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, 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’ll enter the UK and inquire regarding whether they have 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 amount and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is a suitable kind of identification as 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 a current rabies vaccination administered after a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The first rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted is named the primary 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 it also should be a twelve months vaccine.
All vaccinations that 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 sooner than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There is no waiting period after booster vaccinations as long as:
the previous vaccination was administered following a microchip was implanted AND
the previous 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 will only be administered as an enhancement, never as a main vaccination. You can 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 current, and one 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 getting a rabies titer test (see step #3).
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 advisable to ask your veterinarian for an EU Pet Passport if you intend to return to the UK.
If you’re 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 wish to go back to the EU. There isn’t to attend 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 the 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 your pet passport.
Export certificates are required 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.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must be microchipped ahead of international travel, so ensuring this is performed can 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 very anxious about sending their pets on a journey, and this really is, needless to say, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly every year throughout the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the exact same as a human of the same health status. The scare-mongering articles that may 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 for example 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 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 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’re allowed to arrive at weekends it usually incurs yet another fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, therefore it is always better to send for a weekday arrival. You will find exceptions to this so please contact our office to learn more if this 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’d strongly advise bottled water if you’re in virtually 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 extremely well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the risk of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It is also advisable to ensure that all their routine vaccinations are updated because it’s prudent to provide them as much 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 brand-new country, there is no reason why pets cannot settle well into your new life abroad together.
General Information About Exporting Pets
Once you request a pet export quotation we quote for many costs to move your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you’re delivering your pet to the premises near Heathrow it must arrive no less than five hours prior to the flight. Collections from you (if required) is going to be by arrangement, usually on the day 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 struggling to pay them on your own behalf, so these charges are not within the quote (but we shall advise you of this).
Costs are influenced by the size/weight of the animal(s) to be exported, any additional 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 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 be shipped in containers developed to IATA specifications which are the proper size for them i.e. they need to be big enough for the animal to stand up without touching the the top of box, take a nap comfortably and have the ability to turn round within the box. There must also be considered a fixed water container inside the container with a means of filling it from the exterior (funnel).
Should you need to utilise our services we would need to have written confirmation with payment when possible and at the very least 28 days beforehand. We may also need a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the country of destination (the airline should ring beforehand to verify acceptance).
You may well be able to take your pet as excess baggage, which may mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This may also be 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 an especially large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at the same time frame because the move be particularly difficult then we can offer the cargo option along with other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With info on the measurements of the animal(s) we can build transit kennels to fit. Kennels could be either found from us or brought to any U.K. Airport to coincide along with your register time or be brought to your home.
Whatever the mode of travel, pets will go to the cargo hold of the aircraft. That is heated and pressurised to exactly the same extent whilst the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded to the hold approximately around 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires that they are delivered to them 4 hours prior to the flight) and are unloaded at one other 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 the absolute 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 help with all aspects of your pet relocation, or just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to greatly help and offer these:
Expert assistance with all relevant veterinary & documentation requirements
Reliable, DEFRA licenced collection of your pet from anywhere in the UK
Booking of the most direct, time efficient flight for your pet
Comprehensive ‘Door-to-door’pet relocation to destinations across the planet
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 the full time pets spend in 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 christmas, prior to shipment abroad or in quarantine, they’ll be pampered by our experienced & caring kennel staff. All our staff have undergone our own 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 inside 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 day
We also provide a full pet grooming service
There’s no navigating 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 can be complicated.
There are always a host of regulations which have to be followed, both country and airline specific, and they very often change.
Generally, the farther away or more exotic your destination, the more work is needed to meet import regulations, veterinary requirements and to navigate through the neighborhood rules.
Our job at Pets by Plane is to assist you find the appropriate flights (many airlines won’t carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the rules and regulations, advise on the right travel kennel and ensure that your pet can travel comfortably, securely and as economically as possible.
With over 25 year’s experience in transporting animals around the world, we’ll ensure everything is really as stress free as you possibly can and we will 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 dedicated, efficient and caring 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 as long as 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 can be down loaded from this page and all latest informative data on the scheme can be 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 these 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 procedure 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 way of a 3 month wait.
In order to avoid confusion we’ve prepared check lists for you yourself to print out and take to your vet.
Click here for EU and listed countries check list
Click here for unlisted countries check list
All latest information may be found on the official DEFRA site
As soon as your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is always to:
Provide a pre check of documentation ahead of 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 your kennels and cattery at Heathrow.
From there you may:
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 your pet dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in dealing with all facets of pet imports and our speciality is making sure that all documentation is correct before leaving the nation 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 worth the excess time taken to be able to avoid delays at customs. We are conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your puppy to USA with an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as for instance Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You realize your pet relies on you to really 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 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 exceed IPATA guidelines because we want 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.
What’s promising about shipping your dog to the USA from a Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country like the UK is that there is no quarantine requirement so long as your pet has been doing the UK for 6 months or more. However, your pet will have to have documented evidence of being vaccinated against rabies otherwise this may result in entry delays when you will be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says you will get your dog vaccinated and then confine them for at the least 30 days after treatment). If you are importing a puppy that’s too young (usually under 6 months of age) to have had the rabies vaccination then you will require 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 have a certificate of overall 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 among the
Shipping Dogs To Australia By Air
We’ve been shipping dogs by air to all or any the major continents for over 40 years and as a result have a vast amount of experience which we are able to call upon whenever we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an in depth (and current) understanding of the different rules that connect with the import of animals for certain country.
If you’re emigrating or moving abroad for a period of time and desire to take your pet dog, or dogs with after this you if you plan ahead, it will be a fairly easy process with minimal quantity of stress for you personally and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting all the relevant vaccinations and any veterinary treatments out the way early meaning your pets will not be suffering negative effects once they travel. It’s also advisable to get all documentation completed and all set to go with plenty of time to spare before your departure date.
Passportforpets.co.uk is a division of Airsupply Shipping located near London’s Heathrow Airport. We offer a range of dog shipping services that can incorporate a “door to door” collection and delivery if you so wish. Our pricing is open and transparent without hidden fees and we will be pleased to supply any help and support you could require to truly get your pet safely to your brand-new home.
Dog Export Motspur Park
Pet Export Moor Park
Dog Export Moneyhill
Pet Export Mayford
Dog Export Middle Green
Dog Export Miles Green
Pet Export Mill End
Dog Export Moneyrow Green
Dog Export Mortlake
Dog Export Moss End
Cat Export Mimbridge
This website provides a success of information regarding the import requirements of numerous countries relating to the import of dogs if your 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 are able to call us free using the number towards the top of the page.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air should be housed within an IATA approved kennel which can be suitable for the size of your dog being transported. Food and water should also be within the kennel for long journeys and some airlines do exercise any dogs being shipped in the hold on significant stop-overs however for security reasons, this is simply not something that you (if you are travelling on the same aircraft) would be allowed to accomplish yourself.
Banned Breeds of Dogs
These 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 forms of American Bulldogs have now been found to be Pit Bulls. It’s 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 that 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 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 before you travel.
The Pet Travel Scheme is just a UK Government scheme that enables pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending amount of time in quarantine.
To be able to comply with these rules you should do the following (In Order).
Check the guidelines applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk internet site 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 happen to be the UK.
When you yourself have any evidence that the pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from the vet stating your pet has recently been examined and what the findings were), then this may be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days before the date of departure your dog (this doesn’t affect cats or ferrets) should be treated against tapeworm. You must have this treatment completed by a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to the effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please know that there are different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can quickly be identified (because thet have already been fitted with a pet passport microchip) then importation is going to be much easier. Always try and travel together with your pet so you are available to answer any questions as they arise.
There are other considerations you should take into account before bringing your pet back in the U.K. as an example the route your pet travels should be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you use must certanly be an authorized carrier and the united states that you are flying from needs to become a qualifying country.
Cat Export Mimbridge
Dog Export Moss End
Pet Export Mill End
Pet Export Moor Park
Dog Export Motspur Park
Dog Export Moneyrow Green
Pet Export Mayford
Dog Export Miles Green
Dog Export Mortlake
Dog Export Moneyhill
Dog Export Middle Green
The aforementioned information should only be used as a guide, as the regulations are constantly changing. A complete listing of regulations can be found utilizing the link below to the DEFRA website.