The first faltering step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to possess 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, then you have 3 choices:
You would bring your 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 have scanners that can read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can still be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The number and implant dates of both microchips should be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is an acceptable kind of identification provided that it was presented with ahead of 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 evidence 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 called the principal vaccination and it must certanly be a 12 months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the following vaccination becomes the principal vaccination and additionally, it should be a one year vaccine.
All vaccinations which can be administered after the principal vaccination are called booster vaccinations.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from the rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), the primary rabies vaccination should be administered no prior to 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There is no waiting period after booster vaccinations provided that:
the prior vaccination was administered following a microchip was implanted AND
the previous 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 should only be administered as a booster, never as a main vaccination. You are able to speak to your veterinarian about this.
Once your pet has entered the United Kingdom, a 21 day waiting period isn’t needed for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept current, and another entry requirements are met.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from the high-rabies country, it must wait for no less than 30 days after vaccination before finding a rabies titer test (see step #3).
The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)
PETS is made to halt the spread of rabies and other diseases while still allowing pets to travel.
Northern Ireland has been free from rabies for several years, in several other countries there is still a risk of the condition to mammals. The greatest 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 rules of the scheme, which differ depending on the country your pet is travelling from.
They may then be able 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 in your flight
Pets can travel of all scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to almost every part of the world so typically, your pet should manage to travel on the same flight as yourself if this is what you will like. The majority of the ‘low-cost’airlines do not carry pets however, and there are few points that is highly recommended with this sort of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive to the cargo or freight part of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you cannot be in two places at once! If you’re held up attending to your own personal customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left looking forward to more than required to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing at heart that a lot of 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 personal luggage to deal with too.
Lastly, you will have no usage of your pet from the full time they’re checked in at the departure airport and soon you collect them at the destination airport, and for many countries such as for instance Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you will not have the ability to see your pets before they’re taken with their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet to travel on a single flight as yourself, we’ll interact with you to accommodate this whenever possible.
We’re happy to meet up clients that are travelling on the same aircraft as their pets at the London airports on your day of shipment. We’d require seeing copies all of Veterinary paperwork to make sure they’re suitable for travel and whilst we will always ask you to check on and double check how big your pet and travel kennel ahead of time, we unfortunately cannot accept any responsibility for last-minute delays or problems occurred on your day of travel with this kind of shipment. The single most typical reason for 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’ve with such issues, we shall sometimes ask you many times if you should be sure concerning the size as a wriggly dog is not exactly easy 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 to the UK in a specific size kennel may not be able to travel back out in 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 therefore the message listed here is that if you’re uncertain please say so as we can then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not really a good enough fit.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must be microchipped just before 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 very anxious about sending their pets on a trip, and this is, needless to say, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly every year around the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the identical as an individual of very same health status. The scare-mongering articles that can be found on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel typically occur when the rules for airline travel are flouted, such as animals being cramped into inappropriately sized travel kennels and not given the rigorous medical examinations which can be 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 a unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets should not happen to be arrive at any destination over a week-end or Bank Holiday because at most 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 usually 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 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’s safe for humans to drink, we’d strongly advise bottled water if you should be in just about any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals will not have the natural immunity of native pets in your country, so it’s imperative they are extremely well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the danger of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can be advisable to ensure their routine vaccinations are up to date because it is prudent to provide 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.
Banned Breeds of Dogs
The following 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 forms of American Bulldogs have now been found to be Pit Bulls. It is 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 are time for the UK after being added to 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 before you travel.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your dog to USA by having an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as for instance Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You understand your puppy 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 ensure your puppy isn’t 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 are able to only achieve this through happy customers who recommend our services to others.
The good thing about shipping your pet to the USA from the Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country 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 puppy must have documented evidence of being vaccinated against rabies otherwise this may cause entry delays because you is going to be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says that you will get your pet vaccinated and then confine them for no less than 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 be needing a Confinement Agreement, see: USA CDC Dog Confinement Agreements for more details. Whilst the CDC (US authority on pet imports) doesn’t require your puppy to have a certificate of overall 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
There’s no making your way around it – taking your pet travelling by air beyond your UK, whether on a brief holiday or maybe more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and can be complicated.
There are always a host of regulations which must be followed, both country and airline specific, and they very often change.
In general, the farther away or even more exotic your destination, the more work is necessary to meet import regulations, veterinary requirements and to navigate through the local rules.
Our job at Pets by Plane is to help you find the right flights (many airlines will not carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the guidelines and regulations, advise on the right 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 globe, we’ll ensure everything is really as stress free as you possibly can and we could 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 separate, efficient and caring service.
The Pet Travel Scheme is a UK Government scheme that allows pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending time in quarantine.
To be able to comply with these rules you will need 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 site 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.
When you have any evidence that the pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from the vet stating that the pet has recently been examined and what the findings were), then this could be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days prior to the date of departure your pet (this does not connect with 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 know that you will find different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can simply be identified (because thet have now been fitted with a pet passport microchip) then importation is likely to be much easier. Always try and travel together with your pet so that you are available to answer any questions because they arise.
You will find other considerations you will need to take into consideration before bringing your pet back into the U.K. for example the route that the pet travels should be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you use should be an approved carrier and the country that you will be flying from needs to be a qualifying country.
Dog Export Sunningdale
Cat Export Sunninghill
Cat Export Surbiton
Cat Export Sunnymeads
Cat Export Sutton
The above mentioned information should only be used as a guide, while the regulations are constantly changing. A full set of regulations are available by 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 absolute most experienced pet relocation company in the UK, having completed countless amounts of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you’ll need assistance with all aspects of your pet relocation, or 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 very most direct, time efficient flight for your pet
Comprehensive ‘Door-to-door’pet relocation to destinations across the globe
Supply of 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 with us whilst you’re away on vacation, 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 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 each and every day
We also give you a full pet grooming service
Shipping Dogs To Australia By Air
We’ve been shipping dogs by air to any or all the major continents for over 40 years and therefore have a vast number of experience which we are able to call upon when we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an comprehensive (and current) knowledge of the various rules that apply to the import of animals for certain country.
If you should be emigrating or moving abroad for a time frame and want to take your pet dog, or dogs with after this you if you intend ahead, it would have been a easier than you think process with minimal amount of stress for you personally and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting all the relevant vaccinations and every other veterinary treatments out the way early meaning your pets won’t be suffering unwanted effects if they travel. It is also a good idea to obtain all documentation completed and all set with the required 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 range of dog shipping services that will add 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 are pleased to supply any help and support you could require to get your pet safely to your new home.
Cat Export St Johns
Pet Export St Margarets
Pet Export St George's Hill
This site provides a success of details about the import requirements of various countries associated with the import of dogs if your destination is not listed beneath the “Destination Requirements” tab (above) then simply contact us by completing the web quotation form, or our quick enquiry form or you can call us free using the number at the very top of this page.
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 comply with 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 with them without dependence on quarantine. All relevant documents and information can be down loaded from this site and all latest information on the scheme can be found on the official DEFRA internet 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 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) must be treated for tapeworm. The procedure should be administered by way of a vet not less than 24 hours and less 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 necessary 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 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 located on the official DEFRA web page
As soon as your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK underneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role would be to:
Give you a pre check of documentation prior to leaving country of origin
Monitor pets once loaded onto the aircraft with your 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 might:
Collect your pet whenever you want or any day to accommodate during our opening hours.
Take your pet for a walk in our field
Arrange your pet 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 all documentation is correct before leaving the united states of origin! The main 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 extra time taken to be able to avoid delays at customs. We are conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.