Information about importing and exporting pets.
Important information on how travelling with pets may be affected by Brexit can be found via the Guernsey No Deal Brexit Guide [739kb].
Pet travel to Europe will be affected by Brexit
- The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. There is now a transition period until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate future arrangements. The future arrangements will take effect on 1 January 2021. The current pet travel arrangements between the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period.
- The guidance provided by the UK Government for people travelling with their pets to Europe is relevant to pet owners in Guernsey. For that reason the States Veterinary Officer advises that pet owners follow this link for the most up to date information.
Pet Cats, Dogs and Ferrets
- Pet cats, dogs and ferrets can be imported into Guernsey for non-commercial purposes from:
- The other Channel Islands, the United Kingdom and the Isle of Man without restriction with the exception of dangerous dogs and hybrid cats and dogs descended from endangered species, and;
- other places under the Pet Travel Scheme. The only approved route for pets travelling from France is via St Malo and the only approved carrier is Condor Ferries. Condor Ferries require that passengers travelling with a pet also travel in a vehicle.
- Follow this link for an advice leaflet.
- Ordinarily pets must be accompanied by their owner who is named in the pet's passport when travelling under the Pet Travel Scheme. If a pet travelling under the Pet Travel Scheme is not accompanied by their owner but is accompanied by an authorised person the owner must complete a declaration for their pet's movement with that authorised person.
- Follow this link for the form.
- Follow this link for further information on importing cats, dogs and ferrets.
Pet Cats, Dogs and Ferrets from the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man
- Pet cats, dogs and ferrets can be imported into the Bailiwick of Guernsey directly from the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man without a Pet Passport.
Pet Cats, Dogs and Ferrets from the Republic of Ireland
- Pet cats, dogs and ferrets can be imported into the Bailiwick of Guernsey directly from the Republic of Ireland but they do require a valid Pet Passport. However there is no need for pet animals to travel on an approved route with an approved carrier and dogs do not require treatment for tape worms (Echinococcus sp.).
Pet Cats, Dogs and Ferrets on pleasure craft
- Pet animals which are resident within the British Isles (UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man) may travel directly to the Bailiwick of Guernsey on a pleasure craft providing that they do not visit any ports outside of the British Isles on route. Pet animals from the Republic of Ireland must be accompanied with a valid Pet Passport.
- Pet animals from the EU (not including the Republic of Ireland) and/or a non-EU listed Country can travel to the Bailiwick of Guernsey on an EU pleasure craft providing that it has first been legally landed in the British Isles (UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man). Having been legally landed in the British Isles the pet animal may join with an EU pleasure craft and travel directly to the Bailiwick of Guernsey but must not visit any ports outside the British Isles on route.
- Evidence of legal landing in the British Isles will need to be produced and includes:-
- An up to date Pet Passport, and either;
- A 'recent' ticket for an animal from an approved carrier from the British Isles directly to Guernsey, or;
- A 'recent' ticket for an animal from an approved carrier for an approved route into the British Isles from an EU (not including the Republic of Ireland) and/or non-EU listed Country.
- Evidence of quarantine in the British Isles
- In the absence of evidence of legal landing in the British Isles the animal(s) will have to remain below deck and are not allowed ashore.
- Masters of pleasure craft, both British and EU, arriving in the Bailiwick of Guernsey with pet animals on board will be asked to complete and sign the Guernsey Border Agency declaration.
- Dogs of the following breeds cannot be imported into Guernsey:
- Pit Bull Terrier
- Japanese tosa
- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Brasileiro
CITES Listed Pets and Hybrids
- Guernsey is a party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (commonly shortened to CITES). Guernsey is not considered to be within the European Union (EU) for the purposes of CITES therefore permits are required for CITES listed species moved between the Bailiwick of Guernsey and EU countries including the UK.
- Some cat breeds of domestic cat are hybrids of wild cats which are CITES listed. For example the Bengal results from crossing a domestic cat with an Asian Leopard Cat (ALC) and the Savannah results from crossing a domestic cat with a Serval. Both the ALC and Serval are CITES listed as are all their hybrids up to 4 generations (F1 to F4) from the original cross with the wild cat. Fifth generation hybrids and higher (>F5) are considered domestic cats and are therefore exempt from CITES regulations.
- For further information on which generations of hybrid are regulated under CITES, follow this link.
Re-homing of animals to the Bailiwick of Guernsey from European Union Member States
- The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) defines a 'pet animal' as a dog, cat or ferret, accompanied by their owner or a natural person responsible for the animal during their movement, not intended to be sold or transferred to another owner.
- Rescue dogs and cats moving from the European Union (EU) for re-homing to the Channel Islands (CI) are not covered by the PETS because they are being moved with the intention of a change of ownership and are not accompanied by their owners. Such movements are treated as commercial movements and have to comply with the rules of the Balai Directive (92/65/EEC), which can be found by following this link.
- See also the download opposite: Importing rescue dogs from Europe.
- Balai applies to all animals being transported from an EU rescue centre, foster home or charity to a new owner in the CI's because this involves a transfer of ownership.
Pet Rabbits and Rodents
- Pet rabbits and rodents can be imported into Guernsey for non-commercial purposes from the other Channel Islands, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man and any other Member State of the European Union without an import licence or any health requirements provided that the number of animals in any consignment does not exceed 5.
- Budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulates), Cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus), Finches, Canaries, Rosy-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis), Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) from the other Channel Islands, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man and any other Member State of the European Union may be imported without an import licence or any health requirements.
- Some pet birds, in particular parrots and birds of prey, are classed as endangered species and may require CITES permits to travel to Guernsey and to return home. This is because Guernsey is outside of the European Union for CITES. For further information follow this link.
Reptiles and Amphibians
- Reptiles and amphibians cannot be imported without a licence from the Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services. In order to import reptiles and amphibians into Guernsey, you will need to submit a completed import application form at least 10 working days before your intended day of import to firstname.lastname@example.org. Venomous animals cannot be imported.
- Many reptiles (such as tortoises) and amphibians are classed as endangered species and require CITES permits. Follow this link for further information.
- In any other circumstances, pet animals cannot be imported into Guernsey without an import licence issued by the Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services. In order to obtain an import license you will need to submit a completed import application form at least 10 working days before your intended day of import to email@example.com. A licence may have conditions on health requirements, which may include pre-movement and/or post-movement isolation, health checks and tests.