There’s no getting around it – taking your pet travelling by air away from UK, whether on a brief holiday or maybe more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and may be complicated.
There are certainly a host of regulations which must be followed, both country and airline specific, and they very often change.
Generally, the farther away or even more exotic your destination, the more work is required to meet import regulations, veterinary requirements and to navigate through the area rules.
Our job at Pets by Plane is to help you find the right flights (many airlines will not carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the principles 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 all over the world, we’ll ensure everything is really as stress free as you are able to and we could 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 separate, efficient and caring service.
General Information About Exporting Pets
Once you request a pet export quotation we quote for all costs to transport your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you are delivering your pet to the premises near Heathrow it must arrive a minimum of five hours before the flight. Collections from you (if required) will be by arrangement, usually on the day before departure.
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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’re struggling to pay them in your behalf, so these charges are not contained in the quote (but we will advise you of this).
Prices are determined 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 fond of 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 built to IATA specifications which are the proper size for them i.e. they have to be big enough for the pet to stand up without touching the top of the box, lie down comfortably and be able to turn round within the box. There should also 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 would need to have written confirmation with payment when possible and at the least 28 days beforehand. We will even need a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the united kingdom of destination (the airline will have to ring beforehand to ensure acceptance).
Maybe you are able to take your pet as excess baggage, which will 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 depending on 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 because the move be particularly difficult then we could provide cargo option as well as other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
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With informative data on the measurements of the animal(s) we are able to build transit kennels to fit. Kennels may be either acquired from us or sent to any U.K. Airport to coincide along with your check in time or be brought to your home.
Regardless of the mode of travel, pets will go into the cargo your hands on the aircraft. This really is heated and pressurised to the exact same extent while the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded into the hold approximately half an hour before departure (however the airline requires 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. After the documents can be found the animals can be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator at which point the animals may be collected and taken home.
The first faltering step to ready your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to own your pet microchipped by having 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 have 3 choices:
You would 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 regarding whether they have scanners that can read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The quantity and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is a satisfactory kind of identification so long as it was handed just before July 3, 2011, is clearly visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets should have evidence of a current rabies vaccination administered after having a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The first rabies vaccination following the microchip is implanted is named the principal vaccination and it should be a 12 months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the following vaccination becomes the primary vaccination and additionally, it should be a twelve months vaccine.
All vaccinations which can be administered after the primary 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 must certanly be administered no sooner than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There’s no waiting period after booster vaccinations as long as:
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 will only be administered as a booster, never as a principal vaccination. You are able to 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 current, and the other 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 finding a rabies titer test (see step #3).
The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)
PETS is made to halt the spread of rabies and other diseases while still allowing pets to travel.
Northern Ireland has been free from rabies for many years, however in various other countries there is still a threat of the illness to mammals. The largest 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 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 with respect to the country your pet is travelling from.
They could then manage to get early release if they can be shown to meet up the mandatory pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most areas of Europe and many non-European destinations.
The Pet Travel Scheme is really a UK Government scheme that enables pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending time in quarantine.
In order to comply with these rules you should do these (In Order).
Check the principles 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 a period of 21 days following your pet’s vaccination, your pet may then travel to the UK.
When you have any evidence that your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from the vet stating that the pet has recently been examined and what the findings were), then this will be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days before the date of departure your pet (this doesn’t affect cats or ferrets) should be treated against tapeworm. You’ll want this treatment completed by a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to the effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please remember that you will find different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can simply be identified (because thet have been fitted with a dog passport microchip) then importation is going to be much easier. Always try and travel together with your pet so you are on hand to answer any questions as they arise.
There are other considerations you will need to take into account before bringing your pet back in the U.K. for instance the route that your pet travels should be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you utilize must certanly be an approved carrier and the united states that you’re flying from needs to be always a qualifying country.
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The aforementioned information should only be properly used as helpful information, since the regulations are constantly changing. A full set of regulations are available using the link below to the DEFRA website.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must be microchipped just before international travel, so ensuring this is done will 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 very anxious about sending their pets on a trip, and that is, of course, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly every year throughout the world and the risks of airline travel for them are exactly the same as a human of the same health status. The scare-mongering articles that may be found 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 ahead of airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals could not be allowed to depart from any UK Airport in a unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets shouldn’t travel to arrive at any destination over a week-end or Bank Holiday because at most of the airports abroad you will find no cargo handling arrangements during nowadays and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they are allowed to arrive at weekends it always incurs an additional fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it’s always far better send for a weekday arrival. You will find exceptions to the so please contact our office to learn more 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 virtually any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals won’t have the natural immunity of native pets in your brand-new country, therefore it is imperative they are extremely well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the chance of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can be advisable to ensure all their routine vaccinations are up to date because it’s prudent to provide them just as much disease immunity as possible.
Pets are 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 country, there’s no reason pets cannot settle well into your new 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 as long as they conform to the regulations. Additionally, it allows pet owners in the UK to take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other European countries and then return using them without requirement for quarantine. All relevant documents and information may be down loaded from these pages and all latest home elevators the scheme may be located on the official DEFRA web page.
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 treatment must certanly be administered by way of 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 necessary 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 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 could be on the official DEFRA website
As soon as your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK underneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is always to:
Provide a pre check of documentation just before leaving country of origin
Monitor pets once loaded onto the aircraft with our 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 could:
Collect your pet anytime or any day to match during our opening hours.
Take your dog 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 working with all areas of pet imports and our speciality is making sure 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 a unique service to Airpets and is really worth the additional time taken in order to avoid delays at customs. We’re conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
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 forms of American Bulldogs have now been found to be Pit Bulls. It is illegal to enter or transit the UK with any of 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 added to 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.
If you have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, you then must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency before you travel.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must certanly be housed in a IATA approved kennel which is suited to the size of your dog being transported. Food and water should also be contained in the kennel for long journeys and some airlines do exercise any dogs being shipped in the hang on significant stop-overs however for security reasons, this is simply not something that you (if you are travelling on a single aircraft) could be allowed to complete yourself.
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 intend to come back to the UK.
If you’re likely to take your pet on a journey to a country with a top incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test when you leave the country if you intend to come back to the EU. You do not have to wait 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 don’t 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 needed 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.
Taking your pet on your own flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to nearly every area of the world so typically, your pet should have the ability to travel on a single flight as yourself if that is what you should like. Most of the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and there are few points that is highly recommended with this kind of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive in to the cargo or freight portion of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you cannot maintain two places at the same time! If you’re organized attending to your own personal customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left waiting for more than required to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing at heart that many 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 extremely tough to transport, especially if you have all your personal luggage to deal with too.
Lastly, you’ll have no use of your pet from the time they’re checked in at the departure airport and soon you collect them at the destination airport, and for many 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 for their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet traveling on a single flight as yourself, we’ll come together with you to support this whenever possible.
We’re happy to meet clients who’re travelling for a passing fancy aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the afternoon of shipment. We’d require seeing copies most of Veterinary paperwork to be certain they’re acceptable for travel and whilst we shall always ask you to check and double check the size of your pet and travel kennel in advance, 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 basis 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 often times if you’re sure in regards to the size as a wriggly dog is not quite an easy task to measure and we are able to usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.
Many pets which have previously travelled to the UK in a certain size kennel may not have the ability 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 earth for animal welfare, and therefore the message here’s that if you should be unsure please say so once we will then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not just a adequate fit.
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 a result have a vast number of experience which we could call upon whenever we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an in depth (and current) familiarity with different rules that apply to the import of animals for confirmed country.
If you are emigrating or moving abroad for a time frame and wish to take your pet dog, or dogs with after this you if you plan ahead, it will be a easier than you think process with the least quantity of stress for you personally and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting all of the relevant vaccinations and some other veterinary treatments out the way in which early meaning your pets will not be suffering side effects when they travel. It’s also a good idea to get all documentation completed and ready to go with sufficient time to spare before your departure date.
Passportforpets.co.uk is really a division of Airsupply Shipping located near London’s Heathrow Airport. We offer a range of dog shipping services that will incorporate a “door to door” collection and delivery if you so wish. Our pricing is open and transparent without hidden fees and we are pleased to provide any help and support you might require to get your pet safely to your new home.
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This website provides a wealth of information about the import requirements of varied countries concerning the import of dogs but if your destination is not listed under the “Destination Requirements” tab (above) then simply contact us by completing the web quotation form, or our quick enquiry form or you can call us free using the number towards the top of the page.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your dog to USA having an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You understand your pet utilizes you to make the best decisions about their welfare and we follow the strict operating code laid down by IPATA. These rules are designed to ensure that your dog is not unduly stressed by the travel and which they arrive in 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 would like 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 news about shipping your puppy to the USA from the Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country such as the UK is that there surely is no quarantine requirement as long as your puppy has been around the UK for 6 months or more. However, your dog must have documented evidence of being vaccinated against rabies otherwise this may cause entry delays when you is going to 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 own had the rabies vaccination you then 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 overall 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 among the