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 provided that they conform to 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 together without need for quarantine. All relevant documents and information can be down loaded from these pages and all latest information on the scheme may be on the official DEFRA web 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 certanly be treated for tapeworm. The therapy must be administered by a vet not significantly less than 24 hours and less 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 required 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 with a 3 month wait.
To prevent confusion we’ve prepared check lists for you really 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 web page
As soon as your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role would be to:
Give you a pre check of documentation just before leaving country of origin
Monitor pets once loaded onto the aircraft with this 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 anytime 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 dealing with all areas 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 just a unique service to Airpets and is worth the extra time taken in order to avoid delays at customs. We’re 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 done will 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 extremely anxious about sending their pets on a journey, and this really is, of course, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly annually across the world and the risks of airline travel for them are a similar as a human of the equivalent health status. The scare-mongering articles that can be located on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel typically occur when the rules for airline travel are flouted, such as for example animals being cramped into inappropriately sized travel kennels and not given the rigorous medical examinations which 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 within 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 these days and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to reach at weekends it usually incurs yet another fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it’s 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 are only given water that’s safe for humans to drink, we would 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 country, therefore it is imperative they’re well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the chance of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can also be advisable to make sure that all their routine vaccinations are up to date because it’s prudent to give them the maximum amount of 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 brand-new country, there’s no reason why pets cannot settle well into your brand-new life abroad together.
Banned Breeds of Dogs
The following breeds or their mixes aren’t 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’s illegal to enter or transit the UK with these breeds or their mixes.
Dogs can only just be looked at for exemption from UK Dangerous Dog Laws through the courts. Pet owners cannot apply fo exemption when importing their dogs.Only dogs which are returning to the UK after being positioned on the exemption list can enter.
Please observe that the ban also pertains to dogs that spend amount of 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 before you travel.
The Pet Travel Scheme is 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 will need 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 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 travel to the UK.
When you have any evidence your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from the vet stating that the pet has recently been examined and what the findings were), then this would be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days ahead of the date of departure your pet (this doesn’t affect cats or ferrets) must be treated against tapeworm. You’ll want this treatment completed by way of a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to this effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please be aware that you will find different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can simply be identified (because thet have now been fitted with a dog passport microchip) then importation is likely to be much easier. Always try and travel along with your pet so that you are readily available to answer any questions as they arise.
You can find other considerations you will need to take into consideration before bringing your pet back into the U.K. as an example the route that your pet travels must certanly be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you use must certanly be an authorized carrier and the country that you will be flying from needs to become a qualifying country.
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The above information should only be properly used as a guide, whilst the regulations are constantly changing. The full set of regulations is found using the link below to the DEFRA website.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must be housed in a IATA approved kennel which can be suited to the size of canine being transported. Food and water should also be contained in the kennel for long journeys and some airlines do exercise any dogs being shipped in the hold on significant stop-overs however for security reasons, this is not a thing that you (if you’re travelling on the same aircraft) will be allowed to do yourself.
Taking your pet on your own flight
Pets can travel of all scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to nearly every the main world so in most cases, your pet should have the ability to travel for a passing fancy flight as yourself if that is what you would like. All the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and you will find few points that should be considered with this sort of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive to the cargo or freight portion of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t be in two places at once! If you’re held up attending to your own personal customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left waiting for longer than required to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing at heart that many 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 move, especially if you have all your own luggage to cope with too.
Lastly, you’ll not have any usage of your pet from the time they’re checked in at the departure airport before you collect them at the destination airport, and for some countries such as for example Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you won’t manage to see your pets before they’re taken for 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 work together with you to support this whenever possible.
We are happy to meet clients that are travelling on a single aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the afternoon of shipment. We would require seeing copies every one of Veterinary paperwork to make sure they’re appropriate for travel and whilst we shall always ask you to check on and double check how big your pet and travel kennel in advance, we unfortunately cannot accept any responsibility for last-minute delays or problems occurred on your day of travel with this sort of shipment. The single most frequent reason for these last minute 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 will sometimes ask you often times if you should be sure about the size as a wriggly dog is not exactly an easy task 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 into the UK in a certain size kennel may not manage to travel back out in the same kennel as a result of stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are amongst the strictest on the planet for animal welfare, and therefore the message listed here is that if you’re uncertain please say so even as we will then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not really a adequate fit.
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, however in several other countries there’s still a danger of the illness 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 pay four months in quarantine, unless they arrive under and meet most 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 rules of the scheme, which differ depending on the country your pet is travelling from.
They could then be able to get early release if they can be shown to generally meet the mandatory pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most parts of Europe and many non-European destinations.
There’s no making your way around it – taking your pet travelling by air beyond your UK, whether on a brief holiday or even more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and may be complicated.
There are certainly a host of regulations which need to be followed, both country and airline specific, and they frequently change.
Generally speaking, the farther away or maybe 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 won’t carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the rules 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 can be as stress free as you are able to and we can 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 passionate, efficient and caring service.
Shipping Dogs To Australia By Air
We have been shipping dogs by air to all or any the major continents for over 40 years and as a result have a vast quantity of experience which we could call upon once we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an comprehensive (and current) familiarity with the different rules that affect the import of animals for a given country.
If you’re emigrating or moving abroad for a period of time and want to take your pet dog, or dogs with you then if you plan ahead, it is a easier than you think process with minimal level of stress for you and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting all the relevant vaccinations and any other veterinary treatments out the way early meaning that your pets won’t be suffering negative effects if they travel. It’s also recommended to obtain all documentation completed and ready to go with the required time to spare before your departure date.
Passportforpets.co.uk is a division of Airsupply Shipping located near London’s Heathrow Airport. We offer a variety of dog shipping services that will incorporate a “door to door” collection and delivery if you so wish. Our pricing is open and transparent with no hidden fees and we will be pleased to supply any help and support you might require to really get your pet safely to your home.
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This amazing site provides a success of information about the import requirements of numerous countries associated with the import of dogs but if your destination isn’t listed underneath the “Destination Requirements” tab (above) then simply contact us by completing the online quotation form, or our quick enquiry form or you are able to call us free using the amount towards the top of the page.