The first step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to possess your pet microchipped by having an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet currently features a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, then you have 3 choices:
You would bring your personal 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 can 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 be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is a satisfactory type of identification provided that it was presented with just before July 3, 2011, is actually 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 following a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The first rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted is named 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 principal vaccination and in addition, it must be a one year vaccine.
All vaccinations which 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 must be administered no prior to 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There’s no waiting period after booster vaccinations so long as:
the previous vaccination was administered after having a microchip was implanted AND
the last vaccination hadn’t expired when 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 primary vaccination. You are able to get hold of 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 a high-rabies country, it must watch for at the least 30 days after vaccination before finding a rabies titer test (see step #3).
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 free of rabies for many years, but in several other countries there’s still a threat of the disease to mammals. The biggest 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 pay 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 with respect to the country the pet is travelling from.
They might then manage to get early release if they may be shown to meet the mandatory pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most parts of Europe and many non-European destinations.
Taking your pet in your flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to almost every the main world so typically, your pet should manage to travel on a single flight as yourself if this really is what you should like. A lot of the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and you can find few points that should be considered 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 once! If you’re organized attending to your own 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 in your mind that a lot of airports need 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, particularly if you have all your own personal luggage to deal with too.
Lastly, you’ll not have any usage of your pet from the 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 won’t 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 travel on a single flight as yourself, we’ll interact with you to support this whenever possible.
We are happy to meet up clients that are travelling on the same aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the day of shipment. We’d require seeing copies every one of Veterinary paperwork to be sure they’re appropriate for travel and whilst we will 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 type of shipment. The single most frequent basis for these last minute problems at the airport is 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 shall sometimes ask you often if you should be sure about the size as a wriggly dog is not quite simple to measure and we could 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 particular size kennel may not manage to travel back out in the same kennel due to the stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are between the strictest on earth for animal welfare, and therefore the message listed here is that if you are uncertain please say so once we can then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not a sufficient fit.
There’s no navigating around it – taking your pet travelling by air away from UK, whether on a quick holiday or more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and can be complicated.
There are always a host of regulations which must be followed, both country and airline specific, and they very 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 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 guidelines 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 as stress free as possible 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.
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. 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 may be down loaded from this site and all latest information on the scheme can 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 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) should be treated for tapeworm. The treatment 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 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 the non listed third country must pass a blood test 30 days after vaccination followed by a 3 month wait.
To prevent 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 could be located on the official DEFRA internet site
Whenever your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK underneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is to:
Offer a pre check of documentation just before leaving country of origin
Monitor pets once loaded onto the aircraft with your tracking system software
Collect your pet promptly from the official 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 whenever you want or any day to match during our opening hours.
Take your pet for a walk in our field
Arrange your 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 ensuring that all documentation is correct before leaving the united states of origin! The main reason for concern with Pet Travel Scheme imports is incorrect documentation on arrival. Pre checking documentation is a unique service to Airpets and is worth the excess time taken in order to avoid delays at customs. We are conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must certanly be microchipped ahead of international travel, so ensuring this is performed will be the first faltering 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 this is, of course, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly each year throughout the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the exact same as an individual of the same health status. The scare-mongering articles which can be found 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 animals being cramped into inappropriately sized travel kennels and not given the rigorous medical examinations that are required ahead of airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals would not be permitted to depart from any UK Airport in a unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets shouldn’t go arrive at any destination over a weekend or Bank Holiday because at most airports abroad you can find no cargo handling arrangements during nowadays and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to reach at weekends it always incurs one more fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, therefore it is always best to send for a weekday arrival. You will 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 are only given water that’s safe for humans to drink, we’d strongly advise bottled water if you’re in virtually 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’re extremely well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the risk of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can be advisable to ensure that their routine vaccinations are up to date because it’s prudent to offer them as much disease immunity as possible.
Pets tend to be 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 brand-new country, there’s no reasons why pets cannot settle well into your new life abroad together.