General Information About Exporting Pets
When you request a pet export quotation we quote for many 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 a minimum of five hours prior to the flight. Collections from you (if required) is going to be by arrangement, usually on the afternoon 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 are unable to pay them on your own behalf, so these charges are not 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 case of dogs, the box size provided is based on the measurements given to us. Should these measurements be incorrect we accept no responsibility for just about any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals must certanly be shipped in containers created to IATA specifications which are the proper size for them i.e. they should be large enough for your pet to operate without touching the the top of box, lie down comfortably and manage to turn round within the box. There must be described as a fixed water container inside the container with a means of filling it from the exterior (funnel).
Should you wish to utilise our services we would have to have written confirmation with payment the moment possible and at the least 28 days beforehand. We will also need a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the country of destination (the airline will have to ring beforehand to ensure acceptance).
You may be in a position to take your pet as excess baggage, which would mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This might be a cheaper option (please observe that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there could be restrictions such as for example standby status depending on the airline and the route). However should the animal(s) be a particularly large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at the same time as the move be particularly difficult then we can provide cargo option along with 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 may be either acquired from us or sent to any U.K. Airport to coincide together with your check in time or be delivered to your home.
Long lasting mode of travel, pets should go to the cargo your hands on the aircraft. That is heated and pressurised to exactly the same extent since the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded to the hold approximately half an hour before departure (however the airline requires that they are delivered in their mind 4 hours ahead of the flight) and are unloaded at another end usually within around 30 minutes of the plane landing. When the documents can be found the animals may be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator where point the animals could be collected and taken home.
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 probably the 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 aspects of your pet relocation, or simply just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to help and offer the following:
Expert assistance with all relevant veterinary & documentation requirements
Reliable, DEFRA licenced number of your pet from anywhere in the UK
Booking of the very direct, time efficient flight for the pet
Comprehensive ‘Door-to-door’pet relocation to destinations across the globe
Way to obtain IATA approved sky kennels
Delivery at destination via our worldwide network of established partner agents
Our prime location is vital to minimising enough time pets spend within 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 to 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 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 are in attendance every day
We also provide a full pet grooming service
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 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 trip, and this really is, of course, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly every year around 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 that can be located on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel almost always occur once 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 just before 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 should not 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 these days and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they are allowed to arrive at weekends it always incurs yet another fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, therefore it is always best to send for a weekday arrival. You will find exceptions to this so please contact our office to learn more if that 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 would strongly advise bottled water if you are in virtually any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals won’t have the natural immunity of native pets in your country, so it’s imperative they’re very well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the danger of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can also be advisable to ensure that their routine vaccinations are current because it’s prudent to offer them the maximum amount of disease immunity as possible.
Pets tend to be 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 reason pets cannot settle well into your new life abroad together.
The first step to ready your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to have your pet microchipped by having 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 brings your own microchip scanner.
You are able to contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you’ll enter the UK and inquire regarding whether they have scanners that could read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can nevertheless be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The amount and implant dates of both microchips must certanly 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 just before July 3, 2011, is clearly visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies following the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets will need to have proof of a current rabies vaccination administered following a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The very first rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted is called the principal vaccination and it should be a 12 months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the next vaccination becomes the primary vaccination and in addition, it must be a one year vaccine.
All vaccinations which can be 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 prior to 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There’s no waiting period after booster vaccinations so long as:
the last vaccination was administered after a microchip was implanted AND
the previous 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, never 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 isn’t necessary for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept current, and the other entry requirements are met.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from a high-rabies country, it must watch for a minimum of 30 days after vaccination before receiving a rabies titer test (see step #3).
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 types 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 viewed for exemption from UK Dangerous Dog Laws through the courts. Pet owners cannot apply fo exemption when importing their dogs.Only dogs which can be time for the UK after being added to the exemption list can enter.
Please note that the ban also pertains to dogs that spend 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.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air should be housed in an IATA approved kennel which can be ideal for how big is the dog 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 for security reasons, this is simply not a thing that you (if you are travelling for a passing fancy aircraft) will be allowed to accomplish yourself.