IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must certanly be housed within an IATA approved kennel that is suited to the size of the 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 hold on tight significant stop-overs but for security reasons, this is simply not something that you (if you are travelling on the same aircraft) could be allowed to complete 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 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 need for quarantine. All relevant documents and information could be down loaded from these pages and all latest info on the scheme may be on the official DEFRA 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 following 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 certanly be treated for tapeworm. The therapy should be administered by way of a vet not significantly less than 24 hours and no 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 with a 3 month wait.
In order to avoid confusion we have prepared check lists for you to print out and try your vet.
Click here for EU and listed countries check list
Click here for unlisted countries check list
All latest information can be found on the official DEFRA internet site
When your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK underneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is always 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 state 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 inside our field
Arrange your pet 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 united states of origin! The key cause 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 to be able to avoid delays at customs. We are conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
General Information About Exporting Pets
When you request a pet export quotation we quote for many costs to move your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you are delivering your pet to the premises near Heathrow it must arrive a minimum of five hours ahead of the flight. Collections from you (if required) is likely 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 unable to pay them on your behalf, so these charges aren’t included in the quote (but we will advise you of this).
Prices 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 case of dogs, the box size provided is on the basis of the measurements fond of us. Should these measurements be incorrect we accept no responsibility for almost any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals must certanly be shipped in containers built to IATA specifications which are the right size for them i.e. they have to be big enough for the pet to operate without touching the top of the box, lay down comfortably and have the ability to turn round within the box. There should also be described as a fixed water container within the container with a means of filling it from the surface (funnel).
Should you need to utilise our services we will have to have written confirmation with payment the moment possible and at the very least 28 days beforehand. We will also require a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the united kingdom of destination (the airline will need to ring beforehand to confirm acceptance).
You may well be able to take your pet as excess baggage, which will mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This is sometimes a cheaper option (please observe that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there could be restrictions such as for instance standby status depending on the airline and the route). However should the animal(s) be an especially large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at the same time frame as the move be particularly difficult then we are able to 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 can build transit kennels to fit. Kennels could be either acquired from us or brought to any U.K. Airport to coincide together with your register time or be brought to your home.
Regardless of the mode of travel, pets will go to the cargo your hands on the aircraft. That is heated and pressurised to exactly the same extent because the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded into the hold approximately 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires that they’re delivered in their mind 4 hours prior to the flight) and are unloaded at one other end usually within 30 minutes of the plane landing. Once the documents are available the animals may be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator at which point the animals could be collected and taken home.
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 already been found to be Pit Bulls. It’s illegal to enter or transit the UK with these breeds or their mixes.
Dogs can only 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 that are returning to the UK after being placed on the exemption list can enter.
Please observe 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 when you travel.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats should be microchipped ahead of international travel, so ensuring this is performed can be the first faltering step in preparing your pets for travel. Another 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 that is, of course, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly every year across the world and the risks of airline travel for them are exactly the same as an individual of very same health status. The scare-mongering articles that may be found on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel more often than not occur once the rules for airline travel are flouted, such as animals being cramped into inappropriately sized travel kennels and not given the rigorous medical examinations that are required prior to airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals could not be permitted to depart from any UK Airport in an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets shouldn’t travel to arrive at any destination over a weekend or Bank Holiday because at most airports abroad you can find no cargo handling arrangements during these days and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to arrive at weekends it usually incurs yet another fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, therefore it is always better to send for a weekday arrival. You can find exceptions to the so please contact our office for more information if this really is something you require.
When taking your pet to a foreign country, please ensure they are only given water that is safe for humans to drink, we would strongly advise bottled water if you are in just about any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals will not have the natural immunity of native pets in your new country, therefore it is imperative they’re quite 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 of their routine vaccinations are up to date because it’s prudent to give them just as much 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 brand-new country, there’s no reason why pets cannot settle well into your brand-new life abroad together.
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 absolute 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 assistance with all areas of your pet relocation, or simply just 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 collection 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 globe
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 inside 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 staying with us whilst you’re away on vacation, 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 1 priority.
All dogs are exercised daily in individual runs or in 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 each and every day
We also provide a full pet grooming service
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your dog to USA by having an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as for example Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You know your dog relies on you to help make the best decisions about their welfare and we follow the strict operating code laid down by IPATA. These rules are designed to ensure that your puppy isn’t unduly stressed by the travel and they arrive in 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 would like 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.
The good thing about shipping your puppy to the USA from a Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country like the UK is that there’s no quarantine requirement so long as your dog has been around the UK for 6 months or more. However, your dog will need to have documented evidence of being vaccinated against rabies otherwise this may cause entry delays since you will soon be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says you will get your pet vaccinated and then confine them for no less than 30 days after treatment). If you’re importing a puppy that’s too young (usually under 6 months of age) to possess had the rabies vaccination you then will need a Confinement Agreement, see: USA CDC Dog Confinement Agreements for more details. Whilst the CDC (US authority on pet imports) does not require your puppy to have a certificate of overall health MOST AIRLINES DO REQUIRE THIS before they will alow your pet to board an aircraft.
Generally, all dogs must certanly be imported or exported through among the
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 wise to ask your veterinarian for an EU Pet Passport if you intend to return to the UK.
If you’re likely to take your pet on a trip to a country with a top incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test when you leave the nation if you would like to come back to the EU. You do not have to attend 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 required for exporting unaccompanied dogs and cats to these 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.
The first faltering step to ready your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to have your pet microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet currently has a microchip that’s not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, then you have 3 choices:
You would bring your own microchip scanner.
You are able to contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you’ll enter the UK and inquire concerning whether they have scanners that will read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can still be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The quantity and implant dates of both microchips should be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is an acceptable kind of identification as long as it was handed just before July 3, 2011, is clearly visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies following the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets will need to have proof of a current rabies vaccination administered after having a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The initial rabies vaccination following the microchip is implanted is known as the primary vaccination and it must certanly be a twelve months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the following vaccination becomes the principal vaccination and additionally, it must be a 12 months vaccine.
All vaccinations which are administered after the principal vaccination are called booster vaccinations.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from a rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), the primary rabies vaccination must be administered no sooner than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There’s no waiting period after booster vaccinations as long as:
the last vaccination was administered after a microchip was implanted AND
the last vaccination hadn’t expired when the booster was given.
The United Kingdom does honor the 3 year rabies vaccination for dogs, cats and ferrets; however, it should only be administered as a booster, never as a primary vaccination. You can speak to your veterinarian about this.
Once your pet has entered the United Kingdom, a 21 day waiting period isn’t needed for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date, and the other entry requirements are met.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from a high-rabies country, it must await at the least 30 days after vaccination before finding a rabies titer test (see step #3).
There’s no getting around it – taking your pet travelling by air beyond your UK, whether on a quick holiday or maybe more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and could be complicated.
There are certainly a host of regulations which need to be followed, both country and airline specific, and they quite often change.
In general, the farther away or more exotic your destination, the more work is required 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 will not carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the rules and regulations, advise on the proper 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 all over the world, we’ll ensure everything can be as stress free as you can and we will 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 passionate, efficient and caring service.
Taking your pet in your 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 a single flight as yourself if that 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 type of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive to the cargo or freight area of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you cannot maintain two places at once! If you’re held up attending to your own 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 at heart that many airports need you to take your pets travel kennel away with you. In case of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove extremely tough to move, particularly if you have all your personal luggage to manage too.
Lastly, you will have no use of your pet from enough time they’re checked in at the departure airport until you collect them at the destination airport, and for some countries such as Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you will not 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 for a passing fancy flight as yourself, we’ll come together with you to allow for this whenever possible.
We’re happy to generally meet clients who’re travelling on a single 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 acceptable for travel and whilst we will always ask you to test and double check how big is your pet and travel kennel ahead of time, we unfortunately cannot accept any responsibility for last-minute delays or problems occurred on your day of travel with this kind of shipment. The single most frequent basis 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 kind of issues, we shall sometimes ask you often times if you should be sure about the size as a wriggly dog is not exactly easy to measure and we are able to 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 have the ability to travel back out in the exact 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’s that if you should be unsure please say so once we can 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 that enables pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending amount of time in quarantine.
In order to comply with your rules you will need to do the following (In Order).
Check the rules applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk web 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 happen to be the UK.
When you have any evidence that your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from a vet stating your pet has recently been examined and what the findings were), then this will 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 must have this treatment completed by way of a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to this effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please know 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 now been fitted with a pet passport microchip) then importation will undoubtedly be much easier. Always try and travel along with your pet so that you are on hand to answer any questions because they arise.
There are other considerations you should consider before bringing your pet back into the U.K. for instance the route your pet travels must certanly be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you use must be an approved carrier and the united states that you are flying from needs to be always a qualifying country.
Pet Export Bishopsgate
Pet Export Bisley
Dog Export Berrylands
Cat Export Birch Hill
The aforementioned information should only be properly used as helpful tips, since the regulations are constantly changing. The full listing of regulations is found using the link below to the DEFRA website.
The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)
PETS is designed 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’s still a risk of the illness to mammals. The greatest risk for rabies entering here could be through 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 principles of the scheme, which differ with regards to the country the pet is travelling from.
They may then have the ability to get early release if they can be shown to meet the mandatory pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most areas of Europe and many non-European destinations.