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Movement of Horses between Guernsey and France

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The requirements to import or export a horse between territories is dependent upon its health status.

Council Directive 2009/156/EC stipulates the health conditions for movements of registered and non-registered horses between Guernsey and France.

  • Registered and non-registered horses - export to France

    • Registered horses that move between Guernsey and France must be accompanied by a veterinary health check 'Health Attestation' or a 'Health Certificate' and the animal's passport.  Both health attestations and health certificates are incorporated into Intra Trade Animal Health Certificates (ITAHC) and must be signed by a Guernsey authorised veterinarian within 48 hours of loading for export.
      • Health Attestations (Annex II of 2009/156/EC) can only be used for an individual registered horse and are valid for 10 days. If an attestation signed in Guernsey is unexpired on the day of the return journey to Guernsey i.e. within 10 days of signature, no further health attestation is required. After 10 days another health attestation will need to be prepared by an official veterinarian in France prior to export from France back to Guernsey.
      • Health Certificates (Annex III of 2009/156/EC) can be used for one or more non-registered (or registered) horse(s) and are valid for 10 days. In the case of health certificates prepared by an official veterinarian in Guernsey prior to export to France another health certificate will need to be prepared by an official veterinarian in France prior to export from France back to Guernsey even if the Guernsey Health Certificate is still valid.
      • TRACES and pre-notification rules apply to Health Certificates but not Attestations.
    • In Guernsey veterinary health check documents are produced by the Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services (ACLMS).  Only registered horses can use an Attestation for export (and it may be used for the return journey to Guernsey if it is unexpired on the day of the return journey to Guernsey i.e. within 10 days of signature, no further health attestations is required).  Please note that an import licence is required for all horses, registered and non-registered, travelling from or returning from France.  In order to import a horse into Guernsey, you will need to submit a completed import application form at least 10 working days before your intended day of import to agriculture@gov.gg. The competent authorities in France may produce either health certificates or attestations, whichever is appropriate. 
    • A Health Certificate (Annex III ITAHC) can also be used for registered horse movements but does not have the benefit of being able to be used for return a journey within 10 days. In addition movements under an ITAHC need to be entered onto TRACES where movements under an Attestation do not.
    • Non-registered horses that move between Guernsey and France must be accompanied by a Health Certificate (Annex III ITAHC) and the animal's passport.  Health Certificates must be signed by a Guernsey authorised veterinarian within 48 hours of loading for export and are valid for 10 days.  In the case of Certificates prepared by an authorised veterinarian in Guernsey prior to export to France, another health certificate will need to be prepared by an official veterinarian in France prior to export from France back to Guernsey.  Please note that an import licence is required for non-registered horses travelling from or returning from France. In order to import a horse into Guernsey, you will need to submit a completed import application form at least 10 working days before your intended day of import to agriculture@gov.gg.
    • Owners of non-registered horses must complete an export application form which is available by contacting ACLMS at agriculture@gov.gg. ACLMS will issue the Health certificate to the owners' nominated authorised vet for them to complete.  Owners must apply for a certificate at least 10 working days before the intended export date. The authorised veterinarian must return a copy of the completed Health certificate to ACLMS
    • Owners of registered horses can download a health attestation template for their authorised veterinarian to complete. The authorised veterinarian must return a copy of the completed Health Attestation to ACLMS.
  • Registered and non-registered horses: import from France

    • Registered and non-registered horses being imported into Guernsey from France must be accompanied by an import licence issued by Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services (ACLMS).  Owners of registered and non-registered horses must apply to ACLAMS for an import licence at least 10 working days before the intended import date.  The import licence will include a requirement for registered horses to be accompanied with a health attestation or certificate and non-registered horses to be accompanied with a health certificate.
    • In the case of registered horses if the health attestation (Annex II) signed in Guernsey is unexpired on the day of the return journey to Guernsey i.e. within 10 days of signature, no further health attestation or certificate is required.  If the health attestation provided in Guernsey has expired while the horse has been outside Guernsey, a new health attestation must be issued by an official veterinarian of the competent authority in France (or from the EU country from which export commences for return to Guernsey if the horse has travelled beyond France into mainland Europe).
    • In the case of a registered horse returning to Guernsey with a passport and an unexpired health attestation or a new health attestation the TRACES and pre-notification rules do not apply.  See point 6 of the Horse Importer Information Notes (IIN) download.
    • In the case of non-registered horses they will require one health certificate prepared by an official veterinarian in Guernsey prior to export to France and another certificate prepared by an official veterinarian in France prior to export from France back to Guernsey and the TRACES and pre-notification rules do apply.
    • Horses resident in Guernsey which are Tripartite Agreement (TPA) eligible and are registered with a UK approved TPA bodies will be classed as UK horses under the TPA.
  • TPA eligible horses - export to France

    • When a Guernsey owner of a TPA eligible horse wants to move it to France they have to approach their approved TPA bodies in good time.  The approved TPA body will provide the owner with a list of approved shippers.  The approved shipper enters the proposed movement details on TRACES which generates the production of a commercial document (DOCOM) containing the consignment and horse identification details. The new DOCOM will need to accompany all TPA movements along with the horse's passport which is in accordance with EC/504/2008 (which lays down the rules for compulsory identification of horses in the EU with both a document and a microchip or brand recorded in a database).
    • The DOCOM is valid for 10 days from date of issue.
    • TPA eligible horses could travel from France to England and England to Ireland using the TPA.  Each movement across a border would need to be detailed in a DOCOM issued by the approved shipper through TRACES.
    • If a TPA eligible horse wanted to travel from Guernsey to Germany for a competition via France the DOCOM would authorise its travel to France but it would need a health attestation or certificate to move between France and Germany.  The health attestation could be issued in Guernsey and like registered horses it would be valid for 10 days so could potentially suffice for the return journey.
  • TPA eligible horses - import from France

    • A TPA eligible horse can be imported into Guernsey from France using the new TPA in a similar way to which the same horse could move from Guernsey to France.  The owner would need to approach their approved TPA bodies to contact an approved shipper in good time to issue a 'commercial document' (DOCOM) detailing the proposed movement.  The approved shipper issues the DOCOM electronically through the EU's Trade Control and Export System (TRACES).
    • Import of TPA eligible horses from France to Guernsey which are compliant with the new TPA are permitted under Guernsey's General Import licence and therefore there is no need to apply for an import licence.
  • Summary

    • To see a summary table of these requirements, follow this link.

Downloads

Import Application Form Horse Importer Information Notes (IIN) Horse Movements Strategy to eradicate and prevent Strangles (STEPS) Top 10 Tips for Biosecurity Registered Horse Health Attestation (Annex II) France Registered Horse Health Attestation (Annex II) Germany Registered Horse Health Attestation (Annex II) Spain Registered Horse Health Attestation (Annex II) Portugal

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