Pet & Animal Transport into United Kingdom & Ireland

Pet Travel Stats

Pets travelling to the UK & Ireland are not subject to any quarantine time.

Pets may only enter the UK and Ireland under one of the two below channels.

Non-Commercial:  Within 5 days (either side) of owner or a representatives arrival into the UK & Ireland

Commercial: Outside of this 5 day window.  South African Export Law requires that the animals must arrive into the UK from a Government Approved Registered Export Facility, PETport can assist with this compliance which involves the pet spending 5 days at the pet hotel in Johannesburg or Cape Town.  If travelling this route, you will receive 2 options on your quotation, the commercial option INCLUDES your Veterinary Health Certificate, boarding charges as well as VAT payable on arrival in the UK & Ireland.

For more information on the differences please read our article clicking here

Both options require the pet owner to complete a ToR (Transfer of Residency) into the UK.  This is important to be done prior to departure to avoid additional penalties on arrival.  It will also indicate your travel dates into the UK in line with above.

NOTE: Failure to comply or put fraudulent entry dates on the Customs clearance and entry documentation is a criminal offence.  Every arrival to the UK & Ireland comply with these entry requirement, if you are in any doubt please do call our offices for discussion.


  • Valid Vaccinations (5in1 for Dogs; 3in1 for Cats) – over 30 days less than 12 months
  • Valid Rabies Vaccination – over 30 days less than 12 months
  • Microchipping
  • Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titration Test (RNATT)

Entry to The UK & Ireland may only take place AT LEAST 90 days after the drawing of blood for the RNATT, sooner entry is possible but involves quarantine in the UK of which is very costly.

IMPORTANT: The Rabies Test (RNATT) can only be drawn after 30 days from re-vaccination of Rabies if the pets Rabies inoculations have been allowed to expire.  Please DO NOT draw blood before these 30 days as the pets will not receive State Clearance and may not be allowed to enter the country or may be quarantined on entry.  Micro-chipping MUST be done prior to or on the same day as the rabies vaccine, any variation to this may result in a blood redraw and possible travel delays

The UK & Northern Ireland authorities have made it compulsory to use an agent on arrival to clear your pets. THIS FEE IS CHARGED IN POUNDS / EUROS AND WILL BE EXCLUDED IN OUR QUOTATION – this will be quoted separately directly by the import agent. Southern Ireland it is not compulsory to use an agent, will however include this fee as an annexure in our quotation to you. In the event you wish to carry out your own clearing please do let us know and we will remove this. This option is not recommended.

Our excellent partner agents are also able to assist with delivery your pet to their new home after arrival.  Please ask us about this service.

PETport will prepare all your Export Health Certificates and Government Endorsements for you.

Get your quote


Share this page


Call today to get the right advice


Western Cape

Kwa-Zulu Natal




Members of IPATA

Mrs Fishhoek
Local Guide · 53 reviews · 46 photos
Read More
Have used them twice, both times I've been extremely happy. Updated via telephone, email and sms. Driver was friendly and brilliant with pets. Good prices.
Marco Aurelio Navarro Roux
Local Guide · 67 reviews · 53 photos
Read More
Great service. Our dog was so spoiled and happy there
Jane Kelly
Local Guide · 4 reviews · 53 photos
Read More
Very caring, with both animals and humans alike