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 types of American Bulldogs have 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 just only be considered 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 returning to the UK after being placed on the exemption list can enter.
Please observe that the ban also pertains 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.
The first step to ready your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to have your pet microchipped having 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 definitely have 3 choices:
You may bring your own personal microchip scanner.
You are able to contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you will 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 nevertheless 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 as long as it was presented with just before July 3, 2011, is obviously visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies following the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets will need to have proof of a current rabies vaccination administered following a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The first rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted is known as the primary vaccination and it must be a one year vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the next vaccination becomes the principal vaccination and in addition, it must 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 a rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), the principal rabies vaccination must certanly be administered no sooner than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There’s no waiting period after booster vaccinations as long as:
the prior vaccination was administered following a microchip was implanted AND
the prior 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 a booster, never as a primary vaccination. You can confer with your veterinarian about this.
Once your pet has entered the United Kingdom, a 21 day waiting period is not required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept current, and the other entry requirements are met.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from the high-rabies country, it must wait for a minimum of 30 days after vaccination before receiving a rabies titer test (see step #3).
General Information About Exporting Pets
When you request a pet export quotation we quote for all costs to transport your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you should be delivering your pet to your premises near Heathrow it must arrive a minimum of five hours ahead of the flight. Collections from you (if required) is going 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 unable to pay them in your behalf, so these charges are not included in 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 case of dogs, the box size provided is based on 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 must be shipped in containers developed to IATA specifications which are the proper size for them i.e. they must be large enough for the pet to remain true without touching the the top of box, lie down 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 method of filling it from the surface (funnel).
Should you need to utilise our services we would need to have written confirmation with payment as soon as possible and at the least 28 days beforehand. We will even demand a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the united kingdom of destination (the airline will have to ring beforehand to confirm acceptance).
Maybe you are in a position to take your pet as excess baggage, which may mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This might be a cheaper option (please observe that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there could be restrictions such as for instance standby status with respect to the airline and the route). However if the animal(s) be an especially large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at the same time whilst the move be particularly difficult then we could offer the cargo option as well as other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With informative data on the measurements of the animal(s) we can build transit kennels to fit. Kennels may be either found from us or delivered to any U.K. Airport to coincide with your register time or be delivered to your home.
Long lasting mode of travel, pets will go to the cargo your hands on the aircraft. This really is heated and pressurised to the same extent since the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded in to the hold approximately around 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires that they are delivered in their mind 4 hours prior to the flight) and are unloaded at one other end usually within half an hour of the plane landing. When 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 can be collected and taken home.
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 aspects of your pet relocation, or just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to greatly help and offer the following:
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 world
Supply of IATA approved sky kennels
Delivery at destination via our worldwide network of established partner agents
Our prime location is vital to minimising the 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 sticking with us whilst you’re away on holiday, 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 inside 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 provide a full pet grooming service
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air should be housed in an IATA approved kennel that is suitable for how big canine 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 hold on tight significant stop-overs however for security reasons, this isn’t something that you (if you are travelling on the same aircraft) will be allowed to accomplish yourself.
The Pet Travel Scheme is just a UK Government scheme that allows pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending amount of time in quarantine.
In order to comply with your rules you will have to do the following (In Order).
Check the principles 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 happen to be the UK.
If you have any evidence your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from a vet stating your pet has been examined and what the findings were), then this may be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days ahead of the date of departure your pet (this doesn’t affect cats or ferrets) should be treated against tapeworm. You’ll want this treatment completed by way of 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 quickly be identified (because thet have been fitted with a pet passport microchip) then importation is likely to be much easier. Always try and travel with your pet so that you are readily available to answer any questions because they arise.
You will find other considerations you will need to consider before bringing your pet back into the U.K. for instance the route your pet travels must certanly be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you use must be an approved carrier and the country that you’re flying from needs to become a qualifying country.
Dog Export Newyears Green
Dog Export North Ascot
Cat Export Mount Hermon
Cat Export North Feltham
Cat Export Mount Pleasant
Cat Export New Malden
Cat Export Newell Green
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Dog Export New Haw
Pet Export Norbiton
Dog Export North Harrow
Dog Export North Hillingdon
Pet Export North Acton
The above mentioned information should only be used as helpful information, since the regulations are constantly changing. A full list of regulations can be found by using the link below to the DEFRA website.
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 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 significance of quarantine. All relevant documents and information may be down loaded from this site and all latest home elevators 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 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 with a vet not significantly less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival time in the UK. There is no mandatory requirement for tick treatment. No treatment is needed for dogs entering the UK from Finland, Ireland or Malta).
Pets entering from the non listed third country must pass a blood test 30 days after vaccination followed by way of a 3 month wait.
To avoid confusion we’ve prepared check lists for you really 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 could be on the official DEFRA web page
When your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is to:
Offer a pre check of documentation ahead of leaving country of origin
Monitor pets once loaded onto the aircraft with our tracking system software
Collect your pet promptly from the official 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 match during our opening hours.
Take your dog for a walk in our field
Arrange your dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in coping with all aspects of pet imports and our speciality is ensuring that all documentation is correct before leaving the country of origin! The key reason for concern with Pet Travel Scheme imports is incorrect documentation on arrival. Pre checking documentation is just a unique service to Airpets and is well worth the excess time taken to be able to avoid delays at customs. We’re conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must certanly be microchipped ahead of international travel, so ensuring this is done 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 very anxious about sending their pets on a flight, and this is, obviously, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly each year throughout the world and the risks of airline travel for them are a similar as an individual of the equivalent health status. The scare-mongering articles that can 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 can be required ahead of airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals could not be allowed to depart from any UK Airport within an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets shouldn’t go arrive at any destination over a week-end 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’s always best to send for a weekday arrival. There are exceptions to the 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’re only given water that is safe for humans to drink, we would strongly advise bottled water if you’re in virtually 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 risk of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It is also advisable to ensure that all of their routine vaccinations are updated because it’s prudent to offer them the maximum amount of disease immunity as possible.
Pets are far 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 reasons why pets cannot settle well into your new life abroad together.