The Pet Travel Scheme is a UK Government scheme that enables pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending time in quarantine.
To be able to comply with your rules you will have to 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 go the UK.
If you have any evidence your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from the vet stating that your pet has recently been examined and what the findings were), then this may be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days ahead of the date of departure your puppy (this does not affect cats or ferrets) should 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 there are different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can certainly be identified (because thet have now been fitted with a dog passport microchip) then importation will be much easier. Always try and travel together with your pet so you are on hand to answer any questions while they arise.
You can find other considerations you will have to consider before bringing your pet back in the U.K. as an example the route your pet travels must be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you employ should be an authorized carrier and the country that you are flying from needs to be always a qualifying country.
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The above mentioned information should only be properly used as helpful tips, whilst the regulations are constantly changing. The full set of regulations can be found utilizing the link below to the DEFRA website.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must be microchipped prior to international travel, so ensuring this is completed can 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 that is, needless to say, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly each year throughout the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the same as a human of the same health status. The scare-mongering articles which can be found 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 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 allowed to depart from any UK Airport within an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets should not go arrive at any destination over a week-end or Bank Holiday because at most of the airports abroad you can find no cargo handling arrangements during these days and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they are allowed to reach at weekends it always incurs yet another fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, therefore it is always better to send for a weekday arrival. There are exceptions to this so please contact our office for more information 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’re in any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals won’t have the natural immunity of native pets in your country, therefore it is imperative they are extremely well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the chance of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can also be advisable to ensure that all of their routine vaccinations are up to date because it’s prudent to provide them as much 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 new country, there’s no reason why pets cannot settle well into your brand-new life abroad together.
Taking your pet in your flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to nearly every part of the world so generally, your pet should be able to travel on the same flight as yourself if that is what you should like. All the ‘low-cost’airlines do not carry pets however, and there are few points that should be considered with this kind of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive to the cargo or freight section of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you cannot maintain two places at the same time! If you’re held up attending to your personal customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left awaiting longer than required to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing in your mind that a lot of 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 extremely tough to transport, particularly if you have all your own personal luggage to cope with too.
Lastly, you will have no usage of your pet from the full time they’re checked in at the departure airport before 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 with their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet traveling for a passing fancy flight as yourself, we’ll work together with you to allow for this whenever possible.
We’re happy to meet up clients who’re travelling for a passing fancy aircraft as their pets at the London airports on your day of shipment. We’d require seeing copies each of Veterinary paperwork to make sure they’re acceptable for travel and whilst we will always ask you to test and double check how big is 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 kind of shipment. The single most typical reason behind 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 have with these types of issues, we will sometimes ask you often if you’re sure in regards to the size as a wriggly dog is nearly an easy task to measure and we can usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.
Many pets that have previously travelled to the UK in a specific size kennel may not have the ability to travel back out in the exact same kennel due to the stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are amongst the strictest on the planet for animal welfare, and so the message listed here is that if you are unsure please say so as we will then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not just a sufficient fit.
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 wise to ask your veterinarian for an EU Pet Passport if you want to come back to the UK.
If you should be planning to take your pet on a journey to a country with a higher incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test before you leave the country if you intend to go back to the EU. You do not have 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 your pet passport.
You don’t have to wait 3 months if your pet posseses an EU pet passport and its vaccination and blood test were done in the EU and recorded in the pet passport.
Export certificates are expected 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.
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 has a microchip that’s not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, then you have 3 choices:
You will bring your own 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 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 an acceptable form of identification as long as it was presented with just before July 3, 2011, is actually visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies following 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 first rabies vaccination following the microchip is implanted is known as the primary vaccination and it must certanly be a twelve months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the next vaccination becomes the principal vaccination and additionally it should be a 12 months vaccine.
All vaccinations which can be 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 must be administered no earlier than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There’s no waiting period after booster vaccinations provided that:
the last vaccination was administered after having a microchip was implanted AND
the prior 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 will only be administered as an enhancement, not as a main vaccination. You can speak to your veterinarian about this.
Once your pet has entered the United Kingdom, a 21 day waiting period isn’t required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date, and another 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 getting a rabies titer test (see step #3).
There’s no getting around it – taking your pet travelling by air outside the UK, whether on a brief holiday or maybe more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and may be complicated.
There are certainly a host of regulations which must be followed, both country and airline specific, and they quite often change.
Generally, the farther away or maybe 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 help you find the appropriate 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 all over the world, we’ll ensure everything can be as stress free as you can and we could 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.
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 assistance with all facets of your pet relocation, or simply just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to help and offer the following:
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 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 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 vacation, 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 in 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 each day
We also offer a full pet grooming service
General Information About Exporting Pets
Whenever you request a pet export quotation we quote for all costs to move your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you’re delivering your pet to the premises near Heathrow it must arrive at least five hours before the flight. Collections from you (if required) is going to be by arrangement, usually on the afternoon before departure.
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 in your behalf, so these charges aren’t 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 the case of dogs, the box size provided is based on 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 developed to IATA specifications which are the right size for them i.e. they must be big enough for the animal to stand up without touching the top of the box, lay down comfortably and be able to turn round within the box. There must also be described as a fixed water container within the container with a means of filling it from the outside (funnel).
Should you wish to utilise our services we would need to have written confirmation with payment the moment 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 verify acceptance).
Maybe you are able to take your pet as excess baggage, which will mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This is sometimes 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 an especially large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at once while the move be particularly difficult then we can provide cargo option along with other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With home elevators the measurements of the animal(s) we can build transit kennels to fit. Kennels can be either acquired from us or delivered to any U.K. Airport to coincide together with your sign in time or be brought 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 same extent whilst the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded in to the hold approximately around 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires that they’re delivered for them 4 hours ahead of the flight) and are unloaded at one other end usually within 30 minutes of the plane landing. After the documents can be found the animals may be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator at which point the animals may be collected and taken home.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your dog to USA with an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as for example Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You know your pet utilizes you to really make the best decisions about their welfare and we follow the strict operating code laid down by IPATA. These rules are designed to ensure that your puppy is not unduly stressed by the travel and which they get to the US in good condition. However, we’ve been shipping dogs to the USA for over 40 years and we actually rise above IPATA guidelines because we wish 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.
The good news about shipping your puppy to the USA from a Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country like the UK is that there’s no quarantine requirement provided that your dog has been doing the UK for 6 months or more. However, your puppy will have to have documented evidence of being vaccinated against rabies otherwise this will result in entry delays since you will undoubtedly be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says you will get your pet vaccinated and then confine them for at the least 30 days after treatment). If you are importing a puppy that is too young (usually under 6 months of age) to have 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) does not require your pet to truly have a certificate of overall 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 one of many
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 been found to be Pit Bulls. It’s illegal to enter or transit the UK with some of 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 that are time for the UK after being added to the exemption list can enter.
Please observe 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 must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency before you travel.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air should be housed in a IATA approved kennel that is ideal for how big your dog being transported. Food and water must also be within the kennel for long journeys and some airlines do exercise any dogs being shipped in the hold on significant stop-overs but also for security reasons, this is not a thing that you (if you’re travelling on the same aircraft) will be allowed to accomplish yourself.