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 any of these breeds or their mixes.
Dogs can just 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 are returning to the UK after being positioned on 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 have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, you then must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency when you travel.
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 may be complicated.
There are certainly a host of regulations which need to be followed, both country and airline specific, and they frequently change.
Generally speaking, the farther away or even 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 rules 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 all over the world, we’ll ensure everything is really as stress free as possible 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.
The first 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 has a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, then you have 3 choices:
You may bring your personal microchip scanner.
You can contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you’ll enter the UK and inquire regarding whether they have scanners that may 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 must certanly be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is an acceptable kind of identification provided that it was given just before July 3, 2011, is clearly visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets should have evidence of a current rabies vaccination administered after having a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The first rabies vaccination following the microchip is implanted is called the primary vaccination and it should be a one year vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, another vaccination becomes the primary vaccination and in addition it must be a twelve months vaccine.
All vaccinations which can be 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 earlier than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There is no waiting period after booster vaccinations so long as:
the previous vaccination was administered following a microchip was implanted AND
the prior vaccination hadn’t expired when the booster was given.
The United Kingdom does honor the 3 year rabies vaccination for dogs, cats and ferrets; however, it should only be administered as a booster, never as a primary vaccination. You are able to confer with 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 current, and the other entry requirements are met.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from a high-rabies country, it must wait for no less than 30 days after vaccination before finding a rabies titer test (see step #3).
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 with them without importance of quarantine. All relevant documents and information may be down loaded from these pages and all latest informative data on the scheme could be located 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 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) should be treated for tapeworm. The procedure should be administered by a vet not significantly less than 24 hours and no more 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 required 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 a 3 month wait.
To avoid confusion we have prepared check lists for you 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 web page
As soon as your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK beneath the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role would be to:
Provide a pre check of documentation ahead of 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 whenever you want or any day to suit during our opening hours.
Take your pet 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 facets of pet imports and our speciality is making sure that all documentation is correct before leaving the united states of origin! The main 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 well worth the extra time taken to be able to avoid delays at customs. We’re conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
Shipping Dogs To Australia By Air
We’ve been shipping dogs by air to all the major continents for over 40 years and therefore have a vast level of experience which we can call upon whenever we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an thorough (and current) familiarity with the different rules that affect the import of animals for a given country.
If you’re emigrating or moving abroad for a period of time and wish to take your pet dog, or dogs with you then if you intend ahead, it would have been a fairly easy process with the least quantity of stress for you and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting all the relevant vaccinations and every other veterinary treatments out just how early meaning your pets will not be suffering side effects once they travel. It is also recommended to obtain all documentation completed and all set to go with plenty of 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 could include a “door to door” collection and delivery if you so wish. Our pricing is open and transparent without hidden fees and we are pleased to offer any help and support you might require to truly get your pet safely to your new home.
Cat Export Raynes Park
Pet Export Richings Park
This website provides a success of information about the import requirements of various countries associated with 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 amount towards the top of the page.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air should be housed in a IATA approved kennel which can 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 tight significant stop-overs however for security reasons, this isn’t something that you (if you’re travelling on the same aircraft) will be allowed to do yourself.