We specialize in pet immigration to UK.

We are a trusted IPATA/ATA member and licensed travel agency.

To meet UK pet import requirements, pets must have:

  • Notify us 1.5-3 moths in advance
  • Microchip
  • Vaccination and vaccination record
  • Pet health certificate UK
  • Other treatments
  • Dog license (dog only)
  • IATA-standard crates

 Options for pet transport to UK include:

  1. Direct Flight to the United Kingdom (Cargo only)
  2. Transit by pet taxi from Paris / Amsterdam / Brussels / Frankfurt

To start the process of taking pets to the UK, please fill out our quotation request form with relevant information for a personalized pet relocation plan. Contact us via WhatsApp or email for inquiries or questions such as what is the best and most efficient route for pets entering the UK? How do you obtain a UK pet health certificate for pets entering UK? How much do pet transport services cost uk? We’re here to assist with pet relocation to UK, and our professional consultants are available to guide you through the process.

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Common FAQs

What are the procedures for immigrating to the UK with pets?

Pet Relocation to UK

Have you considered bringing pets to UK with you? Pet immigration to the UK can be a complex process that involves a lot of paperwork. PET TRAVEL can help you navigate through the pet immigration UK procedures, fees, and requirements.

The British government has strict regulations for pet immigration to prevent the spread of rabies. To bring your pet to the UK, you must adhere to the pet entry requirements, which include microchipping, vaccination, providing a vaccination record, obtaining an official animal health certificate for the UK and the EU and other treatments.

The following is PET TRAVEL’s simple guideline of pet immigration procedures and pet immigration procedures for you, hoping to help you successfully immigrate Hong Kong pets to the UK.

 Since the UK is a rabies-controlled country, when bringing pets to the UK, you must strictly abide by the UK pet entry requirements to avoid the need for quarantine when pets immigrate to the UK. Therefore, when pets enter the UK, the following requirements must be completed in order:

  • Notify us 1.5-3 moths in advance
  • Microchip
  • Vaccination and vaccination record
  • Pet health certificate UK
  • Other treatments
  • Dog license (dog only)
  • IATA-standard crates

Points to note when immigrating to the UK with your pets

If you plan to bring pet to UK, please let us know at least 1.5 months in advance. Please note that direct flights to the UK only accept pets in the cargo, and pets cannot be brought into the cabin or as special luggage.

Other ways to import pets into the UK

Some people choose pets to immigrate to the UK by private plane, some people choose pets to immigrate to the UK via the Netherlands, France and Germany, and Ireland, and some people will bring pet ashes to the UK . Each country has relevant regulations on pet immigration, and it is important to understand clearly in advance.

Your Pet Import UK Specialist pre and post departure!

Before departure, it’s crucial to ensure that your pet has undergone a pre-flight health check and obtained the necessary documents and treatments from a veterinarian. But the process doesn’t have to be stressful. With PET TRAVEL, you can rest easy knowing that all aspects of your pet’s immigration process, including export, UK pet entry, and customs clearance, will be expertly handled. Our team of experts in pet relocation to UK can also arrange for private plane transportation and provide a detailed breakdown of fees and procedures involved in pet immigration to UK. Don’t let the process overwhelm you, contact a team of experts in UK pet immigration for a seamless and stress-free experience.

How long does it take for the documents?

We advise giving us at least 1.5 months advance notice before your departure date. Our team requires ample time to carefully prepare all necessary import and export documents, liaise with airlines and customs officials, and make any essential appointments. We will also coordinate with the customs import department to secure a quarantine space and schedule a thorough customs inspection for your pet’s arrival. Rest assured that with the assistance from our Pet import UK specialists, you can enjoy a smooth and hassle-free experience for pet travel to UK.

Does my pet need a pet passport?

Are you moving pets from Hong Kong to UK?

Pet passports are not available in Hong Kong or China. They are only provided for pets originating from the US, UK, and EU countries, which enable the transport of cats and dogs from the UK to other EU nations. Additional requirements may apply to some countries. Instead, pet health certificates are used for pet import and export from Hong Kong or China. An official veterinarian or authorized veterinarian must complete and issue the certificate, which is then signed by the relevant authority. The certificate is valid for 1-14 days (depending on the destination country) from the date of issue by the official veterinarian until the date of document and identity check at the port of entry. The health certificate should include the pet’s name, chip number, identity, and vaccination records. If you need more information, please consult our professional team.

What else does my pet need besides vaccinations?

In addition to vaccination preparation and export documentation, your pet may require an import permit to enter certain countries. Some countries require pet immigration companies to prepare these import documents. Please contact our professional team.

What documents do airlines need?

To ensure a smooth pet travel UK experience, there are several documents that you will need to provide to the airline. These include the original pet health certificate issued by a veterinarian, vaccination records for your pet, a statement letter from the live animal shipper, and an air waybill for the cargo. Additionally, when importing or exporting pets in Hong Kong, an Airline Certificate may also be required.

At Pet Travel, we understand that preparing these documents can be overwhelming. That’s why we’re here to assist you with every step of the process. Our team can help you obtain the necessary documents and liaise with the airlines and relevant immigration authorities to ensure a hassle-free pet travel experience for you and your furry friend.

Should I do it all myself?

Moving to a new country can be exciting, but it can also be daunting – especially when it comes to relocating your beloved furry friend. While you might think that handling your pet’s immigration process yourself could save you money, the truth is that it could end up being a costly mistake. Don’t risk your pet’s well-being by going it alone!

At Pet Travel, we specialize in making pet moving stress-free and hassle-free. Our experienced team knows all the rules and regulations when it comes to pet import and export policies, and we can handle all the necessary paperwork on your behalf. So, why not let us take care of everything? We treat every move with the care and attention it deserves, ensuring that your pet arrives safely and happily at their new home. With our help, you can enjoy a worry-free relocation experience – and your furry friend will thank you for it!

Is it safe for my pet to fly?

Traveling by air is as safe for pets as it is for people. Airlines require pets to travel in containers that comply with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animal Regulations and with specific airline guidelines. All of these things are designed to help ensure the safety and comfort of your pet while traveling. In some cases, your pet may not be allowed to travel in the cabin with you. Your pet will travel in a special cargo compartment within the aircraft. This compartment is both climate-controlled as well as pressurized, so your pet will be safe and comfortable. It is on the same air circulation system as the cabin.

Can you reduce pet travel anxiety?

Our Policy is to transport your pet with the minimum amount of stress involved. We will find the most direct route available, with little time spent confined in the kennel as possible. Additionally, there are certain products you can purchase, such as Feliway, which is a natural pheromone to induce a calmer state.

Will my pet be stressed from the flight?

Your pet will be pleased to see you and will probably enjoy a good meal at the end of their flight, but most animals travel very well and relax throughout the flight. There are more than a million pets that fly safely every year worldwide, and the captain will act appropriately if there are any animals aboard.

Can I take my cat on holiday with me?

We can let you know if this is possible if you let us know which airline you will be flying with and on which day. We will make every effort to book cargo space on the same flight as your pet. To avoid you incurring unnecessary costs, it is advisable for us to check availability for pets before you book your own flight if you wish to travel at the same time

Can my pet travel with adaptive collars/or flat collars?

It is advised by every airline that pets do not travel wearing a collar of any kind as they are deemed a choking hazard. However, they will be able to travel with the containers attached to their airline-approved crate in order to be able to refit them when they reach their destination. 

Can my dog/cat fly alone?

Yes, your dog/cat can be booked as manifest cargo and can fly alone to most locations.

Do I have access to my pet during the flight?

Both passengers and crew are not permitted access to the cargo hold. During refueling and transit stops, passengers will not be permitted access to their pets.

What if my pet needs to urinate during the flight?

Unfortunately, little accidents sometimes do happen, so the crates are lined with absorbable puppy training pads to help soak up any little accidents that do occur. Like humans, your pet may experience a little dehydration during the flight, which will reduce the need for urination. Also, do not feed your pet the morning before travel as this may increase the risk of defecation or vomiting.

How to book with pet ticket with airlines?
First, you must make sure all the important documents are ready for your pet. You must have your pet microchipped and rabies vaccination and vaccination record for airlines. Airlines need to have all documents prepared so they could book the pet cargo/ excess baggage for you, as they do not want your hassle from the trip. The customs would not accept pets import their countries if the documents are not well prepared, your pet may have to quarantine or even be banned for import their countries, your pet may need to turn back to your origin. Hence, airlines need all documents ready so they could reserve a seat for your pet. 
Lastly, it is important to note that some airlines will not allow you to book directly with them to fly your cat internationally to some countries. Instead, you’ll be required to hire a pet-shipping company with an airline account. This is because they want to have the assurance that the import procedures and paperwork were completed correctly to avoid any penalties or fees.
What is the difference between ‘Excess Baggage’ and ‘Air Cargo’?

When you travel with your pet and you both check in at the passenger terminal, this is termed ‘excess baggage,’ however, your pet will still travel in the animal hold. Air Cargo can be used when you travel with your pet or if your pet is traveling without you. Your pet will be checked in through the cargo terminal at your departing airport and the cargo terminals of modern-day airports are used to handling and caring for animals. Some even have specialized rooms for holding animals.

Why my pet could not travel in cabin/ excess baggage with me on the same flight?
Although several airlines, domestic and international, accept pets as carry-on or excess baggage, you could travel with them. Carry-on pets must adhere to strict size restrictions, along with limitations regarding available space (both on board the airplane and in the cargo hold). Most airlines place a strict limit on the number of pets that can travel in the plane’s cabin. Several will only allow one or two animals per flight.
Normally, airlines only accept cats and small dogs travel in the cabin with their owner, their weight must be < 8kg (17lbs) and the owner must put them in either a small soft pet container or IATA approved pet crate. One important thing you must know, some breeds like bulldog, wolf-dog and snub-nosed pets like exotic shorthair and pugs may be restricted by airlines. You may check with the airlines if you would like to travel with your pet in the cabin. 
For traveling in the baggage compartment (excess baggage), airlines could accept pets under 32kg -40kg to travel as excess baggage with the same flight. However, some countries may be restricted for pet travel as excess baggage due to their pet import policy, some countries may even do not accept pets for importing their countries. You have to reach the airline for further enquiries if you do not want to travel separately with your pets. If airlines do not accept pet travel on the same flight, you have to ship your dog in Manifest Cargo by the airlines’ cargo service. 
One key point to note, airlines may NOT ACCEPT pet travel in-cabin with TRANSIT Flight (Connecting Flight) from different airlines, some airlines may even serve pets in a direct flight.  Due to the COVID19 pandemic, some airlines have stopped pet check-in and limit pet travel.
For pet travel in cargo separately, the cost will be straightly expensive than pet travel in the baggage compartment or travel in a cabin. Your pet must be put in the IATA-approved pet crate and follow the LAR (Live Animal Regulations) by airlines.
In addition to large and giant breed dogs traveling in extremely large crates, some passenger aircraft aren’t able to handle such oversized cargo. Keep in mind that the airlines must adhere to the International Animal Transport Association’s Live Animal Regulations (IATA/LAR) and they will require you to do the same. Taking your pet on the plane with you seems to be an attractive, affordable option. However, be aware that you run the very real risk of your pet missing the flight if there is no space available onboard or in cargo, or if you have not complied with the IATA/LAR.
Cargo Rates – Why it is so expensive for pet cargo?

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