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 provided that they comply with the regulations. In addition, it allows pet owners in the UK to take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other European countries and then return using them without requirement for quarantine. All relevant documents and information can be down loaded from this site and all latest informative data on the scheme may be found on the official DEFRA website.
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 certanly be treated for tapeworm. The treatment should be administered by 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 required 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 by way of a 3 month wait.
To prevent confusion we’ve 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 beneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role would be to:
Provide a pre check of documentation prior to leaving country of origin
Monitor pets once loaded onto the aircraft with your 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 might:
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 working with all areas of pet imports and our speciality is ensuring that all documentation is correct before leaving the nation of origin! The main cause 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 in order to avoid delays at customs. We are conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
General Information About Exporting Pets
Once you request a pet export quotation we quote for several costs to move your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you’re 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 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 contained in the quote (but we shall advise you of this).
Costs are determined 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 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 any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals must be shipped in containers created to IATA specifications which are the right size for them i.e. they must be large 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 should also be a fixed water container inside the container with a way of filling it from the exterior (funnel).
Should you need to utilise our services we will have to have written confirmation with payment when possible and at least 28 days beforehand. We will even demand a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the united states of destination (the airline will need to ring beforehand to ensure acceptance).
You may well be able to take your pet as excess baggage, which may mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This is sometimes a cheaper option (please note that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there may be restrictions such as for example 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 frame because the move be particularly difficult then we can provide 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 could build transit kennels to fit. Kennels can be either picked up from us or sent to any U.K. Airport to coincide along with your sign in time or be sent to your home.
Regardless of the mode of travel, pets will go into the cargo hold of the aircraft. This really is heated and pressurised to the same extent as the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded in to the hold approximately half an hour before departure (however the airline requires that they’re delivered for them 4 hours ahead of the flight) and are unloaded at another end usually within 30 minutes of the plane landing. Once the documents are available the animals can 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 by having an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet currently features a microchip that’s not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, then you definitely have 3 choices:
You brings your own 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 may 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 a suitable type of identification so long as it was given prior to July 3, 2011, is actually visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies following the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets should have evidence of a current rabies vaccination administered after having a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The initial rabies vaccination following the microchip is implanted is known as the primary vaccination and it must be a one year vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, another vaccination becomes the primary vaccination and in addition, it must certanly be a one year vaccine.
All vaccinations which 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 should be administered no earlier than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There’s no waiting period after booster vaccinations as long as:
the previous vaccination was administered after having 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, much less 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 necessary for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept current, and another 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).
The Pet Travel Scheme is a UK Government scheme that allows pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending time in quarantine.
In order to comply with your rules you will need to do the following (In Order).
Check the principles applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk website 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 happen to be the UK.
If you have any evidence your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from the vet stating your pet has recently been examined and what the findings were), then this would be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days before the date of departure your puppy (this does not affect cats or ferrets) must certanly be treated against tapeworm. You must have this treatment completed with a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to the 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 simply be identified (because thet have now been fitted with a pet passport microchip) then importation is likely to be much easier. Always try and travel along with your pet so you are readily available to answer any questions because they arise.
You can find other considerations you should consider before bringing your pet back into 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 accepted carrier and the country that you will be flying from needs to become a qualifying country.
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The above information should only be used as a guide, whilst the regulations are constantly changing. The full set of regulations can be found by using the link below to the DEFRA website.
There’s no navigating around it – taking your pet travelling by air beyond your UK, whether on a brief holiday or more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and may be complicated.
There are certainly a host of regulations which have to be followed, both country and airline specific, and they frequently 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 neighborhood 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 guidelines and regulations, advise on the proper 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 around the globe, we’ll ensure everything is as stress free as you are able to and we is likely to 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.
Taking your pet on your own flight
Pets can travel of all scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to almost every area of the world so typically, your pet should be able to travel on a single flight as yourself if that is what you should like. All of the ‘low-cost’airlines do not carry pets however, and you can find few points that should be considered with this kind of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive into the cargo or freight area of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you cannot take two places simultaneously! If you’re held up attending to your own customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left awaiting longer than essential to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing in your mind that many 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 difficult to transport, especially if you have all your personal luggage to manage too.
Lastly, you will not have any 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 many countries such as for instance 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 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 that are travelling on a single aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the afternoon of shipment. We would require seeing copies every one of Veterinary paperwork to make sure they’re acceptable for travel and whilst we shall 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 your day of travel with this type of shipment. The single most common reason for 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 these kind of issues, we will sometimes ask you often times if you are sure about the size as a wriggly dog is not exactly simple to measure and we are able to usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.
Many pets which have previously travelled in to the UK in a certain size kennel may not manage to travel back out in the same kennel due to the 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 listed here is that if you are unsure please say so even as we may then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not just a sufficient fit.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your dog to USA having an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You realize your pet relies on you to make the best decisions about their welfare and we follow the strict operating code laid down by IPATA. These rules are made to ensure that your pet isn’t unduly stressed by the travel and that they arrive in the US in good condition. However, we have been shipping dogs to the USA for over 40 years and we actually rise above IPATA guidelines because we wish 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.
What’s promising about shipping your puppy to the USA from a Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country just like the UK is that there is no quarantine requirement provided that your dog has been doing the UK for 6 months or more. However, your pet must have documented evidence of being vaccinated against rabies otherwise this can result in entry delays as you is likely to be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says that you will get your pet vaccinated and then confine them for a minimum of 30 days after treatment). If you’re importing a puppy that’s too young (usually under 6 months of age) to possess had the rabies vaccination then you will be needing a Confinement Agreement, see: USA CDC Dog Confinement Agreements for more details. Whilst the CDC (US authority on pet imports) does not require your puppy to truly have a certificate of overall health MOST AIRLINES DO REQUIRE THIS before they’ll alow your pet to board an aircraft.
Generally, all dogs must certanly be imported or exported through one of many
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 number of experience which we can call upon when we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an in depth (and current) understanding of the various rules that connect with the import of animals for certain country.
If you are emigrating or moving abroad for a time period and want to take your pet dog, or dogs with after this you if you intend ahead, it will be a easier than you think process with the smallest amount of level of stress for you personally 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 won’t be suffering unwanted effects when they travel. It’s also advisable to get all documentation completed and all set 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 range 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 we will be pleased to provide any help and support you may require to really get your pet safely to your home.
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This website provides a success of information regarding the import requirements of varied countries concerning the import of dogs but if your destination is not listed underneath the “Destination Requirements” tab (above) then simply contact us by completing the web quotation form, or our quick enquiry form or you can call us free using the number at the top of the page.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must certanly be microchipped prior to international travel, so ensuring this is completed will be the first faltering 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 extremely anxious about sending their pets on a flight, and this is, of course, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly each year across the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the exact same as an individual of the same 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 that are required ahead of airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals would not be allowed to depart from any UK Airport within an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets should not happen to be arrive at any destination over a weekend or Bank Holiday because at most of the airports abroad there are no cargo handling arrangements during nowadays and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to reach at weekends it always incurs one more fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, therefore it is always better to send for a weekday arrival. There are exceptions to the so please contact our office for more information if that is something you require.
When taking your pet to a foreign country, please ensure they are only given water that is safe for humans to drink, we’d strongly advise bottled water if you are in any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals will not have the natural immunity of native pets in your brand-new country, therefore it is imperative they are 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 all of their routine vaccinations are up to date because it is prudent to offer them just as much disease immunity as possible.
Pets tend to be 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 new country, there’s no reason why pets cannot settle well into your brand-new life abroad together.