Taking your pet on your own flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to nearly every area of the world so typically, your pet should have the ability to travel on a single flight as yourself if this really is what you will like. The majority of the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and there are few points that is highly recommended with this kind 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 the same time! If you’re held up attending to your personal customs and visa formalities, your pet might be left awaiting more than essential to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing in your mind that a lot of airports need 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 move, particularly if you have all your own personal luggage to cope with too.
Lastly, you’ll not have any access to your pet from enough 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 will not manage 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 on a single flight as yourself, we’ll interact with you to support this whenever possible.
We are happy to generally 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 be certain they’re suitable for travel and whilst we will always ask you to test and double 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 day of travel with this kind of shipment. The single most frequent reason 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 have with these kind of issues, we shall sometimes ask you many times if you’re sure about the size as a wriggly dog is not quite simple to measure and we could usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.
Many pets that have previously travelled to the UK in a certain size kennel may 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 between the strictest in the world for animal welfare, and so the message listed here is that if you are uncertain please say so even as we can then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not just a sufficient fit.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must be housed in a IATA approved kennel which can be suitable for the size of your dog being transported. Food and water must be contained in the kennel for long journeys and some airlines do exercise any dogs being shipped in the hold on tight significant stop-overs however for security reasons, this is not something which you (if you are travelling on a single aircraft) would be allowed to do yourself.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must certanly be microchipped prior to international travel, so ensuring this is performed will always 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 trip, and that is, obviously, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly annually throughout 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 instance animals being cramped into inappropriately sized travel kennels and not given the rigorous medical examinations which can be required prior to 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 a unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets shouldn’t go arrive at any destination over a week-end or Bank Holiday because at most of the airports abroad there are no cargo handling arrangements during today and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they are allowed to reach at weekends it usually incurs yet another fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it is always best to send for a weekday arrival. You will find 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’d strongly advise bottled water if you should be in any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals won’t have the natural immunity of native pets in your new country, so it’s imperative they’re well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the risk of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can also be advisable to ensure their routine vaccinations are current because it is prudent to give them just as much disease immunity as possible.
Pets are far more adaptable than they are 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 life abroad together.
There’s no navigating around it – taking your pet travelling by air away from UK, whether on a brief holiday or maybe more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and could be complicated.
There are a host of regulations which need to be followed, both country and airline specific, and they very often change.
Generally speaking, 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 correct flights (many airlines won’t carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the rules and regulations, advise on the right travel kennel and be 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 is as stress free as you possibly can and we could 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.
The first step to prepare 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 features a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you then have 3 choices:
You may bring your personal microchip scanner.
You are able to 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 nevertheless be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The number and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is an acceptable type of identification as long as it was given ahead of July 3, 2011, is clearly visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies following the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets must have proof a current rabies vaccination administered following 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 be a 12 months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the next vaccination becomes the principal vaccination and in addition, it must be a twelve months vaccine.
All vaccinations that 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 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 a microchip was implanted AND
the last 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 should only be administered as a booster, not 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 needed 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 await at the least 30 days after vaccination before finding a rabies titer test (see step #3).