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Pet Travel Scheme

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 23 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animals were part of the Pet Travel scheme in each year since its inception, broken down by species; and what plans he has for changes in the scheme to bring it into line with other EU countries. (199914)

The following table shows the number of pet cats, dogs and ferrets entering the UK under the pet travel scheme (PETS) each year since 2000:

Cats

Dogs

Ferrets

2000

2,062

12,633

0

2001

3,562

23,158

0

2002

4,359

36,410

0

2003

6,012

48,938

0

2004

7,314

57,418

10

2005

8,346

69,549

39

2006

8,375

74,285

31

2007

10,137

89,127

43

2008 (January-March only)

1,855

17,723

12

No decisions on changes to PETS have yet been taken. The European Commission has proposed an extension to the derogations which the UK and some other member states have under EC Regulation 998/2003 until 31 August 2009. The European Parliament is considering a further extension until 30 June 2010.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which countries have (a) multilateral and (b) bilateral arrangements with the UK with regard to the Pet Travel scheme. (199915)

UK-resident dogs, cats and ferrets can travel to any of the countries and territories shown as follows and return to the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS). Pets that come from any of these countries can also enter the UK under PETS as long as they meet the rules. Pets must not have been outside any of the listed countries in the six calendar months before travelling to the UK in order to qualify.

Andorra

Antigua and Barbuda

Antilles

Argentina

Aruba

Ascension Island

Australia

Austria

Azores

Bahrain

Balearic Islands

Barbados

Belarus

Belgium

Bermuda

Bosnia-Herzegovina

British Virgin Islands

Bulgaria

Canada

Canary Islands

Cayman Islands

Ceuta

Chile

Croatia

Cyprus1

Czech Republic

Denmark

Falkland Islands

Estonia

Faroe Islands

Fiji

Finland

French Guyana

French Polynesia

France

Germany

Gibraltar

Greece

Greenland

Guadeloupe2

Guam

Hawaii

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland3

Italy

Jamaica4

Japan

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania,

Luxembourg

Martinique

Madeira

Malaysia5

Malta

Mauritius

Mayotte

Melilla

Mexico

Monaco

Montserrat

Netherlands

New Caledonia

New Zealand

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Reunion

Romania

Russian Federation6

San Marino

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

St. Helena

St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Pierre and Miquelon

St. Vincent

Singapore

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

Trinidad and Tobago

United Arab Emirates

USA (mainland)

Vanuatu

Vatican

Wallis and Funtuna.

1 Dogs, cats and ferrets prepared for PETS in, or returning under PETS to the UK from, the Republic of Cyprus may enter or re-enter the UK without quarantine. However, PETS compliant animals travelling from north Cyprus (the area north of the buffer zone) must be licensed into quarantine for six months on arrival in the UK. This must be arranged before the animal travels.

2 Includes St. Barthelemy and St. Martin (French part of the island).

3 No preparation or documentation is necessary for the movement of pets directly between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

4 Although Jamaica is a qualifying country under the EU Regulation, Jamaican law currently prevents the involvement of that country in PETS. PETS-prepared animals may not enter Jamaica and animals may not be prepared for PETS in Jamaica.

5 The import into UK quarantine of dogs and cats from Malaysia (Peninsula) is prohibited unless health certification provided by the Malaysian veterinary authorities is provided which confirms that the cat or dog:

(i) has had no contact with pigs during at least the 60 days prior to export; and

(ii) has not been resident on holdings where during the past 60 days any case of Nipah disease has been confirmed; and

(iii) has been subjected with a negative result to an IgC capture ELISA test carried out in a laboratory approved for testing for antibody against the Nipah disease viruses by the competent veterinary authorities on a sample of blood taken within 10 days of export.

6 The Russian Federation consists of 88 subjects (regions). Please note that the following Republics are not part of the Russian Federation: Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.