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Importing Pigs into the Isle of Man

Disease risk

The importation of pigs is the most significant disease risk to the Island's national herd and flock from the importation of livestock.

Summary of Pig Import Conditions

ConditionsBreeding Pigs (neutered or castrates ineligible)

Isolation on UK holding before import

30 days


6964 EHC

Vet examination in UK

<24 hours before export

IOM Licence valid for

21 days

Notify DEFA of import

72 hrs before import

UK Herd Health Status

Must come from a holding of origin/area which is not subject to any prohibition/restriction for reasons of animal disease affecting porcines

Pre-import tests

Imported pigs may be subjected to further detention, examination, test or medication laid by a Government Veterinary Officer

Post-import tests

Transport Authorisation over 40 miles as part of economic activity, <8 hours

Type 1

Post-import isolation

10 days

Whole farm restriction

21 days

Post-import treatment


Please note that these conditions are subject to immediate change / revocation depending on the animal health and disease status of our own and neighbouring jurisdictions.

Please see the Guidance Notes for the full conditions of import.

Please contact us for further information:

Foot and Mouth Disease

Pigs generate truly massive amounts of infectious particles – 1 pig producing as much as an entire herd of cows. The Island follows international measures to mitigate the risk of disease entering local pigs by prohibiting the feeding of waste food to pigs; this practice would be the most serious internal risk to the national herd and flock and the department visits pig holdings annually (at least) to reinforce this message.

Because pigs of all kinds are a similar risk, the department makes no exceptions for 'pet pigs'; indeed, pigs that are kept in smaller numbers as 'pets' are perhaps more likely to be fed scraps – this is both high risk and illegal! All pigs, whatever their breed, size, or number are restricted to their holding and no 'walking licences' or other permit to move pigs off any holding (even on a temporary basis) are issued beyond formal movement licences between farms for bona fide business purposes.

For further information please contact:

Agriculture Directorate

Thie Slieau Whallian

Foxdale Road

St John's


Telephone:+44 1624 685844

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