Taking your pet on your own flight
Pets can travel of all scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to nearly every area of the world so typically, your pet should be able to travel for a passing fancy flight as yourself if that is what you will like. Most of the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and there are few points that is highly recommended with this kind of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive to the cargo or freight section of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you cannot maintain two places at the same time! If you’re held up attending to your own personal customs and visa formalities, your pet might be left looking forward to longer than necessary to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing in your mind that a lot of airports need 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 luggage to cope with too.
Lastly, you’ll have no use of your pet from the full time they’re checked in at the departure airport before you collect them at the destination airport, and for a few countries such as for instance Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you will not have the ability to see your pets before they’re taken with 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 allow for this whenever possible.
We are happy to meet clients that are travelling on a single aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the day of shipment. We would require seeing copies each of Veterinary paperwork to be sure they’re suitable for travel and whilst we will always ask you to check on and double check the size of 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 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 these kind of issues, we will sometimes ask you often times if you should be sure in regards to the size as a wriggly dog is not quite an easy task to measure and we can usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.
Many pets which have previously travelled into the UK in a particular size kennel might not manage to travel back out in exactly the same kennel due to the stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are between the strictest on earth for animal welfare, and so the message here’s that if you are uncertain please say so as we can then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not just a adequate fit.
The Pet Travel Scheme is really a UK Government scheme which allows pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending amount of time in quarantine.
In order to comply with these rules you will have to do the next (In Order).
Check the principles 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 happen to be the UK.
When you have any evidence that the pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from a vet stating your pet has been recently examined and what the findings were), then this would be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days before the date of departure your pet (this does not connect with cats or ferrets) should be treated against tapeworm. You must have 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 remember that there are different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can quickly be identified (because thet have already been fitted with a dog passport microchip) then importation will undoubtedly be much easier. Always try and travel along with your pet so you are on hand to answer any questions because they arise.
You can find other considerations you will have to consider before bringing your pet back to the U.K. for example the route that your pet travels must be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you use must certanly be an authorized carrier and the nation that you will be flying from needs to be a qualifying country.
Pet Export Old Oak Common
Pet Export Park Royal
Pet Export Pinner
Pet Export Osterley
Cat Export Ottershaw
Cat Export Pachesham Park
Dog Export Old Woking
Dog Export Petersham
Pet Export Old Windsor
Cat Export Paley Street
Cat Export Oxshott
Dog Export Perivale
Cat Export Pinner Green
The aforementioned information should only be used as a guide, because the regulations are constantly changing. A full list of regulations is found using the link below to the DEFRA website.
Banned Breeds of Dogs
The next 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’s illegal to enter or transit the UK with some 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 can be returning to the UK after being added to the exemption list can enter.
Please remember that the ban also pertains to dogs that spend amount of time in Great Britain during transit to other countries.
If you have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, then you must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency when you travel.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must certanly be microchipped just before international travel, so ensuring this is done can be the first 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 very anxious about sending their pets on a flight, and this 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 a human of the equivalent health status. The scare-mongering articles that can be located on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel typically 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 that are required prior to 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 a unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets shouldn’t happen to be arrive at any destination over a weekend or Bank Holiday because at most airports abroad there are no cargo handling arrangements during nowadays and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to reach at weekends it always incurs an additional fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, therefore it is always far better send for a weekday arrival. You can find exceptions to this 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’re 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 extremely 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 all of their routine vaccinations are updated because it is prudent to offer them just 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’s no reasons why pets cannot settle well into your brand-new life abroad together.