Import licences for bringing a pet from abroad (outside the UK)
If you're importing an animal into Jersey, you need to contact the States Veterinary Department as soon as you can. The process to import can take several weeks or even months.
You will need an import licence before arriving in Jersey if you're bringing a dog, cat or ferret to sell, pass on or rehome.
The animals must meet the requirements of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) and be accompanied by an original official health certificate, signed by an authorised vet.
Download application to import dogs, cats or ferrets (size 30kb)
Official health certificate (EU law website)
Importing a pet from the UK
There are no health requirements, however there are rules you should be aware of.
If you are brining in a pet from the UK which orginated from abroad (this includes the Republic of Ireland), the pet 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 on arrival in Jersey.
It is a legal requirement that all dogs are microchipped in the UK before they are 8 weeks old or sold.
Get your dog microchipped (gov.uk website)
If you are bringing pets from the UK to sell or rehome for economic gain you may need Welfare to Transport authorisation.
Welfare to transport authorisation (gov.uk website)
Contact the Customs and Immigration Service as you may be liable to pay GST on arrival.
Importing goods and paying GST (taxes and your money section)
Dog breeds not allowed in Jersey
It's illegal to import certain breeds and types of dogs (dangerous dogs) to Jersey.
These breeds and types are:
- Pit Bull Terrier
- Japanese Tosa (or Tosa)
- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Brazilero
- any type of dog which appears to have been bred for fighting