General Information About Exporting Pets
Whenever you request a pet export quotation we quote for several costs to transport your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you should be 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 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 are unable to pay them on your own behalf, so these charges aren’t contained in the quote (but we shall advise you of this).
Costs 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 directed at us. Should these measurements be incorrect we accept no responsibility for almost any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals must be shipped in containers built to IATA specifications which are the right size for them i.e. they should be big enough for the pet to operate without touching the the surface of the box, lie down comfortably and manage to turn round within the box. There should also be described as a fixed water container in the container with a way of filling it from the outside (funnel).
Should you wish to utilise our services we would have to have written confirmation with payment as soon as possible and at the least 28 days beforehand. We will even require a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the united states of destination (the airline will have to ring beforehand to confirm acceptance).
You might be in a position to take your pet as excess baggage, which would mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This may also be a cheaper option (please observe that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there could be restrictions such as standby status with respect to 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 the same time frame because the move be particularly difficult then we can provide 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 are able to build transit kennels to fit. Kennels can be either found from us or brought to any U.K. Airport to coincide together with your register time or be sent to your home.
Whatever the mode of travel, pets should go into the cargo your hands on the aircraft. That is heated and pressurised to exactly the same extent because the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded into the hold approximately 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires that they are delivered to them 4 hours ahead of the flight) and are unloaded at another 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.
Taking your pet on your flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to almost every part of the world so in most cases, your pet should have the ability to travel on a single flight as yourself if this is what you would like. The majority of the ‘low-cost’airlines do not carry pets however, and you can find few points that should be considered with this kind of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive in to the cargo or freight area of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you cannot maintain two places at the same time! If you’re organized attending to your own 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 mind that many airports need you to take your pets travel kennel away with you. In the case of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove extremely tough to move, particularly if you have all your personal luggage to cope with too.
Lastly, you will have no use of your pet from the time they’re checked in at the departure airport until you collect them at the destination airport, and for a few countries such as Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you will not have the ability to see your pets before they’re taken to their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet to travel on the same flight as yourself, we’ll work together with you to allow for this whenever possible.
We’re happy to meet up clients who are travelling on a single aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the afternoon of shipment. We would require seeing copies every one of Veterinary paperwork to be sure they’re suitable for travel and whilst we shall always ask you to check on and check how big is your pet and travel kennel beforehand, we unfortunately cannot accept any responsibility for last-minute delays or problems occurred on the day of travel with this sort of shipment. The single most frequent reason behind these last minute problems at the airport may 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 these types of issues, we shall sometimes ask you often times if you’re sure concerning the size as a wriggly dog is not quite an easy task to measure and we are able to usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.
Many pets which have previously travelled into the UK in a specific size kennel might not have the ability 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 so the message here’s that if you are uncertain please say so even as we may then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not a sufficient fit.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats should be microchipped just before international travel, so ensuring this is completed will be the first 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 flight, and this is, of course, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly every year throughout the world and the risks of airline travel for them are a similar as a human of very same health status. The scare-mongering articles which can be located 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 animals being cramped into inappropriately sized travel kennels and not given the rigorous medical examinations which are required just before airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals would not be allowed to depart from any UK Airport in a unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets shouldn’t go arrive at any destination over a week-end or Bank Holiday because at most of the airports abroad there are no cargo handling arrangements during these days and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to reach at weekends it usually incurs yet another fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, therefore it is always far better send for a weekday arrival. You can find exceptions to the so please contact our office for more information if that is something you require.
When taking your pet to a foreign country, please ensure they’re only given water that’s safe for humans to drink, we’d strongly advise bottled water if you’re in any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals will not have the natural immunity of native pets in your new 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 be advisable to ensure all of their routine vaccinations are up to date because it is prudent to give them the maximum amount of disease immunity as possible.
Pets tend to be 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.
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’ll need help with all aspects of your pet relocation, or simply 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 assortment of your pet from anywhere in the UK
Booking of the 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 vital to minimising the 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 holiday, 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 1 priority.
All dogs are exercised daily in individual runs or inside 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 every day
We also provide a full pet grooming service
There’s no getting around it – taking your pet travelling by air away from UK, whether on a brief holiday or maybe more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and could 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 speaking, the farther away or even more exotic your destination, the more work is necessary 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 won’t carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the principles 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 is as stress free as possible and we is likely to 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 separate, efficient and caring service.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your dog to USA with an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You know your dog depends 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 your pet is not unduly stressed by the travel and that 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 would like 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 dog to the USA from the Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country just like the UK is that there is no quarantine requirement so long as your dog has been around the UK for 6 months or more. However, your pet must have documented evidence of being vaccinated against rabies otherwise this will lead to entry delays since you will 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 should be importing a puppy that’s too young (usually under 6 months of age) to possess had the rabies vaccination then you will require 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 have a certificate of overall health MOST AIRLINES DO REQUIRE THIS before they’ll alow your pet to board an aircraft.
Generally, all dogs must certanly be imported or exported through one of many
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air should be housed in a IATA approved kennel which can be suited to how big is the dog being transported. Food and water must be contained in the kennel for long journeys and some airlines do exercise any dogs being shipped in the hold on tight significant stop-overs however for security reasons, this is not something which you (if you are travelling on the same aircraft) could be allowed to complete 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 already been found to be Pit Bulls. It’s illegal to enter or transit the UK with any of these breeds or their mixes.
Dogs can just only be looked at for exemption from UK Dangerous Dog Laws through the courts. Pet owners cannot apply fo exemption when importing their dogs.Only dogs that 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, then you must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency before you travel.