When travelling with your pet dog, cat or ferret, the rules you must follow depend on the country you are going to or coming from. When you need to apply for an export health certificate (EHC) to move your pet please follow the instructions below.

Before you start

Commercial movement of pets within the European Union (EU)

For the commercial movement of pets, i.e. change of ownership or consignments of 5 or more pets, within the EU you need to apply for an Intra Trade Animal Health Certificate (ITAHC) to export your animal/s to an EU Member State.  You can obtain one by  completing application form and submitting it to your local DAERA office.

Please refer to the Aquaculture and Aquaculture Products commodity box for pet / ornamental fish.

Noncommercial pet exports that require an Export Health Certificate

In order to begin your application on the DAERA Export Certification Online system (DECOL) you will need to have completed the export health certificate (EHC) application and have any supporting documents ready for upload.

You can obtain the EHC application via the Defra form finder.  Guidance on using the tool is available in the DECOL exporter’s instructions at the link below:

All pet owners should note that some EHCs on Form Finder state 'application only, not to be certified'. This is for administrative purposes only. Please download for completion and submission to DECOL.

If you need digital help to complete an application for an Export Health Certificate (EHC) please contact your regional DAERA Direct Office for assistance.

You should review the Notes for Guidance (NFG) for each certificate (available via the Defra Form Finder) to ascertain if import permits or importing authority approvals are also required.  Where they are these should be obtained from the importing authorities prior to applying for an EHC and uploaded along with all other application documents via DECOL.

The NFG may also advise you need to complete an Owner/exporter declaration.  Where one is needed a template declaration is available at the link below:

If you need further assistance completing your declaration please contact the Armagh DAERA regional office for assistance daeradirect.armagh@daera-ni.gov.uk.

You should complete a nominate Authorised Veterinary Inspector (AVI) template and submit this with your application.  All export documentation will be issued directly to the nominated AVI once we have processed your application.

Your transport company may need a statement from your vet confirming that your pet is fit to travel.  Check with the country you’re travelling to for information about any extra documents you’ll need to enter with your pet.

Detailed information on travelling with your pet, including how to bring it back to the UK are available at the link below:

Schedule for additional product information

If there is insufficient space on the EHC application to record full product details, you need to complete a schedule and submit this with your application. Do not use if not essential. The schedule and instructions for completion are available using the link below:

Start your Export Health Certificate Application

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