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 tens of thousands of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you need assistance with all facets of your pet relocation, or simply 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 globe
Method of getting IATA approved sky kennels
Delivery at destination via our worldwide network of established partner agents
Our prime location is vital to minimising the full 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 sticking to us whilst you’re away on holiday, prior to 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 one priority.
All dogs are exercised daily in individual runs or in 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
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your puppy to USA by having an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as 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 made to ensure that your dog isn’t unduly stressed by the travel and they get to the US in good condition. However, we have been shipping dogs to the USA for over 40 years and we actually rise above 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.
What’s promising about shipping your puppy to the USA from the Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country like the UK is that there is no quarantine requirement provided that your pet has been in the UK for 6 months or more. However, your pet must have documented evidence of being vaccinated against rabies otherwise this will cause entry delays as you is going to be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says that you will get your pet vaccinated and then confine them for no less than 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 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 really 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 one of the
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 using them without importance of quarantine. All relevant documents and information could be down loaded from these pages and all latest home elevators the scheme could 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 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) must certanly be treated for tapeworm. The therapy must be administered with a vet not less than 24 hours and no 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 with a 3 month wait.
In order to avoid confusion we’ve prepared check lists for you to print out and try your vet.
Click here for EU and listed countries check list
Click here for unlisted countries check list
All latest information could be found on the official DEFRA site
As soon as your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK beneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is always to:
Provide a pre check of documentation prior to 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 suit during our opening hours.
Take your pet for a walk within our field
Arrange a 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 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 just a unique service to Airpets and is well worth the excess 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 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 now been found to be Pit Bulls. It’s illegal to enter or transit the UK with these breeds or their mixes.
Dogs can just only be viewed for exemption from UK Dangerous Dog Laws through the courts. Pet owners cannot apply fo exemption when importing their dogs.Only dogs which can be returning to the UK after being placed on the exemption list can enter.
Please note that the ban also applies to dogs that spend time in Great Britain during transit to other countries.
If 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.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must certanly be microchipped ahead of international travel, so ensuring this is completed will always be the first faltering step in preparing your pets for travel. The 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 that is, obviously, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly annually across the world and the risks of airline travel for them are exactly the same as an individual of the equivalent health status. The scare-mongering articles that may be on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel typically occur when 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 that are required prior to airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals would never be allowed to depart from any UK Airport in a unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets should not 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 these days and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to reach at weekends it always incurs yet another fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, therefore it is always far better send for a weekday arrival. You can find exceptions to the so please contact our office to learn more if that 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 just about any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals will not have the natural immunity of native pets in your brand-new country, therefore it is imperative they are quite well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the chance of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can be advisable to make sure that all their routine vaccinations are up to date because it is prudent to provide them the maximum amount of 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 country, there is no reason pets cannot settle well into your new life abroad together.