Pets - FAQ
The following are frequently asked questions in the movement of live animals.
What documentation do I need ?
For pets leaving the UK - If travelling within Europe, or listed countries, Cats and Dogs must have a Pet Passport. To obtain a pet passport your pet must have a Microchip fitted, been vaccinated against Rabies, wait a period of 21 days from the date of vaccination. For further assistance contact your Vet or DEFRA at:http://www.defra.gov.uk
If travelling outside of Europe, requirements vary from country to country, but in most cases you will require a health certificate or import permit, you should contact the Embassy of the country of destination. For further assistance contact your Vet or DEFRA at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/animaltrade/noneu/pdf/certlist.pdf
For pets travelling to the UK - If travelling from Europe to the UK, Cats and Dogs must have a Pet Passport. see Pet Passport Scheme. Should you need further information you can also check the procedure on the DEFRA website. Your pet (dogs only) will also require treatment against tapeworm by a vet, not less than 24 hours but not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before departure.
If travelling from qualifying Non European countries to the UK, Cats and Dogs must have a completed 3rd country certificate or a Pet Passport that complies with the EU Pet Travel Scheme. Your pet (dogs only) will also require treatment against tapeworm by a vet, not less than 24 hours but not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before departure.
Do I Need a Health Certificate ("Fit to Fly")
A health certificate is required when shipping your pet.as pet cargo. The certificate must be issued by a licensed veterinarian within 96 hours of transport. The certificate must contain:
a. shippers name and address in the UK
b. microchip number and description and name of your pet
c. age of your pet (your pet must be at least 12 weeks old and fully weaned before travelling)
d. a statement that the animal is in good health
e. a list of administered vaccinations (when applicable)
f. signature of the veterinarian
g. date of the certificate
h. if the shipper knows the pet is pregnant this must be noted on the health certificate
i. for travel to the USA and Mexico the certificate must contain the statement that the pet is fit to travel between the temperatures of 25-85 degrees F (-4-30 degrees C)
Can I use my own Container ? - YES, but be careful as some containers will not be approved under IATA Regulations. Your pet should be able to stand up, in a normal position, lie down with ease and turn around comfortably. Containers should not be too small or too large.
How do I know which size container to use
A + ½ B = Length
C X 2 = Width
D = Height
a. Length in cm from the base of the tail to the tip of the nose (tail excluded)
b. Height in cm from the floor to the top of the ears or the top of the head whatever is the highest
c. Width in cm across the widest point
d. From the elbow to the ground in cm
These measurements should ensure your pet will have sufficient space to stand up and lie down comfortable. Containers must be large enough to comfortably accommodate your pet to stand up and turn round freely, leaving sufficient headroom space between the top of you pets head and the roof of the container. Please note your pet will be checked on the day of departure and if the container doesn’t meet the criteria on dimensions or the standard of construction in the IATA regulations your pet may be refused to fly.
Should I give my Pet, food and water prior to travelling ? - It is recommended that you feed your pet only a light meal and a short drink a few hours before dispatch of the flight, as it is better for your pet to travel on an empty stomach and please make sure you leave enough time for them to urinate and defecate before they are placed in their container. All travel boxes should be fitted with water containers which will be refilled on departure.
Can my Pet travel in the Cabin with me ? - NO, your Pet must travel in the cargo hold below the passenger compartment, which is pressurised and temperature controlled. The hold lights are switched off, as our experience shows that pets quickly settle down and travel better in the dark.
Should my Pet be sedated ? - NO. Airlines do not permit sedation. There is considerable risk in sedating animals that are transported by air.
Can my Pet travel on the same flight as myself ? - YES in most cases
Can my Pet travel with familiar objects ? - YES familiar objects such as blankets, clothing, bedding are acceptable but should be limited and not obstruct any ventilation holes. No toys.