Guernsey is well known for its breed of cattle and the Island cattle are a unique global asset. Less well known but equally as important are Golden Guernsey Goats which are recognised as a rare breed.
Many of the restrictions relating to the import of live animals, particularly livestock, into Guernsey are concerned with protecting Guernsey's unique populations of cattle and goats from disease threats. Where importation of an animal represents a high risk of introducing disease to cattle or goats the import regulations are suitably stringent.
All animals imported into Guernsey require an import licence. The importation of animals which represent a low risk of introducing disease are covered under a General Import Licence and require no further documentation. Follow this link for a copy of the General Import Licence.
The General Import Licence does not cover animals listed as endangered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Animals which are CITES listed, for example some parrots, tortoises and most birds of prey, require CITES import documentation. Follow this link for more information on importing endangered species.
Please note the General Import Licence is subject to change without notice dependent upon perceived animal health risks.
Animals can also carry diseases which can infect humans; such diseases are known as zoonoses. Where the importation of an animal from certain countries carries an increased risk of importing a zoonotic disease the import regulations will be stringent. Examples of zoonotic diseases are rabies and tuberculosis (Bovine TB).
Import restrictions also apply to animals or breeds of animal which are considered to be dangerous. For instance certain breeds or types of dog and venomous animals cannot be imported into Guernsey.
In the United Kingdom (UK) and the EU commercial movements of animals are regulated under Welfare in Transport Laws. Any commercial movements of animals to Guernsey must comply with welfare in transport laws during their journey.
Vendors travelling to Guernsey to sell animals may have to apply for an 'Off Island Traders Licence' or a 'Hawkers Licence', follow this link for further information.
If you wish to import animals or animal products that are not covered by the General Import Licence, 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. .
- Pigeons can be imported into Guernsey without a licence from Alderney, Sark, Jersey, the United Kingdom, Ireland, other Member States of the European Union and the Isle of Man provided that:
- each is accompanied by a certificate showing that it has been vaccinated against paramyxovirus; and
- the country or territory from which it is dispatched or flown is not subject to restrictions in relation to Newcastle Disease or Avian Influenza.
Camelids (e.g. Llamas, Alpacas)
- Camelids cannot be imported into Guernsey. Camelids must come from tuberculosis free herds and currently there is no reliable testing regimen.
- Honey bees cannot be imported into Guernsey without a licence from the Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services and they cannot be imported in a skep or other fixed comb hive. In order to import bees into Guernsey, 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. ..
- Used bee hives cannot be imported.
Insects and Worms
- Fish bait (maggots, ragworm or lugworm) can be imported into Guernsey without a licence from Alderney, Sark, Jersey, the United Kingdom, Ireland, other Member States of the European Union and the Isle of Man.
- The following animals can be imported into Guernsey under the authority of the General Import Licence 2012/02 without an individual licence from Alderney, Sark, Jersey, the United Kingdom, Ireland, other Member States of the European Union and the Isle of Man:
- Ants, Stick Insects, Mealworms, Butterworm, Phoenix Worm, Waxworm, Earthworm, Silkworm, Cricket, Grasshopper, Cockroach, Fruit Fly, House Fly, Bean Weevil, Fruit Beetle and Edible Snail.
- For a complete list of the specific species that may be imported under the General Import Licence, follow this link.
Biological Control Agents
- Certain insects, arachnids and nematodes can be imported into Guernsey from a Member State of the European Union without a licence for use in the biological control of plant pests. Follow this link for a full list.
- In any other circumstances, animals cannot be imported into Guernsey without an import licence issued by the Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services. Follow this link for an application form. A licence may have conditions on health requirements, which may include isolation before dispatch to Guernsey and tests.