On this page you will find information about the pet travel scheme
During the transition period (until 31 December 2020), pet travel will continue to operate as it did before 31 January 2020.
Cats, Dogs and Ferrets - Travelling to the EU
- The guidance provided by the UK Government for people travelling with their pets (cats, dogs & ferrets) 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. "Great Britain" refers to England, Scotland, Wales and the guidance is the same for the Crown Dependencies.
- Please also see the following: No Deal Pet Travel Flow Diagram for Pets Living in Guernsey
- Pet cats, dogs, and ferrets will still need to enter the EU by a Travellers' Point of Entry - which includes the main ports of arrival from the Bailiwick to France.
Cats, Dogs and Ferrets - Return to Guernsey from the EU
- There will be no change to the current health preparations for pets entering Guernsey from the EU from 1 January 2021
- Your pet must have one of the following documents when returning to Guernsey:
- An EU pet passport (issued in the EU or in the UK before 1 January 2021)
- The Animal Health Certificate (AHC) issued in Guernsey used to travel to the EU (which you can use up to four months after it was issued)
- Your pet will not need this documentation if it is entering Guernsey from:
- The UK
- The other Channel Islands
- Northern Ireland
- The Isle of Man
Cats, Dogs and Ferrets - Guernsey nationals living in the EU
- Some Channel Islanders spend long periods living in the EU with their pet. If your pet has a UK pet passport it will no longer be a valid document after 31 December 2020. You could convert your UK pet passport into an EU pet passport by visiting your Authorised Vet in the EU.
- (Note that UK and Channel Island vets will no longer be permitted to make official entries in an EU pet passport so future rabies boosters would have to be done by an EU vet.)
- If you have a pet passport issued by an EU member state, you can use it to bring your pet to Guernsey.
- You can also use it to return to the EU, as long as your pet has had a successful rabies antibody blood test. You must make sure the blood sample is taken at least 30 days after the date of its primary rabies vaccination (from a current series of vaccinations).
- If the blood sample is taken in Guernsey, you must wait 3 months from the date the successful blood sample was taken before you travel back to the EU. You do not have to wait the 3 months before travelling if your pet has a successful blood test in the EU before 1 January 2021 recorded in its pet passport issued by an EU member state. The main advantage of an EU pet passport over an AHC is that you could remain in the EU for more than 4 months.
- Please see the following: No Deal Pet Travel Flow Diagram for Pets Living in the EU
Cats, Dogs and Ferrets - Find an Official Vet
- All of Guernsey's veterinary practices has at least one official vet who can sign pet passports and documentation. Please request that you see a vet who is qualified to sign your documentation. If in doubt, please contact the States Veterinary Officers.
- The trade in CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) goods is diverse, ranging from live animals and plants to a vast array of wildlife products derived from them, including food products, exotic leather goods, wooden musical instruments, timber, tourist curios and medicines. Levels of exploitation of some animal and plant species are high and the trade in them, together with other factors, such as habitat loss, is capable of heavily depleting their populations and even bringing some species close to extinction. Many wildlife species in trade are not endangered, but the existence of an agreement to ensure the sustainability of the trade is important in order to safeguard these resources for the future.
- There will be no changes to the rules for the movement of endangered species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species ("CITES"). Please click here for more information if you would like to import or export a product which is referred to as a 'CITES good'.