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 so long as they adhere 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 using them without need for quarantine. All relevant documents and information could be down loaded from this site and all latest info on the scheme can be on the official DEFRA web page.
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) should be treated for tapeworm. The treatment must be administered by a vet not 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 with a 3 month wait.
In order to avoid confusion we’ve prepared check lists for you yourself to print out and take to 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
Whenever your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is always to:
Offer a pre check of documentation ahead of 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 the kennels and cattery at Heathrow.
From there you could:
Collect your pet at any time or any day to accommodate during our opening hours.
Take your dog for a walk inside our field
Arrange a 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 all documentation is correct before leaving the united states of origin! The main reason for concern with Pet Travel Scheme imports is incorrect documentation on arrival. Pre checking documentation is a unique service to Airpets and is worth the extra time taken in order to avoid delays at customs. We are conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
The first faltering step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to possess your pet microchipped by having an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet currently features a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, then you definitely have 3 choices:
You can bring your own microchip scanner.
You can contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you’ll enter the UK and inquire as to 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 satisfactory form 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 will need to have proof a current rabies vaccination administered following a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The initial rabies vaccination following the microchip is implanted is known as the primary vaccination and it should be a 12 months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, another vaccination becomes the principal vaccination and it also must be a twelve months vaccine.
All vaccinations that are administered after the primary 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 principal rabies vaccination should be administered no earlier than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There is no waiting period after booster vaccinations provided that:
the previous vaccination was administered after having a microchip was implanted AND
the previous 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 should only be administered as an enhancement, much less a primary 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 wait for at the least 30 days after vaccination before getting a rabies titer test (see step #3).
There’s no making your way around it – taking your pet travelling by air outside the UK, whether on a short holiday or maybe 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 very often change.
Generally, the farther away or 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 won’t carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the principles and regulations, advise on the best travel kennel and be sure that your pet can travel comfortably, securely and as economically as possible.
With over 25 year’s experience in transporting animals all over the world, we’ll ensure everything can be as stress free as you are able to and we can 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.
The Pet Travel Scheme is just 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 need to do these (In Order).
Check the guidelines applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk website 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 a vet stating that the pet has been examined and what the findings were), then this might be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days ahead of the date of departure your dog (this does not affect cats or ferrets) must certanly 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 know 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 puppy passport microchip) then importation is going to be much easier. Always try and travel with your pet so that you are on hand to answer any questions because they arise.
You will find other considerations you will have to take into consideration before bringing your pet back to the U.K. for instance the route that the pet travels must certanly be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you employ should be an authorized carrier and the nation that you’re flying from needs to be always a qualifying country.
Cat Export Bourne End
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The aforementioned information should only be utilized as helpful information, as the regulations are constantly changing. A full list of regulations are available by using the link below to the DEFRA website.
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 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 that are returning to 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.
When you have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, then you definitely must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency when you travel.
Exporting Pets Living in the United Kingdom
All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving the UK must 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 return to the UK.
If you’re 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 united states if you would like to return to the EU. You do not have to attend 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.
You do not 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 your 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.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must be housed in an IATA approved kennel that is suited to how big is the dog being transported. Food and water must be included 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 something that you (if you’re travelling on a single aircraft) will be allowed to accomplish yourself.
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 a result have a vast quantity of experience which we are able to call upon once we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an comprehensive (and current) familiarity with the different rules that connect with the import of animals for a given country.
If you’re emigrating or moving abroad for a time period and wish to take your pet dog, or dogs with afterward you if you plan ahead, it will be a easier than you think process with minimal number of stress for you and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting most of the relevant vaccinations and some other veterinary treatments out just how early meaning that your pets will not be suffering negative effects once they travel. It is also a good idea to have all documentation completed and ready to go with plenty of 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 can add a “door to door” collection and delivery if you so wish. Our pricing is open and transparent without any hidden fees and we will be pleased to offer any help and support you may require to get your pet safely to your home.
Cat Export Windsor
Dog Export Windlesham
This amazing site provides a success of details about the import requirements of various countries relating to the import of dogs if a destination is not listed underneath 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 amount at the top of the page.
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’ll need assistance with all areas of your pet relocation, or simply just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to greatly 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 most direct, time efficient flight for your pet
Comprehensive ‘Door-to-door’pet relocation to destinations across the globe
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 enough time pets spend inside 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 christmas, prior to shipment abroad or in quarantine, they’ll 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 every single 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 several 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 at least five hours ahead of the flight. Collections from you (if required) will undoubtedly be by arrangement, usually on your day before departure.
Pet-Export-Kingston Upon Thames
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 unable to pay them on your own behalf, so these charges aren’t 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 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 almost any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals should be shipped in containers built to IATA specifications which are the correct size for them i.e. they must be large enough for the animal to stand up without touching the top of the box, lie down comfortably and manage 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 surface (funnel).
Should you need to utilise our services we would have to have written confirmation with payment as soon as possible and at least 28 days beforehand. We will even require a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the united states of destination (the airline will need to ring beforehand to confirm acceptance).
Perhaps you are 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 note that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there may be restrictions such as for example standby status with respect to the airline and the route). However should the animal(s) be a particularly large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at once whilst the move be particularly difficult then we can provide the cargo option along with other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
Cat-Export-Kingston Upon Thames
With informative data on the measurements of the animal(s) we are able to build transit kennels to fit. Kennels can be either acquired from us or sent to any U.K. Airport to coincide with your sign in time or be sent to your home.
Long lasting mode of travel, pets should go to the cargo hold of the aircraft. This really is heated and pressurised to exactly the same extent since the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded to the hold approximately around 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires that they are delivered in their mind 4 hours ahead of the flight) and are unloaded at another end usually within around 30 minutes of the plane landing. After the documents are available the animals could be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator of which point the animals may be collected and taken home.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats should be microchipped ahead of international travel, so ensuring this is completed can be the first faltering step in preparing your pets for travel. The 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, obviously, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly annually throughout the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the identical as an individual of the equivalent 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 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 allowed to depart from any UK Airport in an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets should not happen to be arrive at any destination over a weekend or Bank Holiday because at most airports abroad you can find no cargo handling arrangements during today and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to arrive at weekends it always incurs yet another fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it is always far better send for a weekday arrival. There are exceptions to this 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 is safe for humans to drink, we would strongly advise bottled water if you should be in just about any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals won’t have the natural immunity of native pets in your new country, so it is imperative they’re quite well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the danger of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can be advisable to make sure that their routine vaccinations are up to date because it’s prudent to offer them the maximum amount of disease immunity as possible.
Pets are 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 new country, there is no reasons why pets cannot settle well into your life abroad together.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your dog to USA having an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as for instance Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You realize your dog utilizes you to really make the best decisions about their welfare and we follow the strict operating code laid down by IPATA. These rules are made to ensure your dog is not unduly stressed by the travel and that they get to the US in good condition. However, we’ve 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.
What’s promising about shipping your puppy to the USA from the Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country just like the UK is that there is no quarantine requirement provided that your puppy has been in the UK for 6 months or more. However, your pet must have documented evidence to be vaccinated against rabies otherwise this can result in entry delays since 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 at the least 30 days after treatment). If you are importing a puppy that’s too young (usually under 6 months of age) to possess 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 truly have a certificate of general health MOST AIRLINES DO REQUIRE THIS before they’ll alow your pet to board an aircraft.
Generally, all dogs should be imported or exported through one of the
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 is still a threat of the illness to mammals. The largest risk for rabies entering here could 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 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 with regards to 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 on your flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to almost every area of the world so in most cases, your pet should be able to travel for a passing fancy flight as yourself if this is what you will like. All of the ‘low-cost’airlines do not carry pets however, and there are few points that is highly recommended with this type of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive in to the cargo or freight section of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t maintain two places at the same time! If you’re held up attending to your personal customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left looking forward to more than necessary to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing in your mind that many airports need you to take your pets travel kennel away with you. In the case of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove extremely tough to transport, particularly if you have all your own luggage to deal with too.
Lastly, you’ll not have any use of your pet from enough time they’re checked in at the departure airport before you collect them at the destination airport, and for some countries such as Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you will not have the ability 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 come together with you to support this whenever possible.
We’re happy to meet up clients who are travelling for a passing fancy aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the 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 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 afternoon of travel with this sort of shipment. The single most common basis for 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’ve with these kind of issues, we shall sometimes ask you many times if you should be sure about 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 into the UK in a certain size kennel may not have the ability 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 in the world for animal welfare, and so the message here’s that if you are unsure please say so even as we may then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not just a good enough fit.