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General Information About Exporting Pets

When you request a pet export quotation we quote for all costs to move 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 ahead of the flight. Collections from you (if required) is going to be by arrangement, usually on your day before departure.
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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 contained in the quote (but we will advise you of this).

Costs are influenced 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 based on the measurements given to 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 built to IATA specifications which are the right size for them i.e. they must be big enough for your pet to stand up without touching the top of the box, take a nap comfortably and have the ability to turn round within the box. There should also be described as a fixed water container in the container with a way of filling it from the outside (funnel).

Should you need to utilise our services we would have to have written confirmation with payment as soon as possible and at the least 28 days beforehand. We will even require a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the united kingdom of destination (the airline should ring beforehand to confirm acceptance).

Maybe you are in a position to take your pet as excess baggage, which would mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This is sometimes a cheaper option (please observe that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there may be restrictions such as standby status with regards to the airline and the route). However if the animal(s) be a particularly large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at once since 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.
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With home elevators the measurements of the animal(s) we could build transit kennels to fit. Kennels may be either found from us or brought to any U.K. Airport to coincide along with your sign in time or be sent to your home.

Long lasting mode of travel, pets will go to the cargo your hands on the aircraft. This is heated and pressurised to exactly the same extent since the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded into the hold approximately around 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires that they are delivered in their mind 4 hours ahead of the flight) and are unloaded at one other end usually within half an hour of the plane landing. Once 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 can be collected and taken home.

Pet Shipping Advice

All pet dogs and cats must certanly be microchipped just before international travel, so ensuring this is performed can 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 extremely anxious about sending their pets on a journey, and this is, obviously, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly annually across the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the same as a human 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 almost always 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 permitted 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 there are no cargo handling arrangements during nowadays and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they are allowed to arrive at weekends it always incurs one more 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.

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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 are 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 are very well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the danger of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It is also advisable to make sure that their routine vaccinations are up to date because it is prudent to give 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 brand-new country, there is no reason why pets cannot settle well into your life abroad together.

Taking your pet in your flight

Pets can travel of all scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to nearly every part of the world so generally, your pet should manage to travel on a single flight as yourself if this really is what you would like. Most of the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and you can find few points that should be considered with this kind of pet shipment.

Firstly, pets arrive to the cargo or freight element of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t maintain two places at the same time! If you’re organized attending to your own personal customs and visa formalities, your pet might be left awaiting more than essential to be collected and released from their travel kennel.

Also, it’s worth bearing in mind that most 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 move, particularly if you have all your own luggage to deal with too.

Lastly, you’ll have no usage of your pet from the full time they’re checked in at the departure airport before you collect them at the destination airport, and for some countries such as for example 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 for a passing fancy flight as yourself, we’ll interact with you to support this whenever possible.

We are happy to generally meet clients that 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 appropriate for travel and whilst we will always ask you to check on and check how big is your pet and travel kennel ahead of time, we unfortunately cannot accept any responsibility for last-minute delays or problems occurred on the afternoon of travel with this sort of shipment. The single most frequent 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’ve with these types of issues, we shall sometimes ask you many times if you’re sure in regards to the size as a wriggly dog is not quite easy to measure and we could usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.

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Many pets that have previously travelled to the UK in a specific size kennel might not manage to travel back out in the exact same kennel because of the stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are between the strictest in the world for animal welfare, and therefore the message here is that if you should be unsure please say so as we will then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not just a good enough fit.

Pet Microchip

The first step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to own your pet microchipped having an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.

If your pet currently has a microchip that’s not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you then have 3 choices:

You can bring your own personal microchip scanner.
You are able to contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you’ll enter the UK and inquire as to whether they’ve scanners that will read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can still 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).

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A tattoo is an acceptable kind of identification as long as it was presented with prior to July 3, 2011, is clearly visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.

Rabies Vaccination

All dogs, cats and ferrets must have proof a current rabies vaccination administered after a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.

The first rabies vaccination following the microchip is implanted is known as the principal vaccination and it must certanly be a twelve months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, another vaccination becomes the primary vaccination and additionally, it must certanly be a twelve 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 should be administered no prior to 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.

There is no waiting period after booster vaccinations provided that:

the prior 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 should only be administered as a booster, much less a primary vaccination. You can speak to your veterinarian about this.

Once your pet has entered the United Kingdom, a 21 day waiting period is not required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept updated, and another entry requirements are met.

If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from the high-rabies country, it must await no less than 30 days after vaccination before receiving a rabies titer test (see step #3).

Transporting your dog to USA

Relocate your puppy to USA having an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You realize your puppy relies 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 pet is not 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 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 pet to the USA from the Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country just like the UK is that there is no quarantine requirement as long as your pet has been doing the UK for 6 months or more. However, your dog must have documented evidence to be vaccinated against rabies otherwise this can cause entry delays since you is likely to be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says you will get your puppy vaccinated and then confine them for at the least 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 you then 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 have a certificate of overall health MOST AIRLINES DO REQUIRE THIS before they’ll alow your pet to board an aircraft.

Generally, all dogs should be imported or exported through one of the

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 without any rabies for many years, however in some other countries there is still a risk of the illness to mammals. The biggest risk for rabies entering here will be via 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 depending on the country the pet is travelling from.

They could then manage to get early release if they may be shown to meet up the required pet travel requirements.

Countries participating in PETS include most elements of Europe and many non-European destinations.

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 most experienced pet relocation company in the UK, having completed thousands of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you’ll need help with all facets of your pet relocation, or 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 collection of your pet from anywhere in the UK
Booking of the very direct, time efficient flight for your pet
Comprehensive ‘Door-to-door’pet relocation to destinations across the world
Way to obtain IATA approved sky kennels
Delivery at destination via our worldwide network of established partner agents

Our prime location is important to minimising enough time pets spend within their Sky Kennels, allowing us to exercise each and everyone 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, just before 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 1 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 each and every day
We also offer a full pet grooming service

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 adhere 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 together without requirement for quarantine. All relevant documents and information could be down loaded from this site and all latest info on the scheme can be 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:

Be microchipped
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 treatment must be administered by a vet not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival 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 to print out and take to your vet.

Click here for EU and listed countries check list

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Click here for unlisted countries check list

All latest information may be found on the official DEFRA web page

When your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is always to:

Give you a pre check of documentation prior to 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 our kennels and cattery at Heathrow.

From there you may:

Collect your pet at any time or any day to accommodate during our opening hours.
Take your pet for a walk in our field
Arrange your dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK

Our import staff are experienced in coping with all facets of pet imports and our speciality is making sure that all documentation is correct before leaving the united states of origin! The key cause for concern with Pet Travel Scheme imports is incorrect documentation on arrival. Pre checking documentation is really a unique service to Airpets and is well worth the extra time taken to be able to avoid delays at customs. We’re 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. You should also ask your veterinarian for an EU Pet Passport if you would like to return to the UK.

If you’re planning to take your pet on a holiday to a country with a higher incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test before you leave the country if you intend to return to the EU. There isn’t to wait 90 days before traveling if your pet posseses 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 wait 3 months if your pet has an EU pet passport and its vaccination and blood test were done in the EU and recorded in the pet passport.

Export certificates are expected for exporting unaccompanied dogs and cats to the following 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.

Banned Breeds of Dogs

The following 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 already been found to be Pit Bulls. It is 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 time for the UK after being positioned on the exemption list can enter.

Please note 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, then you must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency when you travel.

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