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 generally, your pet should manage to travel for a passing fancy flight as yourself if that is what you will like. A lot of the ‘low-cost’airlines do not carry pets however, and there are few points that is highly recommended with this kind 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 at once! If you’re organized attending to your personal customs and visa formalities, your pet might be left awaiting 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 difficult to move, especially if you have all your personal luggage to cope with too.
Lastly, you will have no use of your pet from enough time they’re checked in at the departure airport before you collect them at the destination airport, and for a few countries such as for example Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you will not have the ability 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 accommodate this whenever possible.
We’re happy to meet clients who are travelling on a single aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the afternoon of shipment. We would require seeing copies most of Veterinary paperwork to be certain they’re appropriate for travel and whilst we will always ask you to test and 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 typical reason for these last second 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 such issues, we shall sometimes ask you often times if you should be sure in regards to the size as a wriggly dog is not exactly easy to measure and we can usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.
Many pets which have previously travelled to the UK in a certain size kennel may not manage to travel back out in exactly the same kennel due to the stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are amongst the strictest in the world for animal welfare, and so the message here is that if you should be uncertain please say so even as we will then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not a adequate fit.
General Information About Exporting Pets
When you request a pet export quotation we quote for all costs to transport your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you are delivering your pet to the premises near Heathrow it must arrive at least five hours ahead of the flight. Collections from you (if required) will soon be by arrangement, usually on the day before departure.
There will however be additional charges payable at the airport of destination to cover costs for such items as airline import handling, customs clearance and veterinary charges. As these fees are payable in country of destination, and we are unable to pay them on your behalf, so these charges aren’t included in the quote (but we will advise you of this).
Costs are determined by the size/weight of the animal(s) to be exported, any additional services (such as UK transportation, kenneling, and veterinary certification), flight time and the destination. In case of dogs, the box size provided is based on the measurements given to us. Should these measurements be incorrect we accept no responsibility for almost any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals must certanly be shipped in containers developed to IATA specifications which are the right size for them i.e. they have to be big enough for the pet to operate without touching the the surface of the box, lie down comfortably and be able to turn round within the box. There must be a fixed water container within the container with a means of filling it from the exterior (funnel).
Should you need to utilise our services we would have to have written confirmation with payment as soon as possible and at least 28 days beforehand. We will also require a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the united kingdom of destination (the airline will have to ring beforehand to verify acceptance).
Perhaps you are able to take your pet as excess baggage, which may mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This may also be a cheaper option (please observe that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there might be restrictions such as for example standby status with regards to the airline and the route). However if the animal(s) be an especially large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at the same time while the move be particularly difficult then we could provide the cargo option as well as other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With informative data on the measurements of the animal(s) we could build transit kennels to fit. Kennels can be either found from us or sent to any U.K. Airport to coincide together with your check in time or be sent to your home.
Long lasting mode of travel, pets should go in to the cargo your hands on the aircraft. This really is heated and pressurised to exactly the same extent as the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded in to the hold approximately 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires they are delivered for them 4 hours before the flight) and are unloaded at one other end usually within around 30 minutes of the plane landing. When the documents can be found the animals could be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator at which point the animals can be collected and taken home.