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

XL Bully type dogs
  • From Saturday 24 February 2024 XL Bully type dogs will require a licence to be imported or exported from Jersey.​

​​​​​​Health requirements

There are no official health requirements for pet dogs, cats or ferrets travelling between Jersey and:

  • the UK
  • the Isle of Man
  • other Channel Islands 

Your pet doesn't need to have a pet passport or any other documentation to travel to Jersey from the UK (including Northern Ireland). However, it must have landed legally in the UK if originating from abroad.

Guidance on taking your pet dog, cat or ferret abroad on GOV.UK

There are no vaccinations needed to travel. However, you should discuss your pet's health with your vet to make sure it's fit to travel and properly cared for.

You should not buy a dog or cat in the UK which is less than 8 weeks old. See buying animals online to find out more information.

Travelling to and from Northern Ireland

Check the latest requirements for pets travelling to and from Northern Ireland on the Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs website.

If you have a pet passport issued in Northern Ireland, contact your vet for advice before travelling.

Pet dogs, cats or ferrets arriving to Northern Ireland can enter through a travellers' point of entry where local authorities will check their documentation and identity.

You may need to show your pet's Animal Health Certificate (AHC) along with proof of their:

  • microchip
  • rabies vaccination
  • tapeworm treatment

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

Dogs microchipping

The UK requires all dogs older than 8 weeks to be microchipped.

If your dog travels to the UK from Jersey for more than 30 days it must be microchipped and registered on an approved database operating in the UK.

Get your dog microchipped on GOV.UK


Your pet may travel with any airline or ferry operator agreeing to carry them.

The minimum age for dogs, cats or ferrets to fly is 8 weeks old. The airline may need you to obtain a fitness to travel certificate from your vet.

If you arrange transport or delivery of your pet, the air or sea carrier must have a welfare during transport authorisation, including for:

  • commercial carriers
  • private carriers trying to achieve a financial gain whether direct or indirect

You don't need an authorisation if the pet's owner accompanies the animal on a private journey.

If you travel on a private plane or boat, you must not visit a foreign port on the way.

Guidance on welfare to transport authorisation on GOV.UK

Goods and Services Tax (GST)

If you're bringing a pet to live in Jersey it'll be considered an import. 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'll need to provide customs a valuation for GST purposes. If your pet is a mixed breed you should research the value with a similar breed. For more information email Jersey Customs and Immigration Service or call +44 (0) 1534 448000.

Importing unaccompanied personal goods and paying customs duties

Dog licences

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

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

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