- Guernsey is well known for its breed of cattle which 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 are covered under the General Import Licence.
- 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.
- Please note the General Import Licence is subject to change without notice dependent upon perceived animal health risks.
- Animals listed as endangered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) such as some parrots, tortoises and most birds of prey, require CITES import documentation as well as an import licence. Follow this link for more information on importing endangered species.
- Animals can also carry diseases which infect humans, known as zoonotic diseases.
- 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.
- Annex 1 of the General Import Licence contains a list of dog breeds which are considered dangerous. An import application must be submitted to be able to import one of these breeds.
- An import licence may be refused when an application is submitted for the importation of a dangerous species/breed.
- In May 2021, the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure approved a policy to manage the threat of emerging invasive non-native species (INNS).
- A list of species was compiled which are not permitted to be imported into Guernsey and will not be issued with an import licence.
- Further information can be found here.
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- Pigeons can be imported into Guernsey without a specific import licence from Alderney, Sark, Jersey, the United Kingdom and the Isle of Man, a Member State of the European Community and Northern Ireland 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 and they cannot be imported in a skep or other fixed comb hive.
Insects and Worms
- Fish bait (maggots, ragworm or lugworm) can be imported into Guernsey under the General Import Licence from Alderney, Sark, Jersey, the United Kingdom and the Isle of Man.
- The following animals can be imported into Guernsey under the General Import Licence from Alderney, Sark, Jersey, the United Kingdom 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.
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