The first step to ready your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to possess your pet microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet currently includes a microchip that’s not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you then 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 may read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The amount and implant dates of both microchips must certanly be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is a suitable form of identification so long as it was handed prior to July 3, 2011, is clearly visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets must have proof a current rabies vaccination administered after a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The initial rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted is called the principal vaccination and it should be a one year vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the next vaccination becomes the primary vaccination and additionally, it must be a 12 months vaccine.
All vaccinations that are administered after the principal vaccination are called booster vaccinations.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from a rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), the primary rabies vaccination should be administered no prior to 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 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 should only be administered as an enhancement, much less a key vaccination. You can speak to your veterinarian about this.
Once your pet has entered the United Kingdom, a 21 day waiting period isn’t 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 the high-rabies country, it must watch for at the least 30 days after vaccination before receiving a rabies titer test (see step #3).
Taking your pet on your flight
Pets can travel of all scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to almost every part of the world so generally, your pet should manage to travel on the same flight as yourself if that is what you should like. All of the ‘low-cost’airlines do not carry pets however, and you can find few points that is highly recommended with this sort of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive into the cargo or freight area of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t take two places at once! If you’re organized attending to your personal customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left waiting for longer than necessary to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing at heart that many airports require 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 difficult to move, especially if you have all your own luggage to cope with too.
Lastly, you’ll have no use of your pet from enough time they’re checked in at the departure airport and soon you collect them at the destination airport, and for some countries such as for instance Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you won’t manage to see your pets before they’re taken to 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 come together with you to support this whenever possible.
We are happy to generally meet clients who’re travelling on the same aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the afternoon of shipment. We’d require seeing copies each of Veterinary paperwork to be certain they’re appropriate for travel and whilst we shall always ask you to test 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 sort of shipment. The single most typical basis for these last second 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’ve with these kind of issues, we will sometimes ask you often times if you’re sure in regards to the size as a wriggly dog is nearly an easy task to measure and we could 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 might not be able to travel back out in exactly the 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 listed here is that if you should be uncertain please say so once we may then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not really a adequate fit.
There’s no getting around it – taking your pet travelling by air outside the UK, whether on a quick holiday or maybe more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and could be complicated.
There are a host of regulations which have to be followed, both country and airline specific, and they quite often change.
Generally, the farther away or even more exotic your destination, the more work is necessary 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 appropriate 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 all over 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 your 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.
General Information About Exporting Pets
When you request a pet export quotation we quote for all costs to transport your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you’re delivering your pet to our premises near Heathrow it must arrive no less than five hours before the flight. Collections from you (if required) is likely to be by arrangement, usually on your day 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 own behalf, so these charges aren’t within 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 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 any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals should be shipped in containers developed to IATA specifications which are the right size for them i.e. they need to be large enough for the animal to operate without touching the top of the box, lie down comfortably and be able to turn round within the box. There must be a fixed water container inside the container with a way of filling it from the surface (funnel).
Should you wish to utilise our services we will have to have written confirmation with payment as soon as possible and at the very least 28 days beforehand. We will even need a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the country of destination (the airline will have to ring beforehand to ensure acceptance).
You may be able to take your pet as excess baggage, which would mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This may also be a cheaper option (please remember that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there might be restrictions such as for example standby status with regards to the airline and the route). However should the animal(s) be a particularly large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at once whilst the move be particularly difficult then we could offer the cargo option along with other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With home elevators the measurements of the animal(s) we could build transit kennels to fit. Kennels can be either acquired from us or delivered to any U.K. Airport to coincide together with your register time or be delivered to your home.
Whatever the mode of travel, pets should go into the cargo your hands on the aircraft. That is heated and pressurised to the same extent as the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded into the hold approximately 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires they are delivered for them 4 hours prior to the flight) and are unloaded at another end usually within 30 minutes of the plane landing. When the documents can be found the animals can be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator where point the animals may be collected and taken home.
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. 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 significance of quarantine. All relevant documents and information can be down loaded from this site and all latest info on the scheme can be located 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 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 procedure must be administered with a vet not significantly less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival amount of time in the UK. There’s 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 by way of a 3 month wait.
In order to avoid confusion we have 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 can be found on the official DEFRA website
Whenever 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 your tracking system software
Collect your pet promptly from the state 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 anytime or any day to accommodate during our opening hours.
Take your puppy for a walk in our field
Arrange your pet 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 ensuring that all documentation is correct before leaving the nation of origin! The key reason 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 additional time taken to be able to avoid delays at customs. We’re conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
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 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 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 are time for the UK after being added to the exemption list can enter.
Please observe that the ban also applies to dogs that spend amount of time in Great Britain during transit to other countries.
If you have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, then you must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency before you travel.
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. It’s also advisable to ask your veterinarian for an EU Pet Passport if you wish to go back to the UK.
If you’re likely to take your pet on a trip to a country with a top incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test when you leave the country if you would like to go back to the EU. You do not 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 the pet passport.
You do not have to wait 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 expected 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.
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, however in several other countries there is still a threat of the disease to mammals. The greatest 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 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 rules of the scheme, which differ with respect to the country the pet is travelling from.
They could then be able to get early release if they may be shown to generally meet 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 absolute most experienced pet relocation company in the UK, having completed thousands of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you need assistance with all areas of your pet relocation, or simply just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to 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 most direct, time efficient flight for the pet
Comprehensive ‘Door-to-door’pet relocation to destinations across the globe
Method of getting IATA approved sky kennels
Delivery at destination via our worldwide network of established partner agents
Our prime location is important to minimising the time pets spend inside 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 sticking to 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 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 are in attendance every single day
We also give you a full pet grooming service
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air should be housed in a IATA approved kennel which will be suited to 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 but for security reasons, this is not something which you (if you are travelling for a passing fancy aircraft) will be allowed to do yourself.