The Kennel Club welcomes overseas dogs competing at UK licensed
events, but bringing your dog into the UK takes some organisation.
Of course you will need to comply with all the regulations required
for the Pet Travel Scheme, but there are many other regulations
that require consideration, from travelling safely in a car to
travelling on planes or ferries. These regulations can change on a
regular basis, so it is wise to check before you leave.
Welfare of your dog
Dog welfare is of primary concern to the Kennel Club. When
deciding whether you want to travel to the UK to compete with your
dog, you really need to decide whether it is in your dog's best
interest to travel a great distance to compete in the UK. If you
are certain that the welfare of your dog will not be compromised
when travelling to the UK, then the following information should be
useful to you.
There are strict rules on bringing your dog into the UK,
although since 1 January 2012 the process is much easier and
quicker (and less expensive). You need to act 4-6 weeks before
you travel. Quarantine and Pet
Passport - full details.
Dogs entered on the Kennel Club's Activity Register are eligible
to enter the International Agility Festival and other Kennel Club
licensed agility shows without needing to have pedigree documents.
The Register is open to crossbreeds, rescued dogs and pedigree dogs
without formal papers. You can apply to enter an eligible dog on
the Activity Register using the Kennel Club's Form 5.
Owners of dogs registered as pedigree dogs with recognised
kennel clubs (which are members of, or affiliated to, the FCI)
should instead obtain an Authority to Compete (ATC) number - see
ATC (Authority to Compete) Number
You can obtain an ATC number to compete in the Kennel
Club International Agility Festival , or any other Kennel Club
licensed agility shows while you are in the UK. Your dog should be
registered with a recognised kennel club. You should apply for an
ATC number at least one month before entries for the relevant
agility show close.
It is strongly advised that you consider travel insurance which
will cover you and your pet for emergency overseas veterinary
costs, kennelling fees and third party liability.
Air travel with your dog
- When flying into the UK, ensure that the airport has the
facilities to cater for dogs entering the UK under the Pet Passport
Scheme - not all airports in Britain have signed up to the Scheme
- Ensure that your dog has sufficient water in its flying crate
and that this will be checked by the airport staff before your dog
is loaded onto the aircraft and at any stop-overs.
- On arrival in the UK, Customs may request that you give a value
for your dog. Although viewed by Customs as imported 'goods', you
should not overstate the value of your dog since this attracts
Staying in the UK
- Once in the UK, be aware that not all hotels will accept dogs.
If they do, they may make an additional charge for its stay.
(Please see our Accommodation Guide for more
- Transport your dog safely, preferably by using a special dog
guard, dog cage or canine harness. Always ensure your dog has
plenty of ventilation and shade in a car and that fresh drinking
water is always readily available.
- Never leave your dog unattended in a car for long periods of
time, and NEVER in hot weather.
Dog laws in the UK
Please be aware of dog laws in the UK. The Kennel Club
Information Guide, Do you know dog law? will assist you.
Further relevant information on travelling with your dog in the
UK can be obtained by reading the Kennel Club Information Guide
Road travel with your dog.