General Information About Exporting Pets
Whenever you request a pet export quotation we quote for all costs to move your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you are delivering your pet to our premises near Heathrow it must arrive no less than five hours prior to the flight. Collections from you (if required) is going to be by arrangement, usually on the 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 in your behalf, so these charges aren’t included in the quote (but we will advise you of this).
Prices are determined by 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 just about any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals should be shipped in containers developed to IATA specifications which are the right size for them i.e. they should be big enough for the pet to operate without touching the top of the box, take a nap comfortably and have the ability to turn round within the box. There must also be considered a fixed water container within the container with a means of filling it from the surface (funnel).
In case you need to utilise our services we would have 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 united kingdom of destination (the airline will need to ring beforehand to confirm acceptance).
Maybe you are able to take your pet as excess baggage, which may mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This may also be a cheaper option (please remember that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there could be restrictions such as for example standby status depending on 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 are able to provide cargo option along with 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 acquired from us or brought to any U.K. Airport to coincide with your sign in time or be sent to your home.
Regardless of 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 whilst the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded into the hold approximately around 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires that they’re delivered in their mind 4 hours prior to the flight) and are unloaded at one other end usually within around 30 minutes of the plane landing. After 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 can be collected and taken home.
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 without any rabies for several years, however in some other countries there’s still a threat of the illness to mammals. The biggest risk for rabies entering here would 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 guidelines of the scheme, which differ depending on the country your pet is travelling from.
They may then be able to get early release if they may be shown to meet up the necessary pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most elements of Europe and many non-European destinations.
The first faltering step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to own 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 own microchip scanner.
You can contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you’ll enter the UK and inquire concerning whether they have scanners that will read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can nevertheless be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The number and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is a suitable type of identification provided that it was given prior to July 3, 2011, is actually visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies following the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets should have proof of a current rabies vaccination administered after a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The initial rabies vaccination following the microchip is implanted is called the principal vaccination and it must certanly be a one year 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 12 months vaccine.
All vaccinations which are 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 should be administered no sooner than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There is no waiting period after booster vaccinations provided that:
the prior 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 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 required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept current, and one other entry requirements are met.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from a high-rabies country, it must wait for no less than 30 days after vaccination before finding a rabies titer test (see step #3).
Taking your pet in your flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to nearly every area of the world so in most cases, your pet should be able to travel on the same flight as yourself if that is what you would like. All of the ‘low-cost’airlines do not carry pets however, and there are few points that should be thought about with this sort of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive to the cargo or freight element of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t take two places at the same time! If you’re held up attending to your personal customs and visa formalities, your pet might be left waiting for more than required to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing at heart that a lot of airports require you to take your pets travel kennel away with you. In the case of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove extremely tough to transport, especially if you have all your own luggage to deal with too.
Lastly, you’ll have no access to your pet from enough time they’re checked in at the departure airport until you collect them at the destination airport, and for a few countries such as Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you will not have the ability to see your pets before they’re taken to their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet to visit on a single flight as yourself, we’ll interact with you to accommodate this whenever possible.
We’re happy to generally meet clients who’re travelling for a passing fancy aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the day of shipment. We would require seeing copies most of Veterinary paperwork to be certain they’re acceptable for travel and whilst we shall always ask you to test 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 the afternoon of travel with this kind of shipment. The single most common basis for these last second problems at the airport could 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 these kind of issues, we shall sometimes ask you many times if you’re sure in regards to the size as a wriggly dog is nearly simple to measure and we can usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.
Many pets that have previously travelled to the UK in a certain size kennel might not have the ability to travel back out in exactly the same kennel due to the stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are between the strictest in the world for animal welfare, and so the message here is that if you should be uncertain please say so as we may then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not a adequate fit.
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 thousands of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you’ll need assistance with all areas of your pet relocation, or simply just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to help and offer the next:
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 the pet
Comprehensive ‘Door-to-door’pet relocation to destinations across the world
Way to obtain IATA approved sky kennels
Delivery at destination via our worldwide network of established partner agents
Our prime location is important to minimising the full 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 to 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 1 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 have been in attendance each day
We also give you a full pet grooming service
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your pet to USA by having an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as for example Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You realize your puppy depends 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 designed to make sure that your pet is not 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 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 like the UK is that there’s no quarantine requirement provided that your pet has been doing the UK for 6 months or more. However, your dog must have documented evidence of being vaccinated against rabies otherwise this may lead to entry delays since 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 at the least 30 days after treatment). If you’re importing a puppy that’s too young (usually under 6 months of age) to own had the rabies vaccination then you definitely 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 will alow your pet to board an aircraft.
Generally, all dogs should be imported or exported through one of many
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 comply with the regulations. It also allows pet owners in the UK to take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other European countries and then return with them without significance of quarantine. All relevant documents and information could be down loaded from this site and all latest information on the scheme could be located 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:
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 therapy must be administered by way of a vet not less than 24 hours and less 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 needed 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 prevent confusion we have 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 may be located on the official DEFRA web site
As soon as your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK underneath 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 state 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 whenever you want or any day to match 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 working with all aspects of pet imports and our speciality is ensuring that all documentation is correct before leaving the nation of origin! The key reason 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.
There’s no getting around it – taking your pet travelling by air outside the UK, whether on a brief holiday or even more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and can be complicated.
There are always a host of regulations which need to be followed, both country and airline specific, and they quite often change.
Generally speaking, the farther away or more exotic your destination, the more work is required 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 correct flights (many airlines will not carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the principles and regulations, advise on the right travel kennel and make sure that your pet can travel comfortably, securely and as economically as possible.
With over 25 year’s experience in transporting animals all over the world, we’ll ensure everything is really as stress free as you can and we will make the calm well-being, comfort and safety of your 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.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must certanly be microchipped prior to international travel, so ensuring this is done can be the first step in preparing your pets for travel. One 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 extremely anxious about sending their pets on a flight, and that is, of course, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly each year around the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the exact same as an individual of the equivalent health status. The scare-mongering articles which can be 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 animals being cramped into inappropriately sized travel kennels and not given the rigorous medical examinations which can be required prior to airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals could not be permitted to depart from any UK Airport within an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets shouldn’t travel to arrive at any destination over a week-end or Bank Holiday because for the most part airports abroad there are no cargo handling arrangements during nowadays and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to arrive at weekends it usually incurs yet another fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it is always better to 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’s 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 new country, therefore it is imperative they’re quite well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the risk of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It is also advisable to ensure all of their routine vaccinations are updated because it’s prudent to give them just as much 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’s no reason why pets cannot settle well into your brand-new life abroad together.
The Pet Travel Scheme is a UK Government scheme that enables pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending time in quarantine.
To be able to comply with your rules you will have to do the next (In Order).
Check the rules applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk web site and make your plans accordingly.
Have your animal fitted with a microchip.
Have your pet vaccinated against rabies.
For qualifying countries, after a period of 21 days following your pet’s vaccination, your pet may then go 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 could be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days prior to the date of departure your dog (this does not connect with cats or ferrets) must certanly be treated against tapeworm. You’ll want this treatment completed with a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to the effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please remember 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 already been fitted with a dog passport microchip) then importation will undoubtedly be much easier. Always try and travel together with your pet so that you are on hand to answer any questions because they arise.
You will find other considerations you will need to consider before bringing your pet back into the U.K. for example the route that the pet travels must certanly be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you utilize should be an authorized carrier and the united states that you’re flying from needs to be always a qualifying country.
Dog Export South Harrow
Pet Export Spring Grove
Pet Export Southall
Pet Export St Margarets
Dog Export Staines
Dog Export Stanners Hill
Cat Export South Ruislip
Cat Export St George's Hill
Dog Export Spital
Cat Export Southborough
Cat Export South Oxhey
Pet Export St Johns
The above mentioned information should only be properly used as helpful information, whilst the regulations are constantly changing. A complete list of regulations are available utilizing the link below to the DEFRA website.
Exporting Pets Living in the United Kingdom
All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving the UK should 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 want to go back to the UK.
If you’re about to take your pet on a holiday 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 return to the EU. You do not have to attend 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 your pet passport.
Export certificates are needed 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.
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 now been found to be Pit Bulls. It is illegal to enter or transit the UK with some 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 can be returning to the UK after being positioned on the exemption list can enter.
Please remember that the ban also pertains 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.