There’s no making your way around it – taking your pet travelling by air beyond your UK, whether on a brief holiday or more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and could be complicated.
There are a host of regulations which must be followed, both country and airline specific, and they frequently change.
In general, the farther away or maybe more exotic your destination, the more work is needed to meet import regulations, veterinary requirements and to navigate through the neighborhood rules.
Our job at Pets by Plane is to help you find the correct flights (many airlines won’t carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the guidelines and regulations, advise on the proper 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 around the world, we’ll ensure everything is really as stress free that you can and we can make the calm well-being, comfort and safety of one’s pet our top priority. We take our motto of’We care in the air’extremely seriously and pride ourselves on giving a passionate, efficient and caring service.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must be microchipped just before international travel, so ensuring this is performed will 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 very anxious about sending their pets on a trip, and that is, obviously, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly annually across the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the same as a human of the equivalent health status. The scare-mongering articles which can be located on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel almost always occur once 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 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 within 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 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 reach at weekends it usually incurs an additional fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it is always better to send for a weekday arrival. You can find exceptions to this so please contact our office to learn more if this 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’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 is imperative they’re quite well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the risk of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can also be advisable to ensure that all of their routine vaccinations are current because it is prudent to provide them the maximum amount of 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’s no reason why pets cannot settle well into your new life abroad together.
General Information About Exporting Pets
Whenever you request a pet export quotation we quote for several costs to transport your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you are delivering your pet to your premises near Heathrow it must arrive at least five hours prior to 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 are not 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 additional services (such as UK transportation, kenneling, and veterinary certification), flight time and the destination. In case of dogs, the box size provided is based on the measurements directed at us. Should these measurements be incorrect we accept no responsibility for any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals must be shipped in containers developed to IATA specifications which are the proper size for them i.e. they should be large enough for the animal to stand up without touching the top of the box, take a nap comfortably and have the ability to turn round within the box. There must be considered a fixed water container within the container with a method of filling it from the exterior (funnel).
Should you wish to utilise our services we would have to have written confirmation with payment the moment possible and at least 28 days beforehand. We will even demand a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the united kingdom 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 will mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This might be a cheaper option (please observe that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there may be restrictions such as for instance standby status with respect to the airline and the route). However should the animal(s) be an especially large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at the same time because the move be particularly difficult then we are able to provide the cargo option as well as 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 can be either picked up from us or sent to any U.K. Airport to coincide along with your sign in time or be brought to your home.
Long lasting mode of travel, pets will go into the cargo your hands on the aircraft. This is heated and pressurised to the exact same extent because the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded in to the hold approximately half an hour before departure (however the airline requires that 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 are available the animals could be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator of which point the animals could be collected and taken home.
The Pet Travel Scheme is really a UK Government scheme which allows pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending time in quarantine.
To be able to comply with one of these rules you will need to do the following (In Order).
Check the guidelines applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk website 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.
When you yourself have any evidence that your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from the vet stating that the pet has been recently examined and what the findings were), then this may be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days ahead of the date of departure your dog (this does not affect cats or ferrets) must certanly be treated against tapeworm. You must have this treatment completed by way of a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to this 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 easily be identified (because thet have now been fitted with a pet passport microchip) then importation will undoubtedly be much easier. Always try and travel with your pet so that you are on hand to answer any questions while they arise.
There are other considerations you should take into consideration before bringing your pet back in the U.K. for example the route that the pet travels should be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you use must be an accepted carrier and the united states that you will be flying from needs to be a qualifying country.
Cat Export Chobham
Dog Export Claygate
Pet Export Claremont Park
Cat Export Church End
Cat Export Cippenham
Dog Export Chiswick
Dog Export Clewer New Town
Dog Export Clewer Green
The above information should only be used as helpful tips, whilst the regulations are constantly changing. The full listing of regulations are available utilizing the link below to the DEFRA website.
The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)
PETS is made to halt the spread of rabies and other diseases while still allowing pets to travel.
Northern Ireland has been free from rabies for quite some time, in some other countries there is still a threat of the disease to mammals. The greatest risk for rabies entering here would be via an infected animal smuggled in illegally.
All rabies-susceptible animals entering the UK are normally required to spend four months in quarantine, unless they arrive under and meet all 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 guidelines of the scheme, which differ with respect to the country your pet is travelling from.
They may then have the ability to get early release if they may be shown to generally meet the mandatory pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most elements of Europe and many non-European destinations.
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 probably the most experienced pet relocation company in the UK, having completed thousands of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you will need help with all facets of your pet relocation, or simply advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to greatly help and offer the next:
Expert assistance with all relevant veterinary & documentation requirements
Reliable, DEFRA licenced collection of your pet from anywhere in the UK
Booking of the very most direct, time efficient flight for the pet
Comprehensive ‘Door-to-door’pet relocation to destinations across the globe
Method of getting IATA approved sky kennels
Delivery at destination via our worldwide network of established partner agents
Our prime location is essential to minimising the 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 to us whilst you’re away on vacation, ahead of shipment abroad or in quarantine, they will 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 one priority.
All dogs are exercised daily in individual runs or inside our secure paddock
All kennels have heated passage ways or individual heaters
All pets are fed a well-balanced & nutritious diet
Our vets are in attendance every single day
We also offer a full pet grooming 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 adhere 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 using them without need for quarantine. All relevant documents and information can be down loaded from this site and all latest information on the scheme can be found 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 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 procedure must be administered by a vet not significantly 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 the 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 could be located on the official DEFRA web site
Whenever your pet is consigned to Airpets in the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme regulations our role is to:
Give you a pre check of documentation prior to leaving country of origin
Monitor pets once loaded onto the aircraft with our 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 could:
Collect your pet whenever you want or any day to suit during our opening hours.
Take your puppy 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 country of origin! The key 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.
Shipping Dogs To Australia By Air
We’ve been shipping dogs by air to any or all the major continents for over 40 years and therefore have a vast level of experience which we can call upon once we encounter the odd unexpected problem. Shipping live animals to any country requires an comprehensive (and current) familiarity with different rules that connect with the import of animals for confirmed country.
If you’re emigrating or moving abroad for a time frame and desire to take your pet dog, or dogs with after this you if you intend ahead, it would have been a easier than you think process with minimal amount of stress for you personally and your dog(s). Planning ahead means getting all the relevant vaccinations and any veterinary treatments out just how early meaning that your pets won’t be suffering negative effects once they travel. It is also advisable to have 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 selection of dog shipping services that could incorporate a “door to door” collection and delivery in the event that you so wish. Our pricing is open and transparent without hidden fees and we will be pleased to offer any help and support you might require to really get your pet safely to your brand-new home.
Cat Export Ashford
Cat Export Bagshot Heath
Pet Export Austenwood
Cat Export Ashley Park
Pet Export Bagshot
Pet Export Barwell
Pet Export Barnes
Dog Export Batchworth Heath
Dog Export Ashford Common
Pet Export Baker's Wood
This website provides a wealth of information about the import requirements of varied countries associated with the import of dogs if your destination is not listed under the “Destination Requirements” tab (above) then simply contact us by completing the online quotation form, or our quick enquiry form or you can call us free using the number towards the top of the page.