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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 comply with the regulations. Additionally, it allows pet owners in the UK to take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other European countries and then return together without need for quarantine. All relevant documents and information may be down loaded from this site and all latest informative data on the scheme can be on the official DEFRA internet 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 the following completed in this exact order:

Be microchipped
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 be administered by way of a vet not significantly less than 24 hours and less than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival amount of 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 by way of a 3 month wait.

In order to avoid confusion we have prepared check lists for you to print out and take to your vet.

Click here for EU and listed countries check list

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Click here for unlisted countries check list

All latest information can be 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 would be to:

Offer a pre check of documentation just before leaving country of origin
Monitor pets once loaded onto the aircraft with your tracking system software
Collect your pet promptly from the official animal quarantine station at Heathrow then make the 5 minute journey to our kennels and cattery at Heathrow.

From there you may:

Collect your pet whenever you want or any day to match 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 dealing with all facets of pet imports and our speciality is ensuring 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 a unique service to Airpets and is worth the extra time taken in order to avoid delays at customs. We’re conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.

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 our premises near Heathrow it must arrive no less than five hours ahead of the flight. Collections from you (if required) will undoubtedly be by arrangement, usually on the day before departure.
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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 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 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 directed at us. Should these measurements be incorrect we accept no responsibility for almost any delay or extra costs involved as a result.

Animals should be shipped in containers built to IATA specifications which are the right size for them i.e. they should be big enough for the animal to operate without touching the the top of box, take a nap comfortably and be able to turn round within the box. There must also be considered a fixed water container in the container with a means of filling it from the outside (funnel).

In case you need to utilise our services we would need to have written confirmation with payment the moment possible and at the very least 28 days beforehand. We may also require a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the country of destination (the airline should ring beforehand to verify acceptance).

Maybe you are in a position to take your pet as excess baggage, which will mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This is sometimes a cheaper option (please remember that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there could be restrictions such as standby status with regards to the airline and the route). However should the animal(s) be an especially large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at once since the move be particularly difficult then we can provide cargo option as well as other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
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With home elevators the measurements of the animal(s) we are able to build transit kennels to fit. Kennels could be either picked up from us or brought to any U.K. Airport to coincide along with your register time or be delivered to your home.

Regardless of the mode of travel, pets will go into the cargo hold of the aircraft. That is heated and pressurised to the same extent since the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded into the hold approximately half an hour before departure (however the airline requires that they’re delivered to them 4 hours prior to the flight) and are unloaded at the other end usually within half an hour of the plane landing. Once the documents can be found the animals could 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.

Pet Microchip

The first faltering step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to have 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 have 3 choices:

You will bring your personal microchip scanner.
You are able to contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you will enter the UK and inquire as to whether they have scanners that could read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can nevertheless 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).

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A tattoo is a suitable kind of identification so long as it was given just before July 3, 2011, is obviously visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies following the tattoo was applied.

Rabies Vaccination

All dogs, cats and ferrets will need to have proof a current rabies vaccination administered following a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.

The initial rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted is known as the principal vaccination and it must certanly be a twelve months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the next vaccination becomes the primary vaccination and in addition it should be a twelve 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 earlier than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.

There’s no waiting period after booster vaccinations so long as:

the last vaccination was administered after a microchip was implanted AND
the last 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 should only be administered as a booster, much less a key vaccination. You are able to 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 updated, and one other entry requirements are met.

If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from the high-rabies country, it must watch for no less than 30 days after vaccination before getting a rabies titer test (see step #3).

Transporting your dog to USA

Relocate your pet to USA with an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as for example Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You know your pet relies on you to help 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 which 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.
The good thing about shipping your pet 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 dog has been doing the UK for 6 months or more. However, your dog will have to have documented evidence to be vaccinated against rabies otherwise this can lead to entry delays when you is likely to be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says that you will get your dog vaccinated and then confine them for at the least 30 days after treatment). If you’re importing a puppy that is too young (usually under 6 months of age) to have 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 puppy to have a certificate of overall health MOST AIRLINES DO REQUIRE THIS before they’ll alow your pet to board an aircraft.

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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 several other countries there is still a danger 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 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 regards to the country your pet is travelling from.

They may then be able to get early release if they could be shown to meet the necessary pet travel requirements.

Countries participating in PETS include most areas of Europe and many non-European destinations.

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. You should also ask your veterinarian for an EU Pet Passport if you would like to return to the UK.

If you are planning 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 nation if you intend to come back to the EU. You don’t have to hold back 90 days before traveling 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.

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 required for exporting unaccompanied dogs and cats to these 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 will 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 journey, and that is, obviously, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly annually throughout the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the exact same as a human of the equivalent health status. The scare-mongering articles that can be located on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel almost always 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 which are 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 an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.

Pets shouldn’t go arrive at any destination over a week-end or Bank Holiday because at most of the airports abroad you can find no cargo handling arrangements during today and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to reach at weekends it usually incurs one more fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it is always better to send for a weekday arrival. There are exceptions to the so please contact our office to learn more if this is something you require.

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When taking your pet to a foreign country, please ensure they are only given water that is safe for humans to drink, we would strongly advise bottled water if you should be in just about any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals won’t have the natural immunity of native pets in your country, so it is imperative they are quite well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the danger of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can also be advisable to make sure that all their routine vaccinations are updated because it’s prudent to provide them 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 new country, there is no reason why pets cannot settle well into your brand-new life abroad together.

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