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your pet to the UK?
your pet out of the UK for a holiday?
your pet to Ireland?
- UK's Pet quarantine rules to be relaxed from January 2012
travel scheme (PETS)
The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is the system that allows pet animals from
certain countries to enter the UK without quarantine as long as they meet certain
criteria. It also means that people in the UK who 'meet' these conditions can
take their pets to these countries and bring them back without the need for quarantine.
scheme: (PETS) only applies to domestic Cats and Dogs* including registered
assisted dogs (i.e. guide dogs and hearing dogs.) It does not include any other
animals like rabbits, guinea pigs or hamsters etc. The scheme is limited and only
operates from certain countries and territories coming into the UK.
is against the law in Great Britain to possess certain types of dogs and meeting
the requirements of PETS will not change that. Under the scheme which
is also known as PETS, animals can travel across Europe without the need
to be placed into quarantine for 6 months on their return to the UK.
Joining PETS Passport Scheme: At least 6 months before the date of travel
into the UK: The dog or cat must be fitted with a microchip. The animal must be
vaccinated against rabies. A blood test must be done to ensure that the above
vaccination will offer sufficient protection against rabies.
An official PETS certificate can then be obtained from a government authorised
vet and must be carried when traveling. A declaration of residency form (PETS3)
must be signed which states that the animal has not been outside any of the PETS
qualifying countries in the 6 months before entry or re-entry to the UK. 24 to
48 hours before returning to the UK the animal must be treated for ticks and tapeworm
and a vet's certificate confirming this has been done obtained.
However a certificate of health signed by a vet 24 hours before departure is recommended
for entry into Belgium and Holland. For animals traveling to Belgium a EXP26 rabies
certificate is required and must have been issued at least 30 days before travel.
Coming or going to Ireland? Pets that have first entered the British Isles
under the Scheme can then travel between the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle
of Man and the Republic of Ireland without the need for extra documentation. However,
you are advised to take your pets documents with you in case you need to show
defra For UK agriculture.gov
Pets to and from the UK - Animal Friends Insurance - March 2010
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Pet quarantine rules to be relaxed from January 2012
July 2011 - The UK's strict quarantine rules for pets coming into the UK from
abroad will be relaxed from 1 January 2012. From this date the UK's pet
movement rules will be harmonised with the rest of the European Union (EU), making
it cheaper and easier for owners to travel abroad with their pets
against rabies - From 1 January 2012, pets coming into the UK will no longer have
to spend six months in quarantine.
is because much-improved rabies vaccines and treatments mean that quarantine,
a practice dating from the 1800s, is no longer necessary to protect the UK from
rabies. However, all pets will still need to be vaccinated against rabies.
Secretary Caroline Spelman said: "The UK’s quarantine system was designed to combat
the threat of rabies in the 19th century and has now been left far behind by scientific
advances. It’s time we changed these outdated rules which have caused hardship
to generations of pets and pet owners, and those who rely on assistance dogs,
with too many animals cooped up unnecessarily.
EU’s pet movement scheme has been working very well for nearly a decade, and it
makes sense for us to have similar rules. It means the UK will remain protected
from rabies and other exotic diseases while making it easier and cheaper for people
to take their pets abroad.”
from the EU and listed non-EU countries
from the EU and listed non-EU countries such as the USA and Australia will no
longer need a blood test and will only have to wait 21 days before they travel.
from unlisted non-EU countries
from unlisted non-EU countries such as India, Brazil and South Africa will be
able to enter the UK if they meet strict criteria to make sure they are protected
against rabies. The requirements include a blood test and a three month
wait before they enter the UK.
and tapeworm protection
the new rules, pets returning to the UK will no longer have to be treated for
ticks. Pet owners travelling abroad with their animals should discuss anti-tick
treatments with their vets. Tapeworm controls for dogs are expected to stay, with
a requirement that animals be treated between one and five days before returning
to the UK.
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2006 - Report from The Riviera Reporter Those
who welcomed the UK Government's Travel Scheme (PETS) were often disillusioned
to find out how difficult it turned out to be to take their dogs and cats across
the Channel. They could manage the formalities, but then found that means to travel
were limited. Low cost airlines like easyJet and Ryanair don't accept
animals, explaining that any problem with a travelling pet could lengthen the
turn-round time of a flight. Eurostar refuses to allow dogs and cats on
their trains, claiming that many passengers would find their prescence disagreeable.
You can, though fly your animal with BA, usually in the hold. But it's expensive:
dogs are charged by the kilo and on top there's a handling fee of £85. One
Riviera Reporter reader said it had cost him £360 to bring
a labrador from London Heathrow to Nice. Animals travelling unaccompanied are
charged extra. Jilly Parker is lobbying Eurostar to relax it rules.
are some of the European airlines who will carry pets - Many will allow small
pets in the cabin Researched
in 2008 - Note 2012 some of these companies have been re-banded or no longer exist.Please
check on line with individual organisation for present situation.
International Air Lines -(from SWISS
website) can fly your pet Take your special companion along with you when
you travel. With SWISS, your pet can travel on all flights to any destination
of our network either right next to you in the cabin or in cabin-like conditions
in the baggage compartment of the aircraft. This site is meant to inform you about
the conditions that apply to either form of transport.Transport in the cabin You
can take your pet in the cabin if belongs to one of the following categories:
Dogs and cats Service animals such as seeing-eye and hearing dogs.
animal must fulfil the following conditions: It must be clean, healthy, harmless
and odourless It must not be pregnant It must not annoy passengers It must not
exceed a weight of 8 kg (including soft-sided container) Please note that
your pet must: Be booked in advance Be kept in a clean, leak-proof, escape-proof
and claw-proof, soft-sided container providing enough room for the animal. The
pet must be kept in the container (including head and tails) during the whole
flight. Be kept under your seat during the whole flight Please note that
on A330/A340 First and Business Class, due to the type of seats, it is not possible
to stow the animal under the seat. Therefore, the animal will be placed for take-off
and landing either: in the wardrobe in the hat rack under another seat, in Economy
Class, if available.
Lingus - (from Aer Lingus website) Pets can be booked on direct Ireland to
USA Aer Lingus flights only. It is the passenger's responsibility to ensure that
they adhere to the regulations of the country to which they are travelling. All
animals will be transported in the Cargo Hold.
Airways - (from British Airways website) How will my pet travel? We offer
two different ways for your pet to travel: Accompanied Pets - allows you
and your pet to travel together on the same flight. The pet checks-in with you
at the passenger terminal and rejoins you on arrival in the baggage hall at the
destination airport. This service is available to most British Airways destinations.
Please see below for restrictions. Unaccompanied Pets - This product is
available when you are unable to travel with your pet, or your pet is not a cat
or dog, or your pet is travelling into the UK on the Pets Travel Scheme. Your
pet must be taken to our cargo terminal and should be collected by you, or a nominated
person, from the cargo terminal at the destination airport.
Midland - BMI -(from BMI website) pets travelling within or between UK & Ireland
If you want to travel on the same flight as your pet, simply notify our passenger
reservations team at the time of booking. The animal must be carried in a suitable
pet carrier (your vet can advise you of a suitable type). Your pet will be checked-in
as excess baggage and will travel in the hold of the aircraft. Below is a list
of routes that bmi has been approved to operate the pet travel scheme: Alicante
to London Heathrow Amsterdam to London Heathrow Brussels to London Heathrow Hanover
to London Heathrow Nice to London Heathrow Palma to London Heathrow Paris to London
- Royal Dutch Airlines - (from KLM website) You have three choices for transporting
dogs and cats. In the cabin: In certain cases, pets may travel in the cabin.
Consult KLM Reservations regarding the size and weight of the kennel and other
restrictions. In the hold: If the pet is not allowable in the cabin, it may travel
in the baggage hold. As cargo: Pets traveling unaccompanied must be shipped through
KLM Cargo. Note: Pets can only be transported as cargo to: Australia, Hong Kong,
Ireland, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Embargoes may also apply depending on the type of aircraft and season. No cats
allowed to Peru.
- (from Iberia Website) Pets (such as dogs, cats, birds, etc.) that
meet legal and documentary requisites, may be accepted as hold or cabin luggage.
In any case, the excess luggage rate will be payable for their carriage. Admittance
to the hold: As a general rule, live animals must be carried in the hold of
aeroplanes, in suitable containers provided by the passenger.Containers must have
the following characteristics: Durability and security Comfort, bearing in mind
the size of the animal Ventilation A lock that is guaranteed not to open at any
point A leakproof base. Admittance to the cabin: At the request of the
passenger, and subject to authorisation from the booking office, certain pets
may be carried in the cabin, provided that they meet the following conditions:
The weight of the animal plus the container or cage in which it is to travel may
be no more than 8 kg. The container may be a maximum of 45 cm in length, 35 cm
in width and 25 cm in depth, provided that the sum of those 3 measurements does
not exceed 105 cm. Animals must be carried in suitable containers (solid, ventilated
and secure, and with a leakproof base).
containers may be provided by passengers or purchased from Iberia. In the
event of a container failing to meet the minimum conditions for admittance, it
will be rejected when boarding. Birdcages must be durable and have a secure lock.
It must not be possible for food or drink to be spilled therein. Additionally,
cages must always be covered. In the case of animals of reduced size or weight,
several of the same species may be admitted in a single container. Under no circumstances
will animals whose particular characteristics, unpleasant odour, etc., may disturb
other passengers or the crew be admitted. Animals must travel with the passenger,
without disturbing those travelling alongside them. Passengers carrying an animal
in the cabin may not occupy seats in rows corresponding to emergency exits. Under
no circumstances may animals be released from their containers inside the cabin.
Caring for the animals will be the responsibility of the passenger.
France - (from the Air France Website) - Want to bring your pet along when you
travel? To find out if your pet can travel with you in the cabin, please call
Air France Reservations when booking your flight. In the cabin: limited
to dogs and cats weighing less than 5 kg service animals, such as seeing-eye dogs,
regardless of weight Restrictions: your pet must be carried in a vented bag that
remains on the floor near your seat. To ensure the comfort and safety of the other
passengers, your pet must remain in its bag during the flight. In the hold:
The captain will be informed that your pet is in the hold and will take the necessary
steps to ensure its comfort during the flight (lighting, heating). Dogs and cats
weighing more than 5 kg must be transported in the hold.
- (from the Alitalia Website) Travelling with your pet in safety and comfort -
As of October 1, 2004, there is a new EU law which requires cats and dogs
to have a passport when they travel to other member states. The passport must
be issued by a vet who has been designated by the appropriate authority, and should
contain information about vaccinations and the animal’s general state of health.
Moreover, cats and dogs must have a legible tattoo on them, or an electronic identification
system (chip, or transponder). Animals aged under three months cannot travel in
Europe, since the anti-rabies vaccine is not administered until the animal is
three months old. Unlike other countries, Sweden, Ireland and the United Kingdom
still enforce their own laws, such as antiparasitic treatment against echinococcus
and ticks. Remember that in some countries there are bans or limitations about
bringing in certain animals. Pets are considered “extra” to baggage allowance
and are subject to a supplementary fee that is calculated according to
the weight and number of animals (also depending on the itinerary. Remember that
some countries have regulations restricting the entrance of certain types of animals.
On all of our transatlantic aircraft, pets are checked in as registered baggage
and travel in the hold. To find out if your flight will allow your pet in the
cabin*, please contact your local Alitalia reservations call center.
- (from the Lufthansa
Website) Pets - If
the respective country regulations permit the export, transit and import we will
transport your pet in the cargo compartment. With advance reservation, small dogs
and cats may also be accepted in the cabin. Please note that the valid regulations
for the protection of animals have to be observed. Special transport conditions
apply for certain dog races. Your Lufthansa sales office or your travel agent
will be glad to inform you about the details.
your pets by sea? - To and from England, France,
Belgium and the Netherlands Although
like your luggage the pet stays in your vehicle, most companies charge you for
this! The reason is that they will to read your pet's identifying microchip and
check its passport and documentation to prove your pet has received all the necessary
vaccinations and treatments (e.g. rabies injection and tick and worm treatment).
Researched in 2008
- Note 2012 some of these companies have been re-banded or no longer exist.Please
check on line with individual organisation for present situation.
carry PETS on all services from Dover to Calais and Hull to Rotterdam and Zeebrugge.
They charge £15 each way per pet.The P&O Ferries service from Portsmouth
to Bilbao does not take part in the Pet Travel Scheme due to the length of the
sailing, as this would be unsuitable for any pet to travel. Pets
must remain in the vehicle during the crossing. Owners do not have access to their
pets during the crossing.
a pet friendly company and a dog, cat or ferret is classed as another passenger.
The price of the crossing for each pet is included in the Calais-Dover leg (45
€ per pet). Their pet must remain within the vehicle (they are therefore not allowed
to travel if you are a foot passenger). Guide dogs travel free of charge.
Charge £18 each way. Pets must remain in the
vehicle during the crossing. Owners do not have access to their pets during the
crossing. Pets must be secured in a carrier during crossing.
charge from just £50 return for a cat or dog can travel on any of their routes
to France, in the comfort of the owner car. If travelling to Spain the cost is
from £60 return and there are dedicated kennels available on board.
£20 per pet The
animals must stay in the vehicle at all times throughout the crossing.
Known as DFDS Seaways
Charge £30 from France to England for cats, dogs
guide dogs travel free of charge. Pet rabbits and rodents (guinea pigs, mice)
travel without a passport and are free of charge!
£15 per pet per crossing - They only carry cats and dogs. Ceased
Line Charge £10 each between Harwich - Hook of Holland.
Seaways Charge £30 return for dogs between Newcastle and
Amsterdam. All pets must travel on the car deck.
your pets by sea? - To and from England/Wales and Ireland You
do not need a pet passport to travel between these countries, however you will
need one if your pet is travelling between Ireland and France.
Line Do not charge - The pet must remain in the car unless
a kennel is available.
not charge - The pet must remain in the car unless a kennel is available.
- Ireland to France - Charge €35 per animal per journey for travel. This fee includes
the use of a kennel on board.
This information should not be relied on for accuracy and is presented here without
the responsibility of jml Property Service and the website it is being displayed
at You should check with the relevanht airline, train or ferry company for up
to date details. ©jml property Services 01-08
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