It is possible to bring your pets from overseas, however, please bear in mind that some animals may require quarantine for several months prior to import to the UK. Check the rules about any pets you might want to bring as early as possible, to make sure that you can meet any requirements regarding microchipping, vaccinations, pet passports, and quarantine.
All pets will require an international pet passport. Please check the Pets Travel Scheme (PETS) for more information on this.
Detailed information about travelling to the UK with pets is provided on the relevant government website.
AirPets International also offers information and services for relocating pets worldwide.
Pets are not always allowed in rental properties, which can present a challenge for those hoping to bring their animals with them. Makeurmove and Mitula are dedicated pet-friendly property rental sites, which will help you locate properties for rent with landlords who welcome pets. You can find more information on how to find a pet-friendly landlord at Lets with Pets.
It should also be noted that some landlords may be open to negotiation about allowing pets in their properties. Normally, where an agreement is reached it is subject to a higher deposit and payment for carpet cleaning at the end of the tenancy. It is always worth speaking with the landlord or landlord's agent about this possibility.
Did you know? In the 10th century, King Alfred the Great was so grateful to the Freemen of Oxford for their defense of the realm against marauding Danes that he gave them free grazing rights on Port Meadow, a 120 hectare stretch of land next to the Thames in Oxford. Oxford residents are still entitled to graze their cattle on Port Meadow at no cost to this day. It is also a wonderful place for strolling with your dog.