There’s no getting around it – taking your pet travelling by air away from UK, whether on a brief holiday or even more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and may be complicated.
There are certainly a host of regulations which have to 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 required 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 correct flights (many airlines will not carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the rules 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 can and we will 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.
The Pet Travel Scheme is a UK Government scheme that allows pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending amount of time in quarantine.
To be able to comply with these rules you should do the next (In Order).
Check the principles applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk web page and make your plans accordingly.
Have your animal fitted with a microchip.
Have your pet vaccinated against rabies.
For qualifying countries, after a period 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 the pet has recently been examined and what the findings were), then this may be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days prior to the date of departure your pet (this doesn’t apply to cats or ferrets) must be treated against tapeworm. You’ll want this treatment completed by a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to this effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please know that you will find different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can simply 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 along with your pet so you are available to answer any questions because they arise.
You can find other considerations you will have to consider before bringing your pet back to the U.K. as an example the route that your pet travels should be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you employ must be an approved carrier and the united states that you are flying from needs to be always a qualifying country.
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The aforementioned information should only be properly used as a guide, while the regulations are constantly changing. A complete listing of regulations is found using the link below to the DEFRA website.