Banned Breeds of Dogs
The following 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 forms of American Bulldogs have already 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 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 time for the UK after being placed on the exemption list can enter.
Please remember that the ban also pertains to dogs that spend amount of time in Great Britain during transit to other countries.
When you have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, you then must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency before you travel.
General Information About Exporting Pets
Whenever 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 your premises near Heathrow it must arrive no less than five hours ahead of the flight. Collections from you (if required) will soon 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 on your behalf, so these charges aren’t included in the quote (but we will advise you of this).
Prices are dependent on 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 based on the measurements fond of 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 developed 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 top of box, lay down comfortably and manage to turn round within the box. There must also be described as a fixed water container in the container with a way of filling it from the surface (funnel).
In case you need 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 need 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 be in a position to take your pet as excess baggage, which will mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This might be a cheaper option (please remember that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there could be restrictions such as for example standby status with regards to the airline and the route). However if the animal(s) be a really large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at the same time while the move be particularly difficult then we are able to provide the cargo option as well as other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With info on the measurements of the animal(s) we can build transit kennels to fit. Kennels could be either acquired from us or delivered to any U.K. Airport to coincide with your sign in time or be delivered to your home.
Long lasting mode of travel, pets will go in to the cargo hold of the aircraft. This is heated and pressurised to the exact same extent since the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded in to the hold approximately half an hour before departure (however the airline requires that they are delivered to them 4 hours before the flight) and are unloaded at the other end usually within half an hour of the plane landing. Once the documents are available the animals can be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator where point the animals can be collected and taken home.
Taking your pet on your flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to virtually every part of the world so in most cases, your pet should manage to travel for a passing fancy flight as yourself if that is what you will like. A lot of the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and you will find few points that should be considered with this kind of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive into the cargo or freight portion of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you cannot take two places at once! If you’re organized attending to your personal customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left waiting for longer than essential to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing in your mind that a lot of 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 difficult to transport, especially if you have all your own luggage to cope with too.
Lastly, you will not have any usage 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 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 visit on a single flight as yourself, we’ll come together with you to allow for this whenever possible.
We’re happy to generally meet clients who’re travelling on a single aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the day of shipment. We would require seeing copies all of Veterinary paperwork to be certain they’re acceptable for travel and whilst we shall always ask you to check and double check how big 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 typical basis for these eleventh hour 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 these types of issues, we will sometimes ask you often times if you are sure about the size as a wriggly dog is not exactly simple to measure and we are able to usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.
Many pets which have previously travelled into the UK in a particular size kennel might not manage to travel back out in the same kennel as a result of stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are between the strictest in the world for animal welfare, and so the message here is that if you are unsure please say so once we will then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not really a adequate fit.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must certanly be housed in a IATA approved kennel which is suitable for how big is the dog being transported. Food and water must be within the kennel for long journeys and some airlines do exercise any dogs being shipped in the hang on significant stop-overs but also for security reasons, this is simply not something which you (if you are travelling on the same aircraft) will be allowed to complete yourself.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must certanly be microchipped just before international travel, so ensuring this is completed will be the first 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 journey, and this is, needless to say, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly every year throughout the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the same as a human of the same health status. The scare-mongering articles that may be located on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel more often than not 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 prior to airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals would never be allowed to depart from any UK Airport in an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets should not go arrive at any destination over a weekend or Bank Holiday because at most airports abroad you can find no cargo handling arrangements during today and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to reach at weekends it usually incurs one more fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so 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 really is something you require.
When taking your pet to a foreign country, please ensure they are only given water that’s safe for humans to drink, we’d strongly advise bottled water if you are in virtually any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals won’t have the natural immunity of native pets in your brand-new country, so it is imperative they’re very well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the danger of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can also be advisable to ensure all of their routine vaccinations are current because it’s prudent to provide them just as much disease immunity as possible.
Pets tend to be more adaptable than they are 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.
There’s no getting 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 could be complicated.
There are always a host of regulations which have to be followed, both country and airline specific, and they frequently change.
In general, the farther away or maybe more exotic your destination, the more work is necessary 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 correct flights (many airlines won’t carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the principles and regulations, advise on the proper travel kennel and ensure 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 possibly can and we is likely to 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 dedicated, efficient and caring service.