Foreign Passports

My equine is not from the UK, but is moving to the UK from another country. Do I need to get a passport issued from a UK-based PIO?

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Written by Help Desk
Updated over a week ago

As the law now stands, any equine that is going to be residing in the UK for 30 days or more will need to be registered with a Defra-approved UK Passport Issuing Organisation (PIO), which will in turn update the Central Equine Database (CED).

Although you can technically do this with any UK PIO, there may be a UK representative which is close to or the same as your horse's breed/type that you may wish to choose - but the choice is yours.

The following is a link to all the current PIOs, both Studbook and ID only, with whom you can register:-
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/horse-passport-issuing-organisations

However, there are a few exceptions to the 30 day rule for competition and breeding animals that will be here temporarily, but for longer than 30 days.  For these we advise checking with Defra Equine Policy team directly.

The email address for the Equine Policy Team is:
Equine.Identification@defra.gov.uk

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