Taking your pet in your flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to virtually every the main world so generally, your pet should manage to travel on the same flight as yourself if that is what you would like. All the ‘low-cost’airlines do not carry pets however, and you will find few points that should be thought about with this sort of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive to the cargo or freight area of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t take two places at the same time! If you’re held up attending to your own customs and visa formalities, your pet may 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 need you to take your pets travel kennel away with you. In case of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove very difficult to move, particularly if you have all your own personal luggage to cope with too.
Lastly, you’ll have no use 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 will not manage 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 a single flight as yourself, we’ll work together with you to allow for 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 your day of shipment. We’d require seeing copies most of Veterinary paperwork to make sure they’re acceptable for travel and whilst we shall always ask you to check 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 the afternoon of travel with this kind of shipment. The single most frequent reason for these last second 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’ve with these types of issues, we will sometimes ask you often times if you are sure concerning the size as a wriggly dog is nearly easy to measure and we are able to 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 certain size kennel may not be able to travel back out in the exact same kennel because of the stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are amongst the strictest on earth for animal welfare, and and so the message listed here is that if you are not sure please say so once we will then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not really a good enough fit.
The first faltering step to ready your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to possess your pet microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet currently has a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, then you have 3 choices:
You brings your own microchip scanner.
You are able to contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you’ll enter the UK and inquire concerning whether they have scanners that will 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 should be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is a satisfactory kind of identification provided that it was handed ahead of July 3, 2011, is clearly 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 having a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The first rabies vaccination following the microchip is implanted is named the primary vaccination and it must certanly be a 12 months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the next vaccination becomes the primary vaccination and additionally, it should be a twelve months vaccine.
All vaccinations that 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 should be administered no prior to 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There is no waiting period after booster vaccinations provided that:
the prior vaccination was administered after having 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 will only be administered as a booster, never as a primary vaccination. You are able to speak to 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 current, and the other entry requirements are met.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from the high-rabies country, it must wait for at the least 30 days after vaccination before getting a rabies titer test (see step #3).
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. You should also ask your veterinarian for an EU Pet Passport if you intend to go back to the UK.
If you’re likely to take your pet on a holiday to a country with a higher incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test before you leave the united states if you would like to come back to the EU. You don’t have to hold back 90 days before traveling 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.
There isn’t to attend 3 months if your pet has an EU pet passport and its vaccination and blood test were done in the EU and recorded in the pet passport.
Export certificates are needed for exporting unaccompanied dogs and cats to the following 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.
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.
In order to comply with your rules you will need to do the next (In Order).
Check the guidelines 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 an amount of 21 days following your pet’s vaccination, your pet may then travel to the UK.
When you have any evidence that the pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from a vet stating that the pet has been recently examined and what the findings were), then this would be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days prior to the date of departure your pet (this doesn’t apply to cats or ferrets) must be treated against tapeworm. You’ll want this treatment completed with a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to this effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please remember that you will find different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can certainly be identified (because thet have been fitted with a dog passport microchip) then importation will undoubtedly be much easier. Always try and travel together with your pet so you are available to answer any questions as they arise.
There are other considerations you should take into consideration before bringing your pet back into the U.K. for example the route your pet travels should be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you use should be an approved carrier and the country that you are flying from needs to become a qualifying country.
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The above mentioned information should only be utilized as helpful information, whilst the regulations are constantly changing. A full listing of regulations are available using the link below to the DEFRA website.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air should be housed in an IATA approved kennel that is suited to how big is the dog being transported. Food and water must also 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 for security reasons, this isn’t a thing that you (if you are travelling for a passing fancy aircraft) would be allowed to accomplish yourself.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your dog to USA by having an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as for example Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You understand your puppy utilizes you to make the best decisions about their welfare and we follow the strict operating code laid down by IPATA. These rules were created to ensure your pet isn’t 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 exceed 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 surely is no quarantine requirement as long as your dog has been doing the UK for 6 months or more. However, your puppy will need to have documented evidence of being vaccinated against rabies otherwise this can cause entry delays when you will soon be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says that you will get your dog vaccinated and then confine them for at the least 30 days after treatment). If you should be importing a puppy that is too young (usually under 6 months of age) to possess had the rabies vaccination then you definitely will need a Confinement Agreement, see: USA CDC Dog Confinement Agreements for more details. Whilst the CDC (US authority on pet imports) doesn’t require your dog to truly have a certificate of general health MOST AIRLINES DO REQUIRE THIS before they will alow your pet to board an aircraft.
Generally, all dogs must certanly be imported or exported through one of the