Importation of Horses into the Isle of Man
An import licence is required for horses travelling to the Isle of Man together with a self-declaration that the wagon has been thoroughly cleansed and disinfected prior to transporting the horse(s).
Please ensure you apply for your licence in plenty of time to enable you to send it to your haulier (if using). Licences are valid for 30 days from the date of issue.
The majority of horse imports come via Heysham. If your horse is travelling via any other port, please contact Agriculture on 685844 or Agriculture@gov.im for further information.
Information required for a horse importation licence:
- Name and address of horse-owner
- Destination address for horse (if different to above)
- Age of horse
- Colour of horse
- Sex of horse
- Breed of horse
The licence will be emailed to you after you have submitted your details. Please ensure you print it off before taking it to Heysham freight office.
If you have any queries, please contact:
Horse(s) may travel to the Isle of Man in a horsebox with other equines from different UK holdings and may be delivered to different Isle of Man destinations. The horse(s) must then be isolated from Foot and Mouth susceptible stock for a period of 5 days.
If a horse is collected in a livestock lorry with other cattle and/or sheep from the same UK holding (and the horse has been resident at the same UK holding for a period of 21 days prior to export) then the horse may be delivered to a different Isle of Man destination. Again, the horse(s) must be isolated from Foot and Mouth susceptible stock for a period of 5 days and remain there for a further 16 days.
If a horse is collected in a livestock lorry with other cattle and/or sheep from a different UK holding than the cattle and/or sheep then on importation to the Isle of Man, the horse must reside at the cattle/sheep holding for a period of 21 days, after which time it may move.
For further information please contact:
Thie Slieau Whallian
+44 1624 685844