All domestic dogs and cats must undergo six months in quarantine on arrival into the United Kingdom. An import licence must be obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in Britain.
Application forms and guidance notes, including a complete list of kennels and catteries licensed for quarantine purposes, are available from British Information Services in New York.
Accommodation must be reserved at a quarantine premises and arrangements made for the animal to be transported from the port of arrival before an import application is completed. Some premises will submit the form on the customer's behalf and many also operate a carrier service.
All quarantine premises are privately owned and vary in the level of comfort and care provided for resident animals. It is recommended that brochures be compared and premises visited whenever possible before a final choice is made.