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 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 may be down loaded from this site and all latest info on the scheme may be found 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 next 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 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 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 with a 3 month wait.
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 may be on the official DEFRA web page
When 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 this tracking system software
Collect your pet promptly from the official animal quarantine station at Heathrow then make the 5 minute journey to your kennels and cattery at Heathrow.
From there you may:
Collect your pet at any time or any day to accommodate during our opening hours.
Take your pet for a walk inside our field
Arrange your pet dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in working with all facets of pet imports and our speciality is making sure that all documentation is correct before leaving the nation of origin! The main cause 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 excess time taken to be able to avoid delays at customs. We are conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
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. You should also ask your veterinarian for an EU Pet Passport if you intend to come back to the UK.
If you’re about to take your pet on a journey to a country with a higher incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test when you leave the nation if you wish to come back to the EU. You don’t have to wait 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 the pet passport.
There isn’t 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 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.
Taking your pet in your flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to nearly every part of the world so generally, your pet should be able to travel on the same flight as yourself if this is what you will like. The majority of the ‘low-cost’airlines do not carry pets however, and you can find few points that should be considered with this kind of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive to the cargo or freight section of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you cannot maintain two places simultaneously! If you’re held up attending to your own personal customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left awaiting longer than necessary to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing at heart that most 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 very difficult to transport, particularly if you have all your own personal luggage to cope with too.
Lastly, you’ll not have any usage of your pet from the full time they’re checked in at the departure airport before you collect them at the destination airport, and for many countries such as for instance Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you will not be able to see your pets before they’re taken to their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet traveling on the same flight as yourself, we’ll interact with you to allow for this whenever possible.
We are happy to meet up clients who are travelling on the same 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 will always ask you to check on and double check how big is your pet and travel kennel in advance, we unfortunately cannot accept any responsibility for last-minute delays or problems occurred on your day of travel with this kind of shipment. The single most frequent reason behind these last minute 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 have with such issues, we will sometimes ask you many times if you should be sure concerning the size as a wriggly dog is not quite an easy task to measure and we could usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.
Many pets which have previously travelled in to the UK in a specific size kennel may not be able to travel back out in the same kennel as a result of stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are between the strictest on the planet for animal welfare, and so the message here is that if you are uncertain please say so once we will then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not really a adequate fit.
General Information About Exporting Pets
When you request a pet export quotation we quote for many costs to move your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you are delivering your pet to your premises near Heathrow it must arrive at least five hours before the flight. Collections from you (if required) is likely to be by arrangement, usually on your day before departure.
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’re unable to pay them on your own behalf, so these charges aren’t within the quote (but we shall advise you of this).
Costs are dependent on 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 almost any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals must be shipped in containers built to IATA specifications which are the proper size for them i.e. they need to be big enough for the animal to stand up without touching the the surface of the box, take a nap comfortably and manage to turn round within the box. There must also be described as a fixed water container within the container with a method of filling it from the exterior (funnel).
Should you desire to utilise our services we would have 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 states of destination (the airline will have to ring beforehand to verify acceptance).
You might be in a position to take your pet as excess baggage, which would mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This might be 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 if the animal(s) be an especially large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at the same time because the move be particularly difficult then we can provide the cargo option along with other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With info on the measurements of the animal(s) we are able to build transit kennels to fit. Kennels can be either picked up from us or brought to any U.K. Airport to coincide with your sign in time or be brought to your home.
Whatever the mode of travel, pets will go to the cargo your hands on the aircraft. This really is heated and pressurised to the same extent because the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded into the hold approximately half an hour before departure (however the airline requires that they are delivered to them 4 hours ahead of the flight) and are unloaded at one other end usually within half an hour of the plane landing. When the documents are available the animals may 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.
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 without any rabies for several years, however in some other countries there’s still a danger of the condition 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 invest 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 the pet is travelling from.
They might then be able to get early release if they can be shown to meet the required pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most parts of Europe and many non-European destinations.
Banned Breeds of Dogs
The next 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 already 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 just 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 positioned on the exemption list can enter.
Please observe that the ban also relates to dogs that spend time in Great Britain during transit to other countries.
When you have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, then you must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency when you travel.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your puppy to USA with an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as for instance Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You know your dog utilizes you to really make the best decisions about their welfare and we follow the strict operating code laid down by IPATA. These rules were created to ensure that your pet isn’t 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 are able to 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 like the UK is that there’s no quarantine requirement provided that your puppy has been doing the UK for 6 months or more. However, your puppy will need to have documented evidence of being vaccinated against rabies otherwise this can lead to entry delays since you will be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says you will get your pet vaccinated and then confine them for at the least 30 days after treatment). If you should be importing a puppy that is too young (usually under 6 months of age) to have had the rabies vaccination you then will need 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 have a certificate of general 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 one of the
There’s no making your way around it – taking your pet travelling by air beyond your UK, whether on a brief holiday or even more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and can be complicated.
There are certainly a host of regulations which have to be followed, both country and airline specific, and they quite often change.
Generally, the farther away or maybe 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 will not carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the guidelines and regulations, advise on the best 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 around the world, we’ll ensure everything is as stress free as you are able to and we is likely to make the calm well-being, comfort and safety of one’s 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.
The first faltering step to ready 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 features a microchip that is 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 as to whether they’ve 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).
A tattoo is a suitable form of identification so long as it was given prior to July 3, 2011, is actually visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets must have evidence of a current rabies vaccination administered following a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The first rabies vaccination following the microchip is implanted is called the principal vaccination and it should be a 12 months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, another vaccination becomes the principal vaccination and additionally, it must certanly 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 principal rabies vaccination should be administered no earlier than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There is no waiting period after booster vaccinations as long as:
the last vaccination was administered following a microchip was implanted AND
the prior vaccination had not expired once 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 an enhancement, not as a principal vaccination. You can confer with 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 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 a minimum of 30 days after vaccination before receiving a rabies titer test (see step #3).
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 tens of thousands of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you will need assistance with all areas of your pet relocation, or just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to simply help and offer the following:
Expert assistance with all relevant veterinary & documentation requirements
Reliable, DEFRA licenced assortment 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
Supply of IATA approved sky kennels
Delivery at destination via our worldwide network of established partner agents
Our prime location is vital to minimising the time pets spend within their Sky Kennels, allowing us to exercise each and every one 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 with 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 one 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 have been in attendance each and every day
We also offer a full pet grooming service