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Import and export of horses

Exporting to an EU country (not UK or Republic of Ireland)

All horses, ponies and donkeys need to have:

  • a valid horse passport with a completed Section IX
  • been certified by an official veterinarian (OV) for export who has seen the passport
  • either a valid export health certificate or a valid commercial document (DOCOM) issued by an approved Tri-Partite Agreement (TPA) body
  • Horse owner's declaration form

Health certificate

Exporters apply to the Department of the Environment for an export health certificate by completing and returning the form, allowing 10 working days for processing.

The fee for 2019 is £62.50.

Export health certificate application form

Guidance notes to help complete the export health certificate are on the DEFRA website.

TPA

The TPA is a formal agreement between Ireland, United Kingdom (includes Channel Islands) and France, which allows certain categories of horses to move between these three countries without prior inspection or certification.

EU travel after Friday 29 March 2019 (Brexit)

Depending on the final Brexit agreement, horses are likely to be subject to additional health certification and enter the EU through boarder inspection post. Requirements when returning to Jersey will remain the same.

Exporting to Guernsey

A general licence to import is available, contact the Guernsey Commerce and Employment Department on +44 (0) 1481 234567.

Exporting to the UK and Republic of Ireland

A valid passport is always required for travel to the UK and Republic of Ireland.

UK authorities (DEFRA) advise that you contact them.  You can apply for a horse passport online on the GOV.UK website.

Exporting to a non-EU country

Contact the Department of the Environment.

Importing from the UK and Republic of Ireland

You need a valid passport.

Importing from an EU Member State (other than from UK, Republic of Ireland)

You need a valid health certificate and a valid passport.

From France only, for eligible horses, a valid DOCOM may replace a valid health certificate

Importing from outside the EU

For non-EU Countries contact the Department of the Environment.

While the department will endeavour to help, it is the exporter's responsibility to meet requirements of the importing country.

GST

If you import a horse for long-term personal use you are liable for GST. Contact Customs and Excise for relevant forms and fees.

Travelling with a trailer or horse box in the EU

If you are travelling in the EU with a trailer or horse box you can voluntarily register it with DVS for £30. There is no obligation to register but it may reduce your time at EU borders.

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