Pet Travel Question: How to Avoid the UK Quarantine

Name: Tracy
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Jack Russell mixes
From: South Africa
To: UK

I'm thinking of going to the UK and taking my dogs with me. What can I do so they don't have to go to quarantine? They've both had their vaccinations!


Hi Tracy,

Thanks for contacting us -- we hope we can help! Pet travel to the rabies-free UK can require a few more steps due to stricter import requirements, but we have helped many people move here safely. Take a look at the pet import requirements for the UK and examine the information from DEFRA (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs) to find out the rules for entering the UK.

Unfortunately South Africa does not qualify for the Pet Travel Scheme (it's not in the EU and it's not on the list of non-qualifying EU countries), so that means you'll either need to spend six months in one of these qualifying countries before you move or undergo a quarantine in the UK.

Contact us if you have more questions about this, and good luck with everything!


PetRelocation Team




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