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 without any rabies for many years, in some other countries there is still a threat of the illness to mammals. The greatest 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 spend four months in quarantine, unless they arrive under and meet most 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 guidelines of the scheme, which differ with regards to the country the pet is travelling from.
They could then manage to get early release if they could be shown to generally meet the necessary pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most parts of Europe and many non-European destinations.
The Pet Travel Scheme is just a UK Government scheme that allows pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending amount of time in quarantine.
In order to comply with your rules you should do the next (In Order).
Check the guidelines applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk internet site and make your plans accordingly.
Have your animal fitted with a microchip.
Have your pet vaccinated against rabies.
For qualifying countries, after an amount of 21 days following your pet’s vaccination, your pet may then travel to the UK.
When you yourself have any evidence your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from the vet stating that your pet has been recently examined and what the findings were), then this will be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days ahead of the date of departure your puppy (this does not affect cats or ferrets) must be treated against tapeworm. You must have this treatment completed by a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to this effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please remember that you can find different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can certainly be identified (because thet have already been fitted with a pet passport microchip) then importation is going to be much easier. Always try and travel along with your pet so that you are readily available to answer any questions while they arise.
You will find other considerations you will need to consider before bringing your pet back in the U.K. as an example the route that your pet travels should be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you utilize must certanly be an accepted carrier and the country that you are flying from needs to become a qualifying country.
Cat Export Cheapside
Cat Export Chalvey
Pet Export Chattern Hill
Dog Export Chalfont St Giles
Cat Export Chalfont St Peter
Pet Export Chavey Down
Dog Export Charlton
The aforementioned information should only be utilized as helpful information, as the regulations are constantly changing. A full list of regulations are available utilizing the link below to the DEFRA website.
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 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 together without need for quarantine. All relevant documents and information can be down loaded from this page and all latest informative data on the scheme could be found 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 these 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 therapy must be administered with a vet not less than 24 hours and not 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 necessary 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.
In order to avoid confusion we have prepared check lists for you yourself to print out and decide to try your vet.
Click here for EU and listed countries check list
Click here for unlisted countries check list
All latest information may be found on the official DEFRA web page
Whenever your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK beneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role would be to:
Provide a pre check of documentation prior to 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 your kennels and cattery at Heathrow.
From there you might:
Collect your pet at any time or any day to suit during our opening hours.
Take your dog for a walk within our field
Arrange a dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in working with all aspects of pet imports and our speciality is making sure that all documentation is correct before leaving the united states of origin! The main cause for concern with Pet Travel Scheme imports is incorrect documentation on arrival. Pre checking documentation is a unique service to Airpets and is really worth the extra time taken in order to avoid delays at customs. We are conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
There’s no making your way around it – taking your pet travelling by air away from UK, whether on a brief holiday or maybe more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and could be complicated.
There are a host of regulations which need to be followed, both country and airline specific, and they frequently change.
Generally, the farther away or even more exotic your destination, the more work is necessary to meet import regulations, veterinary requirements and to navigate through the local rules.
Our job at Pets by Plane is to assist you find the right flights (many airlines will not carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the guidelines and regulations, advise on the best 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 can be as stress free that you can and we can 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 dedicated, efficient and caring service.
Taking your pet on your own flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to nearly every area of the world so generally, your pet should have the ability to travel on the same flight as yourself if this really is what you would like. The majority of the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and you can find few points that is highly recommended with this type of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive into the cargo or freight part of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t maintain two places at the same time! If you’re held up attending to your own personal customs and visa formalities, your pet might be left looking forward to longer than required to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing in your mind that most airports require you to take your pets travel kennel away with you. In the case of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove very hard to transport, especially if you have all your own luggage to deal with too.
Lastly, you will 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 many countries such as for instance Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you won’t have the ability 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 on the same flight as yourself, we’ll work together with you to accommodate this whenever possible.
We are happy to meet clients who are travelling for a passing fancy aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the day of shipment. We’d require seeing copies all Veterinary paperwork to be sure they’re appropriate for travel and whilst we will always ask you to check on 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 your day of travel with this type of shipment. The single most typical basis for these eleventh hour problems at the airport is 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 kind of issues, we will sometimes ask you often if you’re sure in regards to the size as a wriggly dog is not quite simple to measure and we could usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.
Many pets that have previously travelled into the UK in a certain size kennel might not be able to travel back out in the same kennel due to the stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are amongst the strictest in the world for animal welfare, and so the message here is that if you’re uncertain please say so once we can then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not just a good enough fit.
Exporting Pets Living in the United Kingdom
All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving the UK should be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving the country. You should also ask your veterinarian for an EU Pet Passport if you intend to return to the UK.
If you should be about to take your pet on a journey to a country with a top incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test before you leave the country if you intend to come back to the EU. There isn’t to hold back 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 your pet passport.
You do not have to hold back 3 months if your pet comes with an EU pet passport and its vaccination and blood test were done in the EU and recorded in your pet passport.
Export certificates are needed for exporting unaccompanied dogs and cats to the following 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.
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 countless amounts of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you will need help with all facets of your pet relocation, or simply 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 most direct, time efficient flight for your pet
Comprehensive ‘Door-to-door’pet relocation to destinations across the world
Supply of IATA approved sky kennels
Delivery at destination via our worldwide network of established partner agents
Our prime location is vital to minimising the full time pets spend in their Sky Kennels, allowing us to exercise each and everybody 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 to us whilst you’re away on holiday, 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 come in attendance every day
We also offer a full pet grooming service
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must certanly be microchipped ahead of international travel, so ensuring this is done will always be the first faltering step in preparing your pets for travel. One 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 extremely anxious about sending their pets on a journey, and that is, obviously, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly each year throughout the world and the risks of airline travel for them are a similar as a human of the equivalent health status. The scare-mongering articles that may be found on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel typically occur when the rules for airline travel are flouted, such as for instance animals being cramped into inappropriately sized travel kennels and not given the rigorous medical examinations which are required ahead of airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals would not be allowed to depart from any UK Airport within an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets should not travel to arrive at any destination over a weekend or Bank Holiday because at most of the airports abroad there are no cargo handling arrangements during today and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they are allowed to arrive at weekends it always incurs one more fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it is always far better send for a weekday arrival. You will find exceptions to this so please contact our office for more information if this 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 would strongly advise bottled water if you’re in just about any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals won’t have the natural immunity of native pets in your new country, so it’s imperative they are quite well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the chance of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can also be advisable to ensure that all their routine vaccinations are updated because it is prudent to offer them as much disease immunity as possible.
Pets are 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 country, there is no reason pets cannot settle well into your new life abroad together.
Shipping Dogs To Australia By Air
We have been shipping dogs by air to all or any the major continents for over 40 years and therefore have a vast level of experience which we could call upon whenever we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an in depth (and current) familiarity with different rules that apply to the import of animals for confirmed country.
If you are emigrating or moving abroad for a time period and want to take your pet dog, or dogs with you then if you intend ahead, it would have been a easier than you think process with the smallest amount of number of stress for you and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting most of the relevant vaccinations and any other veterinary treatments out the way in which early meaning that your pets won’t be suffering unwanted effects once they travel. It’s also a good idea to have all documentation completed and ready to go with the required time to spare before your departure date.
Passportforpets.co.uk is a division of Airsupply Shipping located near London’s Heathrow Airport. We offer a selection of dog shipping services that may add a “door to door” collection and delivery in the event that you so wish. Our pricing is open and transparent with no hidden fees and i will be pleased to provide any help and support you may require to get your pet safely to your brand-new home.
Cat Export Love Green
Cat Export Lower Place
Dog Export Lower Feltham
Dog Export Lower Halliford
Cat Export Lower Green
This website provides a wealth of information about the import requirements of numerous countries associated with the import of dogs but if your destination is not listed beneath the “Destination Requirements” tab (above) then simply contact us by completing the internet quotation form, or our quick enquiry form or you can call us free using the quantity at the top of this page.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must certanly be housed in a IATA approved kennel which is suitable for how big the dog being transported. Food and water should also be contained in the kennel for long journeys and some airlines do exercise any dogs being shipped in the hold on significant stop-overs however for security reasons, this is not something that you (if you are travelling on the same aircraft) would be allowed to complete yourself.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your dog to USA having an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You realize your puppy utilizes you to really make the best decisions about their welfare and we follow the strict operating code laid down by IPATA. These rules are made to ensure your pet 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 rise above IPATA guidelines because we want 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 dog to the USA from a Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country just 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 pet will need to have documented evidence to be vaccinated against rabies otherwise this will lead to entry delays as you will undoubtedly be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says that you will get your dog vaccinated and then confine them for a minimum of 30 days after treatment). If you’re importing a puppy that is too young (usually under 6 months of age) to have had the rabies vaccination then you will require a Confinement Agreement, see: USA CDC Dog Confinement Agreements for more details. Whilst the CDC (US authority on pet imports) does not require your dog 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 must be imported or exported through among the