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Information about importing and exporting pets

For up-to-date guidance on importing animals during the COVID-19 pandemic please visit https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/pets-livestock 

Please note, all animals* imported into the Bailiwick of Guernsey must be pre-notified in writing to the Office of Environmental Health and Pollution Regulation. See "Animal Import Notification" for more information. 

*excluding non-commercial movement of pet dogs, cats or ferrets originating from within the Customs Union. See commercial vs non-commercial pet travel here

  • Pet travel to and from Europe will be affected by Brexit

    • The UK and Channel Islands became Part 2 listed under the EU Pet Travel Scheme on 1st January 2021 and therefore there have been changes to the requirements in order to travel to the EU. 
    • The following link will take you to the dedicated Brexit page which provides details of the impacts of Brexit on pet travel to and from Europe.
    • Please note, all pets imported into the Bailiwick of Guernsey from outside our customs union must be pre-notified in writing to the Office of Environmental Health and Pollution Regulation. See "Animal Import Notification" for more information. 
  • Pet Cats, Dogs and Ferrets from the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man

    • Pet cats, dogs and ferrets accompanied with their owners can be imported into the Bailiwick of Guernsey directly from the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man without a Pet Passport under our General Import Licence with the exception of dangerous dogs and hybrid cats and dogs descended from endangered species.
    • An animal import notification does not need to be completed for non-commercial movements of pet dogs, cats and ferrets coming from within our customs union, see commercial vs non-commercial pet travel here
    • Commercial movements of pets from the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man will require an Animal Import Notification to be completed. Transport authorisations for vehicles and accompanying persons are required to travel from and through GB.
  • Dangerous Dogs

    • Dogs of the following breeds or cross breeds cannot be imported into the Bailiwick of Guernsey:
      • Pit Bull Terrier
      • Japanese tosa
      • Dogo Argentino
      • Fila Brasileiro
      • Wolf Hybrid F1-4
  • CITES Listed Pets and Hybrids

    • Guernsey is a party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (commonly shortened to CITES). The aim of the Convention is to protect endangered species by controlling trade in those species by means of a system of import, export and re-export permits.
    • 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.
    • Please note, all animals imported into the Bailiwick of Guernsey must be pre-notified in writing to the Office of Environmental Health and Pollution Regulation. See "Animal Import Notification" for more information. 
  • Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) Restrictions

    • In May 2021, the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure approved a policy to manage the threat of emerging invasive non-native species (INNS). As part of this, a list of species was compiled which are not permitted to be imported into Guernsey and will not be issued with an import licence. This policy and list of invasive species which cannot be imported to the island can be found in the downloads section of this page.
    • In conjunction with the INNS policy, the general import licence has also been updated and is available on the Other Animal Movements page. Anybody looking to import an animal should familiarise themselves with these documents. For the avoidance of doubt, any INNS currently existing as pets may remain for the duration of its life, but the owner should avoid breeding or releasing the animal.
  • Re-homing of animals to the Bailiwick of Guernsey 

    • A specific import licence is required for commercial movements of animals (including for re-homing) from the EU and to the Bailiwick. An application form is available here
    • An animal import notification must be completed for all commercial movements of animals (including for re-homing) from any country, including the UK. Please see the following link
    • Please use the following link for details on commercial and non-commercial pet movements. 
  • Pet Rabbits and Rodents

    • Pet mice, rats, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and chinchillas can be imported into the Bailiwick for non-commercial purposes whilst accompanied by their owner or a person holding written authorisation from the owner, on condition that it is imported in accordance with the provisions of the Rabies Order, 2014.
    • A specific import licence will be required for commercial imports, including for re-homing, please apply for a licence by completing this form
    • Please note, all animals imported into the Bailiwick of Guernsey must be pre-notified in writing to the Office of Environmental Health and Pollution Regulation. See "Animal Import Notification" for more information. 
    • If you are travelling to an EU country with any other pets, such as birds, ornamental aquatic animals, reptiles, rodents or rabbits, check the national rules of the country you are planning to visit for information on the entry conditions.
  • Pet Birds

    • Budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulates), Cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus), Finches and Canaries from the other Channel Islands, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man and any other Member State of the European Union may be imported without a specific import licence or any health requirements.
    • Please note, all animals imported into the Bailiwick of Guernsey must be pre-notified in writing to the Office of Environmental Health and Pollution Regulation. See "Animal Import Notification" for more information. 
    • Some pet birds, in particular parrots and birds of prey, are classed as endangered species and may require CITES permits to travel to the Bailiwick and to return home. This is because the Bailiwick is outside of the European Union for CITES. For further information follow this link.
    • If you are travelling to an EU country with any other pets, such as birds, ornamental aquatic animals, reptiles, rodents or rabbits, check the national rules of the country you are planning to visit for information on the entry conditions.
  • Reptiles and Amphibians

    • Reptiles and amphibians cannot be imported without a specific import licence from Environment & Infrastructure. In order to import reptiles and amphibians into the Bailiwick, you will need to submit a completed import application form at least 10 working days before your intended day of import to svo@gov.gg. 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.
    • If you are travelling to an EU country with any other pets, such as birds, ornamental aquatic animals, reptiles, rodents or rabbits, check the national rules of the country you are planning to visit for information on the entry conditions
  • Other Imports

    • In any other circumstances, pet animals cannot be imported into Guernsey without a specific import licence issued by Environment & Infrastructure.  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 svo@gov.gg. A licence may have conditions on health requirements, which may include pre-movement and/or post-movement isolation, health checks and tests.

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Animal Import Notification Animal/Animal Product Import Application Commercial vs Non-Commercial Pet Travel INNS Policy & List for Importers

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