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 generally, your pet should have the ability 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 should be considered with this kind of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive to the cargo or freight portion of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t be in two places simultaneously! If you’re organized attending to your own personal customs and visa formalities, your pet may 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 the event of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove very difficult to move, particularly if you have all your personal luggage to cope with too.
Lastly, you will not have any use of your pet from enough time they’re checked in at the departure airport until you collect them at the destination airport, and for many 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 with their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet to visit for a passing fancy flight as yourself, we’ll interact with you to support this whenever possible.
We are happy to generally meet clients that are travelling for a passing fancy aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the afternoon of shipment. We’d require seeing copies all of Veterinary paperwork to be certain they’re suitable for travel and whilst we shall always ask you to check and check how big 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 type of shipment. The single most frequent reason behind these eleventh hour 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 such issues, we will sometimes ask you many times if you’re sure about the size as a wriggly dog is not exactly simple 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 to the UK in a particular size kennel may not manage to travel back out in exactly the same kennel because of the 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 listed here is that if you are uncertain please say so once we can then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not really a adequate fit.
General Information About Exporting Pets
Once you request a pet export quotation we quote for several 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 at least five hours ahead of the flight. Collections from you (if required) is likely to be by arrangement, usually on the afternoon 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 behalf, so these charges aren’t within the quote (but we shall advise you of this).
Costs are influenced by 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 based on the measurements given to us. Should these measurements be incorrect we accept no responsibility for just about any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals must certanly be shipped in containers built 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 top of the box, lie down comfortably and manage to turn round within the box. There must also be considered a fixed water container inside the container with a method of filling it from the surface (funnel).
Should you wish 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 also need a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the country of destination (the airline will need to ring beforehand to confirm acceptance).
Maybe you are able to take your pet as excess baggage, which may mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This is sometimes a cheaper option (please remember that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there could be restrictions such as standby status with regards 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 once since 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 home elevators the measurements of the animal(s) we are able to build transit kennels to fit. Kennels may be either found from us or delivered to any U.K. Airport to coincide along with your sign in time or be brought to your home.
Whatever the mode of travel, pets should go in to the cargo your hands on the aircraft. That is heated and pressurised to exactly the same extent whilst the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded in to the hold approximately around 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires they are delivered for them 4 hours ahead of the flight) and are unloaded at the other end usually within around 30 minutes of the plane landing. Once the documents are available the animals can be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator of which point the animals can be collected and taken home.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your pet to USA with an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You know 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 were created to make sure that your dog is not unduly stressed by the travel and that they arrive in the US in good condition. However, we have been shipping dogs to the USA for over 40 years and we actually go beyond IPATA guidelines because we would like 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 thing 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 so long as your puppy has been doing the UK for 6 months or more. However, your dog must have documented evidence to be vaccinated against rabies otherwise this can cause entry delays as you will soon be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says you will get your dog vaccinated and then confine them for a minimum of 30 days after treatment). If you’re importing a puppy that is too young (usually under 6 months of age) to own had the rabies vaccination then you definitely will require 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 should be imported or exported through one of many
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 absolute most experienced pet relocation company in the UK, having completed thousands of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you 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 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 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 vital to minimising enough time pets spend in 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 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 in our secure paddock
All kennels have heated passage ways or individual heaters
All pets are fed a well-balanced & nutritious diet
Our vets come in attendance each day
We also offer a full pet grooming service
There’s no getting around it – taking your pet travelling by air away from UK, whether on a brief holiday or more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and could be complicated.
There are certainly a host of regulations which must be followed, both country and airline specific, and they quite often change.
Generally, the farther away or maybe more exotic your destination, the more work is required 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 won’t carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the guidelines and regulations, advise on the right 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 as stress free as you possibly can and we could 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 dedicated, efficient and caring service.
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 types of American Bulldogs have already been found to be Pit Bulls. It’s illegal to enter or transit the UK with any of these breeds or their mixes.
Dogs can only just 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 placed on the exemption list can enter.
Please remember that the ban also applies 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 definitely must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency when you travel.