There’s no getting around it – taking your pet travelling by air away from UK, whether on a brief holiday or more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and can be complicated.
There are a host of regulations which have to be followed, both country and airline specific, and they very often change.
Generally, the farther away or even more exotic your destination, the more work is required to meet import regulations, veterinary requirements and to navigate through the local rules.
Our job at Pets by Plane is to help you find the appropriate flights (many airlines will not carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the principles and regulations, advise on the right travel kennel and be 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 you are able to 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 dedicated, efficient and caring service.
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 without any rabies for several years, but in various other countries there is still a threat of the illness to mammals. The largest risk for rabies entering here will 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 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 respect to the country the pet is travelling from.
They might then have the ability to get early release if they may be shown to generally meet the required pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most elements of Europe and many non-European destinations.
Exporting Pets Living in the United Kingdom
All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving the UK must 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 go back to the UK.
If you’re planning to take your pet on a trip to a country with a higher incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test before you leave the nation if you would like to go back to the EU. There isn’t to wait 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 the pet passport.
You don’t have to hold back 3 months 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.
Export certificates are needed 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.
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 conform 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 requirement for quarantine. All relevant documents and information may be down loaded from this site and all latest information on the scheme can 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 these 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 certanly be administered with a vet not significantly less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival amount of time in the UK. There’s 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.
In order to avoid confusion we have 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 can be located on the official DEFRA web site
Whenever your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK beneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is always to:
Offer a pre check of documentation prior to 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 could:
Collect your pet at any time 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 united states of origin! The main reason for concern with Pet Travel Scheme imports is incorrect documentation on arrival. Pre checking documentation is just a unique service to Airpets and is well 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 puppy to USA having an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as for instance Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You understand your dog relies on you to make the best decisions about their welfare and we follow the strict operating code laid down by IPATA. These rules are made to ensure that your puppy is not unduly stressed by the travel and which they arrive in the US in good condition. However, we have been shipping dogs to the USA for over 40 years and we actually rise above IPATA guidelines because we want both happy pets AND owners! Our pet shipping business continues to expand and we can only achieve this through happy customers who recommend our services to others.
What’s promising about shipping your pet to the USA from the Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country just like the UK is that there’s no quarantine requirement as long as your puppy has been doing the UK for 6 months or more. However, your puppy will have to have documented evidence to be vaccinated against rabies otherwise this may lead to entry delays when you is going to be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says that you will get your puppy vaccinated and then confine them for at the least 30 days after treatment). If you’re importing a puppy that’s too young (usually under 6 months of age) to possess 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) does not require your pet to 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 the
Shipping Dogs To Australia By Air
We have been shipping dogs by air to all or any the major continents for over 40 years and as a result have a vast quantity of experience which we are able to call upon once we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an thorough (and current) knowledge of different rules that connect with the import of animals for confirmed country.
If you are emigrating or moving abroad for a period of time and desire to take your pet dog, or dogs with after this you if you intend ahead, it would have been a fairly easy process with minimal number of stress for you personally and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting all of the relevant vaccinations and some other veterinary treatments out the way in which early meaning your pets will not be suffering negative effects once they travel. It is also advisable to have all documentation completed and all set to go with sufficient 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 range of dog shipping services that will include a “door to door” collection and delivery if you so wish. Our pricing is open and transparent without hidden fees and i will be pleased to supply any help and support you may require to get your pet safely to your new home.
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Pet Export Raynes Park
This site provides a success of information about the import requirements of various countries concerning the import of dogs but if your destination isn’t listed underneath 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 towards the top with this page.
The first faltering step to ready your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to own your pet microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet currently features a microchip that’s not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, then you have 3 choices:
You may bring your personal microchip scanner.
You can contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you’ll enter the UK and inquire regarding 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 number and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is an acceptable form of identification so long as it was given just before July 3, 2011, is clearly visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets must 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 known as the principal vaccination and it must certanly be a 12 months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the following vaccination becomes the principal vaccination and in addition it must certanly be a one year vaccine.
All vaccinations that 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 should be administered no prior to 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There is no waiting period after booster vaccinations so long as:
the previous vaccination was administered after having a microchip was implanted AND
the last 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, not as a primary vaccination. You are able to get hold of your veterinarian about this.
Once your pet has entered the United Kingdom, a 21 day waiting period isn’t necessary for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date, and the other entry requirements are met.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from the high-rabies country, it must watch for a minimum of 30 days after vaccination before receiving a rabies titer test (see step #3).
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 tens of thousands of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you will need help with all facets of your pet relocation, or 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 collection of your pet from anywhere in the UK
Booking of the very most direct, time efficient flight for your 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 full time pets spend in 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 sticking with us whilst you’re away on christmas, prior to 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 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 have been in attendance everyday
We also provide a full pet grooming service
Taking your pet in your flight
Pets can travel of all scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to virtually every area of the world so in most cases, your pet should have the ability to travel for a passing fancy flight as yourself if this really is what you will like. The majority of the ‘low-cost’airlines do not 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 portion of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t take two places at once! If you’re held up attending to your own personal customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left awaiting longer than essential 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 move, especially if you have all your own personal luggage to cope with too.
Lastly, you will not have any use of your pet from the full time they’re checked in at the departure airport and soon you collect them at the destination airport, and for some countries such as for example Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you will not be able to see your pets before they’re taken with their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet to visit on a single flight as yourself, we’ll come together with you to allow for this whenever possible.
We’re happy to meet up clients who are travelling for a passing fancy aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the afternoon of shipment. We would require seeing copies each of Veterinary paperwork to be sure they’re suitable for travel and whilst we will always ask you to check and double 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 your day of travel with this sort of shipment. The single most frequent basis 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 such issues, we shall sometimes ask you often times if you are sure about the size as a wriggly dog is not quite an easy task 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 in to the UK in a certain size kennel might not manage to travel back out in exactly the same kennel because of 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 listed here is that if you are not sure please say so even as we will then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not really a good enough fit.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must be microchipped ahead of international travel, so ensuring this is completed will always 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 extremely anxious about sending their pets on a journey, and this really is, needless to say, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly each year around the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the identical as an individual of the same health status. The scare-mongering articles that can be on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel more often than not occur once the rules for airline travel are flouted, such as for instance 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 would never be permitted to depart from any UK Airport in a unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets should not happen to be arrive at any destination over a weekend or Bank Holiday because for the most part airports abroad there are no cargo handling arrangements during today and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they are allowed to reach at weekends it always incurs one more fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, therefore it is always best to send for a weekday arrival. You will find 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 are only given water that is safe for humans to drink, we would strongly advise bottled water if you are in any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals won’t have the natural immunity of native pets in your country, so it is imperative they are extremely well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the risk of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can be advisable to ensure that all of their routine vaccinations are up to date because it’s prudent to offer them the maximum amount of disease immunity as possible.
Pets are more adaptable than they are 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’s no reason pets cannot settle well into your life abroad together.
General Information About Exporting Pets
Once you request a pet export quotation we quote for several costs to move your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you are delivering your pet to your premises near Heathrow it must arrive at least five hours prior to the flight. Collections from you (if required) will be by arrangement, usually on your day before departure.
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There may 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 unable to pay them on your behalf, so these charges are not contained in the quote (but we will advise you of this).
Prices 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 the event of dogs, the box size provided is on the basis of the measurements fond of 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 built to IATA specifications which are the proper size for them i.e. they have to be large enough for the pet to remain true without touching the top of the box, lay down comfortably and manage to turn round within the box. There must be considered a fixed water container within the container with a way of filling it from the exterior (funnel).
Should you wish to utilise our services we would have to have written confirmation with payment when possible and at the very least 28 days beforehand. We may also require a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the united states of destination (the airline will need to ring beforehand to ensure acceptance).
You may be in a position to take your pet as excess baggage, which will mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This might be a cheaper option (please note that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there may be restrictions such as standby status depending on the airline and the route). However should the animal(s) be a really large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at once while the move be particularly difficult then we could offer the cargo option as well as other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
Cat-Export-Stoke D' Abernon
With informative data on the measurements of the animal(s) we can build transit kennels to fit. Kennels can be either acquired 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 will go in to the cargo hold of the aircraft. That is heated and pressurised to exactly the same extent while the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded to the hold approximately around 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires that they’re delivered in their mind 4 hours ahead of the flight) and are unloaded at the other end usually within half an hour of the plane landing. When the documents are available the animals could be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator of which point the animals can be collected and taken home.
The Pet Travel Scheme is a UK Government scheme which allows pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending amount of time in quarantine.
To be able to comply with your rules you should do the following (In Order).
Check the principles applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk 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 your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from a vet stating that your pet has been examined and what the findings were), then this would be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days ahead of the date of departure your dog (this does not affect 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 the effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please be aware that you will find different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can quickly be identified (because thet have been fitted with a dog passport microchip) then importation will undoubtedly be much easier. Always try and travel with your pet so that you are on hand to answer any questions as they arise.
There are other considerations you will need to consider before bringing your pet back into the U.K. for instance the route that your pet travels should be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you employ must certanly be an accepted carrier and the country that you’re flying from needs to be always a qualifying country.
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The above mentioned information should only be utilized as helpful information, as the regulations are constantly changing. The full listing of regulations is found utilizing the link below to the DEFRA website.
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 forms of American Bulldogs have already been found to be Pit Bulls. It’s illegal to enter or transit the UK with these breeds or their mixes.
Dogs can only just be considered 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 returning to the UK after being added to the exemption list can enter.
Please remember that the ban also pertains to dogs that spend time in Great Britain during transit to other countries.
If you have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, then you must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency before you travel.