Pet Import to the UK must have the followings:

  • Tell us your plan 1.5-3 months before the planned departure
  • Insert Microchip
  • Vaccination
  • Vaccination records
  • Official UK Animal Health Certificate
  • Other Treatments
  • Dog license (For dogs only)
  • IATA-standard crates required

Way for Pets Import United Kingdom

  • Direct Flight to the United Kingdom (Cargo only)
  • Transit by Pet Taxi from Paris / Amsterdam / Brussels / Frankfurt

What should we do when immigrating pets to the UK?

If you are a pet lover, when you immigrate to the UK, apart from arranging the immigration of yourself and your family, have you ever thought of emigrating your pet travel to the UK? Maybe many people want to do this, but UK pet immigration is a time-consuming process that requires a lot of paperwork such as preparing a Great Britain pet health certificate, so you may need the assistance of pet immigration from a UK expert. You may think about which pet immigration to UK agency should I choose? Also, you may be concerned about the fees, formalities, procedures, and paperwork…Our PET TRAVEL analyzes for you one by one.

The British government has made specific and strict regulations on pet immigration to the UK. To allow your dog or cat to immigrate to the UK smoothly, they must understand the requirements of pet consignment of the UK, to make sure your pet travel to the UK smoothly.

We aim to help you move pets from Hong Kong to the UK successfully. Here is a simple integration of PET TRAVEL’s requirements and regulations for pets immigrating to the UK.

The United Kingdom is a country where rabies is controlled, when bringing pets to the United Kingdom, you must strictly follow the British pet entry requirements to avoid isolation and quarantine when pets immigrate to the UK.

Note for bringing Hong Kong pets to the UK

If you want to bring your pet travel abroad to the UK, contact us at least 1.5 months before departure, our experts can handle the procedures for pet immigration to the UK, and need to contact the airline in advance to arrange a pet seat reservation. In addition, the direct flight to the UK only accepts pet transportation in the cargo aerobic cabin, and cannot bring pets in the cabin to the UK or special luggage, unless you choose to take a pet taxi to the UK via Europe. If you can afford it, you can also choose to transport your pets to the UK by private jet.

PET TRAVEL will arrange for you to bring your pets to the hospital for pre-flight inspection and ask the veterinarian to provide a Great Britain pet health certificate and arrange for deworming before departure. After all the above documents are well prepared, send the pet to the airline and complete the check-in procedures before the flight departure on the day of departure.

Other ways to enter the UK for pets | Pet Taxi UK

Cases of moving pets from Hong Kong to the UK are increasing these days, but pet travel to the UK by direct flight only accepts pet transportation in the cargo aerobic cabin. You can choose Pet taxis to have pets immigrate to the UK via Europe, pet import to the UK by Eurotunnel pet taxis allows people to bring pets in the cabin as special luggage, which you can stay with your pet when having pet travel abroad the UK.

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Other ways to enter the UK for pets | Private Jets

Some people will bring pets to the UK by private jets, some will choose to immigrate to the UK through Dutch, French, German, and so on. Some will also bring their pets’ ashes to the UK. Each country has its relevant regulations on pet immigration to the UK, which you need to understand clearly in advance.

If you have any requirements for ways of UK pet immigration, just feel free to ask us, we can help you import pets to the UK in any way you want.

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Path of Pet taxi | Pet Taxi Amsterdam to UK London | Pet Taxi France Paris to UK London

There are different paths of pet taxis from Europe to the UK, like pet taxi Amsterdam to the UK, pet taxi France to the UK, pet taxi Calais to the UK. If you want to inquire about the price of pet taxi Amsterdam to UK and pet taxi Paris to London, you can contact us to know more about this.

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PET TRAVEL helps your pet immigration to UK

Pet travel abroad is a cumbersome process. Do you need an expert to assist you in moving your pets from Hong Kong to the UK? If you want to avoid some troubles on pet immigration to the UK, please contact PET TRAVEL, we are having professional pet immigration to the UK experts who will provide you with considerate services to avoid your pet from the fatigue of the journey!

Pet Travel is your most trustworthy pet immigration to the UK travel agency. We have a professional consultant team for pet immigration to the UK that will handle the whole pet immigration to the UK procedure of your pet, ensuring that your pet can receive the greatest care and attention. We will take care of all the detail and steps of the UK pet immigration, and handle the necessary document paperwork, including pet export vet, import, animal health certificate, flight reservation, and destination customs clearance. We will carefully list the price, fees, procedures of pet immigration to the UK so that you can clearly understand the procedures and fees.

Some may be concerned about the issue of importing pets to the UK. Some may be concerned about the issue of cross-regional transportation of pets from the Netherlands to the UK. You can rest assured to leave it to us. If you want to allow pets to immigrate to the UK by private jets, arrange for a comfortable, luxurious, and fastest way to enter the UK. Pet Travel can also arrange a private jag for the pet immigration to the UK.

Common FAQs

How long does the documents need for preparation?

For our pet relocation service, it is suggested that you should start planning with us at least 1.5-3 months before your departure. We need time to prepare the import and export documents and contact the airlines and customs. Airlines need to reserve for pet cargo/ excess baggage for pets. Moreover, some countries like Australia, Singapore, and Taiwan would require you to tell us your plan at least 8-9 months before departure. These countries have their own quarantine policies. We need to reserve and contact the import department of customs for further actions, e.g. booking for quarantine space and customs inspection.

What else may be required apart from the vaccination?

Apart from vaccination and document for export, your pet may also require an Import Permit to enter specific countries. Some countries may require pet relocation companies on preparing these import documents. If you need this service, you could contact with our staffs. Contact Us

What documents do airline required?

Airlines will need the original veterinary health certificate, vaccination record for your pet, Shipper's Declaration Letter for Live Animals, and also the Airway Bill for Cargo. For import and export in Hong Kong, you may also need an Airline Certificate (Captain's Affidavit). In Pet Travel Hong Kong, we could help you with all these documents ready and contact the airline's team before you and your pet travel. 

Why should not I do the whole thing myself?

Certainly you can. Many people move theirselves to save money, but there are MANY mistakes in the whole process. If you are moving to another country and not familiar with its pet import policy, you'll end up suffering a lot with your pet. Although it is possible for you to do this yourself, if you make a mistake and cannot go over the difficulties, you will end up paying more than you could ever imagine.

By using our service to relocate your animal, you can save a significant amount of time, stress, and headaches. We handle all the paperwork so you won't have to. Pet relocation is something we specialize in for years and we know the in and out of every aspect of pet relocation better than anyone else. We treat all the pet as ours, facing every challenges with a smile.

Is it safe for my pet to fly?

Pet travelling on airplanes is as safe as human do. Airlines require pets to travel in containers that fit within the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animal Regulations and with specific airline guidelines. All of the regulations and rules are designed to ensure the safety and comfort of your pet while traveling. In some cases, your pet may not be allowed to travel inside the cabin with you. Your pet will travel in a special cargo compartment within the aircraft. This compartment is climate-controlled as well as pressurized, so your pet will be safe and comfortable. It is on the same air circulation system with the cabin.

How to reduce the anxiety of the pet inside the journey?

Our Policy is to transport your pet with the minimum amount of stress involved. We will find the most direct and shortest route available, with the least time spent confined in the cage as possible. Additionally, there are certain products you can purchase, such as aromatherapy oil, 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 accordingly if there are any animals aboard.

Can I take my cat on holiday with me?

We can let you know if this is possible when you tell us which airline and when do you wish to trave. We will make every effort to book cargo space on the same flight as your pet. In order to avoid you from paying unnecessary costs, it is suggested to let us check the availability for pets before you book your own flight if you wish to travel on the same flight, at the same time.

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

It is advised by every airline that pets do not wear any kind of collar while travelling as they are deemed as a choking hazard. However, they will be able to travel in 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, ticket of your dog/cat can be booked as cargo and can fly alone to most locations in the world.

Do I have access to my pet during the flight?

If your pet is travelling with you inside the cabin, usually, airlines are not allowing pets owners to open the bags and let the pets walk in the cabin base on safety reasons. However, we suggest you to bring the bag to the washroom and let the pets stretch a bit as we understand the needs of the owners. This can prevent your pet from disturbing other passengers and cause problems. Moreover, pet diapers and little bit of dry food is suggested to bring along. If your pet is a cat, you may want to bring a shoe case and some cat litter. When your cat need to use the washroom, you can put the cat litter inside the shoe case, this way you cat would relax more. 

If your pet is travelling as a cargo, unfortunately, you cannot meet your pet during the journey as both passengers and crews are not permitted access  the cargo hold. During refueling and transit stops, passengers will not be permitted access to their pets.

What if my pet needs to pee 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 occurs unfortunately. 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 5 hours before travel as this may increase the risk of defecation or vomiting.

Do snub nose animals have higher risk?

Yes, the risk is usually higher than normal animals. As they have shorter nose and trachea, the respiratory system is worse than normal animals. In certain months during the year, these kinds of animals are even banned from flying by some airlines, even when travelling as cargo. Following the regulations of IPATA, these animals require more space for ventilation and low temperature difference. As a result, airlines usually suggest owners to have a larger cage for better ventilation.

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 to 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 pet 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 weight 30kg -50kg (Depends on airlines) 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 pet in 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 obey 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?

Unfortunately, the cost of a flight for an animal is way higher than a flight for a human. This is due to the handling fee for airports and the size of the animal, also the custom clearing fee. Morover, the rate is also depend on the route, fuel efficiency and the length of the flight. Usually, the longer the flight is, the higher the cost. 

Is travelling as cargo safe?

You can be at ease while your pet is travelling as cargo. Your pet will not be stored with other cargo on the plane, instead, it will be placed inside an animal cabin, seperated with other cargo. Same as human cabin, the animal cabin is equiped with temperature controll system , ensuring your pet to have the right body temperature. Last but not least, each pet will have the own space inside the animal cabin. Therefore, they will have enough space for some movement and a good ventilation.