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United Kingdom

Attention: This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements.  Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities for your destination country.


1. Microchip:  Each pet shall be identified by means of a microchip.  No other form of identification is acceptable. The microchip used should comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785. The United Kingdom currently accepts AVID 9 and AVID 10 in addition to ISO. The microchip must be implanted before the rabies vaccine is administered.

2. Rabies Vaccination and Certificate: All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate signed by the vet. The Rabies vaccine must be at least 21 days old at the time of the final health exam.

3. It is suggested that all animals have full vaccinations, as well:

Dogs:  Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHLPP) and Bordatella.

Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP).

These should be valid at the time of import and administered no less than two weeks before export date for maximum effectiveness.

4. Tapeworm Treatment (Dogs Only): Each dog must receive a tapeworm treatment (Drontal recommended) between 24-120 hours prior to arrival. The treatment given, manufacturer name, date and time must be listed on the EU health certificate with your vet's signature.

5. EU Health Certificate (Form Annex II): This will be provided by your PetRelocation Specialist. This is the standard Health Certificate to be filled out by your accredited Veterinarian and must be signed in a different color than that of the certificate's printing (usually blue ink).  This certificate is valid for 10 days from the date of issue by the official veterinarian until the date of the checks at the EU point of entry.  For the purpose of further movements within the EU, this certificate will be valid for a total of 4 months from the date of issue or until the date of expiration of the rabies vaccination, whichever date is earlier.

6. USDA Endorsements for the below referenced forms:

  • Microchip Implantation Record
  • Rabies Certificate
  • Vet Letter
  • EU Vet Health Certificate

These must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval. Please contact your PetRelocation Specialist to learn more about best way of handling this.

7. International Health Certificate: Your vet should have these in stock. It’s a good idea to call ahead and ask.  This is an international health certificate that needs to be completed by your vet within 10 days of departure. Depending on the logistics of your particular pet relocation and the specific health certificate being used (APHIS Form 7001) an additional USDA Endorsement maybe required on this health certificate. Speak to your PetRelocation Specialist regarding the USDA portion of this process.

8. All original documentation listed above must travel with the pets.

9. In order for us to successfully clear customs we will need the following documents supplied prior to the pet’s arrival:

  • Completed C5 Form (provided by your PetRelocation Specialist)
  • Completed Animal Reception Centre Pet Info Form (provided by your PetRelocation Specialist)



For animals originating in an EU Member State, the "pet passport", can be used and comes in a booklet form, blue in color with the EU emblem of yellow stars. This passport is a document standardized throughout the EU.

In the case of animals originating in a qualifying country other than an EU Member State the "passport" is in the form of a "Veterinary Certificate", must consist of a single sheet, be printed in the language of Member State of entry and in English and be completed in the language of the Member State of entry or English.

North American vets write dates confusingly, sometimes in two different formats on the same document.  The correct layout requested, and the ISO Standard, is dd/mm/yyyy.

Microchip Numbers must be read from the chip in the animal – and not from other paperwork.  You must double check to make sure the chip can be scanned and that ALL NUMBERS of the microchip are recorded correctly.

Local Pet Resources

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Goddard Veterinary Group Wanstead Veterinary Hospital: 84 New Wanstead Wanstead London E11 2SY

Elizabeth Street Vet Clinic: 55 Elizabeth StLondon, SW1W 9PP, UK020 77309102

Ardene House Veterinary Practice: 56 Bon Accord St Aberdeen, AB11 6EL, UK 01224 586251

Groomers and Pet Supplies

The Pet Store: 5 King St Aberdeen, AB24 5AA, UK 01224 638658

Canine Pets: Elephant & Castle London, SE1 6TE, UK 020 72770300

Cally Pet Stores: 345A Caledonian Road, Islington London N1 1DW



The United Kingdom is located in Western Europe, islands including the northern one-sixth of the island of Ireland between the North Atlantic Ocean and the North

Sea, northwest of France.The Geographic coordinates are 54 00 N, 2 00 W.

It has the total area of 244,820 sq km including land area of241,590 sq km and water of3,230 sq km in which  Rockall and Shetland Islands are included.

The islands comprising the United Kingdom includes the countries of  England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. More precisely, the United Kingdom encompases the Western Europe islands, including the northern one-sixth of the island of Ireland between the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea, northwest of France.

The English Channel, the Straits of Dover, and the North Sea separate the islands from the Continent. At the closest point, they are only 17 miles from the French coast.

The capital city of London is in the southeast and lies on the same latitude as Winnipeg, Canada.

The UK has a total land area of 94,217 square miles, roughly the size of Oregon.

The British Isles have a complex geology with a rich variety of scenery and impressive contrasts in topography. Highland Britain contains the principal mountain ranges which vary from 4,000 to 5,000 feet and occupy most of the north and west of the country. Lowland Britain, almost entirely composed of low, rolling hills and flatlands, lies to the southeast.

Prevailing southwesterly winds, influenced by the Gulf Stream, make Britain's climate temperate and equable year round. Weather patterns frequently change, but few temperature extremes occur. Temperatures range from an average of 40 degrees Fahrenheit in winter to about 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. A low of 20 degrees Fahrenheit sometimes occurs in the winter. A high of 90 degrees Fahrenheit may rarely occur in the summer. The average annual rainfall is about 30 to 50 inches, usually distributed evenly throughout the year. Cloud cover is persistent, however, limiting sunshine to an average of about 6 to 7 hours a day in the summer and 1 to 2 hours a day in the winter.

Capital        London

Languages   English

Currency     British Pound (£) (GBP)


The climate is generally mild and temperate. Prevailing weather systems move in from the Atlantic, and the weather is mainly influenced by depressions and their associated fronts moving eastwards, punctuated by settled, fine, anticyclonic periods lasting from a few days to several weeks. The temperature rarely rises above 32°C (90°F) or falls below -10°C (14°F). There are four seasons: spring (March to May); summer (June to August); autumn (September to November) and winter (December to February). Rainfall is greatest in the western and upland areas, where the annual average exceeds 1,100 millimetres; the highest mountain areas receive more than 2,000 millimetres. Over much of lowland central England, annual rainfall ranges from 700 to 850 millimetres. Parts of East Anglia and the south east have the lowest rainfall, just 550 millimetres. Rain is fairly well distributed throughout the year, with February to March generally the driest period and October to January the wettest. During May, June and July (the months of longest daylight) the mean daily duration of sunshine varies from five hours in northern Scotland to eight hours in the Isle of Wight. During the months of shortest daylight (November, December and January) sunshine is at a minimum, with an average of an hour a day in northern Scotland and two hours a day on the south coast of England.

Allo' Expat England, www.england.alloexpat.com, provides resources for expatriates living in or moving to England and the United Kingdom. Includes dedicated discussion forums.

American Expats In The UK, www.americanexpats.co.uk, provides information and resources for Americans living in or moving to the U.K.

UK Yankee, www.uk-yankee.com, is a website for American expatriates living in the UK. Provides information about moving, culture, education, immigration, real estate, etc., as well as a forum, live chat and newsletter.