The Pet Travel Scheme is a UK Government scheme that enables pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending amount of time in quarantine.
In order to comply with one of these rules you will have 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 page 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 your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from a vet stating that your pet has been recently examined and what the findings were), then this will be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days ahead of the date of departure your pet (this does not affect cats or ferrets) must be treated against tapeworm. You must have this treatment completed with a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to this effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please be aware that you will find different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can very quickly be identified (because thet have already been fitted with a pet passport microchip) then importation will be much easier. Always try and travel together with your pet so that you are readily available to answer any questions while they arise.
You will find other considerations you will have to take into consideration before bringing your pet back to the U.K. as an example the route that the pet travels must certanly be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you employ should be an accepted carrier and the country that you’re flying from needs to be a qualifying country.
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The aforementioned information should only be used as helpful information, since the regulations are constantly changing. The full list of regulations are available by using the link below to the DEFRA website.
Taking your pet on your own flight
Pets can travel of all scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to almost every the main 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 the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and you can find few points that is highly recommended with this type of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive into the cargo or freight part of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t take two places at once! If you’re held up attending to your personal customs and visa formalities, your pet might 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 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, especially if you have all your own personal luggage to cope with too.
Lastly, you’ll not have any use of your pet from the time they’re checked in at the departure airport before 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 to their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet to travel on a single flight as yourself, we’ll come together with you to allow for this whenever possible.
We’re happy to meet up clients that are travelling on a single aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the day of shipment. We would require seeing copies every one of Veterinary paperwork to be sure they’re appropriate for travel and whilst we shall always ask you to check and double check how big is 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 type of shipment. The single most typical reason behind these last second 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 have with these kind of issues, we will sometimes ask you often times if you’re sure in regards to the size as a wriggly dog is nearly an easy task to measure and we could usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.
Many pets that have previously travelled in to the UK in a certain size kennel might not have the ability to travel back out in the exact same kennel due to the stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are amongst the strictest on the planet for animal welfare, and therefore the message here is that if you’re unsure please say so once we may then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not a adequate fit.
General Information About Exporting Pets
When 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 the 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 the 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 are struggling to pay them in your behalf, so these charges aren’t contained in the quote (but we will advise you of this).
Prices 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 on the basis of 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 be shipped in containers built to IATA specifications which are the proper size for them i.e. they should be big enough for the pet to stand up without touching the the surface of the box, lay down comfortably and manage to turn round within the box. There should also be a fixed water container in the container with a means of filling it from the surface (funnel).
Should you wish to utilise our services we will have to have written confirmation with payment as soon as possible and at the very least 28 days beforehand. We may also need a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the country of destination (the airline will have to ring beforehand to confirm acceptance).
You might be in a position to take your pet as excess baggage, which will mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This is sometimes 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 should the animal(s) be a particularly large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at once while the move be particularly difficult then we can provide the cargo option along with other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With home elevators the measurements of the animal(s) we could build transit kennels to fit. Kennels could be either found from us or brought to any U.K. Airport to coincide with your register time or be delivered to your home.
Whatever the mode of travel, pets will go in to the cargo your hands on the aircraft. This is heated and pressurised to the exact same extent whilst the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded to the hold approximately half an hour before departure (however the airline requires that they are delivered for them 4 hours prior to the flight) and are unloaded at the other end usually within half an hour of the plane landing. Once the documents can be found 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.
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 can 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 even 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 appropriate flights (many airlines won’t carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the guidelines and regulations, advise on the proper 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 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 separate, efficient and caring service.
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 quite some time, in some other countries there’s still a threat of the illness to mammals. The largest risk for rabies entering here would be through an infected animal smuggled in illegally.
All rabies-susceptible animals entering the UK are normally required to invest 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 the pet is travelling from.
They could then manage to get early release if they may be shown to meet the required pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most elements of Europe and many non-European destinations.
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 number 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 connect with the import of animals for certain country.
If you’re emigrating or moving abroad for a time frame and want to take your pet dog, or dogs with afterward you if you plan ahead, it would have been a fairly easy process with the least amount of stress for you personally and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting all of the relevant vaccinations and some other veterinary treatments out the way early meaning that your pets will not be suffering negative effects when they travel. It’s also a good idea to get all documentation completed and ready to go with plenty of time to spare before your departure date.
Passportforpets.co.uk is really a division of Airsupply Shipping located near London’s Heathrow Airport. We offer a variety of dog shipping services that may incorporate 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 will be pleased to supply any help and support you could require to really get your pet safely to your new home.
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Dog Export Richmond
This site provides a wealth of details about the import requirements of varied countries relating to the import of dogs if your destination isn’t listed underneath the “Destination Requirements” tab (above) then simply contact us by completing the internet quotation form, or our quick enquiry form or you are able to call us free using the number towards the top of this 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 probably the most experienced pet relocation company in the UK, having completed thousands of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you will need help with all facets of your pet relocation, or simply just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to help and offer the following:
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 the pet
Comprehensive ‘Door-to-door’pet relocation to destinations across the world
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 the 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 with us whilst you’re away on vacation, prior to 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 are in attendance each and every day
We also provide a full pet grooming service
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. Additionally, it 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 could be down loaded from this page and all latest info on the scheme could be found 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 following 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 procedure must certanly 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 necessary 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 by a 3 month wait.
To avoid confusion we have 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 on the official DEFRA web page
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 prior to leaving country of origin
Monitor pets once loaded onto the aircraft with our tracking system software
Collect your pet promptly from the state animal quarantine station at Heathrow then make the 5 minute journey to your kennels and cattery at Heathrow.
From there you might:
Collect your pet anytime or any day to suit during our opening hours.
Take your dog for a walk inside our field
Arrange your pet 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 making sure that all documentation is correct before leaving the united states of origin! The key 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 worth the excess time taken to be able to avoid delays at customs. We’re conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
The first faltering step to ready your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to own your pet microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet currently includes a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you then have 3 choices:
You may bring your personal microchip scanner.
You can contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you’ll enter the UK and inquire concerning whether they have scanners that may 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 an acceptable type of identification so long as it was presented with ahead of July 3, 2011, is actually 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 after having a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The first rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted is called the primary vaccination and it should be a twelve months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the following vaccination becomes the principal vaccination and it also must certanly be a one year vaccine.
All vaccinations that are 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 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 after a microchip was implanted AND
the prior 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, not as a key vaccination. You are able to confer with your veterinarian about this.
Once your pet has entered the United Kingdom, a 21 day waiting period is not needed 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 the high-rabies country, it must await at the least 30 days after vaccination before getting a rabies titer test (see step #3).
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must be microchipped just before international travel, so ensuring this is done 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 extremely anxious about sending their pets on a flight, and this really is, needless to say, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly annually across the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the same as an individual of the equivalent health status. The scare-mongering articles that may be on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel typically 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 just before airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals could not be permitted 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 you will find no cargo handling arrangements during today and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to reach at weekends it always incurs one more fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, therefore it is always best to send for a weekday arrival. You can find exceptions to this so please contact our office to learn more if this 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 just about any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals won’t have the natural immunity of native pets in your new country, so it’s imperative they are extremely well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the chance of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can be advisable to ensure all their routine vaccinations are current because it’s prudent to give them just as much disease immunity as possible.
Pets are far 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’s no reason pets cannot settle well into your brand-new life abroad together.
Banned Breeds of Dogs
The next breeds or their mixes are not 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 now been found to be Pit Bulls. It is illegal to enter or transit the UK with some 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 returning to the UK after being positioned on the exemption list can enter.
Please remember that the ban also applies to dogs that spend time in Great Britain during transit to other countries.
When you yourself have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, you then must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency before you travel.