guidelines that must be followed before entering the UK with your pet.


  • Pet Passport or Health Certificate
  • Microchip
  • Vaccination against rabies
  • Tapeworm treatment
  • In some cases a Blood Test

Pet Transporter or Agents

If all the requirements are not met there is the risk of your pet not being allowed into the UK. This will lead to your pet either being sent back to the country it flew in from or being held in quarantine for a period of up to 4 months. You will also be responsible for any fees or charges associated with this.

We suggest using a Pet shipping agent to handle this process as it can become quite complex. These experts will arrange all necessary steps from your home country to arriving in the UK. There knowledge of the UK customs laws will help you save time and money, and will help sort any paperwork required to avoid any hiccups at customs.

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