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Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) and Animal Health Certificates

Travelling with your pet during 2020

EU pet passports issued by your Official Veterinarians (Jersey vet) in Jersey will no longer be valid to travel to Europe. They will still be accepted for pets returning to Jersey so long as owners keep the rabies vaccinations up to date and they have the tapeworm treatment where necessary.

Travelling with your pet to Europe from 1 January 2021

On 3 December 2020, the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (PAFF) of the EU voted in favour of giving Great Britain (GB) and Jersey Part 2 listed status under the EU Pet Travel Scheme. As a consequence, the requirements for travel between GB, Jersey and the EU will change. 

Jersey vets will no longer be able to issue UK pet passports after the end of the Transitional Period.

Pet travel to Europe from 1 January 2021 on GOV.UK website

Animal Health Certificates

From 1 January 2021, your pet will need an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) when travelling from Jersey to the EU.

Jersey vets will no longer be able to complete an EU27 (including Switzerland and Norway) pet passport. This means the vet will not be able to 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

Jersey vets will issue an AHC which is written in an official language of an EU Member State for entry to the EU. If they do not have the AHC in the language of the country, you are visiting they will need to order a copy and it may take a few days to arrive at the practice.

From 1 January 2021 if you wish to travel to Ireland, Malta, Finland and Norway your pet 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 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 destination 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.

Returning to Jersey

The rules are not changing from the EU.

A pet will be able to return with a valid:

  • EU27 pet passport
  • UK pet passport
  • a valid Official Veterinary Health Certificate if returning from a Third Country via the EU
  • Animal Health Certificate issued to go to the EU from the 1 January 2021

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

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 an EU Pet Passport or an Official Veterinary Health Certificate (OVHC) from your vet certifying the above?
  • 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?

OVHCs are issued by non-EU countries only.

Listed countries

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 an EU Pet Passport* or Official Veterinary 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?

If your pet's blood test was successful and it was issued with an EU 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.

OVHCs are issued by non-EU countries only.

Listed and unlisted countries on the GOV.UK website

Declaration form on GOV.UK website

Tapeworm treatment (dogs only)

Exports from Jersey

From 1 January 2021, if you wish to travel to Ireland, Malta, Finland and 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 EU 27 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 or EU27 Pet Passport or if you still have a valid UK Pet Passport 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 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.

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

​​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

Pet Travel Scheme leaflets in French, Polish and Portuguese​

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

In these leaflets, approved non EU countries has the same meaning as unlisted countries. 

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

French translation

Polish translation

Portuguese translation


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