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 thousands of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you’ll need help with all areas 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 most direct, time efficient flight for the pet
Comprehensive ‘Door-to-door’pet relocation to destinations across the globe
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 within 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 staying with us whilst you’re away on christmas, 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 every day
We also give you a full pet grooming service
Taking your pet on your flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to virtually 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 should like. Most of the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and you can find few points that should be considered with this type of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive in to the cargo or freight part of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t take two places simultaneously! If you’re held up attending to your own customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left awaiting longer than necessary to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing in your mind that many airports require you to take your pets travel kennel away with you. In the case of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove very hard to transport, particularly if you have all your personal luggage to cope with too.
Lastly, you will not have any access to your pet from the 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 example 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 to visit on a single flight as yourself, we’ll interact with you to accommodate this whenever possible.
We are happy to meet up clients that are travelling on a single aircraft as their pets at the London airports on your day of shipment. We’d require seeing copies all of Veterinary paperwork to be sure they’re appropriate for travel and whilst we will always ask you to check on and double check how big is your pet and travel kennel beforehand, we unfortunately cannot accept any responsibility for last-minute delays or problems occurred on the day of travel with this type of shipment. The single most common reason behind these eleventh hour 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 kind of issues, we shall sometimes ask you often if you should be sure concerning the size as a wriggly dog is not quite an easy task to measure and we can 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 specific size kennel may not have the ability to travel back out in the exact same kennel because of the stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are between the strictest in the world for animal welfare, and and so the message here’s that if you are uncertain please say so as we can then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not just a good enough fit.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must be housed within an IATA approved kennel which can be ideal for how big is the dog being transported. Food and water should also be contained in the kennel for long journeys and some airlines do exercise any dogs being shipped in the hang on significant stop-overs but also for security reasons, this is not a thing that you (if you’re travelling on a single aircraft) could be allowed to complete yourself.
The first step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to possess your pet microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet currently has a microchip that’s not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, then you have 3 choices:
You brings your own microchip scanner.
You are able to contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you’ll enter the UK and inquire regarding whether they’ve scanners that will read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The amount and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is a suitable kind of identification so long as it was given ahead of July 3, 2011, is obviously visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets should have proof of a current rabies vaccination administered after having a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The first rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted is called the primary vaccination and it must certanly be a one year vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the following vaccination becomes the principal vaccination and additionally, it should be a one year vaccine.
All vaccinations which can be administered after the principal vaccination are called booster vaccinations.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from a rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), the primary rabies vaccination must certanly be administered no prior to 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There is no waiting period after booster vaccinations so long as:
the previous vaccination was administered after a microchip was implanted AND
the prior vaccination had not expired once 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, much less a principal vaccination. You are able to confer with your veterinarian about this.
Once your pet has entered the United Kingdom, a 21 day waiting period is not necessary for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept updated, and one other entry requirements are met.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from the high-rabies country, it must watch for no less than 30 days after vaccination before receiving a rabies titer test (see step #3).
Banned Breeds of Dogs
The following 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 types of American Bulldogs have 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 looked at for exemption from UK Dangerous Dog Laws through the courts. Pet owners cannot apply fo exemption when importing their dogs.Only dogs that are time for the UK after being added to the exemption list can enter.
Please note that the ban also applies to dogs that spend amount of time in Great Britain during transit to other countries.
When you have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, you then must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency before you travel.
Exporting Pets Living in the United Kingdom
All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving the UK must certanly 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 would like to go back to the UK.
If you should be planning 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 country if you would like to come back to the EU. There isn’t to wait 90 days before traveling if your pet comes with an EU pet passport and its vaccination and blood test were done in the EU and recorded in your pet passport.
You do not have to attend 3 months 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.
Export certificates are required for exporting unaccompanied dogs and cats to these 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.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must certanly be microchipped prior to international travel, so ensuring this is performed can be the first 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 journey, and that is, obviously, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly every year across the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the same as an individual of the same 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 when the rules for airline travel are flouted, such as animals being cramped into inappropriately sized travel kennels and not given the rigorous medical examinations that are required prior to 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 an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets should not go arrive at any destination over a week-end or Bank Holiday because at most airports abroad you will find no cargo handling arrangements during today and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to arrive at weekends it usually incurs yet another fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it is always best to send for a weekday arrival. You will find exceptions to the so please contact our office for more information if this 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’re in just about any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals will not have the natural immunity of native pets in your brand-new country, so it is imperative they are extremely well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the danger of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can be advisable to ensure all of their routine vaccinations are up to date because it’s prudent to provide them just as much disease immunity as possible.
Pets are 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 country, there is no reason pets cannot settle well into your brand-new life abroad together.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your dog to USA with an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as for example Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You understand your puppy depends 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 is not unduly stressed by the travel and that they arrive in the US in good condition. However, we’ve 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 could only achieve this through happy customers who recommend our services to others.
The good news about shipping your puppy to the USA from a Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country such as the UK is that there is no quarantine requirement as long as your pet has been doing the UK for 6 months or more. However, your pet must have documented evidence to be vaccinated against rabies otherwise this may lead to entry delays because you is likely to be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says that you will get your dog vaccinated and then confine them for no less than 30 days after treatment). If you are importing a puppy that’s too young (usually under 6 months of age) to have had the rabies vaccination then you definitely 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 truly have a certificate of overall health MOST AIRLINES DO REQUIRE THIS before they will alow your pet to board an aircraft.
Generally, all dogs must be imported or exported through one of the