Pet Travel Advice: Moving Dogs to Scotland

dog in ScotlandHi PetRelocation,

I was hoping to get a detailed list of the export requirements from the USA and import requirements of Scotland. I'm considering using your services and I just want to know exactly what all of the requirements are.

Thank you,


Hi Krystle,

Thanks for the question! We'd be happy to point you in the right direction. To start, the USDA is a good source of official information; take a look here for an overview of pet import requirements to the UK.

We've also put together an overview of the United Kingdom pet travel process that can help answer many basic questions, as well. 

In addition to meeting these paperwork and vaccine requirements, you'll also want to prepare your dog for travel by helping them with travel crate acclimation. Choosing a pet friendly airline and acquainting yourself with all travel procedures is also important. To dive deeper, please read over these frequently asked pet travel questions.

If you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services and speak to a Consultant about your move options, you're welcome to fill out our online consultation form at your convenience or give our office a call. We've helped many pets move to Scotland (including Bella the Yorkie) and would be happy to help with your dog's move, as well.

Hope this helps to get you started! Please let us know if and when we can be of further assistance, and good luck with everything.


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Krystle
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Bichon Frise
From: United States
To: Scotland


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in January 2015 and has been updated with new information. (Photo credit: Cheryl Brind/Flickr)


PetRelocation Team




United States, UK, Scotland


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By Barbara mccallan on July 14, 2017 at 9:58 am

We have two dogs.Staffordshire American mix and Maltese. We are hoping to move in Sept.A wee bit concerned about American mix.If he is refused entry, can we get help if we were to sign saying he would be muzzled in public. He has never needed to be muzzled as he is a sweetheart . I have tried to call you but can never get through. Please help.

By on July 14, 2017 at 11:43 am

Hi Barbara, thank you for reaching out.

First, please refer to the official UK pet import website for the most current and accurate information. If you're concerned your dog may not be allowed entry, rather than risk it we advise sending an email and photo of your dog directly to DEFRA for them to review: You will need to send photos of the dog standing in a natural position and visible from the front, the side and the top.

If you'd like to discuss this further with one of our Consultants, you're welcome to contact us at your convenience (sorry you've had trouble getting through! -- you can try emailing at if you're having trouble calling and/or leaving a voice message). Hope this helps! Good luck with everything.


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