International Pet Transport to the UK

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Pet Travel United Kingdom

Most Experienced International Pet Transportation Services

At Dogtainers, we want to ensure that your move overseas is a stress-free process for you and your furry friend. We have offices all across New Zealand and in London, so our team will look after your pet at both ends of your journey. While it is a long distance, the route from New Zealand to the UK is a popular one for families and pets.

For many years, Dogtainers has been providing international pet relocation services from New Zealand to the United Kingdom (and in reverse). With our experienced professionals, you can rest assured that your pet is in the most capable hands. Taking care of your loved one’s comfort and safety is our number one priority.

Dogtainers are partners with 90% of the largest and smallest airlines across the globe, including Air New Zealand. We will always find the most direct route, so you will be reunited with your cat or dog before you know it. Depending on your situation, we can provide airport-to-airport service, door-to-door service, or a tailor-maid solution for you.

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What’s Included:

  • Specialist advice from a dedicated pet travel consultant.
  • Manage bookings for your pet on the most direct route to your destination, includes flights.
  • Help to select the best size travel crate for your pet.
  • Options to buy or hire an airline-approved travel crate from our IATA specified stock.
  • Allow time for your pet to adapt to their travel crate before moving day.
  • Advice and schedules for pre-import blood tests and vaccinations (including rabies).
  • Endorsements and vet checks with overseas animal health authorities.
  • Arrange a comfort stop for your furry friend before boarding flights.
  • Options for road transport in our temperature-controlled pet travel vans, to drop-off and collect your pet.
  • Assist with arranging a third-country official veterinary certificate.
  • Provide photo updates of your pet before take-off, and check-in with you once they’ve arrived safely.

Quarantine Conditions

Under the UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), there are a few guidelines for bringing pet dogs and cats into the country. If all of these conditions are met, then there are no quarantine requirements upon arrival. However, if the rules are not followed, then your pet may be quarantined for up to 4 months.

Requirements to enter the UK:

  • Pets must be microchipped
  • Have a pet passport or third-country official vet certificate
  • Up-to-date rabies vaccine
  • Tapeworm treatment for dogs (1-5 days before departure)
  • Travel with an approved transport company and route

We understand that you have a lot going on when relocating yourself and your pets overseas, so we work hard to make this process easy and stress-free. By choosing Dogtainers for your pet courier service to the UK, you can trust that your furry friend will be safe and sound. With your pet’s travel taken care of, you can focus on your travel arrangements.

International Service Guarantee

At Dogtainers, we believe in creating the best possible experience for you and your pets. That is why all international customers fly under our International Service Guarantee. We designed this guarantee to ensure your peace of mind. By choosing Dogtainers for your pet’s international arrangements, we take the stress out of your move. As a member of the IPATA (International Pet and Animal Transport Association), Dogtainers has trusted pet travel partners in every part of the world.

Quarantine Conditions

Under the UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), there are a few guidelines for bringing pet dogs and cats into the country. If all of these conditions are met, then there are no quarantine requirements upon arrival. However, if the rules are not followed, then your pet may be quarantined for up to 4 months.

Requirements to enter the UK:

  • Pets must be microchipped
  • Have a pet passport or third-country official vet certificate
  • Up-to-date rabies vaccine
  • Tapeworm treatment for dogs (1-5 days before departure)
  • Travel with an approved transport company and route

Banned Pet Breeds in the UK

In the UK, a number of exotic animals are permitted to be owned as pets, including Bengal cats. However, the UK has banned a few breeds of dogs. Under the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991), it is illegal to own or import the following breeds of dogs into the United Kingdom:

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro

Pets Fly Like Us

Transporting your pet by air is the quickest and most efficient way of moving your pet to or from New Zealand with the least amount of hassle. For international flights, live animals travel in the cargo cabin, which is pressurised just like the cabin you fly in. The captain of the plane knows your pet is on board and keeps the air-conditioning set to a comfortable 18ºC.

Call Dogtainers now on 0800 13 52 52 to start planning your pet’s international travel to or from the UK.

Plan your pet's trip the right way

With the care and support they need

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