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 of rabies for many years, in some other countries there’s still a danger of the illness to mammals. The largest risk for rabies entering here could be via 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 all 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 respect to the country your pet is travelling from.
They may then manage to get early release if they can be shown to meet up the mandatory pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most elements of Europe and many non-European destinations.
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 would like to come back to the UK.
If you’re likely to take your pet on a holiday to a country with a high incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test when you leave the nation if you intend to come back 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.
There isn’t to wait 3 months if your pet has an EU pet passport and its vaccination and blood test were done in the EU and recorded in the 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.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your pet to USA having an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as for example Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You realize your pet utilizes you to really make the best decisions about their welfare and we follow the strict operating code laid down by IPATA. These rules are made 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 go beyond IPATA guidelines because we would like 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.
The good thing about shipping your dog to the USA from a Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country like the UK is that there surely is no quarantine requirement as long as your puppy has been in the UK for 6 months or more. However, your dog will have to have documented evidence to be vaccinated against rabies otherwise this can result in entry delays since you will 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 definitely will need a Confinement Agreement, see: USA CDC Dog Confinement Agreements for more details. Whilst the CDC (US authority on pet imports) doesn’t require your pet to truly have a certificate of general 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 one of the
There’s no getting around it – taking your pet travelling by air outside the UK, whether on a short holiday or maybe more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and may be complicated.
There are always a host of regulations which must be followed, both country and airline specific, and they quite often change.
In general, the farther away or maybe more exotic your destination, the more work is necessary to meet import regulations, veterinary requirements and to navigate through the local rules.
Our job at Pets by Plane is to help 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 right 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 is as stress free as you are able to and we can 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 of all scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to almost every the main world so typically, your pet should be able to travel on a single flight as yourself if this is what you should like. All the ‘low-cost’airlines do not carry pets however, and you will find few points that should be considered with this kind of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive in to 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 organized attending to your personal customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left awaiting longer than necessary to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing in your mind that many airports require 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 deal with too.
Lastly, you will not have any use of your pet from the time they’re checked in at the departure airport until 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 have the ability to see your pets before they’re taken to their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet to travel for a passing fancy flight as yourself, we’ll interact with you to support this whenever possible.
We are happy to meet up clients who’re travelling for a passing fancy aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the day of shipment. We would require seeing copies each of Veterinary paperwork to be sure they’re appropriate for travel and whilst we shall always ask you to test and double check how big is your pet and travel kennel in advance, we unfortunately cannot accept any responsibility for last-minute delays or problems occurred on your day of travel with this sort of shipment. The single most typical reason behind these last minute 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 have with such issues, we will sometimes ask you many times if you are sure in regards to the size as a wriggly dog is nearly easy to measure and we are able to 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 may 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 so the message listed here is that if you should be uncertain please say so even as we may then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not just a sufficient fit.
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. It also allows pet owners in the UK to take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other European countries and then return using them without importance of quarantine. All relevant documents and information could be down loaded from these pages and all latest informative data on the scheme could be located 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 these 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 procedure must be administered by 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’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 with a 3 month wait.
To prevent confusion we have 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 could be located on the official DEFRA web page
When your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK beneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role would be to:
Offer a pre check of documentation ahead of leaving country of origin
Monitor pets once loaded onto the aircraft with this tracking system software
Collect your pet promptly from the official 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 accommodate during our opening hours.
Take your dog for a walk inside our field
Arrange a dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in coping with all facets of pet imports and our speciality is making sure that all documentation is correct before leaving the nation of origin! The key 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.
The first step to prepare 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 includes a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, then you definitely have 3 choices:
You can bring your personal microchip scanner.
You can contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you’ll enter the UK and inquire regarding whether they’ve scanners that will read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The amount and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is a suitable kind of identification so long as it was presented with prior to July 3, 2011, is obviously visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies following the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets must have proof of a current rabies vaccination administered after having a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The first rabies vaccination following the microchip is implanted is named the primary vaccination and it must be a twelve months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the next vaccination becomes the principal vaccination and additionally, it must be a one year 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 principal rabies vaccination must be administered no sooner than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There’s no waiting period after booster vaccinations so long as:
the previous vaccination was administered following a microchip was implanted AND
the previous 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 a booster, much less a main vaccination. You can confer with your veterinarian about this.
Once your pet has entered the United Kingdom, a 21 day waiting period is not required 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 watch for at the least 30 days after vaccination before finding a rabies titer test (see step #3).
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’re delivering your pet to the premises near Heathrow it must arrive no less than five hours prior to the flight. Collections from you (if required) is likely to be by arrangement, usually on the afternoon 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 are unable to pay them on your behalf, so these charges aren’t contained in the quote (but we shall advise you of this).
Costs are dependent on 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 the case of dogs, the box size provided is on the basis of the measurements directed at us. Should these measurements be incorrect we accept no responsibility for any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals must be shipped in containers created to IATA specifications which are the correct size for them i.e. they need to be big enough for the pet to remain true without touching the the surface of the box, lay down comfortably and be able 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 surface (funnel).
In case you need to utilise our services we would have to have written confirmation with payment when possible and at the least 28 days beforehand. We may 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).
Maybe you are able to take your pet as excess baggage, which will mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This is sometimes a cheaper option (please note that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there could be restrictions such as for instance 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 once as the move be particularly difficult then we can provide cargo option along with other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With home elevators the measurements of the animal(s) we can build transit kennels to fit. Kennels may be either found from us or sent to any U.K. Airport to coincide together with your sign in time or be brought to your home.
Whatever the mode of travel, pets should go into the cargo hold of the aircraft. This really is heated and pressurised to exactly the same extent whilst the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded in to the hold approximately half an hour before departure (however the airline requires they are delivered for them 4 hours before the flight) and are unloaded at the other end usually within around 30 minutes of the plane landing. When 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 can be collected and taken home.
Banned Breeds of Dogs
The next 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 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 time for the UK after being placed on 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, you then must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency before you travel.
The Pet Travel Scheme is just 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 one of these rules you will have to do these (In Order).
Check the principles 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 a period of 21 days following your pet’s vaccination, your pet may then go the UK.
When you have any evidence your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from the vet stating that your pet has been examined and what the findings were), then this might be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days ahead of the date of departure your dog (this does not apply to cats or ferrets) should be treated against tapeworm. You must have this treatment completed by a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to the effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please be aware that there are different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can simply be identified (because thet have now been fitted with a dog passport microchip) then importation will undoubtedly be much easier. Always try and travel together with your pet so that you are on hand to answer any questions while they arise.
You will find other considerations you will need to consider before bringing your pet back to the U.K. as an example the route that your pet travels must be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you use must certanly be an authorized carrier and the nation that you’re flying from needs to become a qualifying country.
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The above information should only be utilized as a guide, as the regulations are constantly changing. A complete list of regulations is found by using the link below to the DEFRA website.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must be housed in a IATA approved kennel which will be suitable for the size of your dog being transported. Food and water must 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 also for security reasons, this is simply not a thing that you (if you’re travelling on the same aircraft) will be allowed to complete yourself.
Shipping Dogs To Australia By Air
We have been shipping dogs by air to any or all the major continents for over 40 years and as such have a vast amount of experience which we are able to call upon once we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an in depth (and current) knowledge of different rules that apply to the import of animals for confirmed country.
If you’re emigrating or moving abroad for a time frame and want to take your pet dog, or dogs with you then if you intend ahead, it is a easier than you think process with the least number of stress for you and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting all the relevant vaccinations and some other veterinary treatments out just how early meaning that your pets will not be suffering unwanted effects when they travel. It is also recommended to get all documentation completed and ready to go with the required 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 variety of dog shipping services that can include a “door to door” collection and delivery in the event that 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 may require to get your pet safely to your new home.
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Pet Export Chessington
This website provides a wealth of information regarding the import requirements of varied countries relating to the import of dogs but if your destination is not listed underneath the “Destination Requirements” tab (above) then simply contact us by completing the online quotation form, or our quick enquiry form or you can call us free using the amount at the very top of the page.