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  • Pet travel into and out of the UK

    Hi all,

    We recently got a Maltese and i'm perplexed how difficult it is to travel with him into and out of the UK via airlines. Am i right in saying:

    1. No pets can travel into and out of the UK in the passenger cabin regardless of which airline.

    2. If an airline allows pet travel, they must travel as "cargo" into and out of the UK via an approved pet transport company.

    Do no airlines (specifically Air France) allow you to check your pet as "excess baggage"? Obviously the costs of using pet transport companies are quite prohibitive for holiday travel..

    Thanks.. Z+

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    Re: Pet travel into and out of the UK

    No commercial airline will transport a pet into the UK as anything other than air cargo (no checked baggage, no in-cabin). Private jets can do that, but the cost is significant and they must be approved to fly into Biggin Hill airport. It is not required on all airlines that an agent book the travel, but it is on several of them (BA, Aer Lingus, Thomson to name a few). However, generally, the cost of an agent is included in the fare charge. An agent is required to collect your pet from the airplane and take it to the Animal Reception Center for processing.
    Susan

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    • #3
      Re: Pet travel into and out of the UK

      The pet has to travel as live cargo.

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