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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 adhere 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 with them without significance of quarantine. All relevant documents and information may be down loaded from this site and all latest info on the scheme may be on the official DEFRA web 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:

Be microchipped
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 should be administered by a vet not less than 24 hours and less 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 required 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 with 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

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Click here for unlisted countries check list

All latest information can be located on the official DEFRA web site

When your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK underneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is 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 could:

Collect your pet whenever you want or any day to suit during our opening hours.
Take your dog 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 dealing with all areas of pet imports and our speciality is ensuring all documentation is correct before leaving the united states of origin! The main 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 worth the extra time taken in order to avoid delays at customs. We’re conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.

Banned Breeds of Dogs

The next 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 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 added to the exemption list can enter.

Please remember that the ban also relates 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 must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency before you travel.

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 most experienced pet relocation company in the UK, having completed thousands of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you need assistance with all areas of your pet relocation, or simply just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to greatly help and offer these:

Expert assistance with all relevant veterinary & documentation requirements
Reliable, DEFRA licenced number 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 planet
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 staying with us whilst you’re away on christmas, prior to 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 one priority.

All dogs are exercised daily in individual runs or inside 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 every day
We also provide a full pet grooming service

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