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Travelling to and from Jersey with your dog:

Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)

The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is for pet parents who wish to travel with their pet(s) or to relocate to Jersey from another member state. However, your dog doesn’t need a pet passport if you are travelling between Jersey, the UK, Isle of Man or other Channel Islands.

If you are travelling outside of these areas, your dog will need to travel within five days of you being granted entry. Failing that, another person who has written authorisation from you will need to be granted entry. If no one can travel with your dog, or you wish to sell or re-home a dog in Jersey from abroad, then you must follow the ‘different rules’ below.

You must have a valid pet passport to travel to another EU country which you can obtain from your vet. Your vet will complete your dog’s passport with you.

If you buy or are given a dog (or any other pet) in another country, you must go to that country to take ownership, or follow the ‘different rules’ below.

Different rules

There are different rules if you are travelling to Jersey with a dog to sell or re-home.

Dogs will have to travel with a valid pet passport and an official health certificate.

If you would like to import your dog(s) to Jersey from outside the UK, you will need to contact the States Veterinary Department as soon as possible. This is due to the lengthy process of importation which can take several weeks, or even months.

States Veterinary Officer
T: +44 (0) 1534 441 600
E: rva@gov.je

You will require an import licence before arriving in Jersey if you’re bringing a dog to sell, pass on or re-home.

The dog(s) must meet the requirements of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) and be accompanied by an original, official health certificate, signed by an authorised vet.

Furthermore, if you are bringing a dog or dogs from the UK to sell or rehome for economic gain, you may need Welfare to Transport authorisation. Please also contact the Jersey Customs and Immigration Service as you may be liable to pay GST on arrival.

Travelling between Jersey, the UK, Isle of Man or other Channel Islands with a pet dog

Are you travelling between Jersey and:

  • the UK (including Northern Ireland)?
  • the Isle of Man?
  • other Channel Islands?

If yes, then there are no official requirements, passports or vaccinations needed for your pet dog (or cats or ferrets!). However, if you are travelling to the UK, all dogs older than eight weeks must be microchipped. It is also recommended that you discuss your four-legged friend’s health with your vet to check that they are fit to travel.

If you are bringing a dog from the UK which originated from abroad (this includes the Republic of Ireland), the dog must have landed legally in the UK before travelling to Jersey. Pets that do not meet the entry requirements for the UK may be seized upon arrival in Jersey.

Your dog can travel with any airline or ferry operator who agrees to carry pets.

If you are travelling on a private plane or boat, you must not visit a foreign port on the way to the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands.

Entry to Jersey from EU member states, territories or listed countries

For your dog to enter, you must be able to answer yes to all of the following:

  • Is your dog microchipped?
  • Is your dog currently vaccinated against rabies?
  • At the time of rabies vaccination, was your dog at least 12 weeks old?
  • Was your dog vaccinated after it was microchipped?
  • Do you have an EU Pet Passport or an Official Veterinary Health Certificate (OVHC) from your vet certifying the above? OVHCs are issued by non-EU countries only
  • Have 21 days passed since your dog was vaccinated?
  • Has your dog been treated by a vet for tapeworm one to five days before its scheduled arrival?
  • Is your dog travelling to Jersey with an approved carrier?

Entry to Jersey from unlisted countries

For your dog to enter, you must be able to answer yes to the following:

• Is your dog microchipped?
• Is your dog currently vaccinated against rabies?
• Was your dog vaccinated after being microchipped?
• At the time of rabies vaccination, was your dog at least 12 weeks old?
• Was a blood sample taken at least 30 days after your dog was vaccinated?
• Has your dog 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 above?
• Have three months passed since the date the blood sample was taken?
• Has your dog been treated by a vet for tapeworm 1-5 days before its scheduled arrival?
• Are you travelling into Jersey with your dog on an approved carrier?

If your dog’s blood test was successful and it was issued with an EU Pet Passport before it left Jersey or another EU country, the three months waiting period before coming back to Jersey will not apply. All other rules still apply.

Remember, OVHCs are issued by non-EU countries only.

You can find a list of ‘listed and unlisted’ countries on the GOV.UK website.

Pet passports and other documents

For a pet to travel in an EU member state, your vet will issue you with a pet passport.

If you’re coming from outside the EU to Jersey or another EU country, you will need:

  • A third-country official veterinary certificate if you don’t have a valid EU pet passport
  • To complete a declaration confirming you are not going to sell or re-home your dog
  • Original documents must travel with your dog
  • Tapeworm treatment (dogs only). A vet must treat your dog for tapeworm and record it in the pet passport before entering Jersey. The treatment must have been given within 24 and 120 hours (five days) before you enter Jersey. However, you don’t need to treat your dog for tapeworm if you’re coming directly to Jersey from Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway.

Travelling with more than five pets for a competition or show

You can’t travel with more than five dogs under the scheme unless you’re attending or training for a competition, show or similar event.

In order to do this you will need

and all your dogs must:

Travelling with assistance dogs

You can bring your assistance dog into Jersey if they have been trained by organisations who are members of:

  • Assistance Dogs International
  • International Guide Dog Federation

All assistance dogs must comply with the Pet Travel Scheme and may travel with an approved carrier or any commercial carrier.

The person responsible for the dog must give the carrier at least 48 hours notice prior to travel, and the carrier must notify The States Veterinary Officer at least 36 hours before arrival.

You are required to email or send a copy of the pet passport to the States Veterinary Officer before you travel by emailing at rva@gov.je. Your dog will be checked on arrival.

The following Guide Dog websites have advice about taking assistance dogs abroad.

Approved transport companies

If you would like to bring your dog to Jersey, you can only use approved transport companies and travel routes to Jersey. This means your dog cannot be brought into Jersey if you decide to travel by private boat or plane, except if you’re travelling from the Republic of Ireland.

Microchip failures

If your dog’s microchip fails and can’t be read, your dog will need to be:

  • Re-chipped
  • Re-prepared in accordance with pet travel rules
  • Be issues with a new pet passport

This will need to be carried out in the country your dog is in when the microchip fails.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to travel with your pet until 21 days after the rabies vaccination.

Dogs that fail checks on arrival at Jersey

Unfortunately any dog which fails checks upon arrival will be refused entry into Jersey and you will be advised to contact a vet. If your dog has already arrived in Jersey, he or she may be held in quarantine until they meet requirements or are exported out of Jersey.

Please note that all associated costs are at the owners’ expense.

Ticks and other diseases

Dog owners travelling abroad with their dog(s) should discuss disease prevention with their vet. There are a number of options, such as spot-on treatments, collars and chews.

  • Dog breeds not allowed in Jersey

It’s illegal to import certain breeds and types of dogs into Jersey.

These breeds are:

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brazilero
  • Any type of dog which appears to have been bred for fighting

Pet Travel Scheme leaflets in French, Polish and Portuguese

You can find leaflets translated into French, Polish and Portuguese below. In these leaflets, approved non-EU countries has the same meaning as unlisted countries. Non-approved countries has the same meaning as unlisted countries.

Download French translation (size 140kb)

Download Polish translation (size 47kb)

Download Portuguese translation (size 29kb)

Your dog’s well-being whilst travelling

General travel advice

  • Seek advice from your vet on how best to transport your pet and protect their welfare
  • Your dog should be fit and healthy for the journey – a dog is not fit to transport if it is ill or injured (except for minor illness or injury)
  • Before the journey ensure your pet has received all the relevant vaccinations (if necessary)
  • It is important that you advise the airline or ferry operator that you wish to travel with your dog. This is so that they expect them upon your arrival and can ensure they are comfortable during travel

Travelling by ferry

  • Aim to get to the ferry port early so that your carrier can give you the most suitable position in the car deck for your dog
  • If possible, during hot weather, travel overnight when the temperature may be cooler
  • Make sure your pet is comfortable and has enough water and never leave your pet in a car in direct strong sunshine or high temperatures
  • Ensure the ferry company officials know that there is a live dog in your car
  • When leaving your vehicle, ensure that your dog has enough ventilation. Normally you will need to leave at least one of the windows partly open, but equally, it is important to make sure your dog can’t escape
  • For safety reasons, unfortunately you are not normally allowed to visit your dog while the ferry is at sea. Ask the ferry company for a copy of their access policy and find out how they look out for your dog whilst sailing

Travelling by air

  • Check with your airline that they are prepared to take your dog and ask them what they require
  • You will be required to purchase an approved International Air Transport Association (IATA) container, which is clean and leak and escape proof. The container must have enough space for the animal to be able to turn around normally whilst standing, to stand and sit erect and to lie in a natural position
  • Some airlines ask for a private fitness to travel certificate which your vet can issue

Check out the DEFRA welfare of pets during travel leaflet here.

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