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Commercial pet movements to Jersey from the EU or the rest of the world

Travelling between Jersey and the UK, Isle of Man and other Channel Islands

​​What is a commercial movement?

When you bring a pet dog, cat or ferret to live in Jersey from the EU or the rest of the world, the movement is considered commercial if the animal:

  • is not travelling within 5 days of its owner
  • changes ownership once in Jersey
  • is resold or rescued in Jersey
  • travels to Jersey with someone else other than its owner. This includes friends or family members bringing your pet to Jersey for you

If your movement is considered commercial you need to follow some requirements that are different from non-commercial movements.

For non-commercial movements or movements from other jurisdictions:

Bringing your dog, cat or ferret to Jersey from the EU or the rest of the world

Travelling with dogs, cats or ferrets between Jersey and the UK, Isle of Man and other Channel Islands

Requirements

For commercial movements of pet dogs, cats and ferrets into Jersey you need to:

If your pet enters the UK or EU before coming to Jersey you must also meet the requirements of the country of arrival.

If your pet is travelling from a country outside the EU you must make sure it enters through a Border Control Post in the country of arrival.

Bringing your pet dog, cat or ferret to Great Britain on GOV.UK

Animal entry into the EU from third countries or territories on European Commission website

Customs declaration and pre-notification

Goods and Services Tax (GST)

You may need to pay GST if the total import cost exceeds the personal allowance. This includes the cost of:

  • the pet
  • freight
  • insurances

If your pet is free, for example a rescue dog or cat, you need to get your pet valued for customs purposes. If your pet do not have a specific breed you should research the value of a similar breed is usually sold for. For more information email Jersey Customs and Immigration Service or call +44 (0) 1534 448000.

Importing unaccompanied personal goods and paying customs duties

Pre-notification of import

Once you have declared your import you must complete the online pre-notification form at least 1 working day before the animal's arrival in Jersey. You'll need  the CAESAR declaration number from your GST declaration.

You only need to complete this form if the animal is coming from the EU.

Pre-notification of regulated animal, plant and food goods

Dog licences

All dogs aged 6 months or older must be licensed under the Dogs (Jersey) Law 1961. You can purchase dog licences from your parish.

You don't need a dog licence for a dog kept and used solely as a guide dog by a blind or a deaf person.

Buying a dog licence

Dogs not allowed in Jersey

It's illegal to bring certain types of dogs into Jersey. Your dog may be seized if it displays characteristics represented by those on the banned list.

Dogs not allowed in Jersey

Buying pets online

There is a lot to consider when buying pets online:

  • get an animal that is suitable for you and your lifestyle
  • try to meet the animal before making any commitments
  • beware of false descriptions
  • consult your vet in advance

Buying animals online

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