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 help with all areas of your pet relocation, or simply just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to simply 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 direct, time efficient flight for the 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 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’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 1 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 everyday
We also give you a full pet grooming service
The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)
PETS was created to halt the spread of rabies and other diseases while still allowing pets to travel.
Northern Ireland has been without any rabies for many years, however in various other countries there is still a threat of the illness to mammals. The largest risk for rabies entering here could be via 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 with respect to the country your pet is travelling from.
They may then be able to get early release if they could be shown to meet the necessary pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most areas of Europe and many non-European destinations.
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’s illegal to enter or transit the UK with these breeds or their mixes.
Dogs can 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 are returning to the UK after being placed on the exemption list can enter.
Please observe that the ban also applies to dogs that spend time in Great Britain during transit to other countries.
If 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.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must certanly be housed in an IATA approved kennel which will be ideal for the size of your dog 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 but for security reasons, this isn’t something that you (if you are travelling for a passing fancy aircraft) would be allowed to accomplish yourself.
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 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 importance of quarantine. All relevant documents and information can be down loaded from this page and all latest home elevators the scheme may be 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 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) must be treated for tapeworm. The treatment must be administered by a vet not less than 24 hours and no more 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 a non listed third country must pass a blood test 30 days after vaccination followed with a 3 month wait.
To avoid confusion we have prepared check lists for you yourself 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 can be on the official DEFRA site
Whenever your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is 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 our kennels and cattery at Heathrow.
From there you could:
Collect your pet at any time or any day to suit during our opening hours.
Take your pet for a walk within our field
Arrange a dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in dealing with all aspects of pet imports and our speciality is ensuring that all documentation is correct before leaving the united states of origin! The key reason for concern with Pet Travel Scheme imports is incorrect documentation on arrival. Pre checking documentation is really a unique service to Airpets and is well worth the additional time taken in order to avoid delays at customs. We’re conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
There’s no getting around it – taking your pet travelling by air beyond your UK, whether on a short holiday or more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and may be complicated.
There are certainly a host of regulations which have 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 needed to meet import regulations, veterinary requirements and to navigate through the area 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 rules 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 all over the world, we’ll ensure everything is as stress free as you are able to 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 is a UK Government scheme which allows pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending amount of time in quarantine.
To be able to comply with one of these rules you will need to do the next (In Order).
Check the rules 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 a period of 21 days following your pet’s vaccination, your pet may then go the UK.
When you yourself have any evidence that the 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 may be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days prior to the date of departure your dog (this does not affect cats or ferrets) must certanly be treated against tapeworm. You must have 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 there are different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can easily be identified (because thet have already been fitted with a dog passport microchip) then importation will soon be much easier. Always try and travel together with your pet so that you are on hand to answer any questions as they arise.
You can find other considerations you should consider before bringing your pet back to the U.K. for instance the route that the pet travels should be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you employ must certanly be an accepted carrier and the united states that you are flying from needs to become a qualifying country.
Pet Export Ashley Park
Dog Export Bagshot
Cat Export Austenwood
Pet Export Ashford Common
Dog Export Ashford
The above information should only be properly used as helpful tips, as the regulations are constantly changing. The full listing of regulations can be found by using the link below to the DEFRA website.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your puppy to USA by having an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as for instance Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You understand your dog depends 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 designed to ensure that your puppy is not unduly stressed by the travel and that they get to 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 dog to the USA from a Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country like the UK is that there is no quarantine requirement provided that your puppy has been around the UK for 6 months or more. However, your dog will have to have documented evidence to be vaccinated against rabies otherwise this can cause entry delays since you is likely to be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says you will get your pet vaccinated and then confine them for a minimum of 30 days after treatment). If you’re importing a puppy that’s too young (usually under 6 months of age) to have had the rabies vaccination you then will require a Confinement Agreement, see: USA CDC Dog Confinement Agreements for more details. Whilst the CDC (US authority on pet imports) doesn’t require your pet 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
General Information About Exporting Pets
When 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 at least five hours prior to the flight. Collections from you (if required) will undoubtedly be by arrangement, usually on your 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 are unable to pay them on your own behalf, so these charges are not included 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 extra services (such as UK transportation, kenneling, and veterinary certification), flight time and the destination. In the case 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 any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals should be shipped in containers created to IATA specifications which are the correct size for them i.e. they must be big enough for your pet to stand up without touching the the top of box, take a nap comfortably and have the ability to turn round within the box. There must also be considered a fixed water container in the container with a method of filling it from the outside (funnel).
In case 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 even require a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the united states of destination (the airline will have to ring beforehand to verify acceptance).
You may well be 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 may 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 the same time frame as the move be particularly difficult then we can offer the cargo option along with other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With informative data on the measurements of the animal(s) we could build transit kennels to fit. Kennels may be either acquired from us or delivered to any U.K. Airport to coincide along with your check in time or be delivered to your home.
Long lasting mode of travel, pets will go into the cargo your hands on the aircraft. This is heated and pressurised to the 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 are delivered for them 4 hours before the flight) and are unloaded at one other end usually within around 30 minutes of the plane landing. Once the documents can be found the animals could 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.