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.

Moving With Your Pet to the uk

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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Happy Travelers

Don’t just take our word for it, checkout what all of these happy travelers have to say about their pet flights with Airpets International.

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Hands down the best company we used in a move from the US to Spain. Best care, greatest attention to detail, and a very happily delivered dog. Definitely recommend; Dakota was incredible in her attention to detail, care, and communication. You’re in good hands with her.

Jace Goodier

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Dog in italy
We had a particularly challenging, short notice posting from DC to Italy. Commercial airlines did not accept the oversized crate. The Airpets America Team is very responsive and the international carriers used are exceptional. At no time were we concerned for the health of our pup. The Team also recommended the specific crate to meet airline requirements and reviewed the international health paperwork with our Vet. We recommend Airports American to anyone traveling overseas!

Chris Collins

Traveled to Italy
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Germany Dog
Miranda was absolutely amazing and helped us get our two basset hounds to Germany a month after we moved there with the Army. She answered every question my family had and made this process so much easier on all of us. I would definitely recommend her!

Katie Zuniga

Traveled to Germany
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Happy Traveler testimonials
Courtney was first class every step of the way, always had time to answer my never-ending questions for my 2 puppies. Kept me informed every step of the way. I will definitely use their services when we return back home in 2021

Elaine Reid

Traveled to Italy
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After receiving different quotes and different information from other companies, it took me only one call to Airpets to make me feel comfortable and trust them with the relocation of my Husky from Dallas to Frankfurt. Monty and Courtney were very helpful, very responsive and were able to answer all my questions. Without doubt, I will choose Airpets for my next move. Highly recommended.

Luis J.

Traveled to Frankfurt
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Cat Happy Travelers
Airpets America was the cheapest company to help relocate my animals. I shopped through a lot of pet relocation services. Brent from Airpets America responded the quickest and got the ball moving quickly. Airpets America was very flexible about last-minute/fast relocating when it came to my specific needs. Loved John the driver who drove both my cats from Dallas Texas to Vermont. He picked up Thursday afternoon and delivered my pets to the door Saturday morning.

Silkee J.

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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.