The shipping of dogs and cats to the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland



Regulations and documentation

Before sending your pet to the UK, there are several issues you need to consider prior to departure.

Trust Forwarding recommends that you obtain a Pet Passport for your pet as this will meet all of the requirements from the UK authorities.
You can follow our guide below to ensure that all of the requirements stipulated by the UK authorities are met.

This will ensure that your pet receives the best possible travel experience.
You will find more relevant information here:

Preparing your dog, cat or ferret

Step 1 - Make sure that your pet has a micro chip
Before any of the other procedures for pet travel can be carried out, your pet must be fitted with a microchip so that it can be properly identified.

Step 2 - Make sure your pet has been vaccinated
After the microchip has been fitted your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. There is no exemption to this requirement, even if your pet has a current rabies vaccination. Rabies boosters must be kept up to date. The length of the waiting period before entry into the UK is 21 days after the first vaccination date. A waiting period is not required for subsequent entries into the UK provided rabies boosters are kept up to date. If the vaccination is in two parts then the 21st day will be calculated from the date of the second vaccination.

Step 3 - Make sure that you have pet travel documentation
For animals being prepared within an EU country you will need to obtain an EU pet passport. If you are preparing your animal in a non-EU listed country or territory you will need to obtain an official third country veterinary certificate (apart from Croatia, Gibraltar, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland who also issue pet passports).

Step 4 - Make sure your pet has had tapeworm treatment (dogs only)
Before entering the UK, all pet dogs (including assistance dogs) must be treated for tapeworm. The treatment must be administered by a registered veterinarian no less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival time within the UK/Ireland. There is no mandatory requirement for tick treatment.

NOTE! No treatment is required for dogs entering the UK from Finland, Ireland and Malta or by direct flights from Norway.



It is your personal responsibiliyty as a shipper to make sure that the Pet Passport is correctly filled in. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
A registered veterinarian MUST conduct ALL of the above steps.
The Pet Passport must be faxed or e-mailed to your local Trust Forwarding office no later than 8 days prior to departure. The tapeworm and tick treatment will be checked on the departure day.


You are allowed to send your pet to the UK without doing all of the above if you make reservations at a quarantine station in advance. You will be given the address of the relevant quarantine station upon booking with Trust Forwarding.

Heathrow Animal Reception Centre

A film about the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre (HARC) at London Heathrow airport (City of London) can be seen here:

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