Pet Shipping to the uk

Are you planning to move to the United Kingdom and wondering how to bring your furry friend along? Or perhaps, you’re a resident of the UK who is eagerly anticipating the arrival of a four-legged family member from the United States. Pet shipping to the UK is a process that requires careful planning, adherence to regulations, and a reliable partner to ensure a smooth transition for your pet.

At Airpets International, we understand these challenges intimately. Let us be your trusted partner for seamless pet relocation to the UK.

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Pet Shipping UK: Regulations and Requirements


One of the first steps to consider when shipping your pet to the UK is microchipping. All dogs, cats, and ferrets entering the UK must be microchipped. The microchip should meet ISO standards (ISO 11784/11785). Make sure to keep your contact information up to date in the database linked to the microchip.

Rabies Vaccination

After microchipping, your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. This vaccination is crucial, and it should be administered at least 21 days before your pet’s arrival in the UK.

Tapeworm Treatment

For dogs, tapeworm treatment is necessary if you’re traveling from certain countries. The treatment should be administered by a certified veterinarian no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before entering the UK.

Health Certificate

A USDA-endorsed health certificate issued by an accredited veterinarian is required. The certificate should confirm that your pet is free from contagious diseases and in good health.  The details of your move will determine when and what type of health certificate needs to be acquired.


To ensure a smooth entry into the UK, you must notify the UK authorities at least 24 hours before your pet’s arrival. You can do this through the UK’s Pet Travel Scheme helpline.

Approved Travel Route

Choosing an approved travel route for your pet is essential. Make sure to use an authorized carrier and route for your pet’s journey to the UK.


Certain pets like rabbits still have to be quarantined. Quarantine hasn’t been abolished but can be bypassed as long as the cat or dog has met all requirements.

Things To Know Before You Go

When traveling to the U.K. with your pet, all standard rules apply. Your dog will need to be microchipped, and have been vaccinated for rabies at least 21 days before crossing the border.

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Dog Shipping to uk

When relocating to the UK with your dog, certain requirements must be met. Shipping your dog can be a complex and time-consuming process. To alleviate stress for both you and your furry friend, our team takes care of every detail. We focus on your dog’s emotional well-being through gentle reassurance and personalized care.

From arranging comfortable accommodations to ensuring proper feeding and hydration schedules, we handle it all. This attention to detail aims to reduce travel-related stress, making the journey a smoother and more comfortable experience for your beloved canine companion.


When transporting your pet cat to the UK, you’ll need the same documentation as previously mentioned. Opt for an IATA-compliant carrier with cozy bedding and necessary supplies for travel. This ensures a smoother and more comfortable journey for your feline companion.

Cats are often more sensitive to travel stress than dogs, so it’s vital to maintain their feeding and hydration routines. Provide opportunities for bathroom breaks during layovers. Creating a calm and secure environment with familiar scents and minimal disruptions is crucial, making the journey as stress-free as possible for your beloved cat.

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Want to ensure that your relocation or trip is stress-free? Travel to the U.K. with Airpets International!

We take care of every door-to-door detail to provide first-class pet transportation for your furry friends.

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