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 very anxious about sending their pets on a flight, and that is, needless to say, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly annually throughout the world and the risks of airline travel for them are exactly the same as a human of the same health status. The scare-mongering articles that may be found on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel more often than not occur once the rules for airline travel are flouted, such as for example 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 would not be allowed to depart from any UK Airport in a unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets shouldn’t travel to arrive at any destination over a weekend or Bank Holiday because for the most part airports abroad there are no cargo handling arrangements during these days and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they are allowed to arrive at weekends it usually incurs one more 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 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’s safe for humans to drink, we would strongly advise bottled water if you should be in virtually any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals will not have the natural immunity of native pets in your new country, so it’s imperative they are very 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 all of their routine vaccinations are current because it is prudent to give 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 is no reason pets cannot settle well into your new life abroad together.
Banned Breeds of Dogs
These 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 been found to be Pit Bulls. It is illegal to enter or transit the UK with any of these breeds or their mixes.
Dogs can only be viewed for exemption from UK Dangerous Dog Laws through the courts. Pet owners cannot apply fo exemption when importing their dogs.Only dogs which can be time for the UK after being positioned on the exemption list can enter.
Please remember that the ban also pertains to dogs that spend 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.
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 probably 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 assistance with all facets 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 assortment of your pet from anywhere in the UK
Booking of the most direct, time efficient flight for your 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 essential to minimising the full time pets spend inside their Sky Kennels, allowing us to exercise each and everyone 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, 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 one priority.
All dogs are exercised daily in individual runs or inside 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
General Information About Exporting Pets
Whenever you request a pet export quotation we quote for all costs to move your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you are delivering your pet to your premises near Heathrow it must arrive a minimum of five hours prior to the flight. Collections from you (if required) will undoubtedly 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 unable to pay them on your own behalf, so these charges are not contained in the quote (but we shall advise you of this).
Prices 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 event 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 certanly be shipped in containers developed to IATA specifications which are the correct size for them i.e. they have to be big enough for the animal to remain true without touching the top of the box, take a nap comfortably and manage to turn round within the box. There should also be a fixed water container inside the container with a means of filling it from the surface (funnel).
In case you wish to utilise our services we will have to have written confirmation with payment the moment possible and at the very least 28 days beforehand. We will even demand a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the country of destination (the airline should ring beforehand to confirm acceptance).
You might be in a position 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 may be restrictions such as 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 while the move be particularly difficult then we are able to provide cargo option as well as other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With home elevators the measurements of the animal(s) we can build transit kennels to fit. Kennels could be either picked up from us or delivered to any U.K. Airport to coincide together with your register time or be delivered to your home.
Whatever the mode of travel, pets should go into the cargo your hands on the aircraft. That is heated and pressurised to the exact same extent because the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded into the hold approximately half an hour before departure (however the airline requires that they are delivered in their mind 4 hours before 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 at which point the animals could be collected and taken home.
The first faltering step to ready your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to have your pet microchipped by having an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet currently includes a microchip that’s not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, then you definitely have 3 choices:
You would bring your own microchip scanner.
You are able to contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you will enter the UK and inquire concerning whether they have scanners that could read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can 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 handed ahead of July 3, 2011, is clearly visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies following the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets should have proof of a current rabies vaccination administered after a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The initial rabies vaccination after 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, another vaccination becomes the principal vaccination and additionally, it must certanly be a 12 months vaccine.
All vaccinations which can be 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 be administered no prior to 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There’s no waiting period after booster vaccinations so long as:
the last vaccination was administered following a microchip was implanted AND
the previous 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 a booster, much less a principal vaccination. You can 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 updated, and one other entry requirements are met.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from a high-rabies country, it must await no less than 30 days after vaccination before getting a rabies titer test (see step #3).
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 level of experience which we can call upon once we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an comprehensive (and current) knowledge of the different rules that apply to the import of animals for a given country.
If you are emigrating or moving abroad for a time period and desire to take your pet dog, or dogs with you then if you plan ahead, it will be a fairly easy process with minimal level of stress for you and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting all of the relevant vaccinations and any other veterinary treatments out just how early which means that your pets won’t be suffering unwanted effects if they travel. It’s also advisable to obtain all documentation completed and all set to go with sufficient time to spare before your departure date.
Passportforpets.co.uk is just a division of Airsupply Shipping located near London’s Heathrow Airport. We offer a selection of dog shipping services that will add a “door to door” collection and delivery in the event that you so wish. Our pricing is open and transparent with no hidden fees and we are pleased to provide any help and support you may require to really get your pet safely to your new home.
Dog Export Ripley
Dog Export Rose Hill
Pet Export Rickmansworth
Dog Export Ridgway
Dog Export Roehampton
This site provides a wealth of information regarding the import requirements of numerous countries associated with the import of dogs if your destination isn’t listed beneath 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 amount towards the top with this page.
The Pet Travel Scheme is just a UK Government scheme that enables 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 need to do the next (In Order).
Check the principles applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk web 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 go the UK.
When you have any evidence that 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 might be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days prior to the date of departure your pet (this doesn’t affect 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 be aware that you can find different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can certainly be identified (because thet have now been fitted with a dog 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 while they arise.
There are other considerations you should take into account before bringing your pet back into the U.K. as an example the route that the pet travels must be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you use must be an authorized carrier and the nation that you’re flying from needs to become a qualifying country.
Pet Export Cores End
Cat Export Cookham Rise
Cat Export Cowley
Pet Export Cowley Peachy
Dog Export Cottenham Park
Pet Export Cox Green
Pet Export Cooper's Hill
Dog Export Copse Hill
Cat Export Coombe
Dog Export Cookham
The above mentioned information should only be properly used as helpful information, since the regulations are constantly changing. A full set of regulations are available using the link below to the DEFRA website.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must certanly be housed within an IATA approved kennel which will be ideal for the size of the dog being transported. Food and water must be within the kennel for long journeys and some airlines do exercise any dogs being shipped in the hold on significant stop-overs but for security reasons, this is not a thing that you (if you’re travelling on the same aircraft) could be allowed to complete yourself.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your puppy to USA by having an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as for example Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You realize your pet relies on you to really make the best decisions about their welfare and we follow the strict operating code laid down by IPATA. These rules are designed to ensure that your pet is not unduly stressed by the travel and which they get to the US in good condition. However, we’ve been shipping dogs to the USA for over 40 years and we actually exceed 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 news about shipping your puppy to the USA from a Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country like the UK is that there is no quarantine requirement provided that your dog has been around the UK for 6 months or more. However, your dog will need to have documented evidence of being vaccinated against rabies otherwise this can cause entry delays when you is going to be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says you will get your puppy 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 own had the rabies vaccination you then will be needing a Confinement Agreement, see: USA CDC Dog Confinement Agreements for more details. Whilst the CDC (US authority on pet imports) does not require your dog to really have a certificate of general health MOST AIRLINES DO REQUIRE THIS before they’ll alow your pet to board an aircraft.
Generally, all dogs must certanly be imported or exported through one of many
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 can be complicated.
There are a host of regulations which must be followed, both country and airline specific, and they quite often change.
In general, the farther away or maybe more exotic your destination, the more work is needed 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 correct flights (many airlines won’t carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the rules 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 world, we’ll ensure everything is really as stress free as you possibly 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 separate, efficient and caring service.
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. It’s also wise to ask your veterinarian for an EU Pet Passport if you intend to go back to the UK.
If you should be likely to take your pet on a holiday 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 go back to the EU. You do not have to hold back 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 don’t 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 your pet passport.
Export certificates are needed 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.
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 conform to the regulations. In addition it allows pet owners in the UK to take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other European countries and then return together without requirement for quarantine. All relevant documents and information could be down loaded from this site and all latest information on the scheme may be located 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 these 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 a vet not 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 with 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 may be found on the official DEFRA web page
As soon as your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK beneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role would be 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 your kennels and cattery at Heathrow.
From there you could:
Collect your pet whenever you want or any day to match during our opening hours.
Take your pet for a walk within our field
Arrange a dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in dealing with all aspects of pet imports and our speciality is ensuring that all documentation is correct before leaving the nation of origin! The main cause 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 additional time taken to be able to avoid delays at customs. We’re conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
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 many years, in some other countries there’s still a risk of the disease to mammals. The largest risk for rabies entering here would be via an infected animal smuggled in illegally.
All rabies-susceptible animals entering the UK are normally required to pay 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 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 can be shown to generally meet the necessary pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most parts of Europe and many non-European destinations.
Taking your pet in your flight
Pets can travel of all scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to virtually every area of the world so generally, your pet should manage to travel on a single flight as yourself if this really is what you will like. A lot of the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and you can find few points that should be considered with this sort of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive to the cargo or freight area of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t be in two places at the same time! If you’re held up attending to your own customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left awaiting longer than essential to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing in mind 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 extremely tough to move, especially if you have all your personal luggage to cope with too.
Lastly, you’ll have no usage of your pet from the full 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 won’t be able to see your pets before they’re taken for their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet to visit on the same flight as yourself, we’ll work together with you to support this whenever possible.
We are happy to meet up 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 each of Veterinary paperwork to be certain they’re appropriate for travel and whilst we will always ask you to check and double check how big your pet and travel kennel in advance, 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 typical reason behind these eleventh hour 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 have with such issues, we shall sometimes ask you often if you should be sure in regards to 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 which have previously travelled into the UK in a specific size kennel may not be able to travel back out in the exact same kennel as a result of stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are between the strictest on the planet for animal welfare, and and so the message here is that if you should be unsure please say so as we will then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not really a sufficient fit.