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. Additionally it allows pet owners in the UK to take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other European countries and then return using them without requirement for quarantine. All relevant documents and information may be down loaded from these pages and all latest informative data on the scheme can be found on the official DEFRA internet 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) must certanly be treated for tapeworm. The therapy 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 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 with a 3 month wait.
In order to avoid confusion we have prepared check lists for you really to print out and decide to try your vet.
Click here for EU and listed countries check list
Click here for unlisted countries check list
All latest information may be on the official DEFRA internet site
Whenever your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is to:
Provide a pre check of documentation prior to leaving country of origin
Monitor pets once loaded onto the aircraft with our tracking system software
Collect your pet promptly from the official animal quarantine station at Heathrow then make the 5 minute journey to your kennels and cattery at Heathrow.
From there you might:
Collect your pet at any time or any day to match during our opening hours.
Take your pet for a walk in 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 all documentation is correct before leaving the nation of origin! The key cause for concern with Pet Travel Scheme imports is incorrect documentation on arrival. Pre checking documentation is really 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.
The Pet Travel Scheme is just a UK Government scheme that enables pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending time in quarantine.
In order to comply with your rules you will need to do these (In Order).
Check the principles applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk internet 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 happen to be the UK.
If you have any evidence that your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from the vet stating your pet has been examined and what the findings were), then this could be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days before the date of departure your puppy (this does not affect cats or ferrets) must certanly be treated against tapeworm. You must have this treatment completed by a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to this effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please remember 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 already been fitted with a pet passport microchip) then importation will be much easier. Always try and travel with your pet so you are on hand to answer any questions while they arise.
You can find other considerations you will need to take into consideration before bringing your pet back into the U.K. for instance the route that the pet travels must certanly be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you utilize must be an approved carrier and the country that you are flying from needs to be a qualifying country.
Cat Export Harlington
Pet Export Harefield
Pet Export Harlesden
Cat Export Hanworth
Dog Export Harefield Grove
The above mentioned information should only be properly used as a guide, while the regulations are constantly changing. A complete list of regulations are available by using the link below to the DEFRA website.
Shipping Dogs To Australia By Air
We’ve been shipping dogs by air to all or any the major continents for over 40 years and therefore have a vast level of experience which we are able to call upon when we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an comprehensive (and current) knowledge of the different rules that connect with the import of animals for confirmed country.
If you should be emigrating or moving abroad for a time period and want to take your pet dog, or dogs with you then 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 most of the relevant vaccinations and any other veterinary treatments out the way in which early meaning your pets will not be suffering negative effects when they travel. It is also a good idea to have all documentation completed and all set 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 variety of dog shipping services that could incorporate a “door to door” collection and delivery if you so wish. Our pricing is open and transparent without hidden fees and we will be pleased to offer any help and support you may require to get your pet safely to your new home.
Pet Export Row Town
Cat Export Richings Park
Pet Export Richmond
Cat Export Rayners Lane
Dog Export Rickmansworth
Dog Export Raynes Park
Dog Export Ripley
Dog Export Ridgway
Cat Export Rose Hill
Dog Export Roehampton
This site provides a wealth of information about the import requirements of numerous countries concerning the import of dogs if a destination is not listed underneath the “Destination Requirements” tab (above) then simply contact us by completing the internet quotation form, or our quick enquiry form or you can call us free using the number at the very top of the page.
The first faltering step to ready your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to have your pet microchipped by having 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 own microchip scanner.
You can contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you will enter the UK and inquire concerning whether they have scanners that may read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can nevertheless be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The quantity and implant dates of both microchips must certanly be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is a satisfactory kind of identification as long as it was handed ahead of July 3, 2011, is actually 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 following a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The first rabies vaccination following the microchip is implanted is named the primary vaccination and it must be a twelve months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the next vaccination becomes the principal vaccination and in addition, it should be a 12 months vaccine.
All vaccinations which 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 principal rabies vaccination must be administered no prior to 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There’s no waiting period after booster vaccinations so long as:
the previous vaccination was administered after having a microchip was implanted AND
the last 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, never as a key 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 required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept current, and one 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).
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must be housed in an IATA approved kennel which is suited to the size of 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 hang on significant stop-overs however for security reasons, this isn’t a thing that you (if you’re travelling on a single aircraft) could be allowed to accomplish yourself.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your dog to USA having an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You understand your dog relies on you to really make the best decisions about their welfare and we follow the strict operating code laid down by IPATA. These rules were created to ensure that your dog isn’t 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 go beyond IPATA guidelines because we would like both happy pets AND owners! Our pet shipping business continues to expand and we are able to only achieve this through happy customers who recommend our services to others.
What’s promising about shipping your dog to the USA from a Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country just like the UK is that there is no quarantine requirement provided that your dog has been in the UK for 6 months or more. However, your dog must have documented evidence to be vaccinated against rabies otherwise this will result in entry delays as you will undoubtedly be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says that you will get your pet vaccinated and then confine them for at the least 30 days after treatment). If you’re importing a puppy that is too young (usually under 6 months of age) to possess had the rabies vaccination you then will require 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 really 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
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. You should also ask your veterinarian for an EU Pet Passport if you wish to go back to the UK.
If you are about 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 want to return to the EU. You don’t have to attend 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.
There isn’t to attend 3 months if your pet has 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 the following 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.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats should be microchipped prior to international travel, so ensuring this is performed can be the first faltering step in preparing your pets for travel. Another 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 that is, needless to say, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly annually around the world and the risks of airline travel for them are exactly the same as an individual of the same health status. The scare-mongering articles that can be found on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel almost always occur when the rules for airline travel are flouted, such as for example animals being cramped into inappropriately sized travel kennels and not given the rigorous medical examinations which can be required ahead of airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals could not be allowed to depart from any UK Airport within an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets should not travel to arrive at any destination over a weekend or Bank Holiday because at most airports abroad you can find no cargo handling arrangements during nowadays and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to reach at weekends it always incurs yet another fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it’s 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’d strongly advise bottled water if you’re in just about any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals won’t have the natural immunity of native pets in your new country, therefore it is imperative they’re quite well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the danger of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It is also advisable to ensure their routine vaccinations are updated because it is prudent to give them the maximum amount of 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 new country, there’s no reasons why pets cannot settle well into your brand-new life abroad together.
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 these breeds or their mixes.
Dogs can only be viewed for exemption from UK Dangerous Dog Laws through the courts. Pet owners cannot apply fo exemption when importing their dogs.Only dogs which are time for the UK after being added to the exemption list can enter.
Please remember that the ban also relates 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.
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 most experienced pet relocation company in the UK, having completed thousands of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you will need help with all areas 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 number of your pet from anywhere in the UK
Booking of the very direct, time efficient flight for your pet
Comprehensive ‘Door-to-door’pet relocation to destinations across the globe
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 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 staying with us whilst you’re away on holiday, just before 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 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 everyday
We also provide a full pet grooming service
General Information About Exporting Pets
When you request a pet export quotation we quote for many costs to transport 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 your day 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 struggling to pay them on your own behalf, so these charges aren’t within the quote (but we shall advise you of this).
Costs are dependent on the size/weight of the animal(s) to be exported, any extra 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 any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals must be shipped in containers developed to IATA specifications which are the proper size for them i.e. they must be big enough for the animal to remain true without touching the top of the box, take a nap comfortably and have the ability to turn round within the box. There should also be considered a fixed water container within the container with a way of filling it from the surface (funnel).
Should you wish to utilise our services we will have to have written confirmation with payment as soon as possible and at the very least 28 days beforehand. We may also demand a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the country 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 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 whilst the move be particularly difficult then we could offer the cargo option as well as other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With info on the measurements of the animal(s) we are able to build transit kennels to fit. Kennels could be either acquired from us or delivered to any U.K. Airport to coincide along with your register time or be delivered to your home.
Regardless of the mode of travel, pets should go into the cargo your hands on the aircraft. That is heated and pressurised to the same extent as the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded to the hold approximately 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires they are delivered in their mind 4 hours before the flight) and are unloaded at another end usually within around 30 minutes of the plane landing. Once the documents are available the animals could be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator at which point the animals can be collected and taken home.