IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must be housed in a IATA approved kennel that is suitable for how big is the dog being transported. Food and water must be included in the kennel for long journeys and some airlines do exercise any dogs being shipped in the hold on significant stop-overs but also for security reasons, this isn’t something that you (if you are travelling on the same aircraft) will be allowed to complete yourself.
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. You should also ask your veterinarian for an EU Pet Passport if you would like to go back to the UK.
If you should be planning to take your pet on a journey to a country with a higher incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test before you leave the united states if you want 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 your pet passport.
You do not have 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 your pet passport.
Export certificates are needed for exporting unaccompanied dogs and cats to these 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.
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 so long as they conform to 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 with them without requirement for quarantine. All relevant documents and information could be down loaded from this page and all latest info on the scheme could be on the official DEFRA web 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 be treated for tapeworm. The procedure must certanly be administered by a vet not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival amount of time in the UK. There’s no mandatory requirement for tick treatment. No treatment is required 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 could be found on the official DEFRA site
When your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is to:
Offer a pre check of documentation prior to leaving country of origin
Monitor pets once loaded onto the aircraft with your 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 anytime or any day to accommodate during our opening hours.
Take your pet for a walk inside our field
Arrange your dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in coping with all facets of pet imports and our speciality is making sure that all documentation is correct before leaving the nation of origin! The main reason for concern with Pet Travel Scheme imports is incorrect documentation on arrival. Pre checking documentation is really a unique service to Airpets and is well worth the excess time taken to be able to avoid delays at customs. We’re conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
Banned Breeds of Dogs
These 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 now 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 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 which are returning to 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.
When you yourself have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, then you must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency before you travel.
General Information About Exporting Pets
When you request a pet export quotation we quote for all costs to move your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you are delivering your pet to our 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 the 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 unable to pay them in your behalf, so these charges are not contained in the quote (but we shall advise you of this).
Costs are dependent on 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 given to us. Should these measurements be incorrect we accept no responsibility for just about any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals must certanly be shipped in containers created to IATA specifications which are the proper size for them i.e. they need to be large enough for your pet to remain true 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 within the container with a method of filling it from the outside (funnel).
Should you need 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 may also need a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the united kingdom of destination (the airline will need to ring beforehand to confirm acceptance).
You may be able to take your pet as excess baggage, which may mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This may also be a cheaper option (please remember that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there might be restrictions such as standby status with respect 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 can provide cargo option along with 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 sent to any U.K. Airport to coincide along with your register time or be brought to your home.
Whatever the mode of travel, pets will go in to the cargo hold of the aircraft. This is heated and pressurised to the exact same extent since the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded into the hold approximately half an hour before departure (however the airline requires they are delivered for them 4 hours ahead of the flight) and are unloaded at the other end usually within half an hour 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 can be collected and taken home.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must be microchipped prior to international travel, so ensuring this is completed can 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 flight, and this is, obviously, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly every year across the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the exact same as a human of the same health status. The scare-mongering articles that may be found on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel more often than not occur when 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 which can be required ahead of 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 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 of the airports abroad you can find no cargo handling arrangements during these days and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they are allowed to arrive at weekends it always incurs an additional fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it’s always far better send for a weekday arrival. You will find exceptions to the 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’s safe for humans to drink, we would strongly advise bottled water if you are 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 are extremely well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the danger of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can be advisable to ensure that their routine vaccinations are current because it’s prudent to provide them as much disease immunity as possible.
Pets are more adaptable than they’re 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 is no reasons why pets cannot settle well into your life abroad together.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your puppy to USA with an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as for instance Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You know your pet depends on you to help make the best decisions about their welfare and we follow the strict operating code laid down by IPATA. These rules are designed to ensure your dog is not unduly stressed by the travel and which they get to the US in good condition. However, we’ve been shipping dogs to the USA for over 40 years and we actually exceed IPATA guidelines because we wish 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 pet to the USA from a Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country just like the UK is that there is no quarantine requirement so long as your pet has been doing the UK for 6 months or more. However, your pet must have documented evidence to be vaccinated against rabies otherwise this will result in entry delays when you will be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says you will get your dog vaccinated and then confine them for a minimum of 30 days after treatment). If you should be 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) doesn’t require your dog to really have a certificate of overall 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 many