Travelling with Pets: The Guide

Taking pets abroad requires careful planning and adherence to the regulations of the destination country. Multiflight is approved as one of the UK’s entry points for pets, we’ve put together all the necessary information you need for a smooth, stress-free trip to and from the UK.

Travelling with Pets: The Guide

Taking pets abroad requires careful planning and adherence to the regulations of the destination country. Whether you’re relocating or simply looking to take your dog on holiday, researching well in advance is crucial as each place has specific requirements you must follow.

Multiflight is approved as one of the UK’s entry points for pets, we’ve put together all the necessary information you need for a smooth, stress-free trip to and from the UK.

Bringing your pet dog, cat or ferret to the UK

Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)

To enter the UK with a pet, including dogs, cats, and ferrets, you will need to follow the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) requirements.

Here are the key steps involved:

Microchip

If you plan on flying with pets internationally (including the UK) your pet must be microchipped with an ISO-compliant microchip. Ensure the microchip is implanted before any other procedures, as the microchip number will be recorded on all subsequent documentation.

Rabies vaccination

After the microchip is implanted, your pet must receive a rabies vaccination, and it must be administered at least 21 days before the travel date. Keep in mind that this waiting period applies only to the initial vaccination; subsequent boosters do not require waiting periods.

Pet passport or official veterinary certificate

Obtain a pet passport or an official veterinary certificate, depending on the country. The passport certifies that your pet meets the entry requirements, including microchip information, rabies vaccination, and other necessary details. The passport can be obtained from an authorised veterinarian local to you.

Tapeworm treatment (dogs only)

Taking a dog abroad? If you are travelling to the UK from certain countries (e.g., most European countries), your dog must be treated against tapeworms. This treatment must be administered by a veterinarian 1 to 5 days prior to entering the UK and recorded in the pet passport or official veterinary certificate.

Additional tests

Some countries may require additional tests, such as blood tests, to verify your pet’s health status or to check for certain diseases. These tests must be conducted by an accredited veterinarian and within a specific timeframe.

Extra rules

You must follow extra rules (known as Balai rules) if either:

  • You’re going to sell, rehome or transfer the ownership of the animal.
  • Your pet is arriving more than 5 days before or after you arrive.
  • You’re bringing more than 5 animals and are not attending or training for a competition, show or sporting event.

Failure to comply with any of the above, or a microchip failing to read on arrival, will mean that the 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.

Which pets can be brought into the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)?

Multiflight at Leeds Bradford Airport allows charter passengers to bring their dogs, cats, and ferrets, provided they meet the necessary preparations. The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) also extends to service animals, including hearing dogs for the deaf and assistance dogs for the blind. Private aircraft are not allowed to bring dogs, cats or ferrets without adhering to specific guidelines and prior notification.

Where can I take my pet on holiday?

When deciding where to take your pet on a holiday, there are several important factors to consider:

1/ Pet-friendly accommodation

Ensure that the destination offers suitable accommodations that welcome pets.

2/ Open space and facilities

Look for places that provide ample opportunities for your pet to exercise and relieve themselves comfortably. Check if there are nearby parks or designated areas for pets.

3/ Pet-friendly attractions and dining options

Consider whether your pet will be allowed in restaurants, attractions, and beaches. If not, determine if your pet will be comfortable being left alone in unfamiliar surroundings.

4/ Weather conditions

Take into account the local climate and weather patterns. If the temperatures are excessively high, it could pose a health risk to your pet during outdoor activities.

5/ Access to veterinary care

Research the availability of veterinarians or animal hospitals in the area you plan to visit. It’s important to be prepared for emergencies and have access to professional care if needed.

6/ Local diseases and risks

Be aware of any diseases or health risks that may be prevalent in the region but not common in your home country. Take necessary precautions, such as vaccinations or preventive measures, to protect your pet’s well-being.

7/ Length and impact of the journey

Consider the duration and type of transportation required for your trip. Long journeys or certain modes of transportation may cause stress or discomfort to your pet. Ensure you make appropriate arrangements to minimise any negative impact on your animal.

Which airlines let you fly with pets?

Pets can be flown into the UK from any EU country or certain third-party countries through approved charter air transport operators. The aircraft operator must have certification from DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) for the specific route.

It is important to note that the aircraft operator must be licensed for air travel, and there should be an agreement between the third-party country and the UK for quarantine-exempt transportation of pets. For further assistance and guidance, it is recommended to consult DEFRA or reach out to the Multiflight Pet Travel team.

How many pets can I take out of the UK?

There is no specific limit on the number of pets you can take out of the UK when travelling to another country. However, it’s important to consider the regulations and requirements of the destination country regarding the importation of pets. Some countries may have restrictions or specific rules in place for importing multiple pets.

It’s important to note that if you intend to take five or more pets out of the UK for a competition or sporting event, there are additional requirements. All pets must be over 6 months old, and you will need to provide written evidence of registration for the event when you travel.

How many pets can I take out of the UK

Need more information?

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

For more in depth details specific to the pet you wish to travel with, please see Section 12 in the Guidance for Authorised Pet Carriers and Checkers (PT44) which can be found on GOV.UK, or give us a call here at Multiflight.

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