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.
Sheep and goats can carry many diseases that could be passed on to cattle and therefore threaten the Guernsey dairy industry. For this reason, the pre-movement health tests for sheep and goats are the most rigorous for any animals imported into the Bailiwick.
Importing Sheep and Goats from Alderney and Sark
- Sheep and goats can be imported into Guernsey from Alderney and Sark under the General Import Licence subject to the following conditions:
- an animal was born in, and has remained continuously since birth in Alderney or Sark or was imported into one of those Islands from Guernsey and is being re-exported to Guernsey, and
- Alderney or Sark is not subject to foot and mouth disease restrictions.
Importing Sheep and Goats from Jersey
- Sheep and goats can be imported from Jersey with a licence issued by the Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services and they must satisfy a number of health conditions before being imported.
- The import requirements are the same as those for imports from the United Kingdom.
Importing Sheep and Goats from the United Kingdom
- Sheep and goats imported from the UK must have a health certificate (7783EHC) issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which must be signed by a UK Official Veterinarian (OV). Follow this link for a sample of the certificate.
- A copy of the 7783EHC must be sent by e-mail to the Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services as soon as possible after issue and in any case before sheep or goats are dispatched to Guernsey.
- Notes for guidance (7783NFG) of the health requirements for sheep and goats imported from the UK can be found by following this link.
- Sheep and goats must be isolated for 21 days following import to the Bailiwick and the post import isolation facilities must be inspected and approved by the States Veterinary Officers prior to import.
- In any other circumstances, sheep and goats 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.
- The cost of complying with any health requirements must be met by the importer.
Animal Health Threats
- In the last few years animal health on Guernsey has been threatened by diseases carried by midges (Cluicoides species). Midges are potential vectors for certain animal diseases such as Bluetongue & Schmallenberg Virus. To reduce the risk of inadvertently bringing potentially infected midges to Guernsey from Jersey in vehicles, livestock owners are advised to spray vehicles with insect deterrents or insect killers before animals are loaded into them.
- Follow this link for a list of recommended insect deterrents or insect killers.