Pet Travel StatsPets travelling to the EU are not subject to any quarantine time. Pets may only enter the EU under one of the two below channels. Non-Commercial: Within 5 days (either side) of the owner or a representatives arrival into the EU Commercial: Outside of this 5-day window. South African Export Law requires that the animals must arrive into the UK from a Government Approved Registered Export Facility, PETport can assist with this compliance which involves the pet spending 5 days at the pet hotel in Johannesburg or Cape Town. If travelling this route, you will receive 2 options on your quotation, the commercial option INCLUDES your Veterinary Health Certificate, boarding charges as well as VAT payable on arrival in the EU. NOTE: Failure to comply or put fraudulent entry dates on the Customs clearance and entry documentation is a criminal offence. Every arrival to the EU comply with this entry requirement, if you are in any doubt please do call our offices for discussion. VETERINARY PROCEDURE TO FOLLOW
- Valid Inoculations (5in1 for Dogs; 3in1 for Cats) – over 30 days less than 12 months
- Valid Rabies Vaccination – over 30 days less than 12 months
- Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titration Test (RNATT)
The UK & Northern Ireland authorities have made it compulsory to use an agent on arrival to clear your pets. THIS FEE IS CHARGED IN POUNDS / EUROS AND WILL BE EXCLUDED IN OUR QUOTATION – this will be quoted separately directly by the import agent. Southern Ireland it is not compulsory to use an agent, will however include this fee as an annexure in our quotation to you. In the event you wish to carry out your own clearing please do let us know and we will remove this. This option is not recommended.We do have excellent partner agents who are also able to meet your pet on arrival into the EU, clear customs and forward your pet onto his/her final destination including delivery to your new home. Please ask us about this service.
How to immigrate with your Pet from South Africa to Europe.
Do you want to bring your pet with you to Europe from South Africa? PETport can help you to adhere to all the rules and regulations for immigrating with your pet and make the process simple for you.
Most frequent questions and answers
EU has no limitations on the number of pets you bring into Europe but it will be dependent on the airline carrier. In addition, your pet must be either a dog, cat or ferret. Other animals aren’t allowed into Europe as pets.
The most pet-friendly airlines for pet transport into Europe include British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa and Virgin. For more information on how your pet will fly, contact PETport today!
No, there is no quarantine period for pets into Europe as long as you comply with all the health, vaccination and documentation requirements. PETport can help you with every aspect of this process.
Only seeing eye dogs are allowed to travel in the cabin to the EU from South Africa.
While not a pleasant experience, pets have a way of coping with the flight by “hunkering down”. Once the lights have been dimmed, the hum of the plane will make it easier for your pet to go to sleep.
Vets often recommend Calmeze products for pets if you believe your pet may feel anxious. Calmeze tablets are recommended for dogs, while Calmeze gel can be used for cats.
We recommend making sure that you have all the necessary documentation and that your pet has been vaccinated and declared fit and healthy to fly. This will ensure that you can claim your pet between 4-12 hours, depending on how busy the airport is, as well as season. If it is during December, this will take much longer.
The EU has a few more rules and regulations than other countries for pet importation, making it more complex. PETport has vast experience in this field and we can help make sure your pet meets all the necessary requirements.