Pet Travel From South Africa to England

Good Day,

Would you be able to give me a rough indication of what it would cost to take our dogs with us to England? What are the requirements and is there a quarantine period?




Hi Marco,

Thank you for your inquiry, we'd be happy to help!

As we note in our recent UK Pet Travel Spotlight Series, one of the first things you'll want to do is get acquainted with the pet import requirements for pets coming from South Africa. According to the official UK government website, South Africa is an “unlisted” country so you'll need to follow the rules outlined here for a smooth entry. If all rules are followed correctly, your dogs will not need to fulfill a quarantine period.

As for price, this will ultimately depend on a few factors but for an idea of what to expect you can take a look at these typical pet travel costs.

For more information, please look over these frequently asked questions about UK pet travel and feel free to contact us for a pet travel consultation if you're interested in hiring some assistance. Pet travel to the UK can be tricky, and many people choose to save themselves a bit of time and stress by enlisting the help of experts.

Hopefully this helps to get you started! Just let us know if we can answer any more questions and happy traveling!

Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Marco
Number of Pets: 4
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: 2 Dachshunds, Jack Russel and a Great Dane
From: South Africa
To: England, United Kingdom


PetRelocation Team




UK, South Africa


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By Leanne Ivory on November 5, 2018 at 11:47 am

Good day, Could you possibly inform me of how much it will cost for TOR on commercial flight to the U.K. from South Africa? I have two dogs? Thank you in advance

By Caroline Stow on September 17, 2018 at 12:09 am

Good Day,I was just enquiring about the quarantine laws about bringing over a medium size mixed breed dog over to the UK as well as a small cat.What are the rules and regulations with regards to quarantine time for them?Kind Regards Caroline

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 20, 2018 at 3:35 pm

Hi Caroline! If you are moving your pets from South Africa, it will take approximately 4 months of preparation before import. Once they arrive into UK, quarantine is not required as long as all the paperwork is accurate. Feel free to check out this link about any additional information. Hope this helps & let us know if we can be of assistance!

By Michele on September 12, 2018 at 6:41 pm

Hi I’d like more info on pet relocation from Durban South Africa to London for my two dogs a Yorkshire terrier and miniature schnauzer. My dogs have lived in sa for just over year and are originally from the UK. Their vaccines are up to date. What is the quarantine period for dogs coming into the UK.

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 17, 2018 at 8:53 am

Hi Michelle! Whenever relocating a pet from one country to another, your pet loses it's UK residency status and relocating them back to the UK is a full export from ZA and import into the UK. Since South Africa is considered "unlisted" in the eyes of the UK, you will need at least 4 months of preparations in South Africa before importing them back into the UK. Feel free to check out the requirements here. If we can be of any additional assistance, please contact us directly. Hope this helps!

By Michele on September 17, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Hi Michaela, thank you for you mail! I was under the impression it was 3-4 months quarantine am relieved to find it’s just 3-4 month prep. Is there any quarantine at all? My boys already have microchips. Kind regards, Michele

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 21, 2018 at 4:10 pm

You're welcome, Michele! There is no quarantine upon arrival.

By Michaela on August 5, 2018 at 4:55 pm

Just wanted to know if I move to the UK if I could take my pets with. I have 6 dogs and 2 birds. The dog breeds are : 1 German Shepherd, 1 Dachshund, 1 Chow Chow, 1 Shar Pei and 2 Chow Chow cross Shar Pei. The birds are both African greys. Could you please inform me on the correct procedure, costs etc. I honestly won't be able to leave any of them behind as they are basically family. Thank you.

By Maegan at PetRelocation on August 6, 2018 at 3:18 pm

Hi Michaela! For import procedures, you can review our guide for importing dogs & cats to the UK. Moving birds internationally is quite an investment of both time & money- click here for more information about shipping endangered species. Feel free also to review our blog post here about pricing to move your pets. If we can be of assistance, please contact us directly. Thanks!

By Leeanne Emirali on July 23, 2018 at 1:59 pm

Hi there i want to fly my Dachshunds back home with me from Cape TOwn, South Africa to Manchester, UK. I want to know the cost as im weighing up my options. Thanks x

By Maegan at PetRelocation on July 25, 2018 at 9:31 am

Hi Leeanne! In terms of pricing for pet moves there are a number of variables that impact the final cost of a pet relocation. Each of our pet moves are customized to fit the needs of our clients, so in order to put you in touch with a consultant, please fill out our Arrange a Move form here. We might not be the best fit for your move but would be happy to answer some of your questions. Looking forward to speaking with you!

By Antoinette on June 24, 2018 at 12:23 am

Can I take my Miniature Snauzer to England for a month on holiday?

By Maegan at PetRelocation on June 25, 2018 at 9:57 am

Hi Antoinette! Yes, you can take your pup with you on holiday. However, whenever a pet leaves a country and enters another, it is considered a full export from one country and full import into another. There is a ton of vet work & paperwork required on both ends of a relocation in order to safely move a pet. You'd want to review the requirements here -- depending upon which country you are exporting from will dictate the amount of time needed to plan your pup's relocation (up to 4 months in some cases). Hope this helps!

By Michelle Edwards on April 25, 2018 at 1:49 am

Morning I'm a south African registered Yorkshire TERRIERS breeder can my 20 Yorkshire TERRIERS be shipped overseas ? And the rules to go over as a breeder is this possible

By Christina at PetRelocation on April 26, 2018 at 10:59 am

Hi Michelle!

For questions regarding commercial imports, we suggest contacting DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) in London directly to see what steps you must take. You can reach the Pet Travel Scheme Helpline at pettravel[at]apha[dot]gsi[dot]gov[dot]uk.

By Natalie Wocke on March 27, 2018 at 4:40 pm

Please contact me for assistance guidance and pricing on taking one cat from Durban RSA to Cirencester, Gloustershire, UK.Thank-you!

By Christina at PetRelocation on April 4, 2018 at 4:38 pm

Hi Natalie! We are happy to provide more information and pricing for your cat's move to the UK. Please fill out this form and a relocation consultant will contact you soon. Thank you!

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