Taking your pet in your flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to nearly every the main world so in most cases, your pet should be able to travel on a single flight as yourself if this really is what you should like. The majority of the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and you can find few points that is highly recommended with this type of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive into the cargo or freight portion of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t take two places at once! If you’re held up attending to your own customs and visa formalities, your pet might be left waiting for longer than required 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 case of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove very hard to transport, particularly if you have all your own luggage to manage too.
Lastly, you’ll not have any access to your pet from enough 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 won’t have the ability to see your pets before they’re taken with 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 come together with you to allow for this whenever possible.
We are happy to generally meet clients who’re travelling on a single aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the day of shipment. We would require seeing copies all of Veterinary paperwork to be certain they’re appropriate for travel and whilst we shall always ask you to check and check how big is your pet and travel kennel beforehand, 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 frequent basis for these eleventh hour 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 have with these types of issues, we shall sometimes ask you often times if you’re sure about the size as a wriggly dog is nearly simple 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 certain size kennel may not manage to travel back out in exactly 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 so the message here is that if you are unsure please say so once we will then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not just a adequate fit.
General Information About Exporting Pets
When you request a pet export quotation we quote for many costs to transport your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you should be delivering your pet to our premises near Heathrow it must arrive at least five hours prior to the flight. Collections from you (if required) will undoubtedly 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 struggling to pay them on your behalf, so these charges are not contained in the quote (but we will advise you of this).
Prices 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 case 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 just about any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals should be shipped in containers created to IATA specifications which are the proper size for them i.e. they need to be big enough for the pet to operate without touching the the top of box, lie down comfortably and have the ability to turn round within the box. There must be considered a fixed water container within the container with a means of filling it from the outside (funnel).
In case you desire to utilise our services we would need to have written confirmation with payment the moment 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 verify acceptance).
Maybe you are able 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 may be restrictions such as standby status with respect to the airline and the route). However if the animal(s) be an especially large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at the same time because the move be particularly difficult then we are able to offer the cargo option along with other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With information on the measurements of the animal(s) we are able to build transit kennels to fit. Kennels may be either found from us or brought to any U.K. Airport to coincide together with your register time or be brought to your home.
Regardless of the mode of travel, pets will go to the cargo your hands on the aircraft. This is heated and pressurised to the same extent as the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded into the hold approximately half an hour before departure (however the airline requires that they are delivered in their mind 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 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 the absolute most experienced pet relocation company in the UK, having completed countless amounts of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you will need help with all aspects of your pet relocation, or simply just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to greatly 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 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 full time pets spend in 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 staying with us whilst you’re away on vacation, prior to shipment abroad or in quarantine, they will 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 within our secure paddock
All kennels have heated passage ways or individual heaters
All pets are fed a well-balanced & nutritious diet
Our vets have been in attendance every day
We also provide a full pet grooming service
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats should be microchipped ahead of international travel, so ensuring this is completed will always be the first faltering step in preparing your pets for travel. The 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 very anxious about sending their pets on a journey, and this is, needless to say, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly annually around 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 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 animals being cramped into inappropriately sized travel kennels and not given the rigorous medical examinations which can be 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 in a unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets shouldn’t go arrive at any destination over a week-end 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 reach at weekends it always incurs an additional fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it is always better to send for a weekday arrival. You can find exceptions to this so please contact our office for more information if this really is something you require.
When taking your pet to a foreign country, please ensure they’re only given water that is safe for humans to drink, we’d strongly advise bottled water if you’re in any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals will not have the natural immunity of native pets in your brand-new country, so it’s imperative they’re 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 up to date because it is prudent to offer them as much disease immunity as possible.
Pets are far 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 country, there’s no reason pets cannot settle well into your 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 provided that they conform to 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 need for quarantine. All relevant documents and information may be down loaded from this site and all latest info on the scheme could be found 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 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) should be treated for tapeworm. The therapy should be administered by way of a vet not significantly less than 24 hours and less 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 needed 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 with a 3 month wait.
In order to avoid confusion we’ve prepared check lists for you 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 website
As soon as your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is to:
Offer 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 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 at any time or any day to suit during our opening hours.
Take your puppy for a walk inside our field
Arrange a dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in dealing with all aspects of pet imports and our speciality is making sure 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 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.
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. It’s also wise to ask your veterinarian for an EU Pet Passport if you wish to come back to the UK.
If you are likely to take your pet on a journey to a country with a higher incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test before you leave the united states if you would like to go back to the EU. You don’t have to attend 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 attend 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 the pet passport.
Export certificates are needed 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.
The first faltering step to ready your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to own your pet microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet currently has a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, then you definitely have 3 choices:
You may bring your own microchip scanner.
You are able to contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you’ll enter the UK and inquire concerning whether they’ve scanners that could read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The number and implant dates of both microchips should be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is a suitable form of identification as long as it was given 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 evidence of a current rabies vaccination administered after a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The very first rabies vaccination following the microchip is implanted is named the principal vaccination and it must be a 12 months 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 12 months vaccine.
All vaccinations which are administered after the primary 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 principal rabies vaccination must be administered no prior to 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There is no waiting period after booster vaccinations so long as:
the prior vaccination was administered following a microchip was implanted AND
the prior vaccination hadn’t 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, much less a main vaccination. You are able to confer with 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 a high-rabies country, it must await at the least 30 days after vaccination before receiving a rabies titer test (see step #3).
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 from rabies for several years, in several other countries there’s still a risk of the illness to mammals. The biggest 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 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 have the ability to get early release if they could be shown to meet up the necessary pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most elements of Europe and many non-European destinations.
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 been found to be Pit Bulls. It’s illegal to enter or transit the UK with 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 that are returning to the UK after being added to the exemption list can enter.
Please remember that the ban also relates 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.
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 pet depends 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 make sure that your puppy 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.
The good thing about shipping your puppy to the USA from a Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country such as the UK is that there’s no quarantine requirement as long as your dog has been doing the UK for 6 months or more. However, your dog will have to have documented evidence of being vaccinated against rabies otherwise this may result in entry delays because you is going to be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says you will get your puppy vaccinated and then confine them for no less than 30 days after treatment). If you are importing a puppy that is too young (usually under 6 months of age) to own had the rabies vaccination then you definitely will require 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 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 one of many
The Pet Travel Scheme is a UK Government scheme that enables pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending time in quarantine.
To be able to comply with one of these rules you will need to do the following (In Order).
Check the guidelines applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk web page and make your plans accordingly.
Have your animal fitted with a microchip.
Have your pet vaccinated against rabies.
For qualifying countries, after an amount of 21 days following your pet’s vaccination, your pet may then go the UK.
If you have any evidence your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from the vet stating that your pet has been recently examined and what the findings were), then this might be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days ahead of the date of departure your puppy (this doesn’t apply to cats or ferrets) must be treated against tapeworm. You must have this treatment completed by way of a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to the effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please be aware that you will find different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can certainly be identified (because thet have now been fitted with a pet passport microchip) then importation will soon be much easier. Always try and travel with your pet so you are on hand to answer any questions while they arise.
You will find other considerations you will have to take into consideration before bringing your pet back in the U.K. for instance the route that the pet travels should be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you utilize must be an authorized carrier and the united states that you are flying from needs to be always a qualifying country.
Cat Export Bridge End
Dog Export Brook Place
Pet Export Brook Green
Dog Export Britwell
The above mentioned information should only be properly used as a guide, since the regulations are constantly changing. The full set of regulations are available utilizing 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 short holiday or maybe more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and may be complicated.
There are certainly 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 more exotic your destination, the more work is required 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 rules and regulations, advise on the proper travel kennel and be 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 can be as stress free that you 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.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must certanly be housed in an IATA approved kennel that will be ideal for the size of canine 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 hang on significant stop-overs but also for security reasons, this is simply not a thing that you (if you’re travelling for a passing fancy aircraft) would be allowed to complete yourself.
Shipping Dogs To Australia By Air
We have been shipping dogs by air to all the major continents for over 40 years and as a result have a vast number of experience which we could call upon once we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an in depth (and current) familiarity with the various rules that affect the import of animals for certain country.
If you are emigrating or moving abroad for a time frame and wish to take your pet dog, or dogs with you then if you plan ahead, it would have been a fairly easy process with the smallest amount of quantity of stress for you and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting all the relevant vaccinations and every other veterinary treatments out the way early meaning your pets will not be suffering side effects when they travel. It is also a good idea to obtain all documentation completed and ready to go 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 variety 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 any hidden fees and i will be pleased to provide any help and support you might require to really get your pet safely to your home.
Dog Export Bridge End
Dog Export Brentford
Dog Export Britwell
Dog Export Braywoodside
Dog Export Brook Green
Cat Export Brick Hill
Dog Export Brentford End
Cat Export Bray Wick
This website provides a wealth of information about the import requirements of various countries associated with the import of dogs if your destination isn’t listed beneath 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 amount towards the top with this page.