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Travelling between Jersey, the UK, Isle of Man or other Channel Islands with a pet dog, cat or ferret

Official requirements​

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

  • the UK (including Northern Ireland)
  • the Isle of Man
  • other Channel Islands

Pet dogs, cats and ferrets do not require a pet passport to travel to Jersey from the UK.

No vaccinations are needed, but you should discuss your pet's health with your vet as your pet must be fit to travel and properly cared for.

Pets may travel with any airline or ferry operator who agrees to carry your pet.

The minimum age for pets to fly to Jersey is eight weeks old.

If you are flying from the UK to Jersey, the airline may require you to obtain a fitness to travel certificate from your vet.

If travelling on a private plane or boat, you must not visit a foreign port en route.

Dog licence requirements

If you are getting a dog in Jersey, you must purchase a dog licence from your Parish authorities

Buying animals online

We recommed you visit the seller and meet the animal before you make any commitments, or hand over any cash.  More information on buying animals online.

Lucy's Law was introduced in the UK in April 2020, which has banned third party sales of dogs and cats in England.  Although people from Jersey are still allowed to purchase animals in England without visiting them, we recommend that you understand the risks of purchasing animals online and why this law was put in place.

Microchipping

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

Any imported dog must be microchipped if staying for more than 30 days and registered on an approved database operating in the UK.

Get your dog microchipped on GOV.UK website

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

Further information on banded dog breeds.

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