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 probably the 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 areas of your pet relocation, or just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to simply 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 planet
Way to obtain IATA approved sky kennels
Delivery at destination via our worldwide network of established partner agents
Our prime location is essential to minimising the 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 to us whilst you’re away on vacation, ahead of 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 in 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 offer a full pet grooming service
General Information About Exporting Pets
When you request a pet export quotation we quote for several costs to move your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you’re delivering your pet to your 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 afternoon 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 are unable to pay them on your own behalf, so these charges aren’t contained in the quote (but we will advise you of this).
Prices are influenced 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 case of dogs, the box size provided is on the basis of the measurements directed at us. Should these measurements be incorrect we accept no responsibility for 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 operate without touching the the top of box, lie down comfortably and manage to turn round within the box. There must be considered a fixed water container inside the container with a method of filling it from the surface (funnel).
Should you need 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 need a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the united kingdom of destination (the airline will need to ring beforehand to ensure acceptance).
Maybe you are in a position 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 might be restrictions such as standby status with regards to the airline and the route). However if the animal(s) be an especially large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at the same time whilst the move be particularly difficult then we are able to offer the cargo option as well as other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With informative data on the measurements of the animal(s) we could build transit kennels to fit. Kennels may be either acquired from us or brought to any U.K. Airport to coincide with your register time or be delivered to your home.
Regardless of the mode of travel, pets should go into the cargo hold of the aircraft. This is heated and pressurised to the exact same extent whilst the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded to the hold approximately half an hour before departure (however the airline requires that they’re delivered to them 4 hours prior to the flight) and are unloaded at another end usually within 30 minutes of the plane landing. After the documents are available the animals can be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator where point the animals may be collected and taken home.
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 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 together without need for quarantine. All relevant documents and information could be down loaded from these pages and all latest informative data on the scheme can be on the official DEFRA site.
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) should be treated for tapeworm. The treatment should be administered with a vet not significantly less than 24 hours and less than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival amount of time in the UK. There is no mandatory requirement for tick treatment. No treatment is necessary 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 a 3 month wait.
To prevent confusion we have 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
When your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role would be 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 official animal quarantine station at Heathrow then make the 5 minute journey to the kennels and cattery at Heathrow.
From there you could:
Collect your pet anytime or any day to match during our opening hours.
Take your puppy for a walk in our field
Arrange your dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in dealing with all areas of pet imports and our speciality is ensuring that all documentation is correct before leaving the country 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 really worth the excess time taken in order to avoid delays at customs. We are conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air should be housed in an IATA approved kennel that will be suitable for how big canine being transported. Food and water should 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 for security reasons, this isn’t something that you (if you’re travelling on the same aircraft) will be allowed to do yourself.
Banned Breeds of Dogs
The next 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 is illegal to enter or transit the UK with some of these breeds or their mixes.
Dogs can just only 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 are returning to the UK after being positioned on the exemption list can enter.
Please note that the ban also pertains to dogs that spend amount of time in Great Britain during transit to other countries.
If you have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, you then must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency before you travel.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must certanly be microchipped prior to international travel, so ensuring this is performed will 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 every year around the world and the risks of airline travel for them are a similar as an individual of very same health status. The scare-mongering articles that may be found on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel typically 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 allowed to depart from any UK Airport in a unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets shouldn’t happen to be arrive at any destination over a weekend or Bank Holiday because at most 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 usually incurs an additional fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, therefore it is always best to send for a weekday arrival. You will find exceptions to this 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’re only given water that is safe for humans to drink, we would strongly advise bottled water if you’re in virtually any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals will not have the natural immunity of native pets in your country, so it’s imperative they’re well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the risk of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can also be advisable to make sure that all of their routine vaccinations are up to date because it is prudent to give them just as much disease immunity as possible.
Pets are far 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 brand-new life abroad together.