Latest Update from DEFRA regarding Import and Export of Horses

The UK’s listed status application has been agreed by European Union (EU) Member States after it met the animal health and biosecurity assurances required for a third country to export live animals and animal products.

The movement of equines between the UK and the EU will now continue in the event of a no-deal exit from the EU on April 12.

The UK has been placed in Sanitary Group A for the export of equines by the Commission. This means testing and isolation requirements for equines ahead of export will be the minimum possible as a third country.

Updated guidance on the movement of equines has been published on, providing specific advice on what this decision means. General advice on importing and exporting live animals has also been updated.

Please contact if you have any questions about the information on

Issued by Pamela Thompson

Deputy Director, Biosecurity and Food Projects

Equine & Livestock Team

Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)

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