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 absolute most experienced pet relocation company in the UK, having completed thousands of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you’ll need help with all areas of your pet relocation, or just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to simply help and offer the next:
Expert assistance with all relevant veterinary & documentation requirements
Reliable, DEFRA licenced assortment of your pet from anywhere in the UK
Booking of the very most 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 vital to minimising the full time pets spend in their Sky Kennels, allowing us to exercise each and every one 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 sticking with us whilst you’re away on holiday, prior to shipment abroad or in quarantine, they will 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 one priority.
All dogs are exercised daily in individual runs or within 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 each day
We also give you a full pet grooming service
The first faltering step to ready your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to possess your pet microchipped by having an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet currently features a microchip that’s not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you then have 3 choices:
You may bring your own microchip scanner.
You can contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you’ll enter the UK and inquire concerning whether they’ve scanners that will read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can still 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 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 must have evidence of a current rabies vaccination administered after a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The initial rabies vaccination following the microchip is implanted is called the primary vaccination and it must certanly be a twelve months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, another vaccination becomes the principal vaccination and additionally, it must certanly be a twelve months vaccine.
All vaccinations which 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 as long as:
the previous vaccination was administered after a microchip was implanted AND
the previous vaccination hadn’t expired once 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, not as a key vaccination. You are able to confer with your veterinarian about this.
Once your pet has entered the United Kingdom, a 21 day waiting period isn’t needed 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 a high-rabies country, it must wait for a minimum of 30 days after vaccination before receiving a rabies titer test (see step #3).
The Pet Travel Scheme is just a UK Government scheme that allows pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending time in quarantine.
In order to comply with one of these rules you will have to do the following (In Order).
Check the rules applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk internet 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 travel to the UK.
When you have any evidence that your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from the vet stating that the pet has been examined and what the findings were), then this could be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days before the date of departure your puppy (this doesn’t connect with cats or ferrets) should be treated against tapeworm. You must have this treatment completed by a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to this effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please remember that there are different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can very quickly be identified (because thet have now been fitted with a puppy passport microchip) then importation is going to be much easier. Always try and travel together with your pet so that you are on hand to answer any questions because they arise.
You can find other considerations you will need to consider before bringing your pet back in the U.K. for instance the route that the pet travels must certanly be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you employ must be an approved carrier and the nation that you are flying from needs to be always a qualifying country.
Cat Export Upton Lea
Pet Export Uxbridge
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Pet Export Village, The
The aforementioned information should only be utilized as helpful tips, as the regulations are constantly changing. The full set of regulations are available by using the link below to the DEFRA website.
There’s no navigating around it – taking your pet travelling by air away from UK, whether on a short holiday or maybe more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and could be complicated.
There are a host of regulations which have to be followed, both country and airline specific, and they quite often change.
Generally, 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 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 around the globe, we’ll ensure everything is as stress free as possible and we will 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 dedicated, efficient and caring service.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats should be microchipped just before international travel, so ensuring this is done can be the first 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 very anxious about sending their pets on a trip, and that is, obviously, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly annually 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 that may be located on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel almost always occur once 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 prior to airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals could not be allowed to depart from any UK Airport in an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets shouldn’t travel to arrive at any destination over a week-end 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 reach at weekends it always incurs an additional fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it’s always best to send for a weekday arrival. You will find exceptions to this so please contact our office to learn more if this 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’d strongly advise bottled water if you should be in any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals will not have the natural immunity of native pets in your brand-new country, therefore it is imperative they’re well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the risk of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It is also advisable to ensure that all of their routine vaccinations are updated because it is prudent to offer 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’s no reason why pets cannot settle well into your 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 so long as they conform 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 with them without significance of quarantine. All relevant documents and information may be down loaded from this site and all latest information on the scheme may be 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 treatment must be administered with a vet not less than 24 hours and less than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival time in the UK. There’s no mandatory requirement for tick treatment. No treatment is necessary for dogs entering the UK from Finland, Ireland or Malta).
Pets entering from a non listed third country must pass a blood test 30 days after vaccination followed with a 3 month wait.
To avoid confusion we’ve 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 located 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 is always to:
Provide 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 whenever you want or any day to suit during our opening hours.
Take your dog for a walk within our field
Arrange your dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in working with all areas of pet imports and our speciality is ensuring that all documentation is correct before leaving the nation of origin! The main 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 additional 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 a IATA approved kennel which will be ideal for how big is your dog being transported. Food and water must be within the kennel for long journeys and some airlines do exercise any dogs being shipped in the hold on significant stop-overs but for security reasons, this isn’t something which you (if you are travelling on a single aircraft) would be allowed to do yourself.
General Information About Exporting Pets
When you request a pet export quotation we quote for several costs to transport your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you’re delivering your pet to our premises near Heathrow it must arrive no less than five hours prior to the flight. Collections from you (if required) is likely to be by arrangement, usually on your 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 behalf, so these charges are not 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 extra services (such as UK transportation, kenneling, and veterinary certification), flight time and the destination. In case of dogs, the box size provided is on the basis of the measurements given to us. Should these measurements be incorrect we accept no responsibility for just about any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals must certanly be shipped in containers created to IATA specifications which are the correct size for them i.e. they should be big enough for your pet to remain true without touching the top of the box, lie down comfortably and have the ability to turn round within the box. There should also be described as a fixed water container inside the container with a means of filling it from the exterior (funnel).
In case you desire to utilise our services we would have to have written confirmation with payment the moment possible and at least 28 days beforehand. We may also require a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the country of destination (the airline should ring beforehand to ensure acceptance).
Maybe you are able to take your pet as excess baggage, which may mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This might be a cheaper option (please observe that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there may be restrictions such as for example standby status with regards to 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 since the move be particularly difficult then we could provide cargo option along with other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With informative data on the measurements of the animal(s) we are able to build transit kennels to fit. Kennels can be either found from us or brought to any U.K. Airport to coincide with your register time or be brought to your home.
Whatever the mode of travel, pets should go in to the cargo your hands on the aircraft. This really is heated and pressurised to the same extent as the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded into the hold approximately around 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires they are delivered for them 4 hours before the flight) and are unloaded at another end usually within 30 minutes of the plane landing. After 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 could be collected and taken home.
Banned Breeds of Dogs
These breeds or their mixes are not permitted to enter or transit the UK: Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa Inu or American Staffordshire Pit Bull Terrier. Also some kinds of American Bulldogs have now 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 just 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 that are time for the UK after being placed on the exemption list can enter.
Please remember that the ban also applies to dogs that spend 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 before you travel.
Exporting Pets Living in the United Kingdom
All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving the UK must certanly 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 come back to the UK.
If you’re about to take your pet on a holiday to a country with a top incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test when you leave the nation if you intend to come back to the EU. There isn’t to hold back 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.
There isn’t to hold back 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 required 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.
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 on a single flight as yourself if this really is what you should like. Most of the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and you will find few points that should be thought about with this type of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive to the cargo or freight part of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t be in two places simultaneously! If you’re held up attending to your personal customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left awaiting more than necessary to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing in your mind 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 transport, especially if you have all your own personal luggage to cope with too.
Lastly, you’ll have no access to your pet from enough time they’re checked in at the departure airport before 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 manage to see your pets before they’re taken with their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet traveling on a single flight as yourself, we’ll come together with you to support this whenever possible.
We are happy to meet clients who’re travelling for a passing fancy aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the day of shipment. We would require seeing copies each of Veterinary paperwork to make sure they’re suitable for travel and whilst we will always ask you to check on and check how big is your pet and travel kennel in advance, we unfortunately cannot accept any responsibility for last-minute delays or problems occurred on the day of travel with this kind of shipment. The single most frequent reason for these last second 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’ve with such 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 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 certain size kennel might not be able to travel back out in the exact same kennel as a result of 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’s that if you’re uncertain please say so even as we will then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not just 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 of rabies for many years, however in several other countries there’s still a threat of the condition to mammals. The largest 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 spend four months in quarantine, unless they arrive under and meet all 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 may then manage to get early release if they could be shown to meet up the required pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most areas of Europe and many non-European destinations.
Shipping Dogs To Australia By Air
We have been shipping dogs by air to any or all the major continents for over 40 years and therefore have a vast number of experience which we can call upon once we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an thorough (and current) understanding of the different rules that apply to the import of animals for a given country.
If you’re emigrating or moving abroad for a period of time and desire to take your pet dog, or dogs with after this you if you plan ahead, it will be a fairly easy process with the least quantity of stress for you and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting all of the relevant vaccinations and any other veterinary treatments out just how early meaning that your pets will not be suffering side effects once they travel. It’s also advisable to obtain all documentation completed and all set to go with plenty of time to spare before your departure date.
Passportforpets.co.uk is just a division of Airsupply Shipping located near London’s Heathrow Airport. We offer a variety of dog shipping services that may include 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 provide any help and support you might require to truly get your pet safely to your home.
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This amazing site provides a wealth of details about the import requirements of numerous countries concerning the import of dogs if a destination isn’t listed underneath the “Destination Requirements” tab (above) then simply contact us by completing the web quotation form, or our quick enquiry form or you are able to call us free using the quantity at the very top of this page.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your puppy to USA having an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as for example Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You know your pet 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 made to ensure your puppy isn’t unduly stressed by the travel and they get to the US in good condition. However, we have been shipping dogs to the USA for over 40 years and we actually exceed 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.
The good thing about shipping your puppy to the USA from the Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country such as the UK is that there is no quarantine requirement provided that your puppy has been in the UK for 6 months or more. However, your puppy must have documented evidence of being vaccinated against rabies otherwise this will cause entry delays since 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 a minimum of 30 days after treatment). If you’re importing a puppy that is too young (usually under 6 months of age) to possess had the rabies vaccination you then 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 pet 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 should be imported or exported through among the