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 so long as they adhere to the regulations. It also allows pet owners in the UK to take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other European countries and then return together without dependence on quarantine. All relevant documents and information may be down loaded from these pages and all latest information on the scheme may be 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) should be treated for tapeworm. The therapy must certanly 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 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’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 could be found on the official DEFRA internet 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 your tracking system software
Collect your pet promptly from the state animal quarantine station at Heathrow then make the 5 minute journey to the kennels and cattery at Heathrow.
From there you might:
Collect your pet at any time or any day to accommodate during our opening hours.
Take your puppy 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 main reason 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 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 aren’t 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’s illegal to enter or transit the UK with any of these breeds or their mixes.
Dogs can only 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 that are time for the UK after being added to the exemption list can enter.
Please note that the ban also relates to dogs that spend 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 when you travel.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats should be microchipped ahead of international travel, so ensuring this is completed will always be the first 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 extremely anxious about sending their pets on a trip, and that is, needless to say, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly each year across the world and the risks of airline travel for them are exactly the same as an individual of very same health status. The scare-mongering articles that may be located on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel more often than not 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 not be permitted to depart from any UK Airport in an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets shouldn’t happen to be arrive at any destination over a week-end or Bank Holiday because at most airports abroad you will find no cargo handling arrangements during these days and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they are allowed to reach at weekends it usually incurs an additional fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it’s always far better send for a weekday arrival. You can 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 are only given water that’s safe for humans to drink, we would strongly advise bottled water if you are in just about any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals will not have the natural immunity of native pets in your new country, so it’s imperative they’re well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the chance of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can also be advisable to make sure that 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 are 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 new country, there’s no reason pets cannot settle well into your new life abroad together.
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 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 make sure that your dog is not unduly stressed by the travel and they arrive in the US in good condition. However, we have been shipping dogs to the USA for over 40 years and we actually go beyond 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 news about shipping your pet to the USA from a Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country just like the UK is that there’s no quarantine requirement provided that your pet has been around the UK for 6 months or more. However, your dog must have documented evidence to be vaccinated against rabies otherwise this may lead to entry delays since you is likely 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 should be importing a puppy that’s too young (usually under 6 months of age) to possess had the rabies vaccination then you 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 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 among the
Shipping Dogs To Australia By Air
We have been shipping dogs by air to all the major continents for over 40 years and therefore 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 thorough (and current) knowledge of the various rules that apply to the import of animals for certain country.
If you should be emigrating or moving abroad for a time period and want to take your pet dog, or dogs with afterward you if you plan ahead, it would have been a fairly easy process with minimal number of stress for you and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting all the relevant vaccinations and some other veterinary treatments out the way in which early meaning your pets won’t be suffering side effects if they travel. It is also advisable to obtain all documentation completed and ready to go with the required 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 variety of dog shipping services that will add a “door to door” collection and delivery in the event that you so wish. Our pricing is open and transparent without hidden fees and i will be pleased to provide any help and support you might require to get your pet safely to your home.
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Pet Export Hillingdon Heath
This site provides a wealth of information about the import requirements of varied countries associated with 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 can call us free using the amount towards the top of the page.
General Information About Exporting Pets
Once you request a pet export quotation we quote for several costs to move your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you should be delivering your pet to your premises near Heathrow it must arrive at least five hours ahead of the flight. Collections from you (if required) will undoubtedly 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 are not included in the quote (but we will advise you of this).
Prices are dependent on 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 the event of dogs, the box size provided is on the basis of the measurements directed at us. Should these measurements be incorrect we accept no responsibility for any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals must be shipped in containers developed to IATA specifications which are the right size for them i.e. they should be large enough for the pet to operate without touching the the top of box, lay down comfortably and have the ability to turn round within the box. There must be described as a fixed water container within the container with a way of filling it from the surface (funnel).
In case you desire to utilise our services we will have to have written confirmation with payment when possible and at least 28 days beforehand. We will also need a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the united kingdom of destination (the airline will have to ring beforehand to verify acceptance).
You may be able to take your pet as excess baggage, which would mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This might be a cheaper option (please note that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there might be restrictions such as for instance standby status with respect 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 as the move be particularly difficult then we are able to offer the cargo option as well as 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 may be either picked up from us or sent to any U.K. Airport to coincide together with your register time or be delivered to your home.
Regardless of the mode of travel, pets will go into the cargo your hands on the aircraft. This is heated and pressurised to the same extent while the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded to the hold approximately 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires that they’re delivered to them 4 hours before the flight) and are unloaded at one other end usually within half an hour of the plane landing. Once the documents can be found the animals can be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator of which point the animals can be collected and taken home.
The Pet Travel Scheme is really a UK Government scheme that allows pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending amount of time in quarantine.
In order to comply with one of these rules you will need to do these (In Order).
Check the rules 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 an amount of 21 days following your pet’s vaccination, your pet may then go the UK.
If you have any evidence your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from a vet stating that your pet has recently been examined and what the findings were), then this could be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days before the date of departure your puppy (this doesn’t apply to cats or ferrets) must certanly be treated against tapeworm. You must have this treatment completed with a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to this effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please be aware that you will find different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can quickly be identified (because thet have been fitted with a pet passport microchip) then importation will undoubtedly be much easier. Always try and travel along with your pet so that you are on hand to answer any questions because they arise.
There are other considerations you should consider before bringing your pet back in the U.K. for instance the route your pet travels must be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you use should be an accepted carrier and the nation that you are flying from needs to be always a qualifying country.
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The above mentioned information should only be properly used as a guide, since the regulations are constantly changing. The full set of regulations can be found by using the link below to the DEFRA website.
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 from rabies for several years, however in various other countries there is still a threat of the disease to mammals. The biggest risk for rabies entering here will be through 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 principles of the scheme, which differ with respect to the country the pet is travelling from.
They may then have the ability to get early release if they could be shown to generally meet the necessary pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most areas of Europe and many non-European destinations.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must be housed in a IATA approved kennel which will be ideal for the size of your 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 hold on tight significant stop-overs but also for security reasons, this is simply not something that you (if you’re travelling for a passing fancy aircraft) could be allowed to complete yourself.
Exporting Pets Living in the United Kingdom
All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving the UK must 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 want to go back to the UK.
If you are planning to take your pet on a holiday to a country with a higher incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test when you leave the united states if you want to return 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 your pet passport.
You don’t have to wait 3 months 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.
Export certificates are needed 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.
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 probably the most experienced pet relocation company in the UK, having completed thousands of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you’ll need assistance with all facets of your pet relocation, or just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to help and offer these:
Expert assistance with all relevant veterinary & documentation requirements
Reliable, DEFRA licenced number of your pet from anywhere in the UK
Booking of the very direct, time efficient flight for your pet
Comprehensive ‘Door-to-door’pet relocation to destinations across the world
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 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 christmas, ahead of shipment abroad or in quarantine, they will be pampered by our experienced & caring kennel staff. All our staff have undergone our personal 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 within our secure paddock
All kennels have heated passage ways or individual heaters
All pets are fed a well-balanced & nutritious diet
Our vets come in attendance each day
We also give you a full pet grooming service