Taking your pet in your flight
Pets can travel of all 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 that is what you would like. Most of the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and there are few points that should be considered with this type of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive into the cargo or freight area of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t be in two places at once! If you’re organized attending to your 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 at heart that many airports require you to take your pets travel kennel away with you. In the event of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove very hard to transport, particularly if you have all your personal luggage to manage too.
Lastly, you will have no access to your pet from the full time they’re checked in at the departure airport before you collect them at the destination airport, and for some countries such as Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you won’t be able 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 work together with you to accommodate this whenever possible.
We’re happy to generally meet clients who’re travelling for a passing fancy aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the afternoon of shipment. We would require seeing copies all Veterinary paperwork to be certain they’re suitable for travel and whilst we will always ask you to check on and double check the size of your pet and travel kennel ahead of time, we unfortunately cannot accept any responsibility for last-minute delays or problems occurred on the afternoon of travel with this type of shipment. The single most frequent basis for 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 have with such issues, we will sometimes ask you often if you are sure about 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 into the UK in a particular size kennel may not have the ability to travel back out in exactly the same kennel due to the stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are between the strictest on earth for animal welfare, and therefore 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 just a sufficient fit.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must certanly be microchipped ahead of international travel, so ensuring this is performed will be the first 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 very anxious about sending their pets on a journey, and this really is, of course, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly annually across the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the identical as an individual of the equivalent health status. The scare-mongering articles which can be on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel more often than not occur when the rules for airline travel are flouted, such as for example animals being cramped into inappropriately sized travel kennels and not given the rigorous medical examinations which can be required ahead of airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals would never be allowed 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 week-end or Bank Holiday because for the most part airports abroad you will find no cargo handling arrangements during these days and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they are allowed to reach at weekends it usually incurs an additional fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it’s always far better send for a weekday arrival. You will find exceptions to this 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’s safe for humans to drink, we would strongly advise bottled water if you should be in virtually any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals will not have the natural immunity of native pets in your new country, so it is imperative they’re quite well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the danger of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It is also advisable to ensure that all their routine vaccinations are updated because it is prudent to offer them the maximum amount of disease immunity as possible.
Pets are 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 country, there is no reason pets cannot settle well into your brand-new life abroad together.
The Pet Travel Scheme is really 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 one of these rules you should do the next (In Order).
Check the rules 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.
When you have any evidence that your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from the vet stating that the pet has been recently examined and what the findings were), then this could be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days ahead of the date of departure your dog (this doesn’t affect cats or ferrets) should 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 remember that there are different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can quickly be identified (because thet have been fitted with a dog passport microchip) then importation will soon be much easier. Always try and travel along with your pet so that you are on hand to answer any questions as they arise.
You will find other considerations you will need to take into consideration before bringing your pet back to the U.K. for instance the route that your pet travels must be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you utilize must certanly be an authorized carrier and the united states that you will be flying from needs to be always a qualifying country.
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The above information should only be used as helpful tips, because the regulations are constantly changing. A full list of regulations can be found by using 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 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 together without importance of quarantine. All relevant documents and information could be down loaded from this site and all latest informative data on the scheme can be located on the official DEFRA web page.
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 be treated for tapeworm. The therapy should 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 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 really 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 could be located on the official DEFRA web page
As soon as your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is always to:
Offer a pre check of documentation prior to 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 our kennels and cattery at Heathrow.
From there you could:
Collect your pet at any time or any day to accommodate during our opening hours.
Take your puppy for a walk inside our field
Arrange your dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in dealing with all areas of pet imports and our speciality is ensuring that all documentation is correct before leaving the country 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 excess time taken in order to avoid delays at customs. We’re conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
Shipping Dogs To Australia By Air
We’ve been shipping dogs by air to all the major continents for over 40 years and as a result have a vast level of experience which we could call upon when we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an thorough (and current) familiarity with different rules that affect the import of animals for a given country.
If you’re emigrating or moving abroad for a period of time and want to take your pet dog, or dogs with afterward you if you intend ahead, it will be a easier than you think process with the least level of stress for you and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting most of the relevant vaccinations and every other veterinary treatments out just how early meaning that your pets won’t be suffering negative effects if they travel. It is also advisable to obtain all documentation completed and all set to go with sufficient time to spare before your departure date.
Passportforpets.co.uk is just a division of Airsupply Shipping located near London’s Heathrow Airport. We offer a selection of dog shipping services that can include a “door to door” collection and delivery if you so wish. Our pricing is open and transparent without any hidden fees and i will be pleased to provide any help and support you might require to get your pet safely to your new home.
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This website provides a success of information about the import requirements of various countries relating to the import of dogs but if your destination is not listed under 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 amount towards the top with this page.
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, you then have 3 choices:
You will bring your personal microchip scanner.
You can contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you’ll enter the UK and inquire concerning whether they have scanners that may read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can nevertheless be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The amount and implant dates of both microchips must certanly be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is an acceptable kind of identification so long as it was presented with prior to July 3, 2011, is clearly 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 after a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The initial rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted is named the primary vaccination and it must certanly be a one year vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the following vaccination becomes the principal vaccination and it also must certanly be a 12 months vaccine.
All vaccinations that are administered after the principal 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 be administered no earlier than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There is no waiting period after booster vaccinations provided that:
the last vaccination was administered after having a microchip was implanted AND
the last vaccination had not expired when 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 principal vaccination. You can 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 wait for no less than 30 days after vaccination before getting a rabies titer test (see step #3).
Banned Breeds of Dogs
These 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 types of American Bulldogs have already been found to be Pit Bulls. It’s illegal to enter or transit the UK with any of 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 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.
If you have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, you then must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency before you travel.
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 thousands of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you’ll need help with all facets of your pet relocation, or simply just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to greatly help and offer the next:
Expert assistance with all relevant veterinary & documentation requirements
Reliable, DEFRA licenced number 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 planet
Method of getting IATA approved sky kennels
Delivery at destination via our worldwide network of established partner agents
Our prime location is important to minimising the time pets spend inside 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 staying with us whilst you’re away on christmas, ahead of shipment abroad or in quarantine, they will 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 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 offer a full pet grooming service
General Information About Exporting Pets
Once 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 prior to the flight. Collections from you (if required) is going to be by arrangement, usually on the day before departure.
There may 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’re unable to pay them on your behalf, so these charges are not contained in the quote (but we will advise you of this).
Prices are influenced by 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 directed at 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 correct size for them i.e. they should be large enough for the pet to remain true without touching the top of the box, lie down comfortably and be able to turn round within the box. There should also be a fixed water container in the container with a method of filling it from the outside (funnel).
Should you wish to utilise our services we would have to have written confirmation with payment the moment possible and at least 28 days beforehand. We may also demand a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the united kingdom of destination (the airline should ring beforehand to ensure acceptance).
You might be in a position to take your pet as excess baggage, which may mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This may also be a cheaper option (please remember that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there might be restrictions such as for example standby status depending on the airline and the route). However if the animal(s) be an especially large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at the same time frame whilst the move be particularly difficult then we can provide the cargo option as well as 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 may be either found from us or delivered to any U.K. Airport to coincide with your check in time or be brought to your home.
Long lasting mode of travel, pets will go in to the cargo hold of the aircraft. This is heated and pressurised to exactly the same extent whilst the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded into the hold approximately 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires that they’re delivered for them 4 hours prior to the flight) and are unloaded at one other end usually within around 30 minutes of the plane landing. After the documents are available the animals can 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.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must be housed within an IATA approved kennel which can be suitable for the size of your dog being transported. Food and water must also be within 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 simply not something that you (if you are travelling on a single aircraft) would be allowed to complete yourself.
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 wish to go back to the UK.
If you are about to take your pet on a journey to a country with a high incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test when you leave the united states if you would like to return to the EU. There isn’t to attend 90 days before traveling if your pet comes with 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 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.