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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 conform 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 dependence on quarantine. All relevant documents and information can be down loaded from this site and all latest information on the scheme could be found 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 next completed in this exact order:

Be microchipped
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) should be treated for tapeworm. The procedure must certanly 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 amount of time in the UK. There’s no mandatory requirement for tick treatment. No treatment is needed 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 by way of a 3 month wait.

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

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Click here for unlisted countries check list

All latest information can be located on the official DEFRA web page

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 prior to leaving country of origin
Monitor pets once loaded onto the aircraft with our 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 could:

Collect your pet whenever you want or any day to suit during our opening hours.
Take your pet 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 dealing with all aspects of pet imports and our speciality is ensuring all documentation is correct before leaving the country of origin! The key reason for concern with Pet Travel Scheme imports is incorrect documentation on arrival. Pre checking documentation is just a unique service to Airpets and is worth the extra time taken to be able to avoid delays at customs. We’re conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.

General Information About Exporting Pets

When you request a pet export quotation we quote for several costs to move your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you are delivering your pet to our premises near Heathrow it must arrive no less than five hours before the flight. Collections from you (if required) is likely to be by arrangement, usually on the afternoon before departure.
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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’re unable to pay them in your behalf, so these charges aren’t included in the quote (but we shall advise you of this).

Costs are influenced by the size/weight of the animal(s) to be exported, any extra services (such as UK transportation, kenneling, and veterinary certification), flight time and the destination. In case of dogs, the box size provided is on the basis of the measurements given to us. Should these measurements be incorrect we accept no responsibility for almost any delay or extra costs involved as a result.

Animals must be shipped in containers created to IATA specifications which are the proper size for them i.e. they need to be big enough for the animal to operate without touching the the surface of the box, take a nap comfortably and have the ability to turn round within the box. There must be considered a fixed water container within the container with a means of filling it from the surface (funnel).

In case you desire to utilise our services we will have to have written confirmation with payment as soon as possible and at the least 28 days beforehand. We will even demand a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the united kingdom of destination (the airline will need to ring beforehand to verify acceptance).

Perhaps you are able to take your pet as excess baggage, which will mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This might be a cheaper option (please note that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there might be restrictions such as for example standby status with regards to the airline and the route). However if the animal(s) be a particularly 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.
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With info on the measurements of the animal(s) we can build transit kennels to fit. Kennels could be either picked up from us or brought to any U.K. Airport to coincide together with your register time or be delivered to your home.

Long lasting mode of travel, pets should go to the cargo hold of the aircraft. This is heated and pressurised to the exact same extent because the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded in to the hold approximately 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires that they are delivered in their mind 4 hours prior to the flight) and are unloaded at the other end usually within half an hour of the plane landing. Once 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 can be collected and taken home.

Taking your pet on your flight

Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to virtually every the main world so in most cases, your pet should have the ability to travel for a passing fancy flight as yourself if this really is what you will like. A lot of the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and you can find few points that should be considered with this type of pet shipment.

Firstly, pets arrive in to the cargo or freight part of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you cannot take two places at the same time! If you’re held up attending to your personal customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left waiting for longer than required to be collected and released from their travel kennel.

Also, it’s worth bearing in your mind that most 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 very hard to move, particularly if you have all your own personal luggage to manage too.

Lastly, you’ll not have any usage 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 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 with their quarantine accommodation.

If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet traveling on the same flight as yourself, we’ll work together with you to allow for this whenever possible.

We are happy to meet up clients who are travelling for a passing fancy aircraft as their pets at the London airports on your day of shipment. We’d require seeing copies every one of Veterinary paperwork to be sure they’re suitable for travel and whilst we will always ask you to check on and double check how big is 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 reason 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 such issues, we shall sometimes ask you often times if you should be sure in regards to the size as a wriggly dog is not exactly an easy task to measure and we could usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.

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Many pets which have previously travelled in to the UK in a specific size kennel might not have the ability to travel back out in exactly the same kennel as a result of stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are between the strictest on the planet for animal welfare, and and so the message here’s that if you’re unsure please say so even as we may then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not just a adequate fit.

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There’s no making your way 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 can be complicated.

There are certainly a host of regulations which must be followed, both country and airline specific, and they frequently change.

Generally speaking, the farther away or maybe 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 correct flights (many airlines won’t carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the principles and regulations, advise on the best travel kennel and ensure 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 possible and we can 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 dedicated, efficient and caring service.

IATA Approved Flight Kennels

All dogs shipped by air must certanly be housed in a IATA approved kennel that is suited to how big is your dog being transported. Food and water must 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 but also for security reasons, this isn’t something that you (if you are travelling on a single aircraft) could be allowed to accomplish yourself.

Pet Microchip

The first step to ready your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to have your pet microchipped having an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.

If your pet currently has a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, then you have 3 choices:

You brings your own personal microchip scanner.
You are able to contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you will enter the UK and inquire as to whether they’ve scanners that will read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can nevertheless 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).

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A tattoo is a satisfactory type of identification provided that it was presented with prior to July 3, 2011, is actually visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.

Rabies Vaccination

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 very first rabies vaccination following the microchip is implanted is named the principal vaccination and it must certanly be a 12 months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, another vaccination becomes the principal vaccination and in addition, it should be a 12 months vaccine.

All vaccinations which are administered after the primary 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 should be administered no sooner than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.

There is no waiting period after booster vaccinations so long as:

the prior vaccination was administered after having a microchip was implanted AND
the previous 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 an enhancement, not as a primary vaccination. You are able to get hold of your veterinarian about this.

Once your pet has entered the United Kingdom, a 21 day waiting period is not necessary for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept updated, and one other entry requirements are met.

If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from the high-rabies country, it must wait for a minimum of 30 days after vaccination before receiving a rabies titer test (see step #3).

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 help with all aspects of your pet relocation, or just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to greatly 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 most direct, time efficient flight for the 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 enough time pets spend within 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 christmas, 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 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 have been in attendance everyday
We also offer a full pet grooming service

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