Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must certanly be microchipped prior to international travel, so ensuring this is done will always be the first faltering 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 trip, and that is, needless to say, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly every year around the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the exact same as an individual of very same health status. The scare-mongering articles that may be found 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 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 would not be allowed to depart from any UK Airport in an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets shouldn’t travel to arrive at any destination over a weekend or Bank Holiday because at most airports abroad there are no cargo handling arrangements during these days and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they are allowed to reach at weekends it usually incurs yet another fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it’s always better to send for a weekday arrival. There are 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 are 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 won’t 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 is also advisable to ensure that all their routine vaccinations are up to date because it is prudent to offer them as much disease immunity as possible.
Pets are far 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 new country, there is no reason pets cannot settle well into your new life abroad together.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air should be housed in an IATA approved kennel which will be suited to how big the dog being transported. Food and water must also be contained 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 is simply not something which you (if you’re travelling for a passing fancy aircraft) will be allowed to accomplish yourself.
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 types of American Bulldogs have been found to be Pit Bulls. It’s illegal to enter or transit the UK with some of 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 that are time for the UK after being added to the exemption list can enter.
Please note that the ban also relates 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 prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to have your pet microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet currently features a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, then you definitely have 3 choices:
You will bring your own microchip scanner.
You are able to contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you’ll enter the UK and inquire regarding whether they’ve scanners that can read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can still be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The quantity and implant dates of both microchips should be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is a satisfactory type of identification as long as it was presented with prior to July 3, 2011, is obviously visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets should have proof of a current rabies vaccination administered following a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The initial rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted is named the principal vaccination and it should be a 12 months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the next vaccination becomes the primary vaccination and it also should be a one year vaccine.
All vaccinations which are administered after the primary vaccination are called booster vaccinations.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from the rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), the primary rabies vaccination should be administered no prior to 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There is no waiting period after booster vaccinations provided that:
the previous vaccination was administered after a microchip was implanted AND
the prior 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 a booster, not as a main vaccination. You are able to speak to 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 another entry requirements are met.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from a high-rabies country, it must watch for at the least 30 days after vaccination before finding a rabies titer test (see step #3).
The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)
PETS was created to halt the spread of rabies and other diseases while still allowing pets to travel.
Northern Ireland has been free of rabies for many years, but in several other countries there’s still a danger of the disease to mammals. The largest risk for rabies entering here will be via an infected animal smuggled in illegally.
All rabies-susceptible animals entering the UK are normally required to pay four months in quarantine, unless they arrive under and meet most of the conditions of PETS.
All pet dogs (including assistance dogs), cats and ferrets can enter or re-enter the UK without quarantine under PETS provided they meet the rules of the scheme, which differ with regards to the country the pet is travelling from.
They may then manage to get early release if they may be shown to meet up the necessary pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most parts of Europe and many non-European destinations.
Shipping Dogs To Australia By Air
We have been shipping dogs by air to all or any the major continents for over 40 years and as such have a vast number of experience which we could call upon once we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an comprehensive (and current) understanding of the different rules that affect the import of animals for confirmed country.
If you should be emigrating or moving abroad for a time frame and wish to take your pet dog, or dogs with you then if you plan ahead, it would have been a easier than you think process with the smallest amount of amount of stress for you and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting all the relevant vaccinations and every other veterinary treatments out the way in which early which means that your pets will not be suffering side effects when they travel. It’s also a good idea to obtain all documentation completed and all set to go with sufficient time to spare before your departure date.
Passportforpets.co.uk is really a division of Airsupply Shipping located near London’s Heathrow Airport. We offer a selection of dog shipping services that may include a “door to door” collection and delivery if you so wish. Our pricing is open and transparent without any hidden fees and we will be pleased to offer any help and support you could require to get your pet safely to your new home.
Pet Export Wooburn
Pet Export Wisley
Dog Export Wooburn Common
Pet Export Wooburn Green
Dog Export Woking
Pet Export Woodcock Hill
Dog Export Wood End
Pet Export Wood End Green
This amazing site provides a success of details about the import requirements of varied countries relating to the import of dogs but if your destination is not listed underneath the “Destination Requirements” tab (above) then simply contact us by completing the web quotation form, or our quick enquiry form or you are able to call us free using the amount at the very top of the page.
The Pet Travel Scheme is really a UK Government scheme that allows pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending time in quarantine.
In order to comply with these rules you should do the following (In Order).
Check the rules 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 a period of 21 days following your pet’s vaccination, your pet may then go the UK.
If you have any evidence your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from the vet stating that your pet has been examined and what the findings were), then this will be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days before the date of departure your puppy (this does not apply to cats or ferrets) must be treated against tapeworm. You’ll want this treatment completed by way of a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to the effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
Please know that you can find different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can simply be identified (because thet have been fitted with a puppy passport microchip) then importation is going to be much easier. Always try and travel along with your pet so you are readily available to answer any questions while they arise.
There are other considerations you will need to take into account before bringing your pet back in the U.K. for instance the route that your pet travels should be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you employ must certanly be an accepted carrier and the country that you are flying from needs to become a qualifying country.
Pet Export Yeading
Cat Export Wood End Green
Dog Export Woodham
Dog Export Woodlands
Cat Export Wraysbury
Cat Export Woolley Green
Pet Export Woodlands Park
Pet Export Woodcock Hill
Cat Export Yiewsley
Cat Export Woodside
The aforementioned information should only be utilized as a guide, while the regulations are constantly changing. A complete set of regulations can be found by using the link below to the DEFRA website.
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 want to come back to the UK.
If you should be about to take your pet on a holiday to a country with a higher incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test when you leave the nation if you want to come back to the EU. You do not 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 your 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 required 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.
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 comply with the regulations. Additionally it allows pet owners in the UK to take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other European countries and then return together without dependence on quarantine. All relevant documents and information can be down loaded from these pages and all latest information on the scheme may be located 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 following 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 treatment must be administered by way of a vet not less than 24 hours and less than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival amount of time in the UK. There is 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 with a 3 month wait.
To avoid confusion we’ve 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 can be found on the official DEFRA site
Whenever your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK under 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 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 may:
Collect your pet at any time or any day to accommodate during our opening hours.
Take your pet 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 facets of pet imports and our speciality is ensuring that all documentation is correct before leaving the united states of origin! The key reason for concern with Pet Travel Scheme imports is incorrect documentation on arrival. Pre checking documentation is just 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.
There’s no making your way around it – taking your pet travelling by air beyond your UK, whether on a brief holiday or maybe more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and can be complicated.
There are always a host of regulations which have to be followed, both country and airline specific, and they frequently change.
Generally, 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 area rules.
Our job at Pets by Plane is to help 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 best travel kennel and ensure 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 can 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.
General Information About Exporting Pets
Once 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 your premises near Heathrow it must arrive no less than 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 within the quote (but we shall advise you of this).
Prices are influenced by 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 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 developed to IATA specifications which are the correct size for them i.e. they need to be big enough for the animal to stand up without touching the the top of box, lie down comfortably and be able to turn round within the box. There must also be described as a fixed water container inside the container with a method of filling it from the outside (funnel).
Should you need to utilise our services we would need to have written confirmation with payment the moment possible and at least 28 days beforehand. We will also demand a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the country of destination (the airline should ring beforehand to verify acceptance).
Perhaps you are 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 remember that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there could be restrictions such as standby status depending on 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 frame because the move be particularly difficult then we could provide cargo option along with other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With home elevators the measurements of the animal(s) we are able to build transit kennels to fit. Kennels may be either picked up from us or delivered 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 in to the cargo your hands on the aircraft. This is heated and pressurised to exactly the same extent since the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded to the hold approximately 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires that they’re delivered for them 4 hours before the flight) and are unloaded at the other end usually within half an hour of the plane landing. When the documents are available the animals could be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator where point the animals could be collected and taken home.
Taking your pet in your flight
Pets can travel of all scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to almost every area of the world so generally, your pet should have the ability to travel for a passing fancy flight as yourself if this is what you will like. A lot of the ‘low-cost’airlines do not carry pets however, and you will find few points that is highly recommended with this kind of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive in to the cargo or freight section of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you cannot be in two places at the same time! If you’re organized attending to your personal customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left waiting for more than required to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing at heart 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, especially if you have all your personal luggage to manage too.
Lastly, you’ll have no use of your pet from the full time they’re checked in at the departure airport until you collect them at the destination airport, and for a few countries such as for example 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 traveling on a single flight as yourself, we’ll interact with you to accommodate this whenever possible.
We’re happy to meet clients who’re travelling for a passing fancy aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the day of shipment. We would require seeing copies all Veterinary paperwork to make sure they’re acceptable for travel and whilst we shall always ask you to test and double check the size of your pet and travel kennel ahead of time, 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 behind these last second 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 will sometimes ask you many times if you’re sure in regards to the size as a wriggly dog is nearly an easy task to measure and we could usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.
Many pets that have previously travelled in to the UK in a specific size kennel may not manage to travel back out in the exact same kennel as a result of stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are amongst the strictest on earth for animal welfare, and therefore the message here’s that if you’re not sure please say so once we will then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not really a good enough fit.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your pet to USA with an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You know your pet 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 dog isn’t unduly stressed by the travel and which they arrive in the US in good condition. However, we have been shipping dogs to the USA for over 40 years and we actually rise above IPATA guidelines because we would like both happy pets AND owners! Our pet shipping business continues to expand and we could only achieve this through happy customers who recommend our services to others.
The good thing 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 as long as your pet has been around the UK for 6 months or more. However, your pet must have documented evidence of being vaccinated against rabies otherwise this can lead to entry delays when you will soon be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says you will get your puppy vaccinated and then confine them for at the least 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 definitely 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 truly have a certificate of general health MOST AIRLINES DO REQUIRE THIS before they will alow your pet to board an aircraft.
Generally, all dogs should be imported or exported through one of the
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 countless amounts of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you will need help with all areas of your pet relocation, or just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to simply help and offer these:
Expert assistance with all relevant veterinary & documentation requirements
Reliable, DEFRA licenced collection of your pet from anywhere in the UK
Booking of the most direct, time efficient flight for the pet
Comprehensive ‘Door-to-door’pet relocation to destinations across the world
Way to obtain IATA approved sky kennels
Delivery at destination via our worldwide network of established partner agents
Our prime location is important to minimising enough 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 sticking with us whilst you’re away on holiday, ahead of 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 every single day
We also give you a full pet grooming service