Pet Import

Import pets without quarantine to UK

Bringing your pet to the UK

If you wish to return to the UK with your pet after a trip abroad, or you intend to bring your pet into the UK for the first time, you need to be aware of the UK pet entry rules that are in place.

PLEASE NOTE: You are responsible for ensuring your pet meets all the rules for entering the UK. Make sure you have the had the procedures carried out in the correct order and your pet‘s documentation is correctly completed.

Rules depend on which country you are travelling into the UK from.

Failure with above regulations will result in your pet’s needing quarantine

View information on pet quarantine

Email: office@lekf.co.uk
or phone Kents Farm Kennels and Cattery on 01992 522183/523499

Frequently Asked Questions

What paperwork do I need?

London & Essex experienced staff will talk you through all the requirements for bringing your pets into the UK without going into quarantine. We are here to answer all your questions as we understand how stressful and daunting this can be when you are in another country. See bottom of the page for contact details.

Are you using an agent abroad?

If you are working with a pet agent abroad we will liaise with them to take all the stress away from you. We welcome an inspection of our 5 star boarding kennels and cattery or you may visit your pets at the following times Monday – Saturday 2 – 4 pm (closed Sunday and Bank holidays).

Can we collect your pets from airport and deliver to your new home

YES, we can collect from the airport and deliver to your new home or your pets can stay in our 5 star boarding kennels and cattery for as long as it takes for you to receive your pets into your new home. Whilst your pets are in our 5 star boarding, you may visit between:- Monday – Saturday 2 – 4 pm (closed Sunday and Bank holidays).

We provide exercise paddocks and walking facilities, however you are also welcome to take your dogs for a walk between our visiting times in our purpose built walking track.

Can we arrange connecting flights?

YES; in most cases we can arrange your pets onward travel either by road or air to almost anywhere in the world. (Please note that in some cases it may involve an overnight stay either at the airport or at our 5 star boarding facility

Do you have to be on the same flight as your pets?

NO If it’s more convenient for you to fly before or after your pets then this is fine your pets can fly unaccompanied.

How much does it cost?

Please ring or email for the best quotation.

LONDON & ESSEX
Kents Farm, Kents Lane, North Weald, Essex CM16 6AX
Phone No. 01992 522183/523499
E-mail: imports@lekf.co.uk

Terms & Conditions

All charges are subject to VAT.

Payments – most major credit cards.

London & Essex Kents Farm Kennels & Catteries Ltd reserves the right to add 2% surcharge to credit card payments.

All boarding dates booked are chargeable unless 7 days notice is given which also includes entry day and departure day.

In cases of cancellation, all deposits are non refundable.

Payments in respect of each animal must be paid in full prior to delivery or collection. Exports; all invoices must be paid with clear funds before Export.

London & Essex Kents Farm Kennels & Catteries Ltd (The company) reserves the right to surcharge outstanding accounts at 10% per month on all late payments.

All charges are subject to change without notice.

Vaccination fees, special diets and all further treatment where required, will be charged to your account.

Any veterinary attention necessary whilst an animal is under our care will be charged to the owner. A veterinary surgeon visits six days a week.

In the event of any veterinary treatment, a 15% surcharge will be added to veterinary costs.

Our trained staff (if required) can give daily medication. Additional charges will be added to your invoices as per price list.

Under extreme circumstances should the owner fall into serious arrears, the company shall be at liberty to make alternative arrangements of the animals without any further notice to the owner other than final demand sent by recorded delivery to last know address to the owner or his/her representative.

Prices quoted apply at time of writing and could be subject to change at any time.

Vaccinations

Vaccination certificates must be shown on entry to Kennels & Catteries. We will not take animals without up to date certificates. Any pet requiring vaccinations LEKF reserve the right to vaccinate.

Dogs must have been vaccinated against Distemper and Parvo-virus within the last 12 months.

Cats must have been vaccinated against feline Enteritis and cat flu within the last 12 months.

Canine cough: (kennel cough) customers should consult their vets as to what precautions can be taken against KC. We are unable to detect a carrier of the virus entering our kennels. (We recommend INTRAC as a deterrent against KC. This protects against the major cause of KC, which can easily enter the kennel through an apparently healthy dog carrying the condition).

Pets insurance; by arrangement with your own personal insurer.

Special diets can be catered for. Cost of such diets will be debited to owners invoice.

Clipping, stripping and shampooing can be arranged with our resident canine beautician. Charges payable to our canine beautician.

You may bring any items of food, bedding, playthings etc for your pet, please note L.E.K.F. Ltd do not accept any responsibility for their condition or safe return.

Boarding/Exports/Imports/Quarantine; we can only accept your pets upon receipt of our conditions signed “Terms & Conditions” together with agreed deposit.

It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that all paperwork under the EU pet passport scheme/imports & early release are all correct and up to date. LEKF take no responsibility for incorrect paperwork.

The carrying agents fee is based on full arrival details being advised to the company at least 5 working days in advance and for collection during normal office hours. Weekend and out of office hours collection will incur extra charges.

In the event of delays in excess of 2 hours, an hourly waiting charge will be incurred.

Out of hours charges relating to Airport/Ports etc will incur additional costs.

Whilst all animals are given every care and attention, the company accept no liability for accidents or illness of any animals.

Whilst every effort is made to house your pet in the size chalet or kennel you request, the company reserve the right to allocate chalets or kennels as they deem appropriate.

Boarding “Privilege” cards are issued to regular customers. When bookings are made using a privilege card a deposit is not required. A vacancy is not guaranteed by card if kennels/cattery are fully booked.

Boarding pet drop off times anytime between:-

Monday to Saturday: 9:30 am – 12:30 or 2 O‘clock – 4:30 pm

Sunday 9:30 am – 12:00 (Closed Sunday and all bank holidays)

Boarding and Quarantine pet visiting times

Monday to Saturday 2 O‘clock – 4 pm (Closed Sunday and all bank holidays)

Check List

 

Is your pets paperwork in order?

For your pet to enter the UK from other EU Member States or approved non-EU countries, you must answer yes to the following questions. Entry to the UK from other EU Member States or approved non-EU countries

  • Is your pet microchipped?
  • Is your pet currently vaccinated against rabies?
  • Was your pet vaccinated after it was microchipped?
  • Have you got an EU Pet Passport or Official Veterinary Health Certificate from your vet certifying the microchip and vaccination?
  • Have 21 days passed since your pet was vaccinated?
  • Are you travelling into the UK with your pet on an approved route?**
  • Has your dog had tapeworm treatment 1 to 5 days (between 24 and 120 hours) before entering the UK. This applies to dogs only.

Entry to the UK from non-approved countries:

For your pet to enter the UK from these countries, you must answer ‘yes’ to the following steps:

  • Is your pet microchipped?
  • Is your pet currently vaccinated against rabies?
  • Was your pet vaccinated after being microchipped?
  • Was a blood sample for a blood test taken at least 30 days after your pet was vaccinated?
  • Has your pet passed the blood test? (your vet will tell you)
  • Have you got an EU Pet Passport* or Official Veterinary Health Certificate from your vet certifying the microchip, vaccination and blood test result?
  • Has your pet had a Titre blood test by a DEFRA registered approved laboratory?
  • Have three months passed since the date the blood sample was taken?
  • Has your dog had tapeworm treatment 1 to 5 days (between 24 and 120 hours) before entering the UK. This applies to dogs only.

Are you travelling into the UK with your pet on an approved route?**

 

* Please note – If your pet was successfully blood tested and issued with an EU pet passport before it left the UK or other EU country to go to a non-approved country, the three-month waiting period before re-entering the UK will not apply (but all other rules still apply).

** For certain assistance dogs, they must travel into an approved airport. See our DEFRA website for further information.

Failure with above regulations will result in your pet’s needing quarantine.

Further Information

Tapeworm treatment

Tapeworm treatment is required for all dogs that enter or re-enter the UK. It is to be given by a vet 1 to 5 days (between 24 and 120 hours) before your dog is due to enter the UK and must be recorded in your pet passport or 3rd country veterinary certificate. Tapeworm treatment is not required for cats.

Travelling abroad with your pet

The rules for travelling from the UK to other countries vary from time to time. UK pet owners wishing to take their pets abroad should contact London and Essex Kents Farm for details of the export certification requirements for the destination country. Email – office@lekf.co.uk or telephone +44(0)1992522183 +44(0)1992523499

To find out more detail

Our website only contains a summary of the rules, although we have done our utmost to ensure details are correct the rules can change. So please go to the DEFRA website for the latest and comprehensive details on the rules for pet travel in the UK.

www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/

Pet Passport

The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is the system that allows pets from certain countries to enter the UK without quarantine as long as they meet the rules.

It also means that people in the UK can take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other European Union (EU) countries, and return with them to the UK.

They can also, having taken their dogs, cats and ferrets to certain non-EU countries, bring them back to the UK without the need for quarantine.

The rules are to keep the UK free from rabies and certain other diseases.

We realise it is difficult to leave a family member in the hands of someone else and can lead to grief and guilt. We endeavour to ensure that their stay is comfortable and enjoyable. Every effort is made to allow your pet as much company and love, freedom and stimulation as is possible.

The entry requirements can differ from country to country. An EU pet passport will allow you to enter most other EU countries but even within the EU requirements may vary somewhat.

We aim to give the best up-to-date advice on all aspects of travelling with your pet. Click here for Pet Passport enquiry form.

To enter or re-enter the UK from other EU countries or other qualifying listed countries under PETS you must have had the following carried out on your pet:

  • Micro Chipping
    (This must come first)
  • Rabies Vaccination
    (Must be done after the microchip is inserted)
  • 21 day wait (you must wait a minimum of 21 days after the rabies vaccination to travel your pet to the UK).
  • Treatment for Tapeworms (dogs only)
    1-5 days before entering the UK.

To enter or re-enter the UK from other NON EU countries or NON qualifying listed countries under PETS you must have had the following carried out on your pet:

  • Micro Chipping
    (This must come first)
  • Rabies Vaccination
    (Must be done after the microchip is inserted)
  • Blood Test for Rabies Antibodies (Titre)
    Blood test must be carried out at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination and sent to a DEFRA registered approved laboratory.
  • Treatment for Tapeworms (dogs only)
    1-5 days before entering the UK.

Remember: You can bring your pet to the UK at any time, but if all or some of the process above is missing then your pet would need to be quarantined for a period based on how much of the process has been done.

Please note:

  • These guidelines are made to help you, but regulations change quite regularly so it is always best to check the DEFRA website or ring the imports helpline at LEKF.
  • Your vet must sign, date and stamp each part of this process in either a pet passport, or a 3rd country veterinary certificate.

Exports Department
London & Essex Kents Farm Kennels & Catteries Ltd
Kents Lane
Wealdbridge Road
North Weald
Epping
Essex
CM16 6AX

Opening Times:
Mon to Sat 9:30 – 12:30 and 2.00 – 4.30 UK time
Sun 9:30 – 12:00 UK time
Closed Sunday afternoon and Bank Holidays.

Email: office@lekf.co.uk
or phone Kents Farm Kennels and Cattery on 01992 522183/523499

Pet Imports Enquiry form

Please note that no booking is taken on a definite basis until this form has been submitted, along with the receipt of your deposit.

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