Moving abroad with pets

Your visas are set, the removal is booked, and you need to make sure your pets are ready to go, and any special arrangements for them are made. We know how important they are to you.

The best piece of advice when considering your pets is to give as much notice as possible. We are very lucky in the UK in that the vast majority of the world will accept pets from our country. However, there may be complex import requirements that need to be adhered to and these may take several months to arrange.

When your pet is ready to go - whether you're using a transport service or moving them yourself - make sure they have the familiar scents of you and home with them. Many people put an old shirt that they've slept in inside the pet carrier to help soothe the scared or stressed pet and remind them you're not far away.

Once you're moved, don't forget to update your contact information on your pet's microchip.

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Frequently asked questions regarding pet travel

Where do the pets travel in the aircraft?

They travel in the special livestock hold of the aircraft which is fully pressurised & heated, exactly the same as the passengers upstairs. Not all aircraft have a livestock hold, especially chartered flights, so please check with your chosen airline that they can safely carry pets. In some cases, you can take your pet as a carry-on. Please contact your airline for more information on bringing your pet in the cabin with you.

Do I have to be on the same aircraft as my pet?

You can be, but it is not essential. Pets can travel unaccompanied, but you have to have made arrangements to have them collected at the arrival airport if you haven’t arrived yet. Some countries, such as Australia, will have a mandatory quarantine period for arriving pets. In this instance, the quarantine facility will collect your pets from the airport.

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What paperwork will my pets need?

This is completely dependent on the country that you are travelling to. Each country have their own import requirements that must be adhered to. Possible requirements may include import permits, export health certificates, mandatory vaccinations, blood tests and, as mentioned, sometimes even quarantine on arrival. Note that if you are travelling through other countries en route to your final destination, you may also have to fulfil their import requirements.

Can you help me with this? I have too much else to arrange

Yes, there are companies that specialise in the movement of pets all around the world. They can provide a range of services from the basic flight booking and supply of approved travel kennel, right through to a complete door to door service inclusive of all paperwork and documentation.

With the correct advice and assistance, moving with your pets needn’t be stressful or worrying. Please send your enquiries to britannia@petairuk.co.uk

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Britannia Bradshaw can help your move go smoothly. Contact us for a free, no obligation quote, or by calling 0161 877 5555 (Manchester) or 0121 504 0966 (Birmingham & Coventry) and speak with one of our removals specialists.

How are our appointments carried out

In the current times you might prefer that we don't visit your house in person to carry out a survey. This is fully understandable and we can just as easily undertake the survey by video call, using whatever method you're comfortable with, usually FaceTime or WhatsApp.

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Kind, patient and reassuring in somewhat stressful circumstances

They were kind, patient and reassuring in somewhat stressful circumstances. I was pleased with the way the original survey was conducted and felt you would provide a professional service. When my requirements changed due to complications with the selling/buying process, your staff were very happy to adjust the quote fairly. Due to Covid 19, the survey was conducted by video call which worked very well.

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Just wanted to say how good Mark L, Richard and Andy were for our move on 22/04/2021. A great team. Hopefully we can have them when our furniture comes out of storage and we move into our new home. 

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The team on move day itself were exceptional

What a crew!  They were fantastic.  Dan oversaw all aspects of the 2 day move and kept me informed every step of the way.  Lorne helped Dan pack on Day 1, again he was very friendly and courteous.  The team on move day itself were exceptional.  It was a highly emotional day for myself, and they treated me (and my belongings) with the utmost respect. I couldn't have wished for a better team.  Please pass on my sincere thanks them.  They completely took the stress out of the day for me.

I was happy with the way my initial enquiry was dealt with by your company, and Britannia were always in the running, however you were my second choice.  I chose you ultimately because of your availability.  My first choice, who were better on price, were unavailable.  A third company, I discounted from the outset, as their knowledge and attitude did not meet my expectations.

Comments regarding your initial enquiry - Martin Lloyd was, helpful, knowledgeable and friendly.

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Well organised, courteous, friendly and helpful throughout the day

The 4 men (Tony, Ashley, Mike and Ryan) who packed everything up on the 21st were extremely well organised, courteous, friendly and helpful throughout the day. Tony and Ashley then travelled down to Hampshire where they were very helpful and professional when unloading the following day. I can’t fault any of them.

The lady I initially spoke to was very helpful and reassuring that there could be availability if I gave reasonable notice. Also Ernie’s online survey was very helpfully and professionally done.

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