Banned Breeds of Dogs
The following 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 looked at for exemption from UK Dangerous Dog Laws through the courts. Pet owners cannot apply fo exemption when importing their dogs.Only dogs which can be returning to the UK after being placed on the exemption list can enter.
Please remember that the ban also applies to dogs that spend time in Great Britain during transit to other countries.
When you yourself have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, then you definitely must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency before you travel.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must be housed in a IATA approved kennel which will be ideal for how big the dog being transported. Food and water must be contained in the kennel for long journeys and some airlines do exercise any dogs being shipped in the hang on significant stop-overs but for security reasons, this is simply not a thing that you (if you are travelling on the same aircraft) would be allowed to accomplish yourself.
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. In addition, it allows pet owners in the UK to take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other European countries and then return using them without importance of quarantine. All relevant documents and information can be down loaded from these pages 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 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) must be treated for tapeworm. The therapy should be administered by way of 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 is 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 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 can be on the official DEFRA site
When your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK underneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role would be to:
Give you a pre check of documentation just before leaving country of origin
Monitor pets once loaded onto the aircraft with this 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 might:
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 a dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in coping with all facets of pet imports and our speciality is ensuring 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 extra time taken in order to avoid delays at customs. We are conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
The Pet Travel Scheme is a UK Government scheme that allows pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending amount of time in quarantine.
To be able to comply with your rules you will need to do the following (In Order).
Check the principles applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk website and make your plans accordingly.
Have your animal fitted with a microchip.
Have your pet vaccinated against rabies.
For qualifying countries, after a period of 21 days following your pet’s vaccination, your pet may then happen to be the UK.
When you have any evidence your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from a vet stating that your pet has recently been examined and what the findings were), then this would be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days before the date of departure your puppy (this does not apply to cats or ferrets) should be treated against tapeworm. You must have this treatment completed by a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to the effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please remember that you will find different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can very quickly be identified (because thet have already been fitted with a pet passport microchip) then importation will soon be much easier. Always try and travel along with your pet so that you are readily available to answer any questions because they arise.
There are other considerations you will have to take into consideration before bringing your pet back into the U.K. for instance the route that your pet travels should be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you employ must be an approved carrier and the country that you’re flying from needs to be a qualifying country.
Dog Export Wood End Green
Pet Export Wooburn Common
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Dog Export Wooburn
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The above mentioned information should only be used as a guide, since the regulations are constantly changing. A full listing of regulations is found by using the link below to the DEFRA website.
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. It’s also advisable to ask your veterinarian for an EU Pet Passport if you wish to return to the UK.
If you are 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 go back to the EU. You do not have to hold back 90 days before traveling if your pet has 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 hold back 3 months if your pet has 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 next 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.
Taking your pet in your flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to almost every area of the world so in most cases, your pet should have the ability to travel on a single flight as yourself if this is what you will like. All the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and you can find few points that should be thought about with this kind of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive in to the cargo or freight section of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you cannot be in two places at once! If you’re organized attending to your own customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left awaiting more than essential to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing in mind that most 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 will not have any usage of your pet from enough time they’re checked in at the departure airport and soon 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 be able to see your pets before they’re taken for their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet to visit on the same flight as yourself, we’ll interact with you to accommodate this whenever possible.
We’re happy to meet up clients who’re travelling on a single aircraft as their pets at the London airports on your day of shipment. We would require seeing copies most of Veterinary paperwork to make sure they’re acceptable for travel and whilst we will always ask you to test and check the size of your pet and travel kennel in advance, we unfortunately cannot accept any responsibility for last-minute delays or problems occurred on your day of travel with this sort of shipment. The single most typical reason for these last second 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 have with these types of issues, we shall sometimes ask you often if you should be sure about the size as a wriggly dog is not quite easy to measure and we could usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.
Many pets which have previously travelled to the UK in a particular size kennel may not be able to travel back out in exactly the same kennel because of the stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are amongst the strictest in the world for animal welfare, and therefore the message listed here is that if you should be not sure please say so as we can then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not just a sufficient fit.