Pet Travel Scheme allows pet cats and dogs from certain countries, including
the UK and Republic of Ireland, to enter or re-enter the UK without
quarantine as long as they meet certain-rules.
the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) pet cats, dogs and ferrets can only travel
to the UK by air on approved routes with any one of the authorised carriers
from any of the qualifying countries
It is the responsibility of the carrier (Airline) to check that the
pets are eligible to travel under PETS.
become authorised to transport pets under the scheme, the Airline must
conclude an agreement with Defra, called a Required Method of Operation
This document describes the process from check-in at origin; transport
from aircraft to Pets on Jets, and how checks will be carried out. Defra
officials will be responsible for approving the document, and monitoring
will be pre-booked, according to the airline's cargo booking system,
and a Pre-Alert sent to Pets on Jets 24 hours ahead of arrival.
release of the pet to the customer, all relevant checks must be successfully
a pet fails one of the tests (eg. Passport or Certificate not signed
or microchip number incorrect), the pet will be transferred from PETS
to the Quarantine handling facility within WFS Cargo.
will be handled in accordance with standing instructions but would be
likely to entail removal of the pet to a quarantine kennels at the pet
owner's expense until the problem can be resolved.
PETS Helpline, for general information about the scheme, is
(0) 870241 1710
The PETS Website for general information, is http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/quarantine/index.htm