Dog owners will be heading to Crufts 2022 from countries across the world. There will be more than 16,000 dogs competing across the four days of the event, organizers have announced.
And that means a lot of international travel will be going on ahead of the show. But do you know all the rules?
Pets do not need any special paperwork if entering Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) from Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man. But they do if coming from other places.
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The required documents are:
- a pet passport – if traveling from a Part 1 listed country, or if it was issued in Great Britain before January 2021
- an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) issued in Great Britain – valid up to 4 months after it was issued
- a Great Britain pet health certificate – if traveling from a Part 2 or non-listed country, or a Part 1 country that does not issue pet passports
The British Government says that pet passports or a Great Britain pet health certificate are accepted from the following countries. These are all known as Part 1 listed countries.
- EU countries
- Azores and Madeira
- canary islands
- French Guiana
- Greenland and the Faroe Islands
- Mayotte (French territory)
- Réunion (French territory)
- Saint Barthelemy (French Territory)
- San Marino
- Saint Martin (French part of the island – French territory)
- Vatican City State
Pet passports list the different treatments your dog has had. They are usually issued by authorized vets in those countries.
Before you travel, check that the vet has filled in the following sections in the pet passport:
- details of ownership – you must sign section I if your pet passport was issued on or after December 29, 2014
- animal description
- marking or identification of animal
- vaccination against rabies
- rabies blood test (if needed)
- details of the vet issuing the passport (for passports issued from 29 December 2014)
- your dog’s tapeworm treatment (if needed)
Great Britain does not accept a pet passport from the countries named below, which are known as Part 2 listed countries. Instead, a Great Britain pet health certificate can be obtained.
The Part 2 listed countries are: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Ascension Island, Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Bermuda, BES Islands (Bonair, Saint Eustatius and Saba), Bosnia-Herzegovina, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Curaçao, Falkland Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Russian Federation, Saint Maarten, Singapore, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, USA (includes American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the US virgin Islands), Vanuatu , Wallis and Futuna.
If your country is not listed anywhere above, you’ll need a Great Britain pet health certificate. Your pet will also have to follow specific rules on rabies, vaccinations and blood tests.
In addition, you must have a certificate from the Malaysian government veterinary health services to bring your dog into Great Britain from Peninsular Malaysia. The certificate must show your pet:
- has not had contact with pigs in the 60 days before you left
- has not been on a holding where Nipah disease has been found in the 60 days before you left
- has a negative blood test result for Nipah virus antibody – the test must be carried out by a laboratory approved for Nipah virus on a blood sample taken no more than 10 days before you leave
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