The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)
PETS was created to halt the spread of rabies and other diseases while still allowing pets to travel.
Northern Ireland has been free of rabies for many years, however in some other countries there is still a threat of the disease 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 pay 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 rules of the scheme, which differ depending on the country your pet is travelling from.
They might then manage to get early release if they may be shown to meet up the necessary pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most elements of Europe and many non-European destinations.
The first step to ready your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to possess your pet microchipped 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 personal 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 have scanners that may 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).
A tattoo is an acceptable kind of identification as long as it was presented with just before July 3, 2011, is actually visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets will need to have proof 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 named the primary vaccination and it should be a twelve months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the next vaccination becomes the primary vaccination and in addition it should be a one year 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’s no waiting period after booster vaccinations as long as:
the previous vaccination was administered after having a microchip was implanted AND
the last vaccination hadn’t 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 an enhancement, much less a main vaccination. You are able to speak to 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 up to date, and the other entry requirements are met.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from a high-rabies country, it must await no less than 30 days after vaccination before finding a rabies titer test (see step #3).
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must certanly be housed within an IATA approved kennel which will be suitable for the size of the dog being transported. Food and water must be contained in the kennel for long journeys and some airlines do exercise any dogs being shipped in the hang on significant stop-overs but for security reasons, this isn’t something that you (if you’re travelling for a passing fancy aircraft) would be allowed to accomplish yourself.
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 kinds of American Bulldogs have been found to be Pit Bulls. It is illegal to enter or transit the UK with these breeds or their mixes.
Dogs can only just be looked at for exemption from UK Dangerous Dog Laws through the courts. Pet owners cannot apply fo exemption when importing their dogs.Only dogs which are returning to the UK after being placed on 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 definitely must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency before you travel.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your puppy to USA with an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You realize your dog 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 make sure that your pet is not unduly stressed by the travel and that they get to the US in good condition. However, we’ve been shipping dogs to the USA for over 40 years and we actually rise above IPATA guidelines because we want both happy pets AND owners! Our pet shipping business continues to expand and we are able to 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 surely is no quarantine requirement provided that your puppy has been in the UK for 6 months or more. However, your puppy must have documented evidence to be vaccinated against rabies otherwise this can cause entry delays since 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 a minimum of 30 days after treatment). If you should be importing a puppy that is too young (usually under 6 months of age) to possess had the rabies vaccination you then will need a Confinement Agreement, see: USA CDC Dog Confinement Agreements for more details. Whilst the CDC (US authority on pet imports) doesn’t require your pet to really have a certificate of general 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 the
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 level 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) understanding of different rules that apply to the import of animals for confirmed country.
If you should be 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 would have been a fairly easy process with the least quantity of stress for you and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting all the relevant vaccinations and some other veterinary treatments out the way early meaning your pets won’t be suffering unwanted effects when they travel. It is also a good idea to have all documentation completed and all set 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 selection of dog shipping services that will incorporate a “door to door” collection and delivery if you so wish. Our pricing is open and transparent with no hidden fees and we will be pleased to provide any help and support you may require to truly get your pet safely to your home.
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This site provides a success of information about the import requirements of various countries concerning the import of dogs if your destination is not listed beneath the “Destination Requirements” tab (above) then simply contact us by completing the web quotation form, or our quick enquiry form or you are able to call us free using the number at the top of this page.
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 with them without significance of quarantine. All relevant documents and information could be down loaded from this site 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 next 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 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’s no mandatory requirement for tick treatment. No treatment is required for dogs entering the UK from Finland, Ireland or Malta).
Pets entering from a non listed third country must pass a blood test 30 days after vaccination followed by a 3 month wait.
In order to avoid confusion we have prepared check lists for you yourself 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 can be found on the official DEFRA web page
As soon as your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK underneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is to:
Offer a pre check of documentation ahead of leaving country of origin
Monitor pets once loaded onto the aircraft with this tracking system software
Collect your pet promptly from the official animal quarantine station at Heathrow then make the 5 minute journey to the kennels and cattery at Heathrow.
From there you may:
Collect your pet at any time or any day to match during our opening hours.
Take your pet for a walk in 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 making sure that all documentation is correct before leaving the country 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 worth the excess time taken in order to avoid delays at customs. We are conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.