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Travelling Between Jersey and Countries Outside the British Islands with a Dog Cat or Ferret

Animal Health Certificates

Your pet will need an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) or a valid EU pet passport when travelling from Jersey to the EU. A UK pet passport is no longer valid to enter the EU.

Jersey vets are no longer be able to complete an EU27 (including Switzerland and Norway) pet passport. This means the vet cannot enter a rabies vaccination or a rabies antibody titration test. However, a Registered Veterinarian in Jersey will be able to enter a tapeworm treatment, other anti-parasite treatments and other vaccinations.

How to apply for an Animal Health Certificate

If you're travelling to the EU, and you do not have a valid EU 27 Pet passport, you'll need to apply to your vet for an Animal Health Certificate. You should contact your local veterinary surgeon and they will explain the rules and help you. 

Jersey vets will issue an AHC which is written in an official language of an EU Member State for entry to the EU. For example, pets entering via St Malo will require a French Certificate, even if their destination is another EU country such as Portugal. If the practice does not have the AHC in the language of the country of entry, they will need to order a copy and it may take a few days to arrive.

If you wish to travel to Ireland, Northern Ireland, Malta, Finland or Norway your dog must have a valid tapeworm treatment.

How long it's valid for

An Animal Health Certificate is valid for:
  • 10 days after the date of issue for entry into the EU
  • a single trip for entry to the EU
  • onward travel within the EU for 4 months after the date of issue if within the validity period of the rabies vaccine
  • re-entry to GB for 4 months after the date of issue if within the validity period of the rabies vaccine
You'll need to get your pet a new AHC for each trip to the EU. The AHC is valid for one entry into the EU only, and the AHC can be issued up to 10 days before arrival.

Travelling to the EU

Pets will have to enter the EU or Northern Ireland via a Travellers' Point of Entry and be checked on arrival. 

Pets may be checked by the carrier prior to departure. It will be for the authorities in the country of entry to carry out any checks they wish to do.

If you're travelling on to another EU Member State, you must get the Animal Health Certificate endorsed at the point of entry into the EU. This may be by a Customs Officer.

Travelling with Pets to Northern Ireland 

For the latest information on travelling to Northern Ireland and travel between Northern Ireland and Great Britain visit the Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs website.

Returning to Jersey

The rules are not changing for pet moves from the EU.

A pet will be able to return to Jersey with either a valid:

  • pet passport, if travelling from a 'Part 1' listed country, or if it was issued in Great Britain, Channel Islands or Isle of Man before 1 January 2021
  •  Animal Health Certificate (AHC) issued in Great Britain, Channel Islands or Isle of Man – valid up to 4 months after it was issued
  •  "Great Britain pet health certificate", if travelling from a 'Part 2' or 'not listed' country, or a 'Part 1' country that does not issue pet passports.

Further information on country listings on the gov.uk website

Bringing a pet to Jersey to Sell or Rehome:

There are different rules if you a bringing a pet to Jersey to sell or rehome, follow the link for further information: Bringing a dog, cat or ferret to Jersey to sell or rehome (gov.je)

Taking a pet to a country outside the EU:

There are different rules if you are taking a pet to a country outside the EU, for example Canada or Australia, see travelling to countries outside the EU.

Entry to Jersey from EU member states, territories or listed countries

St Helier port and St Peter airport are agreed Travellers Points of Entry for accompanied pets.

For your pet to enter, you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • is your pet microchipped?
  • is your pet currently vaccinated against rabies?
  • at the time of rabies vaccination, was your pet at least 12 weeks old?
  • was your pet vaccinated after it was microchipped?
  • have you got a valid entry document, listed in the previous section from your vet?
  • have 21 days passed since your pet was vaccinated?
  • has your dog been treated by a vet for tapeworm one to five days before its scheduled arrival?
  • is your pet travelling to Jersey with an approved carrier?
  • are you, the owner, named and signed in the pet passport, moving with the pet?

The full list of approved carriers can be found further down the page.

Listed countries

Travelling to countries outside the EU.

Tell us as soon as possible

If you're exporting an animal to a country outside the EU, you will need to contact the States Veterinary Department as soon as you can as the process to export pets can take several months.

How to travel outside the EU with your pet 

You must find out the requirements of the importing country, and if the authorities will accept an Export Health Certificate (EHC) issued in Jersey.

If there is no EHC agreement, it may be possible to prepare one but this can take several months.

You must make sure the pet complies with all the requirements of t he EHC and a have a local vet complete the EHC.

When we receive an application form, and if there is an agreed EHC, we will issue an EHC to the nominated vet.

Application for an official export certificate for dogs and cats

Entry to Jersey from unlisted countries

For your pet to enter, you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • is your pet microchipped and is it currently vaccinated against rabies?
  • was your pet vaccinated after being microchipped?
  • at the time of rabies vaccination, was your pet at least 12 weeks old?
  • was a blood sample taken at least 30 days after your pet was vaccinated?
  • has your pet passed the blood test (your vet will tell you)?
  • have you got a Pet Passport or Great Britain pet health certificate from your vet certifying the above?
  • have 3 months passed since the date the blood sample was taken?
  • has your dog been treated by a vet for tapeworm 1 to 5 days before its scheduled arrival?
  • are you travelling into Jersey with your pet on an approved carrier?
  • are you, the owner, named and signed in the pet passport, moving with the pet?

If your pet's blood test was successful and it was issued with a Pet Passport before it left Jersey or another EU country, the 3 months waiting period before coming back to Jersey will not apply. All other rules still apply.

The full list of approved carriers can be found further down the page

Listed and unlisted countries on the GOV.UK website

Declaration form on GOV.UK website

Tapeworm treatment (dogs only)

Exports from Jersey

If you wish to travel to Ireland, Northern Ireland, Malta, Finland or Norway your pet must have a valid tapeworm treatment. A Registered Veterinarian in Jersey will be able to carry out the tapeworm treatment and enter it into the Animal health Certificate or Pet Passport.

Imports to Jersey

Travelling to Jersey a vet must continue to treat your dog for tapeworm and record it in the Animal Health Certificate Pet Passport or Great Britain pet health certificate before entering Jersey.

In all cases the tapeworm treatment must have been given within 24 and 120 hours (five days) before you enter Jersey.

Travelling with more than five pets for a competition or show

Pet owners travelling with more than 5 pets, and not attending or training for a competition, show or sporting event, will need a different certificate to enter the EU. This is the "Balai" one in CID 2019 294 and the entry point to the EU must be a BCP.

To meet the conditions for moving as pets to a show, you need written evidence of registration for the event.

All your pets must:

  • be attending the event or training
  • be over six months old
  • meet the pet travel rules

You must fill in a declaration form confirming you aren't going to sell or rehome your pets and keep it when travelling.

Declaration form for pets att ending or training for a competition, show or event

Travelling with assistance dogs

You can bring your assistance dog into Jersey if they have been trained by organisations who are members of:

  • Assistance Dogs International
  • International Guide Dog Federation

All assistance dogs must comply with the Pet Travel Scheme.

Dogs may travel with an approved carrier or any commercial carrier.

The person responsible for the dog must give the carrier at least 48 hours notice and the carrier must notify us at least 36 hours before arrival.

You must email or send a copy of the pet passport or certificate to us before you travel. 

The dog will be checked on arrival.

The Guide Dogs website has advice about taking assistance dogs abroad.

Guide Dogs website

Assistance Dogs International website

International Guide Dog Federation website

Approved transport companies

You can only use certain transport companies and travel routes to Jersey. 

You don't have to use an approved company if you're travelling from the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.

You can't bring a pet into Jersey on a private boat or plane except if you're travelling from the Republic of Ireland.

Approved transport companies and routes

Only carriers with an AOC to carry fee paying passengers can be approved privately operated aircraft cannot be approved.

Similarly private boats, which are not carrying passengers for hire or reward, cannot be approved.

​​Microchip failures

If your pet's microchip fails and can't be read, your pet must be:

  • re-chipped
  • re-prepared in accordance with pet travel rules
  • have a new pet passport issued

You won't be able to travel with your pet until 21 days after the rabies vaccination.

This preparation must be carried out in the country the pet is in when the microchip fails.

Pets that fail the checks on arrival​

These pets will be refused entry into Jersey and you will be advised to contact a vet.

If your pet has already arrived in Jersey, it may be held in quarantine until it meets requirements or exported out of Jersey. 

All costs are at the owners' expense.

Ticks and other diseases​​

Pet owners travelling abroad with their pets should discuss disease prevention with their vet.

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

Find out more information on Dogs not allowed into Jersey (banned types / breeds) (gov.je).

Pet Travel Scheme leaflets in French, Polish and Portuguese​

You can find leaflets translated into French, Polish and Portuguese below. 

Non-approved countries has the same meaning as unlisted countries.

French translation

Polish translation

Portuguese translation

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