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 probably the most experienced pet relocation company in the UK, having completed tens of thousands of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you will need assistance with all aspects of your pet relocation, or just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to 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 world
Way to obtain IATA approved sky kennels
Delivery at destination via our worldwide network of established partner agents
Our prime location is essential to minimising enough time pets spend in 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 sticking with us whilst you’re away on holiday, just before shipment abroad or in quarantine, they’ll be pampered by our experienced & caring kennel staff. All our staff have undergone our own in-house kennel care and animal well-being training, and have your pets comfort and health as a number 1 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 single day
We also provide a full pet grooming service
Taking your pet on your own flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to nearly every part of the world so typically, your pet should have the ability to travel on a single flight as yourself if this is what you will like. A lot of the ‘low-cost’airlines do not carry pets however, and there are few points that is highly recommended with this kind of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive to 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 own personal customs and visa formalities, your pet might be left waiting for more than essential to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing in mind that many airports need you to take your pets travel kennel away with you. In the case of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove extremely tough to move, especially if you have all your own personal luggage to manage too.
Lastly, you will have no 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 a few countries such as for example Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you will not 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 a single flight as yourself, we’ll work together with you to allow for this whenever possible.
We are happy to meet clients who’re travelling on the same aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the afternoon of shipment. We would require seeing copies most of Veterinary paperwork to make sure they’re appropriate for travel and whilst we will always ask you to test and check how big your pet and travel kennel in advance, we unfortunately cannot accept any responsibility for last-minute delays or problems occurred on the afternoon of travel with this kind of shipment. The single most frequent reason behind 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 shall sometimes ask you often if you’re sure in regards to the size as a wriggly dog is not exactly easy to measure and we can usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.
Many pets that have previously travelled in to the UK in a specific size kennel might not be able to travel back out in 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 are uncertain please say so as we will then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not really a good enough fit.
The Pet Travel Scheme is really a UK Government scheme which allows pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending time in quarantine.
In order to comply with these rules you should do the next (In Order).
Check the principles applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk 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.
If you have any evidence that 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 would be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days prior to the date of departure your dog (this does not connect with cats or ferrets) must be treated against tapeworm. You’ll want this treatment completed by a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to this effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please be aware that you will find different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can simply be identified (because thet have been fitted with a puppy 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 as they arise.
You will find other considerations you will have to take into consideration before bringing your pet back in the U.K. for instance the route that your pet travels must be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you employ must be an approved carrier and the united states that you are flying from needs to become a qualifying country.
Cat Export Send
Dog Export Salt Hill
Cat Export Seer Green
Dog Export Scotswood
Pet Export Seething Wells
The above information should only be utilized as helpful tips, as the regulations are constantly changing. A full list of regulations are available by using the link below to the DEFRA website.
General Information About Exporting Pets
Whenever you request a pet export quotation we quote for many costs to transport your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you should be delivering your pet to the premises near Heathrow it must arrive no less than five hours ahead of the flight. Collections from you (if required) is going to be by arrangement, usually on the day before departure.
There will 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 within the quote (but we shall advise you of this).
Costs 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 the event 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 must certanly be shipped in containers developed to IATA specifications which are the correct size for them i.e. they should be large enough for your pet to operate without touching the the top of box, take a nap comfortably and manage to turn round within the box. There must also be described as a fixed water container inside the container with a way of filling it from the outside (funnel).
Should you need to utilise our services we would have to have written confirmation with payment as soon as possible and at least 28 days beforehand. We will also need a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the united kingdom of destination (the airline should ring beforehand to confirm acceptance).
Maybe you are able to take your pet as excess baggage, which would mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This is sometimes a cheaper option (please remember that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there may be restrictions such as for example standby status with respect 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 frame because the move be particularly difficult then we can provide cargo option along with other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With informative data on the measurements of the animal(s) we could build transit kennels to fit. Kennels could be either acquired from us or sent to any U.K. Airport to coincide together with your check in time or be delivered to your home.
Regardless of the mode of travel, pets should go in to the cargo your hands on the aircraft. This really is heated and pressurised to the same extent while the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded into the hold approximately half an hour before departure (however the airline requires they are delivered to them 4 hours prior to the flight) and are unloaded at another end usually within 30 minutes of the plane landing. After the documents are available the animals could be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator of which point the animals could be collected and taken home.
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 as a result have a vast quantity of experience which we can call upon whenever we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an in depth (and current) knowledge of the different rules that apply to the import of animals for confirmed country.
If you are emigrating or moving abroad for a period of time and desire to take your pet dog, or dogs with you then if you plan ahead, it would have been a fairly easy process with minimal quantity of stress for you personally and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting all of the relevant vaccinations and every other veterinary treatments out the way early meaning your pets won’t be suffering side effects if they travel. Additionally it is advisable to obtain all documentation completed and all set with plenty of 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 variety of dog shipping services that will 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 we will be pleased to supply any help and support you may require to really get your pet safely to your new home.
Cat Export East Sheen
Pet Export Eastcote Village
Cat Export Easthampstead
Dog Export East Bedfont
Dog Export East Burnham
Cat Export Eastcote
Cat Export East Acton
Dog Export East Molesey
Cat Export Eastbury
This website provides a success of information about the import requirements of various countries relating to the import of dogs if a destination is not listed under the “Destination Requirements” tab (above) then simply contact us by completing the web quotation form, or our quick enquiry form or you can call us free using the quantity towards the top of this page.
The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)
PETS was created to halt the spread of rabies and other diseases while still allowing pets to travel.
Northern Ireland has been free from rabies for quite some time, however in several other countries there is still a danger of the condition to mammals. The largest risk for rabies entering here would be through an infected animal smuggled in illegally.
All rabies-susceptible animals entering the UK are normally required to invest 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 be able to get early release if they could be shown to meet up the necessary pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most areas of Europe and many non-European destinations.
Banned Breeds of Dogs
These 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 types of American Bulldogs have already been found to be Pit Bulls. It is illegal to enter or transit the UK with these breeds or their mixes.
Dogs can just 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 added to the exemption list can enter.
Please note that the ban also applies to dogs that spend amount of 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 when you travel.
Exporting Pets Living in the United Kingdom
All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving the UK must certanly 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 intend to go back to the UK.
If you should be planning to take your pet on a trip to a country with a higher incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test before you leave the country if you wish to return to the EU. You do not have to attend 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 your pet passport.
You don’t have to wait 3 months 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.
Export certificates are required 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.
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 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 with them without significance of quarantine. All relevant documents and information could be down loaded from this site and all latest info on the scheme could be found 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) must be treated for tapeworm. The therapy should be administered with a vet not significantly less than 24 hours and not more 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 necessary 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 way of a 3 month wait.
To avoid confusion we’ve 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 on the official DEFRA website
As soon as your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK underneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is to:
Offer a pre check of documentation ahead of leaving country of origin
Monitor pets once loaded onto the aircraft with our tracking system software
Collect your pet promptly from the official 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 match during our opening hours.
Take your pet for a walk within 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 making sure that all documentation is correct before leaving the nation of origin! The main cause for concern with Pet Travel Scheme imports is incorrect documentation on arrival. Pre checking documentation is really a unique service to Airpets and is well worth the extra time taken to be able to avoid delays at customs. We’re conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your puppy to USA by having an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as for example Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You realize your puppy depends on you to make the best decisions about their welfare and we follow the strict operating code laid down by IPATA. These rules are designed to make sure that your pet isn’t unduly stressed by the travel and that they arrive in the US in good condition. However, we’ve been shipping dogs to the USA for over 40 years and we actually exceed IPATA guidelines because we want both happy pets AND owners! Our pet shipping business continues to expand and we can 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 like the UK is that there is no quarantine requirement provided that your pet has been in the UK for 6 months or more. However, your dog will have to have documented evidence of being vaccinated against rabies otherwise this will result in entry delays as you will soon be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says that you will get your puppy vaccinated and then confine them for a minimum of 30 days after treatment). If you are importing a puppy that’s too young (usually under 6 months of age) to possess had the rabies vaccination then you will be needing a Confinement Agreement, see: USA CDC Dog Confinement Agreements for more details. Whilst the CDC (US authority on pet imports) does not require your pet to have a certificate of general health MOST AIRLINES DO REQUIRE THIS before they’ll alow your pet to board an aircraft.
Generally, all dogs must certanly be imported or exported through one of many
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must certanly be housed in an IATA approved kennel that is suited to how big is your dog being transported. Food and water must also be included in 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 isn’t something which you (if you’re travelling on a single aircraft) would be allowed to complete yourself.
There’s no navigating around it – taking your pet travelling by air beyond your UK, whether on a brief holiday or even more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and may be complicated.
There are always a host of regulations which have to be followed, both country and airline specific, and they very often change.
In general, the farther away or more exotic your destination, the more work is needed 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 appropriate flights (many airlines won’t carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the guidelines and regulations, advise on the best travel kennel and make 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 is really as stress free as you are able to and we will 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 passionate, efficient and caring service.
The first faltering step to ready your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to have your pet microchipped by having an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet currently features a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, then you definitely have 3 choices:
You brings your personal microchip scanner.
You can contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you will enter the UK and inquire concerning whether they have scanners that can read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can still be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The amount and implant dates of both microchips should be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is a suitable type of identification so long as it was presented with prior to July 3, 2011, is obviously visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets should have proof a current rabies vaccination administered following a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The initial rabies vaccination following the microchip is implanted is named the principal vaccination and it must be a 12 months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the next vaccination becomes the primary vaccination and additionally, it must be a one year vaccine.
All vaccinations which can be administered after the primary vaccination are called booster vaccinations.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from the rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), the primary rabies vaccination must certanly be administered no prior to 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There’s no waiting period after booster vaccinations provided that:
the prior vaccination was administered after having a microchip was implanted AND
the prior vaccination had not expired once the booster was given.
The United Kingdom does honor the 3 year rabies vaccination for dogs, cats and ferrets; however, it will only be administered as an enhancement, never as a primary vaccination. You are able to confer with your veterinarian about this.
Once your pet has entered the United Kingdom, a 21 day waiting period isn’t necessary for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept current, and one other entry requirements are met.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from a high-rabies country, it must watch for a minimum of 30 days after vaccination before receiving a rabies titer test (see step #3).
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats should be microchipped ahead of international travel, so ensuring this is performed can 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 trip, and this really is, obviously, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly each year across the world and the risks of airline travel for them are exactly the same as a human of very same health status. The scare-mongering articles that can be on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel typically occur once 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 just before airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals could not be allowed to depart from any UK Airport in an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets shouldn’t go arrive at any destination over a weekend or Bank Holiday because at most airports abroad you can find no cargo handling arrangements during nowadays and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to reach at weekends it usually incurs yet another fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, therefore it is always best to send for a weekday arrival. There are exceptions to the 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’re only given water that is 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 brand-new country, therefore it is imperative they’re well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the chance of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can be advisable to ensure all their routine vaccinations are updated because it is prudent to offer them the maximum amount of disease immunity as possible.
Pets are far more adaptable than they’re 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 reasons why pets cannot settle well into your new life abroad together.