Dog Travel Rules for the UK

Name: Jen
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Boxer
From: Boston, USA
To: London, UK


Dear PetRelocation,

I moved dogs from Boston to London (and back) in 2007 and it was a six month process. Now it seems the rules changed in 2012 and there is no longer the required six month time frame. Can you confirm?

Our move is in eight months and I was starting to think about getting the process going.

Thank you,


Hi Jen,

It's true, the UK pet import requirements changed at the beginning of 2012, making it simpler for pets to move there. Here is an overview of the new UK pet travel rules.

In summary, you still need to have a microchip and rabies vaccine (administered at least 21 days before departure) as well as a pet passport or International Health Certificate, but overall it's a much easier process and doesn't entail a quarantine. (We still recommend allowing several weeks to plan your trip, however.)

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you'd like some assistance with your move by filling out our free quote form. Good luck with your travels!


PetRelocation Team




United States, UK
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