Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must certanly be microchipped just before international travel, so ensuring this is completed can 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 this 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 the same health status. The scare-mongering articles that may be located 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 instance 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 would not be allowed to depart from any UK Airport in an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets should not go 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’re allowed to arrive at weekends it usually incurs an additional fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it is always better to send for a weekday arrival. You will find exceptions to this 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 is safe for humans to drink, we’d strongly advise bottled water if you should be in virtually any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals will not have the natural immunity of native pets in your brand-new country, so it’s imperative they’re extremely well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the risk of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can also be advisable to ensure that all of their routine vaccinations are updated because it is prudent to offer 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 reasons why pets cannot settle well into your life abroad together.
The first step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to have your pet microchipped by having an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet currently includes a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you then have 3 choices:
You brings 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 still be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The quantity and implant dates of both microchips should be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is an acceptable form of identification provided that it was handed prior to July 3, 2011, is obviously visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies following the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets will need to have proof a current rabies vaccination administered after 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 must be a 12 months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, another vaccination becomes the primary vaccination and in addition, it must certanly be a one year 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 principal rabies vaccination must be administered no earlier than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There’s no waiting period after booster vaccinations provided that:
the last vaccination was administered after a microchip was implanted AND
the previous 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 can get hold of 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 up to date, and one other entry requirements are met.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from the high-rabies country, it must wait for no less than 30 days after vaccination before finding a rabies titer test (see step #3).
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 types of American Bulldogs have been found to be Pit Bulls. It’s illegal to enter or transit the UK with some of these breeds or their mixes.
Dogs can only 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 can be time for 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.
When you yourself have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, then you definitely must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency when you travel.
Taking your pet in your flight
Pets can travel of all scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to almost every area of the world so typically, your pet should have the ability to travel for a passing fancy flight as yourself if that is what you would like. The majority of the ‘low-cost’airlines do not carry pets however, and you can find few points that is highly recommended with this type of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive to the cargo or freight part of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you cannot be in two places at once! If you’re organized attending to your 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 in mind that most airports require you to take your pets travel kennel away with you. In case of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove extremely tough to move, particularly if you have all your own personal luggage to manage too.
Lastly, you will have no usage of your pet from the full time they’re checked in at the departure airport until you collect them at the destination airport, and for some countries such as 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 for a passing fancy flight as yourself, we’ll work together with you to allow for this whenever possible.
We’re happy to generally meet clients that are travelling for a passing fancy aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the afternoon of shipment. We’d require seeing copies every one of Veterinary paperwork to be sure they’re suitable for travel and whilst we shall always ask you to check on and double check how big is your pet and travel kennel ahead of time, 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 typical reason for these last second 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’ve with these kind of issues, we shall sometimes ask you many times if you’re sure concerning 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 specific size kennel may not be able to travel back out in the same kennel because of the stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are amongst the strictest in the world for animal welfare, and and so the message here is that if you are unsure please say so once we may then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not a adequate fit.
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. 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 can be down loaded from these pages and all latest info on the scheme may be found 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 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) should be treated for tapeworm. The procedure must 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 amount of time in the UK. There’s no mandatory requirement for tick treatment. No treatment is required 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 way of a 3 month wait.
To avoid confusion we’ve prepared check lists for you really 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 can be located on the official DEFRA website
Whenever your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK underneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is to:
Give you a pre check of documentation ahead of leaving country of origin
Monitor pets once loaded onto the aircraft with our 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 could:
Collect your pet at any time or any day to suit during our opening hours.
Take your dog for a walk inside our field
Arrange your dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in dealing with all aspects of pet imports and our speciality is ensuring that all documentation is correct before leaving the united states 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 well worth the excess time taken to be able to avoid delays at customs. We are conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
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 several years, but in several other countries there is still a risk of the illness to mammals. The greatest risk for rabies entering here could 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 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 your pet is travelling from.
They could then manage 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.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air should be housed in a IATA approved kennel that is suited to how big canine being transported. Food and water must also be within the kennel for long journeys and some airlines do exercise any dogs being shipped in the hang on significant stop-overs but for security reasons, this is simply not a thing that you (if you’re travelling on the same aircraft) would be allowed to complete yourself.
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 countless amounts of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you will need assistance with all aspects 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 assortment of your pet from anywhere in the UK
Booking of the very direct, time efficient flight for the 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 enough time pets spend in 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 staying with 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 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 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 day
We also offer a full pet grooming service
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 should be 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 soon be by arrangement, usually on your day before departure.
Pet-Export-Chalfont St Peter
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 struggling to pay them in your behalf, so these charges aren’t included in the quote (but we will 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 the event 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 just about any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals should be shipped in containers developed to IATA specifications which are the correct size for them i.e. they have to be large enough for the pet to remain true without touching the top of the box, take a nap comfortably and be able to turn round within the box. There must be considered a fixed water container inside the container with a means of filling it from the outside (funnel).
Should you need to utilise our services we would have to have written confirmation with payment the moment possible and at least 28 days beforehand. We will even demand a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the country of destination (the airline will have to ring beforehand to confirm acceptance).
You might be able to take your pet as excess baggage, which will mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This is sometimes a cheaper option (please note that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there may be restrictions such as for instance 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 while the move be particularly difficult then we could provide cargo option as well as other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
Cat-Export-Chalfont St Peter
With informative data on the measurements of the animal(s) we could build transit kennels to fit. Kennels may be either found from us or brought to any U.K. Airport to coincide along with your register time or be sent to your home.
Whatever the mode of travel, pets will go into the cargo your hands on the aircraft. This is heated and pressurised to the exact same extent whilst the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded into the hold approximately around 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires they are delivered to them 4 hours before the flight) and are unloaded at the other end usually within around 30 minutes of the plane landing. After the documents are available the animals could be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator at which point the animals could be collected and taken home.
There’s no navigating around it – taking your pet travelling by air outside the UK, whether on a brief holiday or maybe more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and can be complicated.
There are always a host of regulations which have to be followed, both country and airline specific, and they frequently change.
Generally speaking, the farther away or even more exotic your destination, the more work is necessary to meet import regulations, veterinary requirements and to navigate through the area rules.
Our job at Pets by Plane is to assist you find the correct flights (many airlines won’t carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the principles and regulations, advise on the best 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 around the world, we’ll ensure everything is as stress free that you can and we will 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 dedicated, efficient and caring service.
The Pet Travel Scheme is just a UK Government scheme which allows pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending amount of time in quarantine.
To be able to comply with your rules you should do the next (In Order).
Check the principles applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk internet site 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 happen to be the UK.
When you yourself have any evidence that your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from the vet stating that the pet has been recently examined and what the findings were), then this would be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days before the date of departure your dog (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 this effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please remember that there are different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can easily be identified (because thet have already been fitted with a puppy passport microchip) then importation will be much easier. Always try and travel with your pet so you are on hand to answer any questions because they arise.
You can find other considerations you will have to take into account before bringing your pet back in the U.K. for example the route that your pet travels must be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you use must be an accepted carrier and the united states that you will be flying from needs to become a qualifying country.
Pet Export Northolt
Cat Export Northwood Hills
Dog Export North Feltham
Pet Export North Hillingdon
Dog Export North Sheen
Pet Export North Hyde
Pet Export North Acton
Cat Export North Ascot
Dog Export Northwood
Dog Export North Town
Cat Export North Harrow
Dog Export North Wembley
The aforementioned information should only be properly used as helpful tips, since the regulations are constantly changing. A full set of regulations are available by using the link below to the DEFRA website.