The first step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to have your pet microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet currently includes a microchip that’s not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, then you have 3 choices:
You would 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 could 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 must certanly be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is a satisfactory kind of identification so long as it was presented with prior to July 3, 2011, is actually visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets must have proof of a current rabies vaccination administered following a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The initial rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted is known as the primary vaccination and it must certanly be a one year vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, another vaccination becomes the primary vaccination and in addition it must be a twelve 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 primary rabies vaccination must be administered no prior to 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There’s no waiting period after booster vaccinations as long as:
the previous vaccination was administered following a microchip was implanted AND
the last vaccination hadn’t 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 an enhancement, much less 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 required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept current, and one other entry requirements are met.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from a high-rabies country, it must wait for a minimum of 30 days after vaccination before receiving 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 of rabies for several years, in various other countries there’s still a risk of the illness to mammals. The greatest risk for rabies entering here could be through an infected animal smuggled in illegally.
All rabies-susceptible animals entering the UK are normally required to pay four months in quarantine, unless they arrive under and meet all 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 regards to the country the pet is travelling from.
They could then have the ability to get early release if they may be shown to meet the necessary pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most areas of Europe and many non-European destinations.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air should be housed in an IATA approved kennel which can be suited to how big the 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 is simply not something which you (if you are travelling on a single aircraft) will be allowed to complete yourself.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your dog to USA by having an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You realize your dog relies on you to 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 pet is not unduly stressed by the travel and that they arrive in 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 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.
What’s promising about shipping your puppy to the USA from a Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country just like the UK is that there is no quarantine requirement so long as your puppy has been doing the UK for 6 months or more. However, your pet must have documented evidence of being vaccinated against rabies otherwise this may lead to entry delays because you is likely to be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says that you will get your dog vaccinated and then confine them for no less than 30 days after treatment). If you are importing a puppy that is too young (usually under 6 months of age) to possess had the rabies vaccination then you definitely will need 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 really have a certificate of general health MOST AIRLINES DO REQUIRE THIS before they will alow your pet to board an aircraft.
Generally, all dogs must be imported or exported through one of the
Taking your pet on your flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to virtually every the main world so in most cases, your pet should have the ability to travel for a passing fancy flight as yourself if that is what you should like. All the ‘low-cost’airlines do not carry pets however, and there are few points that should be considered with this kind of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive to the cargo or freight area of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t be in two places simultaneously! If you’re organized attending to your own personal customs and visa formalities, your pet might be left awaiting more than necessary to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing in mind that many airports need you to take your pets travel kennel away with you. In case of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove very hard to transport, especially if you have all your own personal luggage to deal with too.
Lastly, you will have no access to 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 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 visit for a passing fancy flight as yourself, we’ll interact with you to allow for this whenever possible.
We’re happy to meet clients that are travelling for a passing fancy aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the afternoon of shipment. We would require seeing copies each of Veterinary paperwork to make sure they’re suitable for travel and whilst we shall always ask you to test and double check the size of your pet and travel kennel beforehand, we unfortunately cannot accept any responsibility for last-minute delays or problems occurred on the afternoon of travel with this type of shipment. The single most frequent reason for these last second problems at the airport could 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 types of issues, we shall sometimes ask you often times if you’re sure concerning the size as a wriggly dog is nearly easy to measure and we are able to 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 certain size kennel might not manage 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 on earth for animal welfare, and therefore the message listed here is that if you are uncertain please say so even as we may then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not really a sufficient fit.
There’s no navigating 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 a host of regulations which must be followed, both country and airline specific, and they quite often change.
In general, 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 neighborhood rules.
Our job at Pets by Plane is to help 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 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 as stress free as possible and we will 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 passionate, efficient and caring service.
Exporting Pets Living in the United Kingdom
All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving the UK must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving the country. It’s also advisable to ask your veterinarian for an EU Pet Passport if you intend to return to the UK.
If you’re likely to take your pet on a trip to a country with a high incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test before you leave the nation if you would like to return to the EU. You do not have to wait 90 days before traveling if your pet posseses an EU pet passport and its vaccination and blood test were done in the EU and recorded in the pet passport.
You don’t have to attend 3 months if your pet posseses an EU pet passport and its vaccination and blood test were done in the EU and recorded in your pet passport.
Export certificates are expected for exporting unaccompanied dogs and cats to these countries: Anguilla, Antigua/Barbuda, Argentina, Ascension Island, Australia, the Bahamas, Bahrian, Bangladesh (GB only), Bermuda, Bolivia, Boznia Herzogovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus (northern), Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Falkand Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Gambia (dogs only), Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Guyana, Hawaii, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libia, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia (peninsula), Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Soloman Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Kitts and Nevis, St Helena, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga (dogs only), Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks & Caicos, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzebekistan (dogs only), Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wallace and Futuna Islands, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.