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 probably the most experienced pet relocation company in the UK, having completed tens of thousands of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you will need assistance with all aspects of your pet relocation, or simply just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to simply 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 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 essential to minimising the full time pets spend inside their Sky Kennels, allowing us to exercise each and everybody 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 staying with us whilst you’re away on holiday, ahead of shipment abroad or in quarantine, they’ll 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 in our secure paddock
All kennels have heated passage ways or individual heaters
All pets are fed a well-balanced & nutritious diet
Our vets are in attendance everyday
We also give you a full pet grooming service
Taking your pet on your flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to virtually every area of the world so generally, your pet should be able to travel for a passing fancy flight as yourself if this is what you should 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 type of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive into the cargo or freight area 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 might be left waiting for longer 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 own personal luggage to deal with too.
Lastly, you will have no access to your pet from the full time they’re checked in at the departure airport until you collect them at the destination airport, and for some 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 traveling on the same flight as yourself, we’ll come together with you to allow for this whenever possible.
We are happy to meet clients that are travelling on the same aircraft as their pets at the London airports on your day of shipment. We would require seeing copies every one of Veterinary paperwork to make sure they’re suitable for travel and whilst we will always ask you to check and 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 common 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 have with these types of issues, we will sometimes ask you often times if you’re sure concerning the size as a wriggly dog is nearly an easy task 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 into the UK in a specific 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 and so the message here’s that if you should be unsure please say so as we may then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not just a adequate fit.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must be microchipped ahead of international travel, so ensuring this is performed can 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 very anxious about sending their pets on a flight, and this really is, obviously, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly each year across the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the exact same as an individual of very same health status. The scare-mongering articles which can be found on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel more often than not 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 that are required ahead of 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 weekend or Bank Holiday because at most airports abroad there are 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’s always far better send for a weekday arrival. There are 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’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 brand-new country, so it’s imperative they’re very 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 their routine vaccinations are up to date because it’s prudent to give them the maximum amount of disease immunity as possible.
Pets tend to be 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.
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 adhere to the regulations. It also allows pet owners in the UK to take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other European countries and then return using them without requirement for quarantine. All relevant documents and information can be down loaded from this page and all latest info on the scheme could be located 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) should be treated for tapeworm. The therapy must be administered by way of a vet not significantly 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 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 avoid confusion we have 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 may be found on the official DEFRA web page
As soon as your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK underneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role would be 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 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 at any time or any day to accommodate during our opening hours.
Take your pet 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 areas of pet imports and our speciality is making sure that all documentation is correct before leaving the country of origin! The key reason for concern with Pet Travel Scheme imports is incorrect documentation on arrival. Pre checking documentation is a unique service to Airpets and is really worth the extra time taken to be able to avoid delays at customs. We’re conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must be housed in an IATA approved kennel which will be ideal for how big your dog 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 hold on significant stop-overs however for security reasons, this isn’t something that you (if you’re travelling for a passing fancy aircraft) could be allowed to complete yourself.
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 various 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 invest 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 principles of the scheme, which differ depending on the country the pet is travelling from.
They may then manage to get early release if they may be shown to generally meet 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 have your pet microchipped having an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet currently features a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you then have 3 choices:
You can bring your own microchip scanner.
You are able to contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you will enter the UK and inquire as to whether they have scanners that may 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 a suitable form of identification provided that it was presented with 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 should have evidence of a current rabies vaccination administered following a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The very first rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted is named the principal vaccination and it must be a one year vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, another vaccination becomes the primary vaccination and additionally it should 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 primary rabies vaccination must be administered no earlier than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There is no waiting period after booster vaccinations provided that:
the previous vaccination was administered after a microchip was implanted AND
the previous 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 an enhancement, much less a primary vaccination. You can confer with your veterinarian about this.
Once your pet has entered the United Kingdom, a 21 day waiting period is not necessary for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date, and one other entry requirements are met.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from a high-rabies country, it must watch for a minimum of 30 days after vaccination before finding a rabies titer test (see step #3).
Banned Breeds of Dogs
These 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 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 be viewed for exemption from UK Dangerous Dog Laws through the courts. Pet owners cannot apply fo exemption when importing their dogs.Only dogs which are time for the UK after being placed on the exemption list can enter.
Please note that the ban also applies to dogs that spend amount of time in Great Britain during transit to other countries.
When you have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, then you definitely must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency when you travel.
There’s no making your way around it – taking your pet travelling by air outside the UK, whether on a short holiday or maybe more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and may 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 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 right flights (many airlines will not carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the principles and regulations, advise on the proper travel kennel and ensure that your pet can travel comfortably, securely and as economically as possible.
With over 25 year’s experience in transporting animals around the globe, we’ll ensure everything is really as stress free as possible and we could 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.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your pet to USA having an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as for example Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You understand your pet 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 were created to make sure that your puppy is not unduly stressed by the travel and that they arrive in the US in good condition. However, we’ve been shipping dogs to the USA for over 40 years and we actually go beyond IPATA guidelines because we would like both happy pets AND owners! Our pet shipping business continues to expand and we could only achieve this through happy customers who recommend our services to others.
What’s promising about shipping your dog to the USA from the Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country just like the UK is that there’s no quarantine requirement provided that your dog has been doing the UK for 6 months or more. However, your dog will have to have documented evidence of being vaccinated against rabies otherwise this can cause entry delays since you will be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says you will get your puppy vaccinated and then confine them for no less than 30 days after treatment). If you are importing a puppy that is too young (usually under 6 months of age) to own had the rabies vaccination then you will be needing a Confinement Agreement, see: USA CDC Dog Confinement Agreements for more details. Whilst the CDC (US authority on pet imports) doesn’t require your puppy to really have a certificate of overall health MOST AIRLINES DO REQUIRE THIS before they’ll alow your pet to board an aircraft.
Generally, all dogs should be imported or exported through one of many
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. It’s also advisable to ask your veterinarian for an EU Pet Passport if you wish to return to the UK.
If you should be planning to take your pet on a holiday to a country with a high incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test before you leave the country if you wish to go back to the EU. You do not have to wait 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.
There isn’t to wait 3 months 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.
Export certificates are expected 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.