Taking your pet abroad can be a stressful time, but need not be with the right help. Heathrow Veterinary Services are specialists in providing export certification and preparing pets for travel to all destinations. Our vets are all official veterinarians experienced in the pet travel industry, so please contact us if you require advice.
Pet Travel Scheme
Travelling to Europe
The current requirements for travel to Europe with your pet, under the Pet Travel Scheme, are:
- Rabies vaccination (not before your cat/dog is 12 weeks old)
- Wait 21 days: you must allow 21 days after the rabies vaccination before your pet is eligible for travel to Europe
- Clinical examination to make sure your pet is fit to travel; please contact our office to book this on 020 369 14622
- Fitness to Fly certificate: if your pet is travelling by plane, a Fitness to Fly certificate must also be provided by a vet, normally within five days of travel
Travelling to the Rest of the World
We advise that you make yourself aware of the requirements for exporting your pet to your destination country well in advance. Many countries have strict requirements and preparation is sometimes required more than eight months in advance of your departure date.
Heathrow Vets can assist with the preparation of your pet, and are conveniently based on-airport. If you are not close enough to visit in person with your pet we can provide advice and guidance on the tests/treatments required alongside your local vet.
Most countries will require that you have your pet health checked by an official vet prior to travel and an export health certificate completed. A list of countries where a health certificate is available, and details of how to apply for one, can be found on the following link:
Please be advised that most countries may also require an import permit issued from their own health authorities, and you may be required to comply with certain customs procedures on your pet’s arrival at the destination airport. In many cases it is recommended that you also consult with an IPATA registered pet shipper to ensure your pet a smooth entry.
Returning to the UK with your pet
The requirements for returning to the UK with your pet will depend on the country of origin. Full details of this process can be found at http://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad and for pets arriving into Heathrow at https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/services/animal-health-welfare/heathrow-animal-reception-centre/importing-your-dog-cat-or-ferret