How to move animals and semen, ova and embryos (germplasm) for research, display and conservation from 1 January 2021.
New rules for January 2021
The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year.
This page tells you what you’ll need to do from 1 January 2021. It will be updated if anything changes.
You can also read about the transition period.
Animals and germplasm covered by Balai
Follow this guidance if you’re moving the following from 1 January 2021:
- simian primates, monkeys and apes
- prosimian primates, for example lemurs, bushbabies, lorises, aye ayes and tarsiers
- ungulates (hooved animals) that aren’t farm animals, for example llamas, alpacas, antelopes, camels, wild pigs, tapirs, rhinos, giraffes, elephants, hippos
- captive birds and poultry for exhibitions, shows, and contests which aren’t covered by poultry or bird legislation
- honey bees
- jackals, foxes, wolves, African wild dogs, hyenas
- bears, for example polar, black, brown, grizzly, pandas or giant pandas
- raccoons, coatis, and other new world procyonids
- otters, martens, polecats, badgers, skunks, wolverines
- non-domestic cats like pumas, cheetahs, lions, tigers and leopards
- bats, for example vampire bats, flying foxes, fruit bats, gliders
- flying lemurs and flying squirrels
- marsupials, for example, koalas, kangaroos, wombats or wallabies
- possums, bandicoots, bilbys, quolls and Tasmanian devils
- anteaters, sloths, armadillos
- shrews, moles and hedgehogs
- rabbits and hares
- rodents, for example, gophers, squirrels, mice, rats, hamsters, voles, beavers, gerbils
- more than 5 pets per traveller in your party – or any pets that can’t be joined by their owner within 5 days
- dogs, cats and ferrets that are being rehomed or don’t meet pet travel rules
- germplasm that is not bovine or porcine.
To move other animals that are not for research, display or conservation
You’ll need to follow separate guidance:
- Export fish to the EU
- Pet travel to Europe – for pet dogs, cats and ferrets that meet pet travel rules
- export other animals and animal products
- import animals and animal products
Talk to your vet if you’re not sure which rules apply to the animals you want to move.
Import Balai animals or germplasm to GB from the EU
You can continue to bring Balai animals and germplasm into Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) from EU countries from 1 January 2021.
The process for notifying GB authorities about these imports will change and your vet will no longer be able to use TRACES.
Follow the guidance for what you’ll need to do to import animals and animal products into Great Britain from 1 January 2021.
Export or move Balai animals or germplasm from GB to the EU or Northern Ireland
From 1 January 2021, you’ll need to check the export health certificate (EHC) finder to see if a certificate exists for your Balai animal or germplasm product.
If you find an EHC, follow the EHC process to export or move your animal or germplasm product to the EU or Northern Ireland (NI).
If you cannot find an EHC, contact DAERA in NI or the competent authority in the EU country you’re exporting to in advance, to find out what:
- paperwork you’ll need to fill in
- rules you need to comply with
The competent authority means the equivalent of the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in the EU country you’re exporting to.
If the competent authority says that you need an EHC, you’ll need to get their import conditions. Email the conditions to APHA at firstname.lastname@example.org who’ll arrange an EHC for you.
Plan your trade route so that your consignment can be inspected at a border control post that can accept your type of goods.
Export Balai animals or germplasm to a non-EU country via NI or the EU
From 1 January 2021, you must have an EHC to transit through NI or the EU.
Check the export health certificate (EHC) finder to see if there’s an EHC for the EU country you’re transiting through. If one exists, you must apply for both the NI and EU EHC, as well as the non-EU EHC.
If an EHC does not exist for NI or the EU country you’re transiting through, you’ll need to contact the competent authority in NI or the EU country to get their import conditions.
Email the conditions to APHA at email@example.com who’ll arrange an EHC for you.
Balai approved or registered premises
Great Britain will continue to register and approve holdings in GB, but it’s likely that the EU will no longer recognise these.
You’ll need to contact the competent authority in NI or the EU country you’re exporting to, to find out what their import conditions are.