The Kennel Club urges awareness of current import regulations

The Kennel Club is urging dog breeders and owners to ensure they are aware of the current ban in place for the commercial imports of dogs, cats and ferrets from Belarus, Poland, Romania and Ukraine.

The temporary suspension in Great Britain was implemented in April 2022 and is due to be lifted on 9 July 2022. However, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has recently announced that this measure has been extended by a further eight weeks, until 3 September, owing to a reported health risk to humans and animals from commercial cats, dogs and ferrets from these countries that do not comply with UK health and documentation requirements. The importation of dogs for rescue and rehoming purposes is also covered under this prohibition.

Dr Ed Hayes, Head of Public Affairs at The Kennel Club comments: “The movement of dogs under the Pet Travel Scheme from Belarus, Poland and Romania remains permitted, with special measures in place for bringing pets from Ukraine. We would urge anyone seeking to bring dogs into the UK from these four countries to carefully check the rules, to ensure that any movement complies.

“We would also implore anyone considering importing dogs from these countries in the short to medium term to carry out due diligence in the event that the ban is extended beyond September. Any dogs which have been imported in breach of Government regulations will not be registered by The Kennel Club.”

For more information, please visit the Government guidance.