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. 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 dependence on quarantine. All relevant documents and information could be down loaded from this site and all latest home elevators the scheme may be located 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:
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) should be treated for tapeworm. The procedure must certanly be administered by 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 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 by a 3 month wait.
To avoid confusion we have prepared check lists for you 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 could be located on the official DEFRA website
As soon as your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK beneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role would be to:
Give you a pre check of documentation ahead of leaving country of origin
Monitor pets once loaded onto the aircraft with this tracking system software
Collect your pet promptly from the state animal quarantine station at Heathrow then make the 5 minute journey to the kennels and cattery at Heathrow.
From there you may:
Collect your pet anytime or any day to match during our opening hours.
Take your pet for a walk inside our field
Arrange your dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in working with all facets of pet imports and our speciality is ensuring that all documentation is correct before leaving the country of origin! The main reason for concern with Pet Travel Scheme imports is incorrect documentation on arrival. Pre checking documentation is a unique service to Airpets and is worth the excess time taken in order to avoid delays at customs. We’re conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
Taking your pet on your own flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to almost every part of the world so in most cases, your pet should have the ability to travel on the same flight as yourself if this is what you would like. The majority of the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and there are few points that should be considered with this kind of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive in to the cargo or freight portion 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 customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left looking forward to longer than essential to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing in mind that many airports require 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 move, especially if you have all your own luggage to cope with too.
Lastly, you’ll not have any usage of your pet from the time they’re checked in at the departure airport until 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 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 the same flight as yourself, we’ll work together with you to support this whenever possible.
We are happy to meet up clients that are travelling for a passing fancy aircraft as their pets at the London airports on your day of shipment. We’d require seeing copies each of Veterinary paperwork to be certain they’re appropriate for travel and whilst we shall always ask you to check 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 day of travel with this kind 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’ve with these types of issues, we shall sometimes ask you often if you should be sure in regards to the size as a wriggly dog is nearly easy to measure and we can 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 have the ability 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 between the strictest on earth for animal welfare, and and so the message here is that if you are unsure please say so as we can then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not just a adequate fit.