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Pet Passport *New Rules from January 2012*

Pet Passport


The rules for bringing your pet dog, cat or ferret into Jersey have changed from 01.01.2012.

Visiting Jersey with your pet from the UK

You can bring your pet into Jersey from UK without the need for a pet passport and the requirements for microchipping and rabies vaccination. Jersey is seen as part of the UK for the Pet Travel Scheme.

Your pet's welfare while travelling

  • Don’t delay – find out the rules in plenty of time before you travel
  • If you wish to return to Jersey with your pet after a trip abroad, or intend to bring your pet into Jersey for the first time, you need to be aware of the changes
  • You are responsible for ensuring your pet meets all the rules for entering Jersey
  • Make sure you have had the procedures carried out in the correct order and your pet’s documentation is correctly completed. If you do not, your pet will be refused entry

Rules depend on which country you are travelling into Jersey from:

EU Member States – see Part A below.
Approved non-EU countries – listed below and on Defra website for latest details – see Part A below.
Non-approved countries (not in EU or not listed in table) – see Part B below.

See list of EU Member States and Approved non-EU countries

EU Member States requiring a pet passport
NB: A pet passport is a document that officially records information related to a specific pet. The effect is to speed up and simplify the transport of pets between countries.

I am bringing my pet from/to Ireland does it need a pet passport?

Yes. All pets travelling between Jersey and the Republic of Ireland must be prepared for the Pet Travel Scheme and have a pet passport. Dogs will not be required to have a tapeworm treatment and pets will not be required to travel with an approved carrier. Is your pet prepared?

Part A: Entry to Jersey from EU Member States and approved non-EU countries

For your pet to enter Jersey from these countries, you must answer ‘yes’ to the all of the following questions:

  • Is your pet microchipped*?
  • Is your pet currently vaccinated against rabies?
  • Was your pet vaccinated after it was microchipped?
  • Have you had your pet's microchip checked before travel?
  • Have you got an EU Pet Passport or Official Veterinary Health Certificate*** from your vet certifying the microchip and vaccination?
  • Have at least 21 days passed since it was vaccinated?
  • Have you checked that the vaccination is still in date and all the dates in the passport are correct?
  • Have you checked all the relevant parts are signed and stamped by an official vet?
  • Has your dog been treated for tapeworm 1-5 days before scheduled arrival?
  • Are you travelling into Jersey with your pet on an approved carrier?

Part B: Entry to Jersey from non-approved countries

For your pet to enter Jersey from these countries, you must answer ‘yes’ to all of the following steps:

  • Is your pet microchipped*?
  • Is your pet currently vaccinated against rabies?
  • Was your pet vaccinated after being microchipped?
  • Was a blood sample for a blood test taken at least 30 days after it was vaccinated?
  • Has your pet passed the blood test? (your vet will tell you)
  • Have you got an EU Pet Passport** or Official Veterinary Health Certificate*** from your vet certifying the microchip, vaccination and blood test result?
  • Have 3 months passed since the date the blood sample was taken?
  • Has your dog been treated for tapeworm 1-5 days before scheduled arrival?
  • Are you travelling into Jersey with your pet on an approved route and approved carrier?

* Please note – if your pet has a clearly readable tattoo applied before 3 July 2011 and is recorded in the passport by a vet this is accepted for the Pet Travel Scheme.

** Please note – if your pet was successfully blood tested at least 30 days after it was vaccinated and issued with an EU pet passport before it left Jersey or another EU country to go to a non-approved country, the 3-month waiting period before re-entering Jersey will not apply (but all other rules will).

*** Please note – Official Veterinary Health Certificate are issued by non-EU countries only.

How do I get a pet passport?

Pet passports are available from us and your pet can have its picture in the passport. Please allow 2 weeks for the passport to be issued.

Please contact any of our branches for current charges.

What happens when my pet passport is full?

An authorised vet can issue you a new passport. Keep you old passport because if the 21-day period has not elapsed and there is no record of a prior rabies vaccination in the pet passport, the owner is required to provide supporting documentary evidence of the previous rabies vaccination to travel. That documentary evidence must bear the animal’s microchip number. The current vaccination recorded in the pet passport must have been administered on or before the expiry date of the prior vaccination.

What are the rules for recognised assistance dogs?

Dogs must first comply with the Pet Travel Scheme. A dog may travel with an approved carrier or with any community air carrier. The person responsible for the dog will have to give the airline at least 48 hours notice prior to arrival. The airline must notify the department at least 36 hours prior to arrival. The pet will be checked on arrival.

Does my pet need a tapeworm treatment?

Only dogs need to be treated for tapeworm before entering Jersey. This treatment must be carried out by a vet and not by you. The vet should check the microchip first before carrying out the treatment and then complete the passport. Your pet must be treated not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (5 days) before the scheduled arrival time into Jersey.

Cats and ferrets do not require a tapeworm treatment.

Dogs travelling direct from Ireland, Finland or Malta to Jersey will not be required to have the tapeworm treatment as these countries have the same health status as the UK and the Channel Islands.

What about ticks and other diseases?

From 1 January, tick treatment for pets entering Jersey will not be required but all pet owners travelling abroad with their pets should discuss disease prevention with their vet and the possible need for pets to be treated for ticks prior to departure to provide optimal protection, as part of good animal health practice. Check our pet advice section for more travel advice.

How can I travel to Jersey with my pet?

All pets entering Jersey from abroad must travel with an approved carrier. Approved carriers have trained staff who will check the pet passport so that when you land you comply with the Regulations. Pets travelling from the Republic of Ireland do not have to travel with an approved carrier. If you pet does not meet the Pet Travel Scheme requirements it may have to be left behind, so check your pet passport is valid before you travel.

Do you have a list of approved carrier?

You may use any of the transport companies and routes approved, subject to the transport company’s agreement. There may also be a limit to the total number of animals that a company will permit to travel on each boat or aircraft.

Can I bring my pet to Jersey on a private boat or private plane?

No, a pet landed from a private boat or a private plane into Jersey is an illegal landing.

What if my pet fails the check?

Pets that fail the check will be refused entry into Jersey and advised to contact a vet. If the pet has landed it may be held till the pet is compliant or re exported out of the island. The island at this time does not have a quarantine unit approved.

What types of dogs are not allowed into Jersey?

In Jersey, it is against the Law to import certain types of dogs (dangerous dogs) without a licence which is issued by the Customs and Immigration Service. The following are prohibited: the Pit Bull Terrier, the Japanese Tosa (or Tosa), the Dogo Argention and the Fila Brazilero or any other type of dog which appears to have been bred for fighting.

What if I bring a dangerous dog into Jersey?

If you bring a dangerous dog into Jersey you could be prosecuted and the dog seized and destroyed.


Entry Rules for pets entering the UK from the EU and listed Non-EU countries

What has to be done Now From 1 January 2012
Microchip Yes Yes
Rabies vaccination Yes Yes
Blood test Yes No
Pre-entry waiting period Yes Yes
Length of waiting period before entry to the UK 6 months from date sample taken for blood test 21 days after vaccination against rabies
Tick and tapeworm treatment Yes (24-48 hours before embarkation to UK) Tick treatment not required. Tapeworm treatment not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours before scheduled arrival into Jersey


Entry rules for pets from unlisted non-EU countries

What has to be done Now From 1 January 2012
Microchip All pets from unlisted third countries are licensed into quarantine for 6 months and vaccinated against rabies on arrival Yes
Rabies vaccination Yes
Blood test Yes. Blood sample must be taken at least 30 days after vaccination
Pre-entry waiting period Yes
Length of waiting period before entry to the UK 3 months after blood sample date
Tick and tapeworm treatment Tick treatment not required. Tapeworm treatment see link at bottom of page


EU Member States
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK

Listed non-EU countries
Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Ascension Island, Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Bermuda, BES Islands, Bosnia-Herzegovina, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Croatia, Curacao, Falkland Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Iceland, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Monaco, Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Russian Federation, St Helena, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre & Miquelon, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Saint Maarten, San Marino, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, United Arab Emirates, USA (mainland), Vanuata, Vatican, Wallis & Futuna.

An EU pet passport is not required when travelling directly between the Channel Islands and the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Travelling outside the European Union

If you want to take your pet to a country outside the EU (e.g. Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong, Canada) you should contact the authorities at your destination to find out what they require. Some countries require the pet to have an Export Health Certificate (EHC). Health Certifiates are issued by the animal health section at Planning and Environment upon completion of an export application form.

Welfare of your pet during travel

You should consider getting advice on how best to transport your pets whilst protecting the welfare of pets during the journey. Information is available on the Defra website or please contact us. You should inform the airline or ferry operator that you wish to travel with your pet. Some airlines ask for a private ‘fitness to travel’ certificate which we can issue for you.

Your pet should be healthy and fit for the intended journey. If necessary, ask your us for advice before beginning the journey. An animal is not normally fit to transport if it is ill or injured (except for minor illness or injury).

Tips when travelling by ferry

If you are travelling with your pet in a vehicle by ferry:

  • Try and get to the port early so that the carrier can give you the most suitable position in the car deck for your pet
  • Travel overnight if possible, when the temperature may be cooler
  • Make sure that the ferry company officials responsible for loading know that there is a live animal in your vehicle, and follow their instructions
  • Before you leave your vehicle, make sure that your pet will have enough ventilation (normally you will need to leave at least one of the windows partly open, but it is important to make sure your pet cannot escape)
  • Make sure your pet is comfortable and has enough water
  • Never leave your pet in a vehicle in direct strong sunshine or high temperatures as it is difficult to make sure there is enough ventilation to keep it cool. The inside of a vehicle left in strong sunlight on an open deck or in an enclosed deck where the temperature is likely to be higher than 25 degrees for more than a few minutes, will very quickly become too hot for the animal inside and cause distress and suffering

For safety reasons, you are not normally able to visit the vehicle decks while the ferry is at sea. The ferry company should tell you about its access policy.

Tips when travelling by air

Pets will have to be carried in a suitable International Air Traffic Association (IATA) container.

  • The container must be clean, leak proof and escape proof. Some pet shops sell approved IATA containers
  • The container must have enough space for your pet to be able to turn about normally while standing and to be able to stand, sit and to lie in a natural position

Check with your airline that they are prepared to take your pet and ask them what they require.

For more information, please follow the link: www.gov.je/Travel/TravellingPets/Pages/index.aspx

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