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.
To be able to comply with your rules you should do these (In Order).
Check the guidelines applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk web site 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 happen to be the UK.
If you have any evidence that the pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from a vet stating that your pet has been recently examined and what the findings were), then this could be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days ahead of the date of departure your dog (this does not affect cats or ferrets) must certanly be treated against tapeworm. You must have this treatment completed with a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to this effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please be aware that there are different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can quickly be identified (because thet have now been fitted with a puppy passport microchip) then importation will soon be much easier. Always try and travel along with your pet so that you are available to answer any questions while they arise.
You will 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 the pet travels must certanly be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you employ must be an accepted carrier and the country that you will be flying from needs to become a qualifying country.
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The above mentioned information should only be used as helpful information, as the regulations are constantly changing. The full listing of regulations is found using the link below to the DEFRA website.
The first 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 features a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you then have 3 choices:
You can bring your personal microchip scanner.
You can contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you will enter the UK and inquire concerning whether they have scanners that could read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The quantity and implant dates of both microchips should be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is a satisfactory form of identification so long as it was handed just before July 3, 2011, is obviously visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets should have proof a current rabies vaccination administered following a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The initial rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted is named the primary 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 should be a one year vaccine.
All vaccinations which can be administered after the principal vaccination are called booster vaccinations.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from the rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), the primary rabies vaccination should be administered no earlier than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There is no waiting period after booster vaccinations as long as:
the last vaccination was administered following a microchip was implanted AND
the prior vaccination had not 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, never as a main vaccination. You are able to confer with 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 the high-rabies country, it must watch for no less than 30 days after vaccination before finding a rabies titer test (see step #3).
General Information About Exporting Pets
Whenever you request a pet export quotation we quote for several costs to transport your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you should be delivering your pet to the premises near Heathrow it must arrive a minimum of five hours ahead of the flight. Collections from you (if required) will 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’re struggling to pay them on your own behalf, so these charges are not within the quote (but we will advise you of this).
Prices are dependent on 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 directed at us. Should these measurements be incorrect we accept no responsibility for just about any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals must be shipped in containers developed to IATA specifications which are the right size for them i.e. they need to be big enough for your pet to remain true without touching the the top of box, lay down comfortably and manage to turn round within the box. There must be a fixed water container in the container with a method of filling it from the outside (funnel).
Should you desire to utilise our services we would need to have written confirmation with payment when possible and at the very 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).
You might be able to take your pet as excess baggage, which may mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This is sometimes a cheaper option (please note that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there might be restrictions such as for example standby status depending on the airline and the route). However should the animal(s) be a particularly large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at the same time frame whilst the move be particularly difficult then we are able to provide the cargo option along with other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With information on the measurements of the animal(s) we are able to 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 delivered to your home.
Whatever the mode of travel, pets should go into the cargo hold of the aircraft. This is heated and pressurised to the exact same extent because the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded to the hold approximately 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires that they are delivered in their mind 4 hours before the flight) and are unloaded at the other end usually within half an hour of the plane landing. Once the documents can be found the animals can be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator where point the animals can be collected and taken home.
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 would like to come back 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 when you leave the country if you want to go back to the EU. You don’t have to wait 90 days before traveling 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.
You do not have 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 the pet passport.
Export certificates are needed for exporting unaccompanied dogs and cats to the next 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 (PETS)
PETS is designed 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, in several other countries there is still a danger of the condition 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 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 with regards to the country your pet is travelling from.
They might then have the ability 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.
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 adhere to the regulations. Additionally, it allows pet owners in the UK to take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other European countries and then return together without dependence on quarantine. All relevant documents and information can be down loaded from this page and all latest informative data 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 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) must certanly be treated for tapeworm. The therapy must be administered with a vet not significantly less than 24 hours and no 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 needed 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 way of a 3 month wait.
To prevent confusion we’ve prepared check lists for you yourself 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 on the official DEFRA web site
As soon as your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is 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 state animal quarantine station at Heathrow then make the 5 minute journey to our kennels and cattery at Heathrow.
From there you may:
Collect your pet anytime or any day to suit during our opening hours.
Take your pet for a walk within our field
Arrange your pet 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 ensuring that all documentation is correct before leaving the country of origin! The main cause for concern with Pet Travel Scheme imports is incorrect documentation on arrival. Pre checking documentation is really a unique service to Airpets and is really worth the extra time taken to be able to avoid delays at customs. We are conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your dog to USA with an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as for instance Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You know your puppy depends on you to help make the best decisions about their welfare and we follow the strict operating code laid down by IPATA. These rules are designed to make sure that your pet is not unduly stressed by the travel and which 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 want both happy pets AND owners! Our pet shipping business continues to expand and we are able to only achieve this through happy customers who recommend our services to others.
What’s promising about shipping your pet to the USA from a Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country like the UK is that there surely is no quarantine requirement so long as your dog has been doing the UK for 6 months or more. However, your pet will have to have documented evidence to be vaccinated against rabies otherwise this may result in entry delays because you is likely to be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says that 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’s too young (usually under 6 months of age) to have had the rabies vaccination you then 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 dog to truly have a certificate of general 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
Taking your pet on your flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to almost every part of the world so in most cases, your pet should be able to travel on the same flight as yourself if this really is what you would like. All of the ‘low-cost’airlines do not carry pets however, and there are few points that is highly recommended with this type of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive to the cargo or freight area of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t maintain two places simultaneously! If you’re held up attending to your personal customs and visa formalities, your pet might be left waiting for more than essential to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing in mind that most airports need you to take your pets travel kennel away with you. In the event of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove extremely tough to move, particularly if you have all your personal luggage to deal with too.
Lastly, you’ll have no use of your pet from the full time they’re checked in at the departure airport until you collect them at the destination airport, and for many countries such as for instance 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 to visit for a passing fancy flight as yourself, we’ll work together with you to accommodate this whenever possible.
We are happy to generally meet clients who are travelling on a single aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the afternoon of shipment. We’d require seeing copies all of Veterinary paperwork to be sure they’re appropriate for travel and whilst we will always ask you to test and double check how big 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 frequent reason behind these eleventh hour 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 have with these kind of issues, we shall sometimes ask you often times if you’re sure concerning the size as a wriggly dog is not quite easy 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 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 so the message here is that if you’re uncertain please say so as we will then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not just a good enough fit.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must be microchipped just before international travel, so ensuring this is done will always be the first step in preparing your pets for travel. The 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 journey, and that is, of course, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly each year around the world and the risks of airline travel for them are a similar as a human of very same health status. The scare-mongering articles which can be 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 for example animals being cramped into inappropriately sized travel kennels and not given the rigorous medical examinations which are required just before airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals would never be permitted to depart from any UK Airport in a unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets shouldn’t travel to arrive at any destination over a weekend or Bank Holiday because for the most part airports abroad there are no cargo handling arrangements during nowadays and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to reach at weekends it usually incurs an additional fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it’s always far better send for a weekday arrival. You will find exceptions to the 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 is safe for humans to drink, we would strongly advise bottled water if you are in virtually any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals won’t have the natural immunity of native pets in your new country, therefore it is imperative they’re quite well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the danger of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It is also advisable to ensure that all their routine vaccinations are up to date because it’s prudent to offer them as much 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 is no reasons why pets cannot settle well into your life abroad together.
There’s no making your way around it – taking your pet travelling by air away from UK, whether on a quick holiday or maybe 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 frequently change.
Generally speaking, the farther away or more exotic your destination, the more work is required to meet import regulations, veterinary requirements and to navigate through the neighborhood rules.
Our job at Pets by Plane is to assist you find the correct 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 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 possibly can and we can 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 passionate, efficient and caring service.
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 types of American Bulldogs have now been found to be Pit Bulls. It is illegal to enter or transit the UK with these breeds or their mixes.
Dogs can just only 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 can be time for the UK after being placed on the exemption list can enter.
Please remember that the ban also relates to dogs that spend time in Great Britain during transit to other countries.
When you yourself have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, then you must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency before you travel.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must be housed within an IATA approved kennel which will be suitable for 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 is not something that you (if you’re travelling for a passing fancy aircraft) would be allowed to accomplish yourself.
Shipping Dogs To Australia By Air
We’ve been shipping dogs by air to all the major continents for over 40 years and as such have a vast amount of experience which we could call upon once we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an in depth (and current) familiarity with the various rules that connect with the import of animals for a given country.
If you are emigrating or moving abroad for a period of time and want to take your pet dog, or dogs with afterward you 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 veterinary treatments out the way in which early meaning your pets won’t be suffering negative effects if they travel. It is also recommended to have all documentation completed and all set to go with plenty of 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 selection of dog shipping services that can add a “door to door” collection and delivery if you so wish. Our pricing is open and transparent without any hidden fees and we are pleased to offer any help and support you may require to truly get your pet safely to your brand-new home.
Pet Export Furze Platt
Pet Export Fulmer
Pet Export Fifield
Dog Export Field Common
Dog Export Fishery
This site provides a success of information about the import requirements of various countries relating to the import of dogs if your destination is not listed beneath the “Destination Requirements” tab (above) then simply contact us by completing the internet quotation form, or our quick enquiry form or you are able to call us free using the quantity at the top with this page.
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 the most experienced pet relocation company in the UK, having completed countless amounts of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you’ll need help with all facets of your pet relocation, or simply just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to greatly help and offer these:
Expert assistance with all relevant veterinary & documentation requirements
Reliable, DEFRA licenced number of your pet from anywhere in the UK
Booking of the very direct, time efficient flight for the pet
Comprehensive ‘Door-to-door’pet relocation to destinations across the globe
Supply of IATA approved sky kennels
Delivery at destination via our worldwide network of established partner agents
Our prime location is important to minimising the time pets spend in their Sky Kennels, allowing us to exercise each and everyone 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 christmas, prior to shipment abroad or in quarantine, they will be pampered by our experienced & caring kennel staff. All our staff have undergone our own 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 inside our secure paddock
All kennels have heated passage ways or individual heaters
All pets are fed a well-balanced & nutritious diet
Our vets come in attendance every single day
We also give you a full pet grooming service