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  • #16
    Re: Costs for taking a pet to England

    My wife flew back to the UK in December without our pets and now its my turn to bring them over from Canada. After a few quote requests and some research I am starting to find the costs prohibitive as well. We have to cats and are trying to find the best (well the cheapest) way to bring them over. I see you suggested to someone to maybe fly to france and travel over. I would be ok with that as well. I just want to make sure that I wont have any issues going from France to the UK with the pets. Either by train or bus or car is fine for me. DEFRA will not require any pet passport or quarantine if I bring them over by train/car from France then? If you have any online documentation that could help, please point us in the right direction. Much appreciated and glad I found your site

    Pascal

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    • #17
      Re: Costs for taking a pet to England

      Only a few airlines are licensed by the UK to fly animals into Britain. These include BA and charter airlines such as Thomson. But because of the restricted market, they apply monopolistic charges. Thomson required 550 one way for a six hour flight from Birmingham. BA is even more expensive. Dogs have to be in crates, and travel in the cargo hold if they weigh more than 5kg (12 lbs). At Birmingham dogs cannot be loaded at the passenger check-in but have to go to the cargo terminal, which was closed, at the early hour needed to load the dog and catch the flight.

      An alternative that we have used is Brussels. Amsterdam is also possible. The flight prices to these airports for a 6 hour flight was just 50. There were no additional charges from DEFRA or anyone else once the dogs have an European passport, which can be provided by a vet in any EU country. They must also have a worming treatment and inspection by a vet between one and five days of arrival in the UK. This can be done at the departure point or in transit and may cost from 20 to 50. We paid 35 in Be**ium.

      The difficult part is getting back from a Continental airport to England, if you do not have your own car. Eurostar trains will not take dogs. Car hire one-way is ridiculaously expensive and could cost 1,000. Only two ferry companies will take dogs across the Channel without a car. These are Stena Line from Hoek van Holland to Harwich and LD Lines from Dieppe to Newhaven.

      Stena Line has comfortable kennels with closed circuit tv so that you can watch your dog and a code entry system that allows you to take them on to the dog deck for a pee at any time. It gives an excellent service with people who are very ready to help with the extra baggage such as dog crates.

      Getting to Hoek by train will be easier from Amsterdam than from Brussels, which required three seperate trains and cost 100 for two people with two dogs. The main difficulaty is that intermediate stations have no trolleys and they are difficult to find at Hoek. Dog crates are cumbersome to handle.

      From southern Spain and Portugal, there is a dog bus every two weeks which charges around 300 to collect and deliver a dog to the doorstep. it is operated by Pet Chauffers of Eastbourne, Kent. Owners can then fly cheaply and send the dog by a slower route.

      Any dog entering England or the EU must have a rabies certificate, which needs a blood test made by any EU lab a monnth after vaccination and a three month delay to ensure that rabies does not develop. Certain countries such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand are certified rabies free.

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      • #18
        Re: Costs for taking a pet to England

        we just got a quote to ship our 10 year old Weimaraner from the u.k to new zealand @ 3350....we thought it would have been about 1500...we are now in shock

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        • #19
          Re: Costs for taking a pet to England

          Point of Information for James Ensor - as of January 1, 2012, titer testing is not required when entering the UK from a Third Country (with a low incidence of rabies such as the UK, Canada, Mexico and others). The titer test and three month wait is required when entering the UK from a high rabies country. EU country classifications can be found here: http://www.pettravel.com/passports_quarantine_rabies_rules.cfm
          Susan

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          • #20
            Re: Costs for taking a pet to England

            If you want to take a pet, be aware that England usually requires six months' quarantine. New regulations enable some pets to enter more quickly through specific entry points, but these regulations are complex and strict, so follow the embassy's recommendations to the letter. asiaexpatguides.com

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            • #21
              Re: Costs for taking a pet to England

              We took our pet via Amsterdam and hook of holland to harwich ferry. It meant she could be flown as excess baggage. It took more time but was much much cheaper. It was $170 flight cost (for a very long haul flight), then train, ferry and train, the trains don't charge for pets and the ferry was an extra 15 quid. It went very smoothly and was surprisingly manageable.

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              • #22
                Re: Costs for taking a pet to England

                O hoo in this price we both can travel most of the places. Do you know any other services?

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                • #23
                  Re: Costs for taking a pet to England

                  It depends on the classes and airline that would charge but most of the air line can not provide this service so you have to consult with broker or agent that give solution with according to your cost.

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                  • #24
                    Re: Costs for taking a pet to England

                    Hi, I plan to travel from Vancouver, BC to UK in early December for an extended stay. I am flying British Airways and I want to take my 2 cats with me, probably shipping the 2 cats as cargo about 2 weeks before I fly over. The cats have received rabies shots and have been micro-chipped. I am not clear on the costs and procedures to ship the cats and also wondered if they can travel in one approved sized container, rather than 2 separate containers. Thanks for any feedback.

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                    • #25
                      Re: Costs for taking a pet to England

                      Gregory - first, we must mention that, if your cats do not travel with or within 5 days of you or your legal representative, they must fly commercially which is a bit more complicated than shipping them under the regulations of the Pet Travel Scheme. You can find details on the differences here: http://www/pettravel.com/immigration/UnitedKingdom.cfm. Your cats must be shipped as air cargo, so you will need to contact the cargo department of an airline that flies the entire route and it must be approved to fly into London. Once landed, your pets will be collected by a licensed agent and taken to the Animal Reception Center where you will pick them up. You have your choice of airlines that fly directly from Vancouver to London Heathrow: Air Canada, Lufthansa, Finnair or Iberia. British Airways also flies the route, but they only book through an agent.
                      Susan

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                      • #26
                        Re: Costs for taking a pet to England

                        The costs remain the same. Sometimes the airline collects part of them in advance
                        However the above costs do not include the cost the airline will charge for transportation.
                        Jerry

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