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Pet Travel Scheme

Passengers can fly into Multiflight at Leeds Bradford Airport with their furry friends as Multiflight is approved as one of the UK’s entry points for pets.

Carriers are obliged to meet the requirements of the EU Welfare in Transport Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 and The Welfare of Animals (Transport) (England) Order 2006 or The Welfare of Animals (Transport) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 or The Welfare of Animals (Transport) (Wales) Order 2007 depending on where the animals will arrive in GB.

Commercial carriers such as ferry companies, airlines or pet transport services will be subject to the authorisation requirements laid down in the EU Welfare in Transport Regulation EC 1/2005 and must ensure that transport conditions do not cause unnecessary suffering to any animal transported.

For more information please see the guidance which can be found on GOV.UK.

www.gov.uk/government/publications/pet-travel-checks-on-pets-by-transport-carriers

All applications to bring a dog, cat or ferret into the UK under the regulations of DEFRA/Animal Health PETS Scheme must be Carriers / Operators who have PET approval to fly into EGNM Leeds Bradford

Your Dog, Cat or Ferret will need to have the following – all of the below can be found on GOV.UK Bringing your pet Dog, Cat or Ferret to Great Britain

  • Pet Passport or Animal Health Certificate
  • Microchip
  • Rabies Vaccination, Boosters and Blood Test
  • Tapeworm Treatment
  • Before your pet arrives in the UK, it must have been seen by a VET no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 Hours (5days)
  • All the above must be sent to the Multiflight Pet Travel team by email at least 24 hours before your flight departs to the UK.

Pet Travel Scheme Guide

Any pet dog, cat or ferret that is suitably prepared can land in the UK at Multiflight at Leeds Bradford Airport. The PETS Travel Scheme also applies to service animals, such as hearing dogs for the deaf and assistance dogs for the blind.

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Any approved charter air transport operators aircraft can fly pets into the UK, where the route to be flown is certified by that aircraft operator with DEFRA. Air travel by pets to the UK from any EU country is allowed where the aircraft operator in licensed and also from other third party countries where there is an agreement between that country and the UK for the quarantine-exempt transportation of pets. Please consult DEFRA or contact the Multiflight Pet Travel team for additional help and advice.

Below are the most important things to consider to allow a pet to fly into the UK as part of the scheme, but please consult DEFRA, an approved and qualified UK vet (LVI) or contact the Multiflight Pet Travel team for additional information and advice:

  • The pet must be micro-chipped by an officially licensed vet
  • The pet must be issued with an EU pet passport by a qualified vet (LVI in the UK), or in other applicable non-EU third party countries a recognised official certificate must be issued
  • The pet must be treated with a Rabies vaccine after the micro-chip is fitted, and recorded
  • A blood test must be taken to ensure the Rabies vaccine has taken and a suitable titre level recorded
  • A minimum gap of 21 days must pass from the Rabies vaccine before the pet can travel to another EU country
  • A minimum gap of six months must pass from the Rabies vaccine before the pet can enter or re-enter the UK
  • Not less than 24 hours and not more than 48 hours before departure to the UK a suitable treatment for tapeworms and ticks must be administered to the pet by an official vet and be officially recorded. The treatment for tapeworm must treat the Echinococcus Mulitlocularis tapeworm and have the active ingredient Praziquantel in it. The treatment for ticks must be with a licensed marketed product in that country and be valid for the type of pet treated.
  • All the relevant documentation, including a copy of the EU pet passport or official certificate, evidence of micro-chipping date, Rabies vaccine and corresponding blood tests must be advised to and approved by the Multiflight Pet Travel team not later than 24 hours before departure to the UK. The Multiflight Pet Travel team must also be advised of evidence of suitable tapeworm and tick treatment in advance of departure. Other treatments must be given to pets in some cases, please check.
  • Failure to comply with any of the above, or a micro-chip failing to read on arrival, will mean that pet is refused entry to the UK. The pet must then be returned to the point of origin outside the UK or be taken directly to quarantine and be entered to the UK under the standard UK quarantine regulations.

If you wish to travel out of the UK with your pet dog, cat or other animal, your course of action will depend on which country you want to travel to.

There are different rules for travelling with your pet to Northern Ireland/EU country or a non-EU country.

Microchips and vaccinations and boosters to animal health certificates and pet passports, there’s a lot to consider when travelling with a pet abroad to be sure to check out the up to date Government guidelines before attempting your trip.

Please note if you wish to take 5 or more pets out of the UK for a competition or sporting event, all pets will have to be over 6 months old and you’ll have to show written evidence of registration for the event when you travel.

Contact the Pet Travel Scheme Helpline if you need more information about pet travel.

Pet Travel Scheme Helpline

pettravel@apha.gov.uk
Telephone: 0370 241 1710
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm

Contact APHA if you need more information about pet travel to a non-EU country.

Animal and Plant Health Agency

exports@apha.gov.uk
Telephone: 03000 200 301
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm

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Travelling to the EU or Northern Ireland

Contact the Pet Travel Scheme Helpline if you need more information about pet travel.

Pet Travel Scheme Helpline
pettravel@apha.gov.uk
Telephone: 0370 241 1710
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm

Travelling to a non-EU country

Contact APHA if you need more information about pet travel to a non-EU country.

Animal and Plant Health Agency
exports@apha.gov.uk
Telephone: 03000 200 301
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm