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 most experienced pet relocation company in the UK, having completed tens of thousands of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you will need assistance with all areas of your pet relocation, or simply just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to simply help and offer the next:
Expert assistance with all relevant veterinary & documentation requirements
Reliable, DEFRA licenced assortment of your pet from anywhere in the UK
Booking of the very direct, time efficient flight for the pet
Comprehensive ‘Door-to-door’pet relocation to destinations across the planet
Method of getting IATA approved sky kennels
Delivery at destination via our worldwide network of established partner agents
Our prime location is vital to minimising the time pets spend in their Sky Kennels, allowing us to exercise each and everybody 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 holiday, ahead of shipment abroad or in quarantine, they’ll be pampered by our experienced & caring kennel staff. All our staff have undergone our personal 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 within our secure paddock
All kennels have heated passage ways or individual heaters
All pets are fed a well-balanced & nutritious diet
Our vets have been in attendance each day
We also offer a full pet grooming service
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air should be housed within an IATA approved kennel that is suitable for the size of the dog being transported. Food and water should also be within the kennel for long journeys and some airlines do exercise any dogs being shipped in the hang on significant stop-overs but for security reasons, this is simply not a thing that you (if you are travelling for a passing fancy aircraft) would be allowed to complete yourself.
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 as long as they adhere 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 using them without significance of quarantine. All relevant documents and information can be down loaded from this page and all latest informative data on the scheme may be found on the official DEFRA 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 certanly be treated for tapeworm. The procedure must be administered by way of a vet not significantly less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival amount of 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.
To prevent confusion we’ve prepared check lists for you yourself 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 can be found on the official DEFRA website
As soon as your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is to:
Offer a pre check of documentation just before leaving country of origin
Monitor pets once loaded onto the aircraft with your tracking system software
Collect your pet promptly from the official animal quarantine station at Heathrow then make the 5 minute journey to our kennels and cattery at Heathrow.
From there you may:
Collect your pet at any time or any day to match during our opening hours.
Take your dog for a walk in our field
Arrange your dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in coping with all aspects of pet imports and our speciality is ensuring all documentation is correct before leaving the united states of origin! The key reason for concern with Pet Travel Scheme imports is incorrect documentation on arrival. Pre checking documentation is just a unique service to Airpets and is really worth the extra time taken in order to avoid delays at customs. We’re conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats should be microchipped just before international travel, so ensuring this is completed will always be the first faltering step in preparing your pets for travel. Another 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 trip, and that is, obviously, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly each year around the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the exact same as an individual of the same health status. The scare-mongering articles which can be on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel typically occur when 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 which 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 of the airports abroad you will find no cargo handling arrangements during these days and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they are allowed to reach at weekends it always incurs an additional fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it’s always far better send for a weekday arrival. There are exceptions to the so please contact our office for more information if this really is something you require.
When taking your pet to a foreign country, please ensure they are only given water that’s safe for humans to drink, we’d strongly advise bottled water if you are in any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals will not have the natural immunity of native pets in your brand-new country, so it’s imperative they are very well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the chance of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can also be advisable to ensure all their routine vaccinations are up to date because it is prudent to give them just as much disease immunity as possible.
Pets are far more adaptable than they are 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 is no reason why pets cannot settle well into your brand-new life abroad together.
There’s no navigating around it – taking your pet travelling by air outside the UK, whether on a brief holiday or even more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and could be complicated.
There are a host of regulations which have to be followed, both country and airline specific, and they quite often change.
Generally speaking, the farther away or more exotic your destination, the more work is needed to meet import regulations, veterinary requirements and to navigate through the neighborhood rules.
Our job at Pets by Plane is to assist you find the correct flights (many airlines will not 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 you are able to and we could 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 dedicated, efficient and caring service.
Banned Breeds of Dogs
The next breeds or their mixes aren’t permitted to enter or transit the UK: Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa Inu or American Staffordshire Pit Bull Terrier. Also some kinds of American Bulldogs have already been found to be Pit Bulls. It is illegal to enter or transit the UK with some of these breeds or their mixes.
Dogs can just only be considered 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 placed on the exemption list can enter.
Please note that the ban also pertains to dogs that spend amount of time in Great Britain during transit to other countries.
When you yourself have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, then you must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency before you travel.
The first faltering step to ready your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to have your pet microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet currently includes a microchip that’s not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you then have 3 choices:
You brings your own personal microchip scanner.
You are able to contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you will enter the UK and inquire regarding whether they’ve scanners that can read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can nevertheless be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The number and implant dates of both microchips must certanly be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is a suitable type of identification provided that it was given just before July 3, 2011, is actually visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets will need to have proof of a current rabies vaccination administered after a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The initial rabies vaccination following the microchip is implanted is known as the principal vaccination and it must be a 12 months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the following vaccination becomes the primary vaccination and in addition it must be a 12 months vaccine.
All vaccinations that are administered after the principal vaccination are called booster vaccinations.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from the rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), the primary rabies vaccination must certanly be administered no earlier than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There’s no waiting period after booster vaccinations so long as:
the last vaccination was administered after a microchip was implanted AND
the prior vaccination hadn’t expired when the booster was given.
The United Kingdom does honor the 3 year rabies vaccination for dogs, cats and ferrets; however, it will only be administered as an enhancement, not as a main vaccination. You are able to get hold of your veterinarian about this.
Once your pet has entered the United Kingdom, a 21 day waiting period isn’t required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date, and the other entry requirements are met.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from a high-rabies country, it must wait for no less than 30 days after vaccination before getting a rabies titer test (see step #3).
General Information About Exporting Pets
Whenever you request a pet export quotation we quote for all costs to transport your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you’re delivering your pet to our premises near Heathrow it must arrive no less than five hours prior to the flight. Collections from you (if required) is going to be by arrangement, usually on your day before departure.
There may 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 aren’t within the quote (but we shall advise you of this).
Costs are dependent on the size/weight of the animal(s) to be exported, any additional services (such as UK transportation, kenneling, and veterinary certification), flight time and the destination. In the case of dogs, the box size provided is on the basis of the measurements fond of us. Should these measurements be incorrect we accept no responsibility for any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals must certanly be shipped in containers created to IATA specifications which are the proper size for them i.e. they should be large enough for the pet to remain true without touching the the surface of the box, lay down comfortably and be able to turn round within the box. There should also be considered a fixed water container in the container with a means of filling it from the exterior (funnel).
In case you need to utilise our services we would need to have written confirmation with payment when possible and at the very least 28 days beforehand. We will even require a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the united states of destination (the airline should ring beforehand to ensure acceptance).
You may well be in a position to take your pet as excess baggage, which would mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This is sometimes a cheaper option (please observe that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there might be restrictions such as for instance standby status with respect 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 whilst 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 informative data on the measurements of the animal(s) we are able to build transit kennels to fit. Kennels can be either found from us or delivered to any U.K. Airport to coincide with your check in time or be sent to your home.
Regardless of the mode of travel, pets should go in to the cargo hold of the aircraft. This really is heated and pressurised to the same extent while the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded in to the hold approximately 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires they are delivered for them 4 hours prior to the flight) and are unloaded at the other end usually within half an hour of the plane landing. When the documents are available the animals could be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator at which point the animals may be collected and taken home.
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. You should also ask your veterinarian for an EU Pet Passport if you wish to come back to the UK.
If you are likely to take your pet on a journey to a country with a high incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test before you leave the nation if you want to go back to the EU. You do not have to hold back 90 days before traveling if your pet has an EU pet passport and its vaccination and blood test were done in the EU and recorded in the pet passport.
There isn’t to attend 3 months if your pet comes with an EU pet passport and its vaccination and blood test were done in the EU and recorded in the pet passport.
Export certificates are required for exporting unaccompanied dogs and cats to the next 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.
Taking your pet in your flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to almost every the main world so in most cases, your pet should manage to travel for a passing fancy flight as yourself if this is what you would like. All of the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and you will find few points that should be thought about with this type of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive in to the cargo or freight element of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you cannot take two places at the same time! If you’re organized attending to your own customs and visa formalities, your pet might be left waiting for longer than necessary to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing at heart that most airports require you to take your pets travel kennel away with you. In the event of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove very hard to move, especially if you have all your personal luggage to cope with too.
Lastly, you’ll not have any 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 for instance Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you will not manage to see your pets before they’re taken with their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet traveling on the same flight as yourself, we’ll work together with you to allow for this whenever possible.
We’re happy to meet clients who’re travelling on the same aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the day of shipment. We would require seeing copies all of Veterinary paperwork to make sure they’re suitable for travel and whilst we will always ask you to check on and check the size of your pet and travel kennel beforehand, we unfortunately cannot accept any responsibility for last-minute delays or problems occurred on the afternoon of travel with this sort of shipment. The single most typical reason behind these last minute problems at the airport may be 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 if you should be sure concerning the size as a wriggly dog is not quite simple to measure and we can 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 particular size kennel might not manage to travel back out in the 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 not sure please say so as we can then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not really a good enough fit.
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 free of rabies for quite some time, however in some other countries there’s still a danger of the disease to mammals. The largest risk for rabies entering here will be through an infected animal smuggled in illegally.
All rabies-susceptible animals entering the UK are normally required to spend four months in quarantine, unless they arrive under and meet most 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 principles of the scheme, which differ depending on the country your pet is travelling from.
They could then manage to get early release if they could be shown to meet up the mandatory pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most elements of Europe and many non-European destinations.
The Pet Travel Scheme is really a UK Government scheme which allows pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending time in quarantine.
To be able to comply with your rules you will have to do the following (In Order).
Check the rules applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk web page 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.
When you have any evidence your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from the vet stating that your pet has been recently examined and what the findings were), then this will be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days before the date of departure your pet (this does not apply to cats or ferrets) must certanly be treated against tapeworm. You must have this treatment completed by a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to this effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please know that you will find different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can simply be identified (because thet have already been fitted with a pet passport microchip) then importation will undoubtedly be much easier. Always try and travel along with your pet so you are available to answer any questions while they arise.
You will find other considerations you will need to take into consideration before bringing your pet back to the U.K. for example the route that your pet travels must be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you utilize must be an authorized carrier and the country that you’re flying from needs to become a qualifying country.
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The above information should only be properly used as helpful information, as the regulations are constantly changing. The full set of regulations are available using the link below to the DEFRA website.
Shipping Dogs To Australia By Air
We’ve been shipping dogs by air to all or any the major continents for over 40 years and as such have a vast number of experience which we can call upon when we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an in depth (and current) understanding of the different rules that affect the import of animals for confirmed country.
If you’re emigrating or moving abroad for a time frame and desire to take your pet dog, or dogs with you then if you intend ahead, it is a easier than you think process with the smallest amount of quantity of stress for you and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting most of the relevant vaccinations and any other veterinary treatments out just how early meaning that your pets won’t be suffering side effects when they travel. It’s also advisable to have all documentation completed and ready to go with the required 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 range of dog shipping services that may include a “door to door” collection and delivery if you so wish. Our pricing is open and transparent without hidden fees and we will be pleased to supply any help and support you might require to get your pet safely to your new home.
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This website provides a wealth of details about the import requirements of numerous countries concerning the import of dogs but if your destination is not listed beneath the “Destination Requirements” tab (above) then simply contact us by completing the internet quotation form, or our quick enquiry form or you can call us free using the number at the top of this page.