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. You should also ask your veterinarian for an EU Pet Passport if you want to go back to the UK.
If you’re about 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 go back to the EU. There isn’t to hold back 90 days before traveling 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.
You don’t 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 expected 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.
There’s no getting around it – taking your pet travelling by air beyond your UK, whether on a short holiday or even more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and could be complicated.
There are always a host of regulations which have to be followed, both country and airline specific, and they frequently change.
Generally speaking, the farther away or even 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 appropriate flights (many airlines will not carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the principles and regulations, advise on the right 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 all over the world, we’ll ensure everything is 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 separate, efficient and caring service.
General Information About Exporting Pets
Once you request a pet export quotation we quote for several costs to transport your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you are delivering your pet to our premises near Heathrow it must arrive at least 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’re unable to pay them on your behalf, so these charges aren’t within the quote (but we will advise you of this).
Prices are determined 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 the event 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 be shipped in containers created to IATA specifications which are the correct size for them i.e. they need to be large enough for your pet to operate without touching the the top of box, take a nap comfortably and manage to turn round within the box. There should also be a fixed water container inside the container with a means of filling it from the outside (funnel).
Should you need to utilise our services we will have to have written confirmation with payment the moment possible and at least 28 days beforehand. We will also need a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the united states of destination (the airline will need to ring beforehand to verify acceptance).
You may be in a position to take your pet as excess baggage, which would mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This may also be a cheaper option (please note 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 if the animal(s) be a really large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at the same time as the move be particularly difficult then we could offer the cargo option along with other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With home elevators the measurements of the animal(s) we are able to build transit kennels to fit. Kennels could be either found from us or sent to any U.K. Airport to coincide with your sign in time or be delivered to your home.
Long lasting mode of travel, pets should go into the cargo hold of the aircraft. This is heated and pressurised to the exact same extent while the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded into the hold approximately half an hour before departure (however the airline requires they are delivered to them 4 hours prior to the flight) and are unloaded at one other end usually within half an hour of the plane landing. Once the documents can be found the animals could be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator where point the animals may be collected and taken home.
The first faltering step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to possess 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, you then 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 concerning whether they’ve 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 quantity and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is an acceptable kind of identification as long as it was handed ahead of July 3, 2011, is clearly visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets will need to have evidence of a current rabies vaccination administered following a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The first rabies vaccination after 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, another vaccination becomes the primary vaccination and it also must be a one year vaccine.
All vaccinations that 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 should be administered no earlier than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There’s no waiting period after booster vaccinations provided that:
the last vaccination was administered after a microchip was implanted AND
the prior 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, never as a principal 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 needed for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept updated, and the other entry requirements are met.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from the high-rabies country, it must watch for no less than 30 days after vaccination before receiving a rabies titer test (see step #3).
Shipping Dogs To Australia By Air
We’ve been shipping dogs by air to all or any the major continents for over 40 years and as such have a vast amount of experience which we are able to call upon whenever we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an comprehensive (and current) familiarity with the various rules that apply to the import of animals for a given country.
If you’re emigrating or moving abroad for a period of time and wish to take your pet dog, or dogs with you then if you intend ahead, it will be a easier than you think process with the least number of stress for you personally and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting all the relevant vaccinations and every other veterinary treatments out the way in which early meaning that your pets won’t be suffering side effects when they travel. It’s also recommended to obtain all documentation completed and ready to go with plenty of time to spare before your departure date.
Passportforpets.co.uk is really a division of Airsupply Shipping located near London’s Heathrow Airport. We offer a selection of dog shipping services that may include a “door to door” collection and delivery if you so wish. Our pricing is open and transparent with no hidden fees and i will be pleased to supply any help and support you might require to truly get your pet safely to your new home.
Cat Export Cole Park
Cat Export Clewer Village
Dog Export Cobham
Pet Export Colnbrook
Cat Export College Park
Cat Export Clewer New Town
Cat Export Colham Green
This amazing site provides a wealth of information about the import requirements of varied countries associated with the import of dogs but if your destination is not listed under the “Destination Requirements” tab (above) then simply contact us by completing the online quotation form, or our quick enquiry form or you are able to call us free using the number at the very top with this page.
The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)
PETS is made to halt the spread of rabies and other diseases while still allowing pets to travel.
Northern Ireland has been without any rabies for many years, however in some other countries there is still a risk of the illness to mammals. The largest 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 invest 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 rules of the scheme, which differ with regards to the country your pet is travelling from.
They might then be able to get early release if they could be shown to generally meet the necessary pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most elements of Europe and many non-European destinations.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your puppy to USA by having an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You realize your puppy depends 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 your dog isn’t unduly stressed by the travel and which they get to the US in good condition. However, we have been shipping dogs to the USA for over 40 years and we actually exceed IPATA guidelines because we want both happy pets AND owners! Our pet shipping business continues to expand and we are able to only achieve this through happy customers who recommend our services to others.
What’s promising about shipping your pet 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 must have documented evidence to be vaccinated against rabies otherwise this will lead to entry delays when you is likely to be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says that you will get your dog vaccinated and then confine them for at the least 30 days after treatment). If you should be importing a puppy that is too young (usually under 6 months of age) to have 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 dog to really 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 among the
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 as 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 together without requirement for quarantine. All relevant documents and information can be down loaded from these pages and all latest information on the scheme can be found on the official DEFRA internet 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:
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 treatment should be administered with a vet not significantly less than 24 hours and not 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 a non listed third country must pass a blood test 30 days after vaccination followed by a 3 month wait.
In order to avoid confusion we’ve prepared check lists for you yourself to print out and take to your vet.
Click here for EU and listed countries check list
Click here for unlisted countries check list
All latest information may be located on the official DEFRA website
Whenever your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK beneath 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 our tracking system software
Collect your pet promptly from the official animal quarantine station at Heathrow then make the 5 minute journey to your kennels and cattery at Heathrow.
From there you might:
Collect your pet anytime or any day to match during our opening hours.
Take your dog for a walk in our field
Arrange a dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in coping with all aspects of pet imports and our speciality is ensuring all documentation is correct before leaving the nation of origin! The key reason for concern with Pet Travel Scheme imports is incorrect documentation on arrival. Pre checking documentation is a unique service to Airpets and is well worth the excess time taken to be able to avoid delays at customs. We are conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
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 tens of thousands of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you’ll need assistance with all areas of your pet relocation, or simply 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 assortment 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 world
Method of getting IATA approved sky kennels
Delivery at destination via our worldwide network of established partner agents
Our prime location is essential to minimising the 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 sticking 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 inside 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 every single day
We also give you a full pet grooming service
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must be housed in an IATA approved kennel that will be suitable for the size of canine 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 but also for security reasons, this is not something which you (if you’re travelling for a passing fancy aircraft) could be allowed to accomplish yourself.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must be microchipped just before international travel, so ensuring this is done will 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 flight, and this really is, obviously, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly annually 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 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 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 within an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets shouldn’t go arrive at any destination over a weekend or Bank Holiday because at most of the airports abroad you can find no cargo handling arrangements during nowadays and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they are allowed to arrive at weekends it usually incurs one more fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it’s always better to send for a weekday arrival. You can find exceptions to the so please contact our office to learn more if this is something you require.
When taking your pet to a foreign country, please ensure they are only given water that’s safe for humans to drink, we’d strongly advise bottled water if you’re in just about any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals won’t have the natural immunity of native pets in your new country, so it is imperative they’re well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the chance of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can also be advisable to ensure their routine vaccinations are up to date because it’s prudent to provide 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 country, there’s no reasons why pets cannot settle well into your brand-new life abroad together.
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 forms of American Bulldogs have already been found to be Pit Bulls. It is illegal to enter or transit the UK with some of these breeds or their mixes.
Dogs can just 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 observe that the ban also pertains to dogs that spend time in Great Britain during transit to other countries.
When you have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, then you definitely must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency when you travel.
Taking your pet on your flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to virtually every area of the world so generally, your pet should be able to travel on the same flight as yourself if this really is what you would like. All of the ‘low-cost’airlines do not carry pets however, and you can find few points that is highly recommended with this sort of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive to the cargo or freight section of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you cannot maintain two places at once! If you’re organized attending to your personal customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left waiting for 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 case of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove very difficult to transport, especially if you have all your personal luggage to manage too.
Lastly, you’ll not have any access to your pet from the full 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 will not be able to see your pets before they’re taken for their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet to travel on the same flight as yourself, we’ll work together with you to accommodate this whenever possible.
We’re happy to meet up clients who are travelling for a passing fancy aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the afternoon of shipment. We would require seeing copies every one of Veterinary paperwork to be sure they’re acceptable for travel and whilst we will always ask you to check and check the size of your pet and travel kennel beforehand, we unfortunately cannot accept any responsibility for last-minute delays or problems occurred on the afternoon of travel with this kind of shipment. The single most typical basis for these last second 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’ve with these types of issues, we shall sometimes ask you often times if you should be sure in regards to the size as a wriggly dog is not quite 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 to the UK in a specific size kennel might not manage to travel back out in exactly the same kennel because of the stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are amongst the strictest in the world for animal welfare, and so the message here is that if you are uncertain please say so as we may then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not just a sufficient fit.