IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air should be housed in a IATA approved kennel that will be suitable for the size of the dog being transported. Food and water must be contained in the kennel for long journeys and some airlines do exercise any dogs being shipped in the hold on tight significant stop-overs but also for security reasons, this isn’t something which you (if you are travelling on the same aircraft) would be allowed to accomplish yourself.
Shipping Dogs To Australia By Air
We have been shipping dogs by air to all or any the major continents for over 40 years and as such have a vast amount of experience which we could call upon whenever we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an in depth (and current) knowledge of the various rules that connect with the import of animals for a given country.
If you should be emigrating or moving abroad for a time period and desire to take your pet dog, or dogs with afterward you if you intend ahead, it will be a easier than you think process with the least number of stress for you and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting most of the relevant vaccinations and any other veterinary treatments out the way in which early meaning your pets will not be suffering side effects when they travel. It is also recommended to have all documentation completed and all set to go with plenty of time to spare before your departure date.
Passportforpets.co.uk is a division of Airsupply Shipping located near London’s Heathrow Airport. We offer a selection of dog shipping services that can incorporate a “door to door” collection and delivery if you so wish. Our pricing is open and transparent without hidden fees and i will be pleased to supply any help and support you may require to truly get your pet safely to your brand-new home.
Pet Export Ashford
Dog Export Bagshot
Dog Export Bagshot Heath
Cat Export Ashley Park
Dog Export Ascot
Dog Export Austenwood
Pet Export Ashford Common
This amazing site provides a success of information regarding the import requirements of various countries concerning the import of dogs if your destination is not listed under the “Destination Requirements” tab (above) then simply contact us by completing the online quotation form, or our quick enquiry form or you can call us free using the quantity at the top of this page.
Taking your pet on your flight
Pets can travel of all scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to almost every area of the world so typically, your pet should be able to travel on the same flight as yourself if that is what you should like. Most of the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and there are few points that is highly recommended with this type of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive to the cargo or freight portion of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t be in two places at once! If you’re held up attending to your own customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left waiting for more than required to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing at heart that many airports need you to take your pets travel kennel away with you. In case of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove very hard to move, especially if you have all your own luggage to cope with too.
Lastly, you will have no access to your pet from enough time they’re checked in at the departure airport before you collect them at the destination airport, and for a few countries such as Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you won’t be able to see your pets before they’re taken with their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet to visit on a single flight as yourself, we’ll interact with you to support this whenever possible.
We are happy to generally meet clients who are travelling on a single aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the afternoon of shipment. We would require seeing copies every one of Veterinary paperwork to be certain they’re suitable for travel and whilst we will always ask you to test and double check how big is your pet and travel kennel ahead of time, we unfortunately cannot accept any responsibility for last-minute delays or problems occurred on the day of travel with this sort of shipment. The single most frequent reason behind these last minute problems at the airport is the measurements being incorrect and the travel kennel being refused as too small for the dog. With the years of experience we have with these types of issues, we will sometimes ask you often times if you are sure concerning the size as a wriggly dog is not exactly an easy task to measure and we could usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.
Many pets which have previously travelled to the UK in a certain size kennel may not be able to travel back out in the exact same kennel due to the stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are between the strictest in the world for animal welfare, and so the message here’s that if you’re uncertain please say so even as we will then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not really a sufficient fit.
General Information About Exporting Pets
Once you request a pet export quotation we quote for all costs to transport your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you should be delivering your pet to our premises near Heathrow it must arrive no less than five hours before the flight. Collections from you (if required) will soon be by arrangement, usually on the afternoon before departure.
There will however be additional charges payable at the airport of destination to cover costs for such items as airline import handling, customs clearance and veterinary charges. As these fees are payable in country of destination, and we’re struggling to pay them on your own behalf, so these charges are not included in the quote (but we shall advise you of this).
Costs are dependent on the size/weight of the animal(s) to be exported, any extra services (such as UK transportation, kenneling, and veterinary certification), flight time and the destination. In the case of dogs, the box size provided is based on the measurements given to us. Should these measurements be incorrect we accept no responsibility for almost any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals should be shipped in containers built to IATA specifications which are the proper size for them i.e. they need to be big enough for your pet to stand up without touching the top of the box, lie down comfortably and have the ability to turn round within the box. There must also be a fixed water container inside the container with a way of filling it from the surface (funnel).
Should you need to utilise our services we would have to have written confirmation with payment as soon as possible and at the least 28 days beforehand. We will also require a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the country of destination (the airline should ring beforehand to ensure acceptance).
You might be able to take your pet as excess baggage, which may mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This is sometimes a cheaper option (please observe that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there could be restrictions such as for instance standby status with regards to the airline and the route). However should the animal(s) be an especially large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at the same time frame while the move be particularly difficult then we could provide the cargo option as well as other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With information on the measurements of the animal(s) we could build transit kennels to fit. Kennels could be either acquired from us or delivered to any U.K. Airport to coincide together with your register time or be sent to your home.
Whatever the mode of travel, pets should go to the cargo hold of the aircraft. This really is heated and pressurised to exactly the same extent whilst the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded in to the hold approximately half an hour before departure (however the airline requires they are delivered for them 4 hours ahead of the flight) and are unloaded at another end usually within half an hour of the plane landing. After the documents are available the animals may be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator at which point the animals can be collected and taken home.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your pet to USA with an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as for instance Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You understand your dog utilizes you to make the best decisions about their welfare and we follow the strict operating code laid down by IPATA. These rules were created to make sure that your pet isn’t unduly stressed by the travel and which they get to the US in good condition. However, we have been shipping dogs to the USA for over 40 years and we actually go beyond IPATA guidelines because we wish both happy pets AND owners! Our pet shipping business continues to expand and we could only achieve this through happy customers who recommend our services to others.
The good thing about shipping your pet to the USA from the Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country like the UK is that there’s no quarantine requirement provided that your pet has been around the UK for 6 months or more. However, your puppy will need to have documented evidence to be vaccinated against rabies otherwise this may lead to entry delays as you will be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says that you will get your dog vaccinated and then confine them for at the least 30 days after treatment). If you should be importing a puppy that’s too young (usually under 6 months of age) to possess had the rabies vaccination then you will be needing a Confinement Agreement, see: USA CDC Dog Confinement Agreements for more details. Whilst the CDC (US authority on pet imports) doesn’t require your puppy to really have a certificate of overall health MOST AIRLINES DO REQUIRE THIS before they’ll alow your pet to board an aircraft.
Generally, all dogs must be imported or exported through one of the
Leaving the UK
Taking your pet out of the UK for a holiday or more permanent move can require a good deal of planning and research. By using Airpets you can leave us to do the hard work, letting you concentrate on your own travel arrangements.
Airpets are the absolute most experienced pet relocation company in the UK, having completed thousands of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you’ll need assistance with all aspects of your pet relocation, or simply just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to help and offer these:
Expert assistance with all relevant veterinary & documentation requirements
Reliable, DEFRA licenced assortment of your pet from anywhere in the UK
Booking of the most direct, time efficient flight for the pet
Comprehensive ‘Door-to-door’pet relocation to destinations across the planet
Way to obtain IATA approved sky kennels
Delivery at destination via our worldwide network of established partner agents
Our prime location is important to minimising the time pets spend in their Sky Kennels, allowing us to exercise each and every one before its flight & making the journey as short and stress-free as possible.
Boarding & Quarantine
Located only 5 minutes from London’s Heathrow airport, we offer excellent on-site boarding kennels as well as luxury boarding catteries.
Whether your pet is sticking with us whilst you’re away on vacation, ahead of shipment abroad or in quarantine, they will be pampered by our experienced & caring kennel staff. All our staff have undergone our own in-house kennel care and animal well-being training, and have your pets comfort and health as a number 1 priority.
All dogs are exercised daily in individual runs or in our secure paddock
All kennels have heated passage ways or individual heaters
All pets are fed a well-balanced & nutritious diet
Our vets come in attendance each day
We also provide a full pet grooming service
The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)
PETS is designed to halt the spread of rabies and other diseases while still allowing pets to travel.
Northern Ireland has been without any rabies for quite some time, but in various other countries there’s still a danger of the condition to mammals. The biggest risk for rabies entering here could be through an infected animal smuggled in illegally.
All rabies-susceptible animals entering the UK are normally required to invest four months in quarantine, unless they arrive under and meet all of the conditions of PETS.
All pet dogs (including assistance dogs), cats and ferrets can enter or re-enter the UK without quarantine under PETS provided they meet the guidelines of the scheme, which differ with respect to the country the pet is travelling from.
They might then manage to get early release if they may be shown to generally meet the mandatory pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most elements of Europe and many non-European destinations.
There’s no getting around it – taking your pet travelling by air outside the UK, whether on a short holiday or more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and may be complicated.
There are a host of regulations which have to be followed, both country and airline specific, and they very often change.
Generally, the farther away or more exotic your destination, the more work is necessary to meet import regulations, veterinary requirements and to navigate through the area rules.
Our job at Pets by Plane is to assist you find the correct flights (many airlines won’t carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the guidelines and regulations, advise on the best travel kennel and make sure that your pet can travel comfortably, securely and as economically as possible.
With over 25 year’s experience in transporting animals around the globe, we’ll ensure everything is as stress free as possible and we will make the calm well-being, comfort and safety of one’s pet our top priority. We take our motto of’We care in the air’extremely seriously and pride ourselves on giving a passionate, efficient and caring service.
Banned Breeds of Dogs
The next breeds or their mixes are not permitted to enter or transit the UK: Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa Inu or American Staffordshire Pit Bull Terrier. Also some forms of American Bulldogs have now been found to be Pit Bulls. It’s illegal to enter or transit the UK with any of these breeds or their mixes.
Dogs can only be looked at for exemption from UK Dangerous Dog Laws through the courts. Pet owners cannot apply fo exemption when importing their dogs.Only dogs which are time for the UK after being positioned on the exemption list can enter.
Please observe that the ban also applies to dogs that spend amount of time in Great Britain during transit to other countries.
If you have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, you then must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency when you travel.
Arrival into the UK
Are you looking for help with bringing your pets to the UK?
Airpets offer customs clearance for pet dogs and cats under the Pet Travel Scheme into the UK from 3rd countries (outside the EU). We have professional knowledge and facilities to make the entire pet import process easy and stress-free for both you and your pet. All you need to do is complete our customs clearance quote application form.
The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) allows pet dogs, cats and ferrets to enter the UK without quarantine provided that they conform to the regulations. Additionally, it allows pet owners in the UK to take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other European countries and then return with them without dependence on quarantine. All relevant documents and information may be down loaded from this page and all latest information on the scheme may be on the official DEFRA internet site.
For dogs, cats and ferrets entering the UK from any European or “listed” third country the key differences are that the current requirement to carry out a rabies blood test followed by a four-month wait before entry into the UK will no longer be required. For a pet import under the EU Pet Passport Scheme quote – Please click here
Dogs, cats and pet ferrets entering the UK from an EU or ‘listed’third country from 1st January 2012 must: have the next completed in this exact order:
Vaccinated against rabies
Have waited 21 days after vaccination before entering the UK
Hold an EU Pet Passport or EU Veterinary Certificate (Annex 2)
Tapeworm Treatment(dogs only): before entering the UK, all pet dogs (including assistance dogs) must be treated for tapeworm. The procedure must be administered by way of a vet not significantly less than 24 hours and less than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival time in the UK. There’s no mandatory requirement for tick treatment. No treatment is needed for dogs entering the UK from Finland, Ireland or Malta).
Pets entering from a non listed third country must pass a blood test 30 days after vaccination followed by way of a 3 month wait.
In order to avoid confusion we have prepared check lists for you to print out and try your vet.
Click here for EU and listed countries check list
Click here for unlisted countries check list
All latest information could be found on the official DEFRA web site
As soon as your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK beneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is to:
Provide a pre check of documentation just before leaving country of origin
Monitor pets once loaded onto the aircraft with this tracking system software
Collect your pet promptly from the state animal quarantine station at Heathrow then make the 5 minute journey to the kennels and cattery at Heathrow.
From there you may:
Collect your pet whenever you want or any day to accommodate during our opening hours.
Take your dog for a walk inside our field
Arrange your dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in working with all aspects of pet imports and our speciality is ensuring that all documentation is correct before leaving the country of origin! The main cause for concern with Pet Travel Scheme imports is incorrect documentation on arrival. Pre checking documentation is really a unique service to Airpets and is well worth the additional time taken to be able to avoid delays at customs. We’re conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
Exporting Pets Living in the United Kingdom
All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving the UK should be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving the country. It’s also advisable to ask your veterinarian for an EU Pet Passport if you would like to go back to the UK.
If you are likely to take your pet on a trip to a country with a high incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test when you leave the country if you want to come back to the EU. You do not have to hold back 90 days before traveling if your pet posseses an EU pet passport and its vaccination and blood test were done in the EU and recorded in the pet passport.
You don’t have to attend 3 months if your pet posseses an EU pet passport and its vaccination and blood test were done in the EU and recorded in the pet passport.
Export certificates are expected for exporting unaccompanied dogs and cats to the following countries: Anguilla, Antigua/Barbuda, Argentina, Ascension Island, Australia, the Bahamas, Bahrian, Bangladesh (GB only), Bermuda, Bolivia, Boznia Herzogovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus (northern), Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Falkand Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Gambia (dogs only), Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Guyana, Hawaii, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libia, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia (peninsula), Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Soloman Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Kitts and Nevis, St Helena, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga (dogs only), Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks & Caicos, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzebekistan (dogs only), Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wallace and Futuna Islands, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Pet Travel Scheme is just a UK Government scheme that enables pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending time in quarantine.
To be able to comply with these rules you should do the next (In Order).
Check the principles applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk site and make your plans accordingly.
Have your animal fitted with a microchip.
Have your pet vaccinated against rabies.
For qualifying countries, after an amount of 21 days following your pet’s vaccination, your pet may then travel to the UK.
If you have any evidence your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from a vet stating that the pet has been examined and what the findings were), then this will be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days ahead of the date of departure your pet (this does not apply to cats or ferrets) must be treated against tapeworm. You’ll want this treatment completed with a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to the effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please remember that you can find different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can simply be identified (because thet have been fitted with a pet passport microchip) then importation is going to be much easier. Always try and travel together with your pet so that you are on hand to answer any questions as they arise.
You will find other considerations you will need to consider before bringing your pet back to the U.K. as an example the route that the pet travels should be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you use must certanly be an authorized carrier and the country that you will be flying from needs to be a qualifying country.
Cat Export West Drayton
Dog Export West Ealing
The above mentioned information should only be used as a guide, because the regulations are constantly changing. A complete set of regulations are available using the link below to the DEFRA website.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must certanly be microchipped just before international travel, so ensuring this is done will be the first faltering step in preparing your pets for travel. One other veterinary requirements vary immensely between every country, so please check the relevant page on our website or contact us for more in-depth information.
Most owners are extremely anxious about sending their pets on a journey, and that is, of course, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly each year around the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the same as a human of the equivalent health status. The scare-mongering articles which can be found on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel almost always occur once the rules for airline travel are flouted, such as for instance animals being cramped into inappropriately sized travel kennels and not given the rigorous medical examinations that are required just before airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals could not be permitted to depart from any UK Airport in a unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets should not happen to be arrive at any destination over a week-end or Bank Holiday because at most airports abroad you will find no cargo handling arrangements during these days and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to arrive at weekends it usually incurs an additional fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, therefore it is always far better send for a weekday arrival. You can find exceptions to the so please contact our office to learn more if this really is something you require.
When taking your pet to a foreign country, please ensure they are only given water that is safe for humans to drink, we would strongly advise bottled water if you are in virtually any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals won’t have the natural immunity of native pets in your new country, so it’s imperative they are quite well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the risk of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It is also advisable to make sure that their routine vaccinations are up to date because it is prudent to provide them just as much disease immunity as possible.
Pets tend to be more adaptable than they’re often given credit for, and with some common-sense precautions regarding changes in climate, natural dangers, standard of veterinary care and relevant laws in your brand-new country, there’s no reason pets cannot settle well into your brand-new life abroad together.