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 quite some time, but in several other countries there is still a risk of the disease to mammals. The largest risk for rabies entering here could be through an infected animal smuggled in illegally.
All rabies-susceptible animals entering the UK are normally required to spend 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 rules 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 may be shown to meet up the necessary pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most parts 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 with 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 definitely have 3 choices:
You will bring your personal microchip scanner.
You can contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you will enter the UK and inquire as to whether they’ve scanners that can read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The amount and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is an acceptable kind of identification so long as it was given ahead of July 3, 2011, is obviously visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets will need to 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 primary vaccination and it must certanly be a 12 months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the next vaccination becomes the primary vaccination and additionally, it should be a twelve months 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 certanly be administered no sooner than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There’s no waiting period after booster vaccinations provided that:
the previous vaccination was administered following a microchip was implanted AND
the prior 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 an enhancement, never as a key vaccination. You can confer with 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 updated, and the other entry requirements are met.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from a high-rabies country, it must await a minimum of 30 days after vaccination before finding a rabies titer test (see step #3).
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 conform 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 with them without requirement for quarantine. All relevant documents and information can be down loaded from this page and all latest information on the scheme could 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) must be treated for tapeworm. The therapy must be administered by way of a vet not significantly less than 24 hours and no 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 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.
In order to avoid 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 can be on the official DEFRA internet site
As soon as your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK underneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is always to:
Offer a pre check of documentation ahead of 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 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 pet for a walk inside our field
Arrange your dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in coping with all areas of pet imports and our speciality is ensuring all documentation is correct before leaving the country 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.
Shipping Dogs To Australia By Air
We have been shipping dogs by air to any or all the major continents for over 40 years and as a result have a vast quantity of experience which we could call upon when we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an thorough (and current) familiarity with the different rules that apply to the import of animals for confirmed country.
If you should be emigrating or moving abroad for a time period and wish to take your pet dog, or dogs with you then if you plan ahead, it will be a fairly easy process with minimal number of stress for you personally and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting all the relevant vaccinations and every other veterinary treatments out the way early meaning that your pets will not be suffering unwanted effects if they travel. Additionally it is advisable to have all documentation completed and all set to go with the required time to spare before your departure date.
Passportforpets.co.uk is just a division of Airsupply Shipping located near London’s Heathrow Airport. We offer a variety of dog shipping services that can add a “door to door” collection and delivery if you so wish. Our pricing is open and transparent without any hidden fees and we will be pleased to offer any help and support you might require to really get your pet safely to your home.
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This site provides a wealth of information about the import requirements of varied countries associated with the import of dogs if your destination isn’t listed under the “Destination Requirements” tab (above) then simply contact us by completing the internet quotation form, or our quick enquiry form or you can call us free using the quantity towards the top with this page.
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 would like to return to the UK.
If you’re planning to take your pet on a journey to a country with a high incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test when you leave the country if you intend to come back to the EU. You do not have 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 attend 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 following 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.
There’s no getting around it – taking your pet travelling by air outside the UK, whether on a quick holiday or more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and could be complicated.
There are 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 neighborhood 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 guidelines and regulations, advise on the proper 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 all over the world, we’ll ensure everything is as stress free that you can and we could 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.
Taking your pet on your own 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 should like. All of the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and you will find few points that should be thought about with this type of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive to the cargo or freight element of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you cannot maintain two places at the same time! If you’re organized attending to your own personal customs and visa formalities, your pet might be left looking forward to longer than required 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 the case of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove very hard to transport, particularly if you have all your own luggage to manage too.
Lastly, you’ll not have any 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 many countries such as Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you will not manage 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 for a passing fancy flight as yourself, we’ll work together with you to accommodate this whenever possible.
We’re happy to meet up clients that are travelling on a single 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 and check how big is your pet and travel kennel beforehand, we unfortunately cannot accept any responsibility for last-minute delays or problems occurred on the day of travel with this type of shipment. The single most typical basis for 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’ve with these kind of issues, we will sometimes ask you many times if you’re sure in regards to the size as a wriggly dog is nearly easy to measure and we are able to usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.
Many pets that have previously travelled in to the UK in a specific size kennel may not be able to travel back out in the exact same kennel because of the stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are amongst the strictest on earth for animal welfare, and therefore the message here is that if you are uncertain please say so as we will then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not really a adequate fit.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must be microchipped ahead of international travel, so ensuring this is done will always be the first 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 extremely anxious about sending their pets on a flight, and this really is, needless to say, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly every year throughout 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 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 ahead of airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals would never be allowed to depart from any UK Airport within an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets should not happen to be 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 today and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to arrive at weekends it always incurs one more fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it is always best to send for a weekday arrival. You can 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’re only given water that’s safe for humans to drink, we’d strongly advise bottled water if you should be in any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals won’t 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 risk of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can be advisable to make sure that all of their routine vaccinations are current because it is 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 life abroad together.
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 countless amounts of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you will need assistance with all aspects of your pet relocation, or simply advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to greatly help and offer these:
Expert assistance with all relevant veterinary & documentation requirements
Reliable, DEFRA licenced collection 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 world
Supply of IATA approved sky kennels
Delivery at destination via our worldwide network of established partner agents
Our prime location is important 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 sticking to us whilst you’re away on holiday, just before 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 1 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 every day
We also offer a full pet grooming service
The Pet Travel Scheme is a UK Government scheme that enables pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending amount of time in quarantine.
In order to comply with your rules you will have to do the next (In Order).
Check the principles 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 a period of 21 days following your pet’s vaccination, your pet may then go the UK.
When you yourself have any evidence that the pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from a vet stating that your pet has been examined and what the findings were), then this may be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days before the date of departure your dog (this does not affect cats or ferrets) must certanly be treated against tapeworm. You must have this treatment completed by a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to this effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please know that you can find 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 pet passport microchip) then importation will be much easier. Always try and travel along with your pet so that you are available to answer any questions while they arise.
You will find other considerations you should take into consideration before bringing your pet back into the U.K. as an example the route your pet travels should be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you use must certanly be an approved carrier and the united states that you are flying from needs to become a qualifying country.
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The aforementioned information should only be utilized as helpful tips, since the regulations are constantly changing. The full list of regulations is found by using the link below to the DEFRA website.