General Information About Exporting Pets
When you request a pet export quotation we quote for many costs to transport your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you’re delivering your pet to the premises near Heathrow it must arrive at least five hours ahead of the flight. Collections from you (if required) will soon be by arrangement, usually on the 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 are struggling to pay them on your behalf, so these charges aren’t within the quote (but we will advise you of this).
Prices are determined by 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 on the basis of the measurements given to us. Should these measurements be incorrect we accept no responsibility for any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals must be shipped in containers built to IATA specifications which are the correct size for them i.e. they should be big enough for the animal to operate without touching the the top of box, take a nap comfortably and be able to turn round within the box. There must also be described as a fixed water container inside the container with a means of filling it from the surface (funnel).
In case you desire to utilise our services we will have to have written confirmation with payment as soon as possible and at the least 28 days beforehand. We will even require a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the country of destination (the airline will need to ring beforehand to confirm acceptance).
You may be able to take your pet as excess baggage, which would mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This may also be a cheaper option (please remember that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there could be restrictions such as for example standby status with respect to the airline and the route). However should the animal(s) be a really large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at the same time whilst the move be particularly difficult then we are able to provide the cargo option as well as other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With info on the measurements of the animal(s) we could build transit kennels to fit. Kennels may be either found from us or sent to any U.K. Airport to coincide together with your register time or be delivered to your home.
Regardless of the mode of travel, pets should go to the cargo hold of the aircraft. This is heated and pressurised to the exact same extent because the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded to the hold approximately half an hour before departure (however the airline requires that 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. Once the documents are available the animals may be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator of which point the animals could be collected and taken home.
The Pet Travel Scheme is really a UK Government scheme which allows pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending amount of time in quarantine.
To be able to comply with these rules you will have to do these (In Order).
Check the rules 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 a period of 21 days following your pet’s vaccination, your pet may then travel to the UK.
When you have any evidence that the pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from a vet stating that the pet has recently been 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 affect cats or ferrets) must certanly be treated against tapeworm. You’ll want this treatment completed by a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to this effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please remember that you will find different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can certainly be identified (because thet have already been fitted with a pet passport microchip) then importation will soon be much easier. Always try and travel together with your pet so you are readily available to answer any questions as they arise.
You can find other considerations you will have to consider before bringing your pet back in the U.K. for example the route your pet travels should be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you use must certanly be an authorized carrier and the country that you are flying from needs to be a qualifying country.
Cat Export Rayners Lane
Pet Export Putney
Pet Export Richings Park
Pet Export Raynes Park
Pet Export Richmond
Pet Export Pyrford Green
Pet Export Pyrford
Dog Export Putney Vale
Dog Export Putney Heath
Dog Export Pyle Hill
Pet Export Rickmansworth
Pet Export Pyrford Village
The above information should only be used as a guide, since the regulations are constantly changing. A complete set of regulations can be found using the link below to the DEFRA website.
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 always a host of regulations which must be followed, both country and airline specific, and they frequently change.
Generally speaking, the farther away or even more exotic your destination, the more work is required to meet import regulations, veterinary requirements and to navigate through the local rules.
Our job at Pets by Plane is to assist you find the right flights (many airlines will not carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the principles and regulations, advise on the proper travel kennel and ensure 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 can and we is likely to make the calm well-being, comfort and safety of your 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.
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 need help with all aspects of your pet relocation, or simply just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to simply help and offer these:
Expert assistance with all relevant veterinary & documentation requirements
Reliable, DEFRA licenced number of your pet from anywhere in the UK
Booking of the very direct, time efficient flight for your pet
Comprehensive ‘Door-to-door’pet relocation to destinations across the world
Way to obtain IATA approved sky kennels
Delivery at destination via our worldwide network of established partner agents
Our prime location is essential to minimising the full 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 to us whilst you’re away on vacation, just before 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 one 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 and every day
We also provide a full pet grooming service
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your dog to USA by having an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as for instance Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You know your dog relies on you to help make the best decisions about their welfare and we follow the strict operating code laid down by IPATA. These rules are made to ensure 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 rise above IPATA guidelines because we want both happy pets AND owners! Our pet shipping business continues to expand and we can only achieve this through happy customers who recommend our services to others.
The good news about shipping your dog to the USA from the Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country such as the UK is that there’s no quarantine requirement provided that your puppy 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 cause entry delays when you will soon be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says that you will get your pet vaccinated and then confine them for a minimum of 30 days after treatment). If you should be importing a puppy that is too young (usually under 6 months of age) to own had the rabies vaccination then you definitely will need a Confinement Agreement, see: USA CDC Dog Confinement Agreements for more details. Whilst the CDC (US authority on pet imports) does not require your puppy to truly have a certificate of general health MOST AIRLINES DO REQUIRE THIS before they will alow your pet to board an aircraft.
Generally, all dogs must certanly be imported or exported through one of many
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air should be housed within an IATA approved kennel that will be ideal for how big 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 hold on significant stop-overs but also for security reasons, this is simply not something which you (if you are travelling for a passing fancy aircraft) would be allowed to do yourself.
Taking your pet on your flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to virtually every area of the world so typically, your pet should manage to travel on a single flight as yourself if this really is what you would like. A lot of the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and you will find few points that should be considered with this type of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive to the cargo or freight area of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you cannot be in two places at the same time! If you’re organized attending to your personal customs and visa formalities, your pet might be left awaiting more than essential 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 case of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove extremely tough to transport, especially if you have all your own luggage to manage too.
Lastly, you’ll not have any usage of your pet from the time they’re checked in at the departure airport before you collect them at the destination airport, and for some countries such as for instance Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you won’t be able to see your pets before they’re taken to their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet traveling for a passing fancy flight as yourself, we’ll work together with you to allow for this whenever possible.
We are happy to meet clients who are travelling for a passing fancy 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 acceptable for travel and whilst we will always ask you to check on 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 your day of travel with this sort of shipment. The single most common reason for these last second problems at the airport could be the measurements being incorrect and the travel kennel being refused as too small for the dog. With the years of experience we’ve with such issues, we shall sometimes ask you often times if you are sure about the size as a wriggly dog is not exactly easy to measure and we are able to usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.
Many pets that have previously travelled in to the UK in a certain size kennel may not manage to travel back out in the exact same kennel because of the stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are amongst the strictest on earth for animal welfare, and therefore the message here’s that if you should be unsure please say so once we will then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not a adequate fit.
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 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 with them without importance of quarantine. All relevant documents and information can be down loaded from these pages and all latest home elevators the scheme can be found on the official DEFRA web 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 therapy should be administered with 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 necessary 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 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 site
When your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is to:
Provide a pre check of documentation prior to leaving country of origin
Monitor pets once loaded onto the aircraft with your tracking system software
Collect your pet promptly from the state animal quarantine station at Heathrow then make the 5 minute journey to your kennels and cattery at Heathrow.
From there you might:
Collect your pet whenever you want or any day to suit during our opening hours.
Take your dog for a walk inside our field
Arrange your pet dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in dealing with all facets of pet imports and our speciality is ensuring that all documentation is correct before leaving the country of origin! The key cause for concern with Pet Travel Scheme imports is incorrect documentation on arrival. Pre checking documentation is a unique service to Airpets and is really worth the additional time taken to be able to avoid delays at customs. We’re conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.