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10 FEB 2014

Press Release 02/2014

DEFRA Approval for London Biggin Hill Airport

Why should you leave your best friend at home? More and more of our guests travel with their beloved four-legged friends. Since February 2014, Air Independence is one of the officially approved carriers to take you and your pet to London Biggin Hill Airport.

Story behind:

To keep the UK free from rabies and certain diseases, DEFRA, UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs implemented the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS). Since 1 January 2012, all pet dogs, cats and ferrets are allowed to enter the UK without quarantine as long as they meet the conditions of the scheme. Only approved transport companies and air carriers using certain routes and airports are allowed to bring pets into Great Britain.

Since the beginning of February, Air Independence is one of them. In cooperation with London Biggin Hill Airport’s Sky Pets team, we can guarantee a smooth and quick immigration. Still on board of the aircraft and at every time in the presence of the owner, a specially trained agent will check the pet’s passport and microchip. Afterwards our friends are free to disembark the aircraft with their owner and continue their journey by an overland route or in the air.
 

Requirements when travelling to or returning to the UK from:
 

another EU or non-EU listed country unlisted country
  • microchip
  • a rabies vaccination (make sure your pet is micro chipped first
    or the vaccination won’t count)
  • a pet passport or official third country veterinary certificate
  • tapeworm treatment (for dogs only)
  • microchip
  • a rabies vaccination (make sure your pet is micro chipped first or the vaccination won’t count)
  • a pet passport or official third country veterinary certificate
  • a blood test - the vet must take the blood sample at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination (the date of vaccination counts as day 0, not day 1)
  • an official third country veterinary certificate
  • tapeworm treatment (for dogs only)

Source: https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad
 

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