Moving to the UK...

Moving to the UK...

Postby baz_005 » Fri Mar 16, 2007 3:13 pm

Hi everyone, i just wanted to check if anyone knows what the rules are about moving to another country ie. the uk and taking your reptiles with you? i have quite a few but i have one corn who i have a soft spot for and would like to take her with me, anyone know if i can??? We are takin our other pets like dogs and cats! Thanks alot!
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Postby WW » Fri Mar 16, 2007 8:56 pm

Commiserations on your impending move....

On the plus side, importing live reptiles to the UK is generally no problem unless they are CITES listed species or a European species - they don't need an import permit, and I believe they don't need a health check either. Check http://www.defra.gov.uk/ for details. You will have a lot more problem with your mammalian pets. Obviously, you will also need to find out what the rules are for taking them out of S. Africa.

Cheers,

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Postby baz_005 » Tue Mar 20, 2007 1:51 pm

Hi WW thanks for the reply, yes the mammals are a huge pain, and a HUGE cost! they have to stay in quarantine for six months! it is going to cost us about R 80 000-00 after getting them there and the whole quarantine thing! i will check out your link, thanks again!
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Postby thorrshamri » Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:08 am

Hi Baz,
UK has simple rules for reptiles kept by their citizens,all species except venomous snakes and indigenous reps are allowed for keeping,breeding,buying and selling.For venomous reps there is a special license-DWA (Dangerous Wild Animals) granted by local authorities.
As for imports and exports,I think electronic chips whenever possible are a must for identification at customs.Your local vet may be able to tell you more on this.Of course,a 10 gramm frog or gecko would not be obliged to be injected a microchip.
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