Taking your pet on your own flight
Pets can travel of all scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to almost every area of the world so typically, your pet should manage to travel on a single flight as yourself if this is what you would like. A lot of the ‘low-cost’airlines do not carry pets however, and you will find few points that is highly recommended with this sort of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive in to the cargo or freight area of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t be in two places simultaneously! If you’re organized attending to your own personal customs and visa formalities, your pet might be left looking forward to more than required to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing at heart that most airports require 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 hard to move, particularly if you have all your personal luggage to deal with too.
Lastly, you will 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 some countries such as for instance Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you won’t manage to see your pets before they’re taken with their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet to travel for a passing fancy flight as yourself, we’ll interact with you to accommodate this whenever possible.
We are happy to meet up clients who are travelling for a passing fancy aircraft as their pets at the London airports on your day of shipment. We would require seeing copies every one of Veterinary paperwork to be sure they’re appropriate for travel and whilst we shall always ask you to check on and double check the size of 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 type of shipment. The single most frequent reason behind these eleventh hour 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’ve with these kind of issues, we shall sometimes ask you often times if you’re sure about the size as a wriggly dog is nearly easy 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 certain size kennel may not have the ability to travel back out in the exact same kennel due to the stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are amongst the strictest on the planet for animal welfare, and so the message listed here is that if you should be uncertain please say so once we will then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not really a adequate fit.
The Pet Travel Scheme is a UK Government scheme which allows pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending time in quarantine.
To be able to comply with your rules you should do the following (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.
If you have any evidence that your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from the vet stating your pet has recently been examined and what the findings were), then this will be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days ahead of the date of departure your dog (this doesn’t connect with cats or ferrets) should be treated against tapeworm. You must have this treatment completed with a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to this effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please be aware that there are different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can certainly be identified (because thet have already been fitted with a pet passport microchip) then importation is going to be much easier. Always try and travel along with your pet so that you are on hand to answer any questions while they arise.
You can find other considerations you will have to take into account before bringing your pet back in the U.K. for instance the route that your pet travels must certanly be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you use should be an authorized carrier and the united states that you will be flying from needs to be always a qualifying country.
Cat Export Chalfont St Peter
Dog Export Chalfont Common
Pet Export Cheapside
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Dog Export Castle Green
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Dog Export Charlton
The above mentioned information should only be properly used as helpful information, since the regulations are constantly changing. The full set of regulations is found using the link below to the DEFRA website.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must be microchipped just before international travel, so ensuring this is done will always be the first faltering 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 very anxious about sending their pets on a journey, and that is, of course, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly annually throughout the world and the risks of airline travel for them are a similar as an individual of the same health status. The scare-mongering articles that 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 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 are 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. There are exceptions to the so please contact our office for more information 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 would strongly advise bottled water if you are in just about any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals won’t have the natural immunity of native pets in your brand-new country, therefore it is imperative they are quite well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the risk of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can be advisable to ensure all of their routine vaccinations are up to date because it is prudent to offer 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 is no reason pets cannot settle well into your new life abroad together.
The first faltering step to ready your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to possess your pet microchipped having an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet currently features a microchip that’s not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you then have 3 choices:
You can bring 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’ve 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 number and implant dates of both microchips should be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is an acceptable kind of identification as long as it was handed 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 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 named the principal vaccination and it must certanly be a 12 months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the following vaccination becomes the principal vaccination and it also should be a 12 months vaccine.
All vaccinations which can be administered after the principal vaccination are called booster vaccinations.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from the rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), the primary rabies vaccination must certanly be administered no sooner than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There’s no waiting period after booster vaccinations as long as:
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, never 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 isn’t needed for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept updated, and another entry requirements are met.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from a high-rabies country, it must await no less than 30 days after vaccination before finding a rabies titer test (see step #3).
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must certanly be housed in an IATA approved kennel which can be ideal for the size of canine being transported. Food and water must be contained in the kennel for long journeys and some airlines do exercise any dogs being shipped in the hang on significant stop-overs but also for security reasons, this is simply not a thing that you (if you are travelling for a passing fancy aircraft) could be allowed to do yourself.
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. In addition, it allows pet owners in the UK to take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other European countries and then return with them without dependence on quarantine. All relevant documents and information may be down loaded from these pages and all latest home elevators the scheme could be on the official DEFRA web page.
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 procedure should be administered by way of a vet not less than 24 hours and no more 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 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 by way of a 3 month wait.
To avoid confusion we’ve prepared check lists for you yourself 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 may be on the official DEFRA site
Whenever your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK underneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is always to:
Give you 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 may:
Collect your pet whenever you want or any day to suit during our opening hours.
Take your dog for a walk inside our field
Arrange a dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in coping with all facets of pet imports and our speciality is making sure that 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 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 many years, in several other countries there’s still a risk of the disease to mammals. The greatest risk for rabies entering here would 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 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 depending on the country the pet is travelling from.
They might 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 elements of Europe and many non-European destinations.