Moving non-EU Pets to the United Kingdom

Find out how to import a pet to the United Kingdom from outside the European Union...

In December 2002, two years after the scheme was launched, PETS was extended to cover more than 50 non-European countries including Canada, the USA and Australia. As long as pet animals have the necessary documentation, which includes a third country veterinary certificate, and have not been outside one of these countries in the previous six months, they will be allowed to move to and from the UK without going into quarantine.


Although Malaysia is included on the list, it must be noted that there are further guidelines when bringing dogs and cats to and from the country. Vets must confirm that the animal:

  • Has had no contact with pigs at least 60 days prior to export
  • Had not been living anywhere near areas where there have been cases of Nipah disease confirmed in the past 60 days
  • Has had a negative result to an IgC capture ELISA test for the Nipah disease

Animals from Jamaica may not be prepared for PETS.

The Russian Federation is a qualifying country but, please note, the federation does not include the following countries Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Countries Excluded from PETS

Animals that come to the UK from any country which does not follow the PETS scheme must spend six months in quarantine from the day they arrive. They will also need an import licence, this licence is generally filled in by the quarantine premises.

  • For comprehensive information about the procedure and a list of quarantine centres: Click here

Note that not all airports and sea ports will accept animals that need to go directly to quarantine. For a list of the relevant airports and ports, see the DEFRA website.

Dogs Banned in the UK

The following dogs are banned in the UK under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Braziliero