The Pet Passport System in the UK

In the UK a pet would need a passport in order to be able to travel out of the country, to enter the UK or a different country that accepts pet passports and if your pet leaves the UK to visit a ‘listed or unlisted country’ and then travels back to the UK. Pet passports were introduced to make travelling with your pet easier than ever before! Having a pet passport also means your pet usually does not need to spend time in quarantine.

What is a pet passport?
A pet passport is an important document that details all the vaccinations and medical procedures your pet as had. It is a record of your pets health and evidence that your pet is in a fit enough condition to travel to and from the country.

Listed and Unlisted Countries
As previously mentioned, it is not just the UK that accepts pet passports but also:
1. Andorra
2. Azores and Madeira
3. Canary Islands
4. French Guiana
5. Gibraltar
6. Greenland and the Faroe Islands
7. Guadeloupe
8. Iceland
9. Liechtenstein
10. Martinique
11. Monaco
12. Norway
13. Reunion
14. San Marino
15. Switzerland
16. Vatican City
These countries along with ‘listed’ countries means travelling in and out of them with your pet passport is a lot easier. These countries include:
Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Ascension Island, Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Bermuda, BES Islands (Bonair, Saint Eustatius and Saba), Bosnia-Herzegovina, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Curaçao, Falkland Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Russian Federation, Saint Maarten, Singapore, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Taiwan, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, USA (includes American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the US virgin Islands), Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna. Travelling with pets in and out of ‘unlisted countries’ is usually more difficult and complicated. Make sure you check carefully the requirement of such countries if you are travelling to them.

How can I get my pet a passport?
Certain vets can issue pet passports, or they can give you advice on where else to get one. You can also contact the Animal and Plant Health Agency who will be able to direct you. You will pet will also need to be microchipped, if it is not already, for it to be eligible for a passport. In order to get the passport, you will have to take your pet, it’s identity and vaccination documents, medical records and rabies results to the vet.

What is the best time to get my pet a passport?
Time is key when sorting out your pet’s passport. Certain countries require specific vaccinations and therefore enough time needs to be allowed to have these done. Additionally, if travelling to a county not listed above your pet with need to have a rabies jab and a blood test which needs to be done at least 1 month after the first jab. You will then need to wait another 3 months before your pet can travel. Additionally, you will need to leave enough time for your pet’s passport to be issued, which can take longer at certain times of the year.

Also, it is best to leave yourself enough time to thoroughly check over your pet passport documents and that it contains the right information. The information required should include: details and description of your pet, details of the owner, current vaccination evidence, microchip number and details of your vet. Sometimes it is advised to take your pet’s previous passport if this contains prior tests. Your vet can advise you on this.

What if my pet’s passport is not correct?
If you have not provided the correct information or your pet has not had the correct vaccinations then there is the possibility your pet could be quarantined. In some cases this can be for up to 4 months. Also ,you may have to leave your pet behind if a problem is discovered before you leave. Be careful as to the amount of pets you are travelling with. Pet passports can only be used with up to five pets, any more than this and a new set of regulations have to be adhered to.

Beware – the UK could be leaving the European Union very soon and therefore rules are likely to change!



We know that pet relocation can be a stressful time for both owner and pet. That’s why we are here to help take some of that stress away! From choosing crates to microchipping your animal – we’ve got it covered!

1. As soon as you know you’re moving find out about your pet’s travel requirements
Some pets may be more difficult to relocate than others, therefore before you start the process its extremely important to find out about the travel requirements of your own pet. For example, not all pets can fly in the cabin or cargo – some pets and breeds cannot fly at all. Your vet can be helpful when travelling with pets who may be more difficult to relocate. A vet will be able to help you assess your options and plan the best course of action.

2. Check the entry requirements for your pet for your new country of residence
Countries have different requirements that they expect from you and your pet to enter. This can get extremely confusing as expectations are unique to the country your pet is travelling to. Therefore, it was vital that you check as soon as possible what these requirements will be. Sometimes it may take a while to get all these documents in order and the list can be quite extensive. For example, pets travelling to Australia need to be microchipped, vaccinated, had a rabies titer test, have an import permit, have a health certificate, treated against internal parasites twice and must have resided in the country continuously since birth or a minimum of 6 months prior to import!

3. Booking your airline – the earlier the better!
Where possible, always try to book a direct flight. This prevents the potential disruption caused to both you and your pet by having to arrange a transfer. Most flights will have a limit on the number of animals they can transport, so it is always better to book sooner rather than later. Additionally, once your flight is booked you can start immediately liaising with the airline about the transportation arrangements with your pet. The earlier this can be done, the more organised and smoother the relocation will be and (hopefully) the less stress you will feel!

4. Contact your vet
Make sure you arrange to meet your vet and discuss your travel plans with them. This is particularly important if your pet is on medication and will need prescriptions in your new country of residence. Most airlines will require documentation from your vet demonstrating your pet is in good health and has had all the required vaccinations to travel or enter another country. Give yourself enough time to make sure you can get this paperwork in order. It’s also a good idea to have the contact details of your vet on hand in case of emergencies as well.

5. Choosing your pet carrier/crate
First make sure you know the size of your pet. Though this may seem obvious, it is vital for your pets’ comfort and safety that you measure them properly and buy a suitably size crate. Your pet should be able to stand up and turn around in it. The crate should have good ventilation and means to secure water and food bowls. Secondly, you must check the requirements of the airline your pet is travelling with. Your pet may have a certain amount of space depending on their size/breed/species and therefore it is very important a crate will fit within this. Airlines can vary in their requirements of crates and carriers and therefore it is essential you check beforehand. The crate you buy also needs to be International Air Transport Association compliant.

6. Pet anxiety
Travelling can be a very anxious time for your pet, particularly if they are travelling long distances and in unfamiliar situations, such as flying. It is therefore, recommended that you allow your pet time to get accustomed to their crate and being locked in it for longer periods of time. Putting a familiar comfort object or favourite toy in the crate can help ease some of their anxiety. However, do not tranquilize your pet, most airlines have policies against it and will not let your animal fly in this state.

7. Ensuring your pet is comfortable
Another way to reduce pet anxiety is ensuring that your pet is going to be comfortable throughout the duration of the trip. Make sure they have had time to run around and go to the toilet before they are put into their crate. This will make them feel more tired and hopefully it’ll easier for them to sleep. Also make sure they have enough food and water that is easily accessible throughout their journey.

8. Identification tags
Make sure that all information on your pet’s identification tags are up to date. This could save a lot of stress and hassle if there were to be a mix up en route. See here for what information should be on a tag.

9. Contact a pet relocation service!
Want the stress of relocating your pet taken away from you? Using a pet relocation service, such as Ferndale Kennels, means that the whole process is taken care of for you. Services that have both expert knowledge and comprehensive facilities means your pet will have a smooth and efficient experience from start to finish. Some services even offer door to door relocation. For more information on the services Ferndale Kennels offers please click here.

Alsatian Claus, arriving from Canada. Very happy and bouncy!
Alsatian Claus, arriving from Canada. Very happy and bouncy!








是的,這個另外需要提前申請的。從收到申請和許可證費用之日起,政府需要5個工作日處理。許可證有效期為6個月,只包括一隻貓或狗的進口申請。請不要嘗試沒有許可證的情況下, 進口其他寵物。



在香港,政府使用AVID 9位數的晶片作為強制性的狗隻牌照紀錄。如果你的狗狗沒有這個晶片,漁護署政府的工作人員會強制要求所有五個月大以上狗隻, 到達香港機場時植入晶片。雖然貓隻申請健康證書文件時, 需要一個(AVID或ISO類型)的晶片, 從而可順利進入香港, 但他們並沒有相關的強制要求。



請與我們的工作人員(或您的獸醫或寵物托運負責人)查詢最新的建議。除進口許可證之外,您還需要海外國家政府獸醫認證的航空公司證書(機長誓章); 更新疫苗的接種證明或證書以及健康證書。



如果你想從香港以外的地方進口一隻幼犬,5個月以下的幼犬需要來自第一類國家, 如澳洲和英國等。



奧地利巴哈馬, 巴林, 比利時, 百慕大, 文萊, 加拿大, 開曼島, 塞浦路斯, 丹麥, 芬蘭, 法國, 德國, 直布羅陀, 關島, 冰島, 意大利, 牙買加, 盧森堡, 馬爾代夫, 馬耳他, 毛里求斯, 挪威, 新喀裡多尼亞, 巴布亞新幾內亞,葡萄牙,塞舌爾,新加坡,所羅門群島,南非,西班牙,瑞典,瑞士,荷蘭,台灣,美國(大陸),維爾京群島, 瓦努阿圖。


根據香港政府的法律, 什麼是第一類國家?




如果您在寵物到達後的一段時間內才到達,我們可以提供寄宿服務, 以及在此期間所需要的任何服











許多國家都要求對貓和狗進行血液滴度測試,為了寵物在合資格的地區出發旅行時, 減少檢疫期或不需進行隔離檢疫。狂犬病是一種人畜共患疾病,全世界每年有數千人死於狂犬病。



資料準確度是非常重要的. 晶片號碼; 採集血液樣本日期及所有其他細節, 必須確保與RNAT測試實驗室報告之間和其他文件(如疫苗卡片或其他文件)是一致的.









是的,我們有多一個選擇,能夠快遞血清樣品到海外的實驗室, 以便快速地的得到檢測結果. 這樣做的目的是從實驗室接收樣品中獲得最多3個工作日的周轉時間。此服務是專門為緊急樣品而設計的,僅應要求提供。我們經常會使用最快的快遞服務, 可利用跟踪代碼, 隨時能追蹤樣品的位置。


Pet Transport to many different international cities and countries is possible to do safely and smoothly with the right preparation.

Each country has many rules on the different documentation and certifications it needs. As well as needing to show the documents on arrival in a new Country, you need to show them to the Airline, and to the Local government departments before exiting a country.

The reason for this is that each country has different rules on what animals they allow into their countries, or what diseases they must be vaccinated against or tested for.

Sometimes this is for biosecurity (stopping disease transport) but sometimes this is for other reasons such as safely (some more potentially dangerous or aggressive breeds or species are banned in some countries).

There are some documents that are internationally required such as CITES permits- CITES is a multilateral treaty to protect endangered plants and animals.

The airlines follow IATA documents and rules ( International Air Transport Association is a trade association of the world’s airlines).

So pet relocation is affected by all of these different types of rules and regulations and the documents that pets travel with reflect this complexity.


Health Certificates from Veterinarians are also required, this is assessment of ‘Safety to travel’ i.e. a Doctor’s medical note, but it also confirms that certain Diseases are not present or that steps have been done to prevent them (eg giving intestinal worm prevention, for example).

Ferndale Kennels has 20 years experience of dealing with Documentation and Certificates relating to pet travel, and so we are able to give you the right advice on what paperwork needs to be completed and on what time frame and how. Contact us for any help and assistance! Please fill in the shipping enquiry form on our homepage or in the import-export section.