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 free from rabies for quite some time, however in some other countries there’s still a danger of the condition to mammals. The biggest risk for rabies entering here will be through 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 most of 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 depending on the country the pet is travelling from.
They might then be able to get early release if they can be shown to generally meet the necessary pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most areas of Europe and many non-European destinations.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air should be housed within an IATA approved kennel that is suitable for the size of canine being transported. Food and water must also 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 however for security reasons, this is not a thing that you (if you are travelling for a passing fancy aircraft) will be allowed to accomplish yourself.
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 considered 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 returning to the UK after being added to the exemption list can enter.
Please remember that the ban also relates to dogs that spend amount of time in Great Britain during transit to other countries.
When you have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, then you must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency before you travel.
There’s no making your way around it – taking your pet travelling by air away from UK, whether on a short holiday or maybe more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and may be complicated.
There are a host of regulations which need to be followed, both country and airline specific, and they very often change.
In general, the farther away or maybe more exotic your destination, the more work is required 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 principles 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 really as stress free as you possibly can and we is likely to make the calm well-being, comfort and safety of one’s 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.
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 flight, and this is, obviously, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly annually throughout the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the exact same as an individual of the equivalent health status. The scare-mongering articles that can be located 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 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 permitted to depart from any UK Airport in a unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets shouldn’t happen to be arrive at any destination over a week-end or Bank Holiday because for the most part airports abroad you will find no cargo handling arrangements during these days and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to arrive at weekends it always incurs yet another fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it is always far better 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’s safe for humans to drink, we’d strongly advise bottled water if you’re in just about any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals will not have the natural immunity of native pets in your new country, so it is imperative they’re quite well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the risk of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It is also advisable to ensure their routine vaccinations are current because it’s prudent to give them the maximum amount of disease immunity as possible.
Pets are 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 new country, there’s no reasons why pets cannot settle well into your brand-new life abroad together.
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 comply with 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 could be down loaded from this page and all latest info on the scheme may be found on the official DEFRA 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 following 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 therapy should be administered with a vet not less than 24 hours and less than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival time in the UK. There’s no mandatory requirement for tick treatment. No treatment is necessary 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 a 3 month wait.
To prevent confusion we have prepared check lists for you really to print out and try your vet.
Click here for EU and listed countries check list
Click here for unlisted countries check list
All latest information can be found on the official DEFRA internet site
When your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK underneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is to:
Provide a pre check of documentation just before leaving country of origin
Monitor pets once loaded onto the aircraft with your tracking system software
Collect your pet promptly from the official animal quarantine station at Heathrow then make the 5 minute journey to our kennels and cattery at Heathrow.
From there you might:
Collect your pet at any time or any day to accommodate during our opening hours.
Take your pet for a walk within our field
Arrange a dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in coping with all areas of pet imports and our speciality is ensuring that all documentation is correct before leaving the country of origin! The key 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 really worth the additional time taken in order to avoid delays at customs. We’re conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
Shipping Dogs To Australia By Air
We’ve been shipping dogs by air to any or all the major continents for over 40 years and as such have a vast quantity of experience which we are able to call upon whenever we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an thorough (and current) knowledge of different rules that connect with the import of animals for certain country.
If you are emigrating or moving abroad for a time frame and want to take your pet dog, or dogs with after this you if you intend ahead, it will be a fairly easy process with the smallest amount of level of stress for you personally and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting all of the relevant vaccinations and any veterinary treatments out just how early meaning that your pets will not be suffering unwanted effects if they travel. Additionally it is advisable to get all documentation completed and all set with sufficient 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 selection of dog shipping services that could add a “door to door” collection and delivery if you so wish. Our pricing is open and transparent without hidden fees and we are pleased to supply any help and support you might require to really get your pet safely to your new home.
Cat Export Clewer New Town
Dog Export Colham Green
Pet Export Cole Park
Dog Export Claygate
Pet Export Clewer Green
Cat Export Claremont Park
Cat Export Clewer Village
Pet Export Colnbrook
Pet Export Cobham
Pet Export College Park
This site provides a success of details about the import requirements of various countries relating to the import of dogs if a destination is not listed beneath the “Destination Requirements” tab (above) then simply contact us by completing the internet quotation form, or our quick enquiry form or you can call us free using the number at the top with this page.
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. You should also ask your veterinarian for an EU Pet Passport if you would like to come back to the UK.
If you should be likely to take your pet on a journey to a country with a high incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test before you leave the united states if you wish to go 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 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 needed for exporting unaccompanied dogs and cats to the next 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.
Taking your pet in your flight
Pets can travel of all scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to nearly every area of the world so typically, your pet should manage to travel for a passing fancy flight as yourself if that is what you will like. Most of the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and you will find few points that should be considered with this type of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive in to the cargo or freight part of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t maintain two places simultaneously! If you’re organized attending to your own personal customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left waiting for more than necessary to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing in your mind that a lot of 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 very difficult to transport, particularly if you have all your own personal luggage to manage too.
Lastly, you’ll have no 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 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 traveling for a passing fancy flight as yourself, we’ll come together with you to allow for this whenever possible.
We are happy to meet clients who’re travelling on a single aircraft as their pets at the London airports on your day of shipment. We’d require seeing copies most of Veterinary paperwork to make sure they’re suitable for travel and whilst we shall always ask you to check on 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 for these last minute 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’ve with these types of issues, we shall sometimes ask you often if you’re sure concerning 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 in to the UK in a specific size kennel may not have the ability to travel back out in the exact same kennel as a result of stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are between the strictest on earth for animal welfare, and and so the message here’s that if you’re unsure please say so as we can then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not a sufficient fit.