Shipping Dogs To Australia By Air
We have been shipping dogs by air to any or all the major continents for over 40 years and as a result have a vast quantity of experience which we could call upon whenever we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an comprehensive (and current) understanding of different rules that affect the import of animals for a given country.
If you’re emigrating or moving abroad for a time frame and wish to take your pet dog, or dogs with afterward you if you intend ahead, it would have been a fairly easy process with the smallest amount of number of stress for you personally and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting most of the relevant vaccinations and any veterinary treatments out the way in which early which means that your pets won’t be suffering unwanted effects if they travel. It is also recommended to have all documentation completed and ready to go with the required time to spare before your departure date.
Passportforpets.co.uk is a division of Airsupply Shipping located near London’s Heathrow Airport. We offer a range of dog shipping services that may add a “door to door” collection and delivery in the event that you so wish. Our pricing is open and transparent without hidden fees and i will be pleased to offer any help and support you may require to get your pet safely to your home.
Dog Export Wembley
Pet Export Warfield
Pet Export Village, The
Pet Export Virginia Water
Pet Export Wealdstone
Dog Export Walton-on-Thames
This site provides a success of information regarding the import requirements of varied countries concerning the import of dogs but if your 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 towards the top of this page.
Exporting Pets Living in the United Kingdom
All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving the UK must 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 would like to return to the UK.
If you’re planning to take your pet on a holiday to a country with a higher incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test before you leave the country if you would like to come back to the EU. You don’t have to hold back 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 comes with an EU pet passport and its vaccination and blood test were done in the EU and recorded in your pet passport.
Export certificates are needed 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.
Banned Breeds of Dogs
The following 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 forms 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 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 which can be time for the UK after being added to the exemption list can enter.
Please note that the ban also applies to dogs that spend time in Great Britain during transit to other countries.
When you yourself have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, then you must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency when you travel.
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 includes a microchip that’s not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, then you definitely have 3 choices:
You brings your personal microchip scanner.
You can contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you’ll enter the UK and inquire as to whether they’ve scanners that could 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 provided that it was presented with ahead of July 3, 2011, is clearly visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies following 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 very first rabies vaccination following the microchip is implanted is called the principal vaccination and it should be a one year vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, another vaccination becomes the principal vaccination and additionally it must be a one year vaccine.
All vaccinations which are 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 prior to 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There’s no waiting period after booster vaccinations provided that:
the prior vaccination was administered after having a microchip was implanted AND
the last vaccination had not 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 a booster, never as a principal vaccination. You can get hold of your veterinarian about this.
Once your pet has entered the United Kingdom, a 21 day waiting period is not necessary 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 await at the least 30 days after vaccination before receiving a rabies titer test (see step #3).
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air should be housed in a IATA approved kennel which is ideal for how big your dog being transported. Food and water should also be contained in 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 something that you (if you are travelling for a passing fancy aircraft) will be allowed to complete yourself.
There’s no navigating around it – taking your pet travelling by air outside the UK, whether on a quick holiday or even more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and could be complicated.
There are certainly a host of regulations which must be followed, both country and airline specific, and they very often change.
In general, 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 assist you find the right flights (many airlines will not carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the guidelines and regulations, advise on the proper 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 all over the world, we’ll ensure everything is as stress free as you can 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 dedicated, efficient and caring service.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must be microchipped prior to international travel, so ensuring this is completed will be the first step in preparing your pets for travel. The 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 this is, of course, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly each year throughout the world and the risks of airline travel for them are exactly the same as an individual of very same health status. The scare-mongering articles which can be found on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel almost always occur once 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 are required prior to airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals would not be permitted to depart from any UK Airport within an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets shouldn’t travel to arrive at any destination over a weekend or Bank Holiday because for the most part airports abroad you will find no cargo handling arrangements during these days and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to arrive at weekends it always incurs one more fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it is always best to send for a weekday arrival. You can find exceptions to this so please contact our office to learn more if this 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 are in any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals won’t have the natural immunity of native pets in your new country, so it is imperative they’re quite well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the risk of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can also be advisable to ensure their routine vaccinations are up to date because it is prudent to provide them 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 country, there’s no reasons why pets cannot settle well into your life abroad together.
Taking your pet on your flight
Pets can travel of all 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 really is what you will like. The majority of the ‘low-cost’airlines do not carry pets however, and you can find few points that is highly recommended with this sort of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive in to the cargo or freight part of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you cannot be in two places simultaneously! If you’re organized attending to your personal customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left awaiting longer than necessary to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing in mind that a lot of airports require you to take your pets travel kennel away with you. In the case of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove very hard to transport, particularly if you have all your own personal luggage to cope with too.
Lastly, you’ll not have any usage of your pet from the time they’re checked in at the departure airport and soon 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 have the ability to see your pets before they’re taken for their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet traveling on the same flight as yourself, we’ll work together with you to allow for this whenever possible.
We are happy to meet up clients that are travelling for a passing fancy aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the afternoon of shipment. We would require seeing copies all of Veterinary paperwork to be sure they’re suitable for travel and whilst we will always ask you to check and check how big your pet and travel kennel in advance, we unfortunately cannot accept any responsibility for last-minute delays or problems occurred on your day of travel with this sort of shipment. The single most typical reason behind these eleventh hour 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 have with such issues, we shall sometimes ask you often times if you should be sure concerning the size as a wriggly dog is not quite simple to measure and we are able to 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 certain size kennel might not have the ability to travel back out in the same kennel because of the stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are amongst the strictest in the world for animal welfare, and therefore the message here’s that if you are not sure please say so even as we will then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not really a adequate fit.
The Pet Travel Scheme is really 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 one of these rules you will have to do the next (In Order).
Check the guidelines 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.
When you yourself have any evidence that the pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from a vet stating that the pet has been examined and what the findings were), then this may be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days before the date of departure your pet (this does not apply to cats or ferrets) should be treated against tapeworm. You’ll want this treatment completed by a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to the effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please be aware that there are different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can certainly be identified (because thet have been fitted with a dog passport microchip) then importation is likely to be much easier. Always try and travel together with your pet so you are available to answer any questions because they arise.
You will find other considerations you will need to take into consideration before bringing your pet back into the U.K. as an example the route your pet travels must be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you use must be an approved carrier and the country that you will be flying from needs to be always a qualifying country.
Cat Export Northwood Hills
Dog Export Oakley Green
Cat Export Old Windsor
Dog Export Ockham
Dog Export Oatlands Park
Dog Export Norwood Green
Dog Export Old Malden
Pet Export Old Oak Common
Cat Export Nuptown
Pet Export Northwood
The aforementioned information should only be utilized as helpful information, since the regulations are constantly changing. A full listing of regulations are available utilizing the link below to the DEFRA website.
General Information About Exporting Pets
When you request a pet export quotation we quote for all 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 a minimum of five hours before the flight. Collections from you (if required) is likely to 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 behalf, so these charges aren’t contained in the quote (but we will 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 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 just about any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals should be shipped in containers built to IATA specifications which are the proper size for them i.e. they have to be big enough for the animal to operate without touching the the top of box, lay down comfortably and be able to turn round within the box. There should also be considered a fixed water container within the container with a means of filling it from the exterior (funnel).
In case you wish to utilise our services we will have to have written confirmation with payment the moment possible and at the very least 28 days beforehand. We will 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 able 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 once while the move be particularly difficult then we are able to offer the cargo option along with other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With info on the measurements of the animal(s) we can build transit kennels to fit. Kennels can be either picked up from us or sent to any U.K. Airport to coincide with your register time or be brought to your home.
Long lasting mode of travel, pets should go to the cargo hold of the aircraft. That is heated and pressurised to the same extent as the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded in to the hold approximately 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires they are delivered in their mind 4 hours ahead of the flight) and are unloaded at one other end usually within 30 minutes of the plane landing. Once the documents are available the animals can 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.
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 countless amounts of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you will need help with all facets of your pet relocation, or simply advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to help and offer the next:
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 essential to minimising the full time pets spend within 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 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 within 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 each day
We also offer a full pet grooming service
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 comply with the regulations. In addition it allows pet owners in the UK to take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other European countries and then return using them without need for quarantine. All relevant documents and information could be down loaded from these pages and all latest informative data on the scheme may be found on the official DEFRA web page.
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 these 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 be treated for tapeworm. The procedure should be administered with a vet not less than 24 hours and less 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 by way of a 3 month wait.
To prevent confusion we’ve prepared check lists for you yourself 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 can be located on the official DEFRA website
When your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK beneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role would be to:
Offer a pre check of documentation just before 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 the kennels and cattery at Heathrow.
From there you may:
Collect your pet whenever you want or any day to accommodate during our opening hours.
Take your puppy for a walk inside our field
Arrange a 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 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 a unique service to Airpets and is worth the excess time taken in order to avoid delays at customs. We are conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.