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Pet Passport Scotland

Dog Passport Scotland

Regulations for taking a pet dog, cat or ferret to Scotland from countries within the European Union* (EU), from rabies free countries or from countries with a low incidence of rabies: New pet import regulations for the EU in effect on December 29, 2014.

If your pet is entering Scotland from another EU country, a rabies-free or a country with a rabies-controlled country after residing there for at least 6 months, they will not be quarantined if the following steps are completed in this order:

  1. Your pet must have a ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
     
  2. If your pet is entering Scotland from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country, it will need a rabies vaccination no sooner than 21 days** prior to entry and not more than the expiration date of the manufacturer of the vaccine. If your dog, cat or ferret was not vaccinated after it was fitted with a microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip is implanted.
     
  3. If your pet is entering Scotland from a high-rabies country, your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order). After waiting 30 days, a Blood Titer Test must be administered  (Have your veterinarian scan your pet's microchip prior to the titer test.) Samples must be processed at approved laboratories. Assuming test results within acceptable limits, your pet can enter Scotland no sooner than 90 days after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering Scotland from a high rabies country.
     
  4. Within 10 days of travel, a USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must complete an Annex I, Annex IV or Annex II for Scotland for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If you are entering Scotland from another EU country, then have your veterinarian update an EU Blue Pet Passport for your pet.
     
  5. A copy of the Rabies Certificate and Blood Titer Test results should also be included for endorsement (if applicable).
     
  6. A Tapeworm Test is required for dogs between one and five days of entering Scotland unless your pet is entering directly from Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway.
     
  7. Unaccompanied pets traveling as manifest cargo will need a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel.

This completes a pet passport for your dog, cat or ferret to enter Scotland.

Due to regulations of commercial airlines approved to fly animals to the UK, pets must arrive as manifest cargo unless they are medically certified service animals or documented emotional support animals and the airline has a program that supports the transport of these animals in the cabin.

Dog Passport Scotland

*^Once your pet has entered Scotland, a 21 day waiting period is not required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date, and the other entry requirements listed above are met.

Effective December 29, 2014: If your pet is entering Scotland unaccompanied by air from an EU country or rabies-controlled country, and you are unable to travel on the same flight as your pet, you will need to sign a declaration confirming that you do not intend to sell or transfer ownership of your pet. If your pet originates from outside of the EU, you must show evidence of your travel within 5 days of your pet´s movement.

Effective December 29, 2014: If you are not traveling within 5 days before or after your pet or if you are intending to sell, re-home or change ownership of your dog, cat or ferret, then your pet's transport will be considered a commercial transport, and it will need to meet the following requirements:

If your dog or cat is entering Scotland from the Malaysian Peninsula, it may not enter the country unless it is accompanied with a certificate issued by the Malaysian Department of Veterinary Services which confirms the following:

Pet owners can bring their animals from abroad as manifest cargo directly into Scotland on certain approved routes which are operating through the Animal Reception Centre/Border Inspection Post at Edinburgh Airport and the recently approved Animal Reception Centre facility at Glasgow Airport. Animals using this service must meet all the requirements of the Pet Travel Scheme detailed above. Within the British Isles pets can be carried on any route subject to the transport company's agreement and conditions of carriage.

Puppies and Kittens: Unvaccinated puppies and kittens under 3 months of age are not permitted to enter Scotland. Rabies vaccinations must not be administered before 3 months of age.

Breed Restrictions:  The following breeds are not permitted to enter Scotland: Brazilian Fila, Put Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa Inu, and Fila Braziliero

Traveling with more than 5 pets: effective December 29, 2014, if you are traveling with more than 5 pets over 6 months of age, unless you are traveling to a show or competition, your pets must meet the requirements as listed above (Annex I instead of Annex II form), travel from a registered premesis, use a licensed transporter, register the transport on the TRACES system, and also enter Scotland through a Border Inspection Post (if you are traveling from outside of the EU).

Exporting Pets from Scotland: effective December 29, 2014, all dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Scotland must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving the country. If you are planning to take your pet on a trip to a country with a high incidence of rabies and returning to Scotland, your veterinarian should do a Blood Titer Test before you leave the country.

Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet will be refused entry or returned to the country of origin or placed in quarantine, all at the expense of the person responsible for your pet.

Inspection: All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to Scotland. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.

Other Animals: Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements such as an Import License and quarantine and should have a health certificate to enter Scotland. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.

If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES).  You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Search their database. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. Read more about CITIES.

Veterinary Certificate: All countries have unique veterinary certificates. This form may differ from the veterinary certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) It is an essential part of the cat or dog passport.

The information published here is a guideline for pet owners importing their pet to Scotland. Further detail on import permits (if applicable), costs, tests and procedures are available at minimal cost at PetTravelStore.com if you need them. We also stock all the equipment and accessories you will need for traveling with your pet. Same day shipping until 4:00 PM EST.

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