There’s no making your way around it – taking your pet travelling by air away from UK, whether on a brief holiday or more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and could be complicated.
There are always a host of regulations which need 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 needed to meet import regulations, veterinary requirements and to navigate through the local rules.
Our job at Pets by Plane is to assist you find the appropriate flights (many airlines will not carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the guidelines and regulations, advise on the best 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 are able to and we will 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.
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 provided that 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 dependence on quarantine. All relevant documents and information could be down loaded from these pages and all latest home elevators the scheme could be located 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 therapy must certanly be administered by a vet not significantly less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival time in the UK. There’s no mandatory requirement for tick treatment. No treatment is needed for dogs entering the UK from Finland, Ireland or Malta).
Pets entering from a 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 to print out and 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 site
As soon as your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK beneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is always to:
Provide a pre check of documentation just before leaving country of origin
Monitor pets once loaded onto the aircraft with your tracking system software
Collect your pet promptly from the state animal quarantine station at Heathrow then make the 5 minute journey to our kennels and cattery at Heathrow.
From there you could:
Collect your pet anytime or any day to suit during our opening hours.
Take your dog for a walk within our field
Arrange a dog wash & brush up
Arrange delivery anywhere in the UK
Our import staff are experienced in working with all areas of pet imports and our speciality is ensuring all documentation is correct before leaving the united states of origin! The main cause for concern with Pet Travel Scheme imports is incorrect documentation on arrival. Pre checking documentation is just a unique service to Airpets and is well worth the additional time taken to be able to avoid delays at customs. We are conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
General Information About Exporting Pets
When you request a pet export quotation we quote for many costs to move 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) will undoubtedly be by arrangement, usually on the day 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’re unable to pay them on your behalf, so these charges aren’t included in the quote (but we will advise you of this).
Prices 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 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 should be shipped in containers created to IATA specifications which are the correct size for them i.e. they should be big enough for the animal to operate without touching the top of the box, take a nap comfortably and have the ability to turn round within the box. There must be a fixed water container in the container with a means of filling it from the surface (funnel).
Should you desire to utilise our services we would need to have written confirmation with payment as soon as possible and at the least 28 days beforehand. We will also require a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the united states of destination (the airline will need to ring beforehand to ensure acceptance).
Perhaps you are in a position to take your pet as excess baggage, which would mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This might be a cheaper option (please note that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there might be restrictions such as for example standby status with respect to the airline and the route). However should the animal(s) be a particularly large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at the same time frame as the move be particularly difficult then we can offer the cargo option as well as other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With information on the measurements of the animal(s) we can build transit kennels to fit. Kennels could be either picked up from us or brought to any U.K. Airport to coincide together with your sign in time or be sent to your home.
Whatever the mode of travel, pets should go to the cargo your hands on the aircraft. This really is heated and pressurised to exactly the 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 in their mind 4 hours ahead of the flight) and are unloaded at another end usually within half an hour of the plane landing. Once 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 in your flight
Pets can travel of all scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to virtually every area of the world so generally, your pet should have the ability to travel on the same flight as yourself if this is what you should like. A lot of the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and you can find few points that should be thought about with this sort of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive into the cargo or freight element of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you cannot take two places simultaneously! If you’re held up attending to your own customs and visa formalities, your pet might be left awaiting more than required to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing in mind that many 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 difficult to move, especially if you have all your own personal luggage to deal with too.
Lastly, you will have no access to your pet from the full time they’re checked in at the departure airport and soon you collect them at the destination airport, and for many countries such as for instance Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you won’t manage to see your pets before they’re taken with their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet to travel for a passing fancy flight as yourself, we’ll come together with you to accommodate this whenever possible.
We are happy to generally meet clients that are travelling for a passing fancy aircraft as their pets at the London airports on your day of shipment. We’d require seeing copies each of Veterinary paperwork to be sure they’re appropriate for travel and whilst we shall always ask you to test and double check how big 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 kind of shipment. The single most frequent reason for these last minute problems at the airport could 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 many times if you should be sure about 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 to the UK in a certain size kennel may not have the ability to travel back out in the exact same kennel due to the stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are between the strictest in the world for animal welfare, and and so the message here is that if you are not sure please say so once we may then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not a adequate fit.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must be microchipped ahead of international travel, so ensuring this is done 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 very anxious about sending their pets on a journey, and this is, needless to say, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly every year throughout the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the same as a human 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 more often than not 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 that are required ahead of airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals would never be permitted to depart from any UK Airport in an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets shouldn’t happen to be arrive at any destination over a week-end or Bank Holiday because for the most part airports abroad there are no cargo handling arrangements during nowadays and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they are allowed to arrive at weekends it always incurs one more fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, therefore it is always best to send for a weekday arrival. You will find exceptions to the so please contact our office for more information if this is something you require.
When taking your pet to a foreign country, please ensure they’re only given water that is safe for humans to drink, we’d 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 new country, so it’s imperative they’re well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the danger of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can also be advisable to ensure that all of their routine vaccinations are current because it’s prudent to offer them the maximum amount of disease immunity as possible.
Pets are 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 why pets cannot settle well into your life abroad together.
Banned Breeds of Dogs
These breeds or their mixes aren’t 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 any of these breeds or their mixes.
Dogs can only 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 placed on the exemption list can enter.
Please note that the ban also relates to dogs that spend amount of time in Great Britain during transit to other countries.
When you have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, then you must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency when you travel.