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 most experienced pet relocation company in the UK, having completed tens of thousands of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you will need help with all facets of your pet relocation, or simply just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to help and offer the next:
Expert assistance with all relevant veterinary & documentation requirements
Reliable, DEFRA licenced assortment of your pet from anywhere in the UK
Booking of the very direct, time efficient flight for your pet
Comprehensive ‘Door-to-door’pet relocation to destinations across the planet
Way to obtain IATA approved sky kennels
Delivery at destination via our worldwide network of established partner agents
Our prime location is vital to minimising enough time pets spend within 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, prior to shipment abroad or in quarantine, they’ll be pampered by our experienced & caring kennel staff. All our staff have undergone our own 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 in our secure paddock
All kennels have heated passage ways or individual heaters
All pets are fed a well-balanced & nutritious diet
Our vets come in attendance everyday
We also give you a full pet grooming service
There’s no making your way around it – taking your pet travelling by air outside the UK, whether on a short holiday or maybe more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and could be complicated.
There are always a host of regulations which must 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 required 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 right flights (many airlines won’t carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the principles and regulations, advise on the right travel kennel and make sure 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 could 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.
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 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 using them without requirement for quarantine. All relevant documents and information may be down loaded from these pages and all latest home elevators the scheme may be on the official DEFRA 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) must certanly be treated for tapeworm. The procedure must be administered with 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’s no mandatory requirement for tick treatment. No treatment is necessary 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 have prepared check lists for you really 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 website
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 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 might:
Collect your pet at any time or any day to accommodate during our opening hours.
Take your puppy for a walk within our field
Arrange your pet 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 ensuring 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 worth the additional time taken to be able to avoid delays at customs. We’re conveniently located just 5 minutes from Heathrow Cargo.
The Pet Travel Scheme is just 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 guidelines applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk web 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 that the 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 could be helpful.
Between 1 and 5 days ahead of the date of departure your dog (this doesn’t affect cats or ferrets) must certanly be treated against tapeworm. You’ll want this treatment completed with 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 simply be identified (because thet have already been fitted with a dog passport microchip) then importation is likely to be much easier. Always try and travel together with your pet so you are available to answer any questions because they arise.
There are other considerations you will have to consider before bringing your pet back into the U.K. for instance the route that the pet travels should be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you utilize must certanly be an accepted carrier and the country that you’re flying from needs to be a qualifying country.
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The aforementioned information should only be properly used as helpful information, since the regulations are constantly changing. The full set of regulations are available utilizing the link below to the DEFRA website.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must certanly be microchipped prior to international travel, so ensuring this is performed will be the first step in preparing your pets for travel. Another 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 flight, and that is, of course, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly annually around the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the same as an individual of the same health status. The scare-mongering articles that may be located 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 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 never be permitted to depart from any UK Airport within an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets should not go arrive at any destination over a weekend or Bank Holiday because for the most part airports abroad you will find no cargo handling arrangements during nowadays and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to arrive at weekends it always incurs yet another fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, therefore it is always better to send for a weekday arrival. You will 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 are only given water that is safe for humans to drink, we’d strongly advise bottled water if you’re in just about any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals won’t have the natural immunity of native pets in your brand-new country, so it is imperative they’re very well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the risk of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can be advisable to ensure that their routine vaccinations are up to date because it’s prudent to offer them the maximum amount of 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 brand-new country, there’s no reason pets cannot settle well into your new life abroad together.
Exporting Pets Living in the United Kingdom
All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving the UK must certanly be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving the country. It’s also advisable to ask your veterinarian for an EU Pet Passport if you would like to go back to the UK.
If you should be likely to take your pet on a holiday to a country with a higher incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test before you leave the nation if you would like to return to the EU. You don’t have to attend 90 days before traveling 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.
You don’t have 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 your pet passport.
Export certificates are needed for exporting unaccompanied dogs and cats to these 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.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your dog to USA with an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as for instance Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You realize your puppy utilizes you to really make the best decisions about their welfare and we follow the strict operating code laid down by IPATA. These rules are designed to ensure that your pet is not unduly stressed by the travel and which they arrive in the US in good condition. However, we’ve been shipping dogs to the USA for over 40 years and we actually go beyond IPATA guidelines because we would like both happy pets AND owners! Our pet shipping business continues to expand and we can only achieve this through happy customers who recommend our services to others.
What’s promising about shipping your pet to the USA from the Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country such as the UK is that there surely is no quarantine requirement so long as your puppy has been around the UK for 6 months or more. However, your puppy must have documented evidence to be vaccinated against rabies otherwise this will result in entry delays because you is likely to be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says you will get your puppy vaccinated and then confine them for a minimum of 30 days after treatment). If you’re importing a puppy that’s too young (usually under 6 months of age) to own had the rabies vaccination then you will require a Confinement Agreement, see: USA CDC Dog Confinement Agreements for more details. Whilst the CDC (US authority on pet imports) does not require your puppy to truly have a certificate of general health MOST AIRLINES DO REQUIRE THIS before they’ll alow your pet to board an aircraft.
Generally, all dogs should be imported or exported through one of the