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Importing and exporting small animals

Brexit advice

Importing c​​aptive and pet birds

Captive and pet birds can be imported from the UK, Isle of Man and other Channel Islands if you comply with the conditions of a general licence.

Pet birds can be imported from the EU and certain other European countries if you comply with the conditions of a general licence.

To import captive birds from the EU and certain other European countries you must apply to the Department of the Environment for a specific licence. You must comply with any conditions required by this licence.

Download general licence to import pet birds from the EU (size 21kb)
Download application to import captive birds from the EU (size 42kb)

Download general licence to import captive and pet birds from the UK (size 22kb)

Exporting captive and pet birds

You may have to get a health certificate to export captive and pet birds to other countries. To get a health certificate, contact the Department of the Environment at least 10 days before the date of export.

There are no restrictions on exporting captive or pet birds from Jersey. But the owner / exporter must meet any requirements issued by the importing country.

Importing breeding and racing pigeons

Breeding pigeons, racing pigeons and hatching eggs can be imported from the UK, Isle of Man and other Channel Islands if you meet with the conditions of a specific licence.

The general licence has been revoked and replaced by specific licences. To import pigeons using a specific licence, you must contact the Department of the Environment at least 10 working days before the date of export.

You need a specific licence to import birds from Europe. Contact the Department of the Environment at least 10 days before the date of importation to arrange this.

Exporting breeding and racing pigeons

If you want to export pigeons to breed, contact the Department of the Environment at least 10 days before the date of export to arrange this.

If you have entered your pigeons into a race, you must ensure all of the racing pigeons have been vacinated against pigeon paramyxovirus 1. The keeper must keep a record of every race for at least 12 months.

Pigeon fanciers must register with the Department before racing abroad. 

Reptiles and amphibians

Amphibians

To import amphibians you must have an individual licence which includes conditions to prevent import of diseases.

Download application form to import amphibians (size 41kb)

Download specimen amphibian licence (size 46kb)

Amphibian chytrid screening

It is possible that infectious diseases could be introduced to Jersey's amphibian population. You should read the amphibian infectious diseases leaflet below.
Download amphibian infectious diseases information leaflet (size 48kb)

Reptiles

To import reptiles you must comply with the conditions set out in the general licence including notifying the Department of the Environment at least 24 hours prior to the import.

Download general licence to import reptiles (size 32kb)

Download 24 hour notification form (size 23kb)

Rabbits and rodents

​If you keep 5 or more female rabbits for breeding for sale you require a licence under the Animal Welfare (Jersey) Law 2004.

Importing rabbits and rodents from Europe

You can import pet rabbits and rodents to Jersey for non-commercial purposes. They must be fit and healthy to travel and you do not need to meet any health requirements for any of the following areas:

  • Channel Islands
  • United Kingdom
  • Isle of Man
  • all EU Member States
  • Andorra
  • Switzerland
  • Faroe Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Monaco
  • Norway
  • San Marino
  • Vatican City State

You must not import more than five animals in any consignment from EU Member States and other European countries and they must not be sold or transferred to another owner.

Importing pet rabbits and rodents from the rest of the world

If you want to import rabbits and rodents from a non-EU country (other than those listed above), they must be kept in quarantine for four months. You must arrange quarantine and get an import licence in the UK because Jersey does not have an approved quarantine unit.

Pet travel: quarantine on the gov.uk website

Commercial rabbits

You can freely import commercial rabbits for sale or farming from other Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the United Kingdom.

If you want to import commercial rabbits for sale, re-homing or farming from other EU Member States you need:

  • an import licence
  • health certificate
  • to have your premises approved (under the Balai Directive 92/65/EEC)

Download an application for a licence to import rabbits and rodents (size 27kb)

Download an application to register premises under the Balai Directive (size 31kb)

Rabbit welfare code (industry and finance section)

Animal Welfare (Jersey) Law 2004 on Jersey Law website

Licensing of commercial breeding businesses (industry and finance section)

Protection of endangered species

The Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) is an international agreement between governments which aims to ensure that international animal and plant trade does not threaten the survival of any species.

Jersey is a signatory to CITES through the UK government.

Contact the CITES team at the Department of the Environment to check if you need to get any CITES permits or documents.

Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species (industry and finance section)

Prohibited animals

It is prohibited to import the following animals into Jersey and the EU:

  • prairie dogs originating in or travelling from the USA
  • certain rodents and squirrels originating in or travelling from certain countries of the sub-Saharan region of Africa

It is prohibited to import the following animals into Jersey without a licence issued by the Department of the Environment:

  • animals of the following species Antilocapridae, Camelidae, Caprinae, Cervidae, Giraffidae, Suidae and Tragulidae.  The following list is for information but is not definitive - antelope, cames, sheep and goats, deer, giraffe, pigs, alpacas, llamas and mouse deer
  • coypu
  • grey squirrel
  • muskrat
  • fox
  • mink
  • badgers
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