Tuesday, June 13, 2006

a Flurry of Travel or Pet Travel Scheme



Got a call and a fax from the Immigration Attorney today-
The list of what to do in prep of sending The Flurry to England...

PETS only applies to dogs, cats and ferrets travelling between the UK and certain countries and territories. Dogs, cats and ferrets must not have been outside any of these countries in the 6 calendar months before entering the UK.

Dogs, cats and ferrets entering the UK under PETS may only do so on certain sea, air and rail routes.

Dogs, cats and ferrets entering the UK from non-qualifying (unlisted) countries must spend 6 months in quarantine on arrival.

Before travelling, you must make sure that your pet cats and dogs (including assistance dogs) or your ferret meets all the rules of the Scheme.

To bring your dog or cat into the UK under PETS from one of the listed countries you must have it first microchipped, then vaccinated against rabies and then blood tested. There are no exceptions to this order of preparation apart from the exemption explained in the next sentence. If your pet is resident in France, Denmark or Sweden these procedures maybe done in a different order.

There are no requirements for pets travelling directly between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Your pet can be fitted with a microchip in any country. The rabies vaccination (including boosters), blood sampling, issuing the PETS documentation and the tick and tapeworm treatment must all be carried out in the UK or any of the other qualifying countries

Your dog or cat may not enter the UK under PETS until six calendar months have passed from the date that your vet took the blood sample which led to a satisfactory test result (see below). Once the vet has issued the PETS documentation and that six month period has passed, the PETS documentation is valid for your pet to enter the UK.

The procedures
Have your pet microchipped

Before any of the other procedures for PETS are carried out, your pet must be fitted with a microchip so that it can be properly identified.
Have your pet vaccinated

After the microchip has been fitted your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. There is no exemption to this requirement, even if your pet has a current rabies vaccination


Arrange a blood test

After your pet has been vaccinated, it must be blood tested to make sure that the vaccine has given it a satisfactory level of protection against rabies.


Get PETS documentation

For animals being prepared in an EU country, you should get an EU pet passport. If you are preparing your animal in a non-EU listed country you will need to obtain an official third country veterinary certificate although note that Gibraltar and Switzerland are also issuing passports.

Animals can also enter the UK using a PETS certificate issued before 1 October 2004 until its “valid until” date. Certificates issued on or after that date will not be acceptable for entry to the UK.


Before your pet enters the UK, it must be treated against ticks and a tapeworm

Your pet must be treated against ticks and a tapeworm not less than 24 hours and not more than 48 hours before it is checked in with an approved transport company for its journey into the UK.


Arrange for your animal to travel with an approved transport company on an authorised route

Your pet must enter the UK from a listed country travelling with an approved transport company on an authorised route.

You may use any of the routes and transport companies on the following lists to bring your dog, cat or ferret into the UK under the Scheme, subject to the transport company’s agreement. All companies have been approved by Defra to carry dogs, cats and ferrets but not all may wish to carry ferrets. Check with the company before booking your tickets that they are prepared to carry your pet.

Your pet may travel to the UK via any qualifying country or countries. It must not have been to any non-qualifying country in the 6 months before entering the UK.

You may not bring a pet into the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme from a private boat or plane.

Please note that there are no approved routes to the UK from the following PETS countries:

EU: Slovakia, Slovenia.

Non-EU: Andorra, Aruba, Ascension Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, French Guyana, French Polynesia, Greenland, Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Hawaii, Iceland, Jamaica (which although rabies-free is excluded from PETS by Jamaican law), Liechtenstein, Martinique, Mauritius, Mayotte, Monaco, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, Réunion, St Helena, St Pierre & Miquelon, St Vincent, San Marino, Vanuatu, Vatican, Wallis & Futuna.

Approved Route from Los Angeles:

Los Angeles to London Heathrow on British Airways World Cargo or Virgin Atlantic Airways

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