The Pet Travel Scheme is really a UK Government scheme which allows pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending amount of time in quarantine.
In order to comply with these rules you should do these (In Order).
Check the principles applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk internet site and make your plans accordingly.
Have your animal fitted with a microchip.
Have your pet vaccinated against rabies.
For qualifying countries, after a period of 21 days following your pet’s vaccination, your pet may then travel to the UK.
When you yourself have any evidence that your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from a vet stating 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 dog (this doesn’t connect with cats or ferrets) should be treated against tapeworm. You’ll want this treatment completed by a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to the effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please remember that you can 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 along with your pet so that you are available to answer any questions while they arise.
You can find other considerations you will need to consider before bringing your pet back to the U.K. for instance the route your pet travels must certanly be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you use must be an accepted carrier and the country that you will be flying from needs to become a qualifying country.
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The aforementioned information should only be properly used as helpful information, since the regulations are constantly changing. The full set of regulations can be found using the link below to the DEFRA website.
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 need help with all facets of your pet relocation, or just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to greatly help and offer these:
Expert assistance with all relevant veterinary & documentation requirements
Reliable, DEFRA licenced collection 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 planet
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 enough time pets spend within 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 christmas, ahead of 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 in our secure paddock
All kennels have heated passage ways or individual heaters
All pets are fed a well-balanced & nutritious diet
Our vets are in attendance each day
We also provide a full pet grooming service
There’s no making your way around it – taking your pet travelling by air away from UK, whether on a short holiday or even more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and could be complicated.
There are always a host of regulations which need to be followed, both country and airline specific, and they quite often change.
Generally speaking, the farther away or more exotic your destination, the more work is needed 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 will not carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the principles 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 can be as stress free as possible 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.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your puppy to USA having an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as for instance Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You realize your puppy relies 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 dog isn’t unduly stressed by the travel and they get to 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 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 thing about shipping your pet to the USA from a Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country like the UK is that there’s no quarantine requirement so long as your pet has been around the UK for 6 months or more. However, your pet will need to have documented evidence to be vaccinated against rabies otherwise this will cause entry delays because you is going to be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says that you will get your dog vaccinated and then confine them for at the least 30 days after treatment). If you are importing a puppy that is too young (usually under 6 months of age) to have had the rabies vaccination then you 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 puppy to 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
Taking your pet on your own flight
Pets can travel of all scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to virtually every area of the world so typically, your pet should manage to travel for a passing fancy flight as yourself if this really is what you would like. The majority of the ‘low-cost’airlines do not carry pets however, and there are few points that should be considered with this type of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive in to the cargo or freight area of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t be in two places at once! If you’re organized attending to your own customs and visa formalities, your pet might be left waiting for longer than required to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing in your mind that most 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 move, particularly if you have all your own personal luggage to manage too.
Lastly, you’ll not have any usage of your pet from the time they’re checked in at the departure airport and soon you collect them at the destination airport, and for a few countries such as for instance Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you won’t manage to see your pets before they’re taken for their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet traveling on a single flight as yourself, we’ll interact with you to support this whenever possible.
We are happy to meet up clients who are travelling on a single aircraft as their pets at the London airports on your day of shipment. We would require seeing copies every one of Veterinary paperwork to make sure they’re appropriate for travel and whilst we shall always ask you to check on 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 your day of travel with this sort of shipment. The single most common reason for these last minute 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 types of issues, we shall sometimes ask you often if you’re sure about the size as a wriggly dog is not quite easy to measure and we could usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.
Many pets which have previously travelled in to the UK in a certain size kennel may not have the ability to travel back out in exactly the same kennel as a result of stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are amongst the strictest in the world for animal welfare, and therefore the message here is that if you are uncertain please say so even as we can then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not just a sufficient fit.
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 provided that they comply with the regulations. It also allows pet owners in the UK to take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other European countries and then return using them without requirement for quarantine. All relevant documents and information can be down loaded from this site and all latest info on the scheme could be found 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 be treated for tapeworm. The procedure must certanly be administered by way of a vet not significantly 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 required 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 a 3 month wait.
In order to avoid confusion we have prepared check lists for you really 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 on the official DEFRA site
Whenever your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK beneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role would be to:
Provide 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 state animal quarantine station at Heathrow then make the 5 minute journey to the kennels and cattery at Heathrow.
From there you may:
Collect your pet anytime or any day to accommodate during our opening hours.
Take your pet for a walk in our field
Arrange your dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in working with all aspects of pet imports and our speciality is making sure that all documentation is correct before leaving the country of origin! The key cause for concern with Pet Travel Scheme imports is incorrect documentation on arrival. Pre checking documentation is really a unique service to Airpets and is worth the excess time taken in order to avoid delays at customs. We’re conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
General Information About Exporting Pets
Once 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 our premises near Heathrow it must arrive no less than five hours before the flight. Collections from you (if required) will undoubtedly be by arrangement, usually on the day before departure.
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 struggling to pay them in your behalf, so these charges aren’t included in the quote (but we shall advise you of this).
Costs are dependent on the size/weight of the animal(s) to be exported, any extra 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 directed at us. Should these measurements be incorrect we accept no responsibility for just about any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals must be shipped in containers developed to IATA specifications which are the correct size for them i.e. they need to be big enough for your pet to stand up without touching the the surface of the box, lie down comfortably and manage to turn round within the box. There should also be described as a fixed water container inside the container with a method of filling it from the outside (funnel).
Should you desire to utilise our services we would have to have written confirmation with payment as soon as possible and at the very least 28 days beforehand. We will also require a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the united kingdom of destination (the airline should ring beforehand to verify acceptance).
Perhaps you are able to take your pet as excess baggage, which would mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This may also be a cheaper option (please observe that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there might be restrictions such as for instance standby status depending on the airline and the route). However if the animal(s) be a particularly large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at the same time frame whilst the move be particularly difficult then we are able to 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 are able to build transit kennels to fit. Kennels can be either found from us or sent to any U.K. Airport to coincide with your check in time or be delivered to your home.
Whatever the mode of travel, pets will go to the cargo hold of the aircraft. This really is heated and pressurised to the exact same extent as the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded to the hold approximately half an hour before departure (however the airline requires that they’re delivered for them 4 hours before the flight) and are unloaded at one other end usually within around 30 minutes of the plane landing. When the documents can be found the animals can 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.