There is a lot to plan when taking pets abroad! So we have put together some key points to help get you started!
1) Find your pet travel agent!
First things first, you will need to find a pet travel agent who can assist you with the preparation for taking your pet abroad. Most airlines no longer allow passengers to book pets to travel as part of their baggage, therefore you need to use a specialist pet travel company such as PBS to liaise with the airline and make the necessary travel arrangements on your behalf. Whether you require a fully comprehensive door to door service, or just simply the booking of the flight, PBS can help!
What can PBS pet travel do for me?
PBS will be able to offer all the advice and support you need to ensure a smooth journey for your pet. With over 18 years experience, we are IATA, IPATA and DEFRA approved and hold contracts with all of the major airlines.
The first stage in taking your pet abroad would be obtaining your free quotation. If you fill in our online quotation form we will then get back to you with an itemized quotation detailing everything you need to know about your pet’s journey! We will advise you on the most suitable airline, travel kennel size and explain exactly what paperwork and veterinary preparation is required- as well as providing you with an accurate cost.
We will also be on hand to assist with any emergencies such as flight delays or cancellations. We are contactable 24/7 and have two main offices at London Heathrow and London Gatwick.
2) Get your travel kennel!
All pets travelling by air will need an IATA approved travel crate. Once you have decided on the right agent to help, you need to think about getting your pet acclimatized to the travel kennel as soon as possible. At PBS, we will always deliver the travel kennel to you as far in advance of travel as possible to allow your pet plenty of time to get used to it. This is an extremely important factor towards reducing stress on the day of travel and unfortunately, is something a lot of pet travel companies over look!
Choosing the right kennel size
When taking your pet abroad it is very important that you have the correct size kennel for your pet. Your pet must have plenty of room to stand up, sit down, lay down and turn around – with at least three to four inches space spare all around. PBS will be able to advise you of the best size kennel to use. We stock IATA approved travel kennels in every size and can also build bespoke wooden kennels for larger pets and specific crates for more unusual breeds such as birds and snakes. Please visit our Travel Kennel page for more information!
You will need to start thinking about the necessary paperwork and veterinary preparation. If you have not already been in touch with us, please fill in our online enquiry form and we will get right back to you with details on the paperwork required for your destination.
As a general rule:
Cats and dogs to the E.U require a Pet Passport you can find out more about this on our Pet Travel Scheme Page. In addition to the Pet passport, your pet will need a check-up at the vets no more than ten days prior to travel and your vet will need to produce a fit to fly letter. You can find more information on our Pet Travel Scheme page
Cats and dogs travelling to the USA will require a check-up at the vets no more than ten days prior to travel and a fit to fly letter and for some states, a rabies vaccination
Cats and dogs travelling outside of the E.U and USA will generally require a DEFRA Export Health Certificate and sometimes, an import permit. PBS will always assist you with the application of the DEFRA Export Health Certificate and we can also arrange import permits upon request.
For other breeds such as birds & reptiles, the requirements for entry are a little more complex. If you have a more unusual species to relocate, please fill in our enquiry form for more details and to find out the exact requirements.