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Pet Travel after EU Exit: How to Prepare

As our guidance details, if the UK leaves the EU on 31 October 2019 with no agreement in place, pet owners would need to ensure their pet has a microchip, an up-to-date rabies vaccination and a blood test to demonstrate sufficient levels of rabies antibody. The blood test needs to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after its last rabies vaccination (whether that's a booster or initial vaccination) and a minimum of three calendar months before travel. A current EU pet passport issued in the UK will not be valid for travel to the EU. Instead, pet owners would need to apply an Animal Health Certificate no more than 10 days before travel.

Until the UK leaves the EU, pets can continue to travel to the EU under the current pet travel rules using the current EU pet passport.


Nick Foden-Ellis, Regional Director for EUR, serves as IPATA's liaison to DEFRA and has been keeping us all up to date with the BREXIT situation.

Nick recently participated on a DEFRA conference call. There are no updates to report at this time but DEFRA is re-launching all of the press releases and social media tools that they originally launched back in Nov 2018 - in order to reiterate the message to pet owners that if they want to travel to the EU post BREXIT, then they need to start planning now.

An announcement is planned for October 2019.

**If pet owners are planning on traveling on or immediately after 31 October 2019, they would need to contact their vet at least four months in advance of their travel date in order to prepare for all scenarios - and that is NOW (or by the end of June).

Information can be found at the GOV.UK link that is in the UK country profile page. There are also resources here:


As of 1 March 2018, Delta will no longer be accepting any pets in crates larger than a 300 intermediate size, 32 x 22 x 24" (l x w x h).

United will still only carry crates up to 40 x 27 x 30", as does Alaska Air. American has limited sizes on many of their aircraft as well (AA Airbuses only accept up to a medium crate). This means that any larger pets and crates will be impossible to ship on domestic carriers in the USA.

Any dog requiring a crate larger than an x-large 500/ 40 x 27 x 30" - like a giant/700 crate 48 x 32 x 35" or larger custom built crate - will need ground transport. All of the airlines have many breed restrictions as well, for all snub nosed and "strong-jawed" dogs (i.e. all pit bulls and others), so those dogs will need to travel by ground as well.

There are many ground transporters that do loops around the country dropping of and picking up dogs, and some are relatively inexpensive. When investigating these services make sure the company is a registered USDA intermediate handler, and is properly insured. Note that moves are done on their schedules, not your timetable, and you pets will be exposed to multiple other pets traveling in the same vehicle. Airborne Animals does not participate in these kinds of moves.

A personal individual ground shipment of just one pet will be quite costly, probably more than the air travel would have been, often running $3.00-3.50 per mile, round trip for the vehicle. If plans are flexible and we can combine pets from different moves into one trip going to a specific area (for example from New York area to Los Angeles) then costs may decrease.

International travel is not affected, as most of the international airlines we use (Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, Swiss Air, Emirates) have no crate size limitations other than those than have always been in effect based on aircraft door sizes.


For pets entering the country at Newark & JFK airports:

Newark and JFK airport: US Customs has recently started requiring all pets to be cleared customs at the port of entry (in this case EWR and JFK) prior to forwarding to any other domestic city. Airborne Animals can assist with customs clearances of individual or commercial pet shipments entering the USA at JFK or Newark, which will allow your pets to be forwarded onward same day as booked. Otherwise the shipment may be detained.

Also recently instituted nationally: Customs Border Protection Agricultural & Animal Health Division is requiring an agent to visually inspect all dogs upon arrival, so even once the customs clearances are done, a hold may still be in place until an agent inspects a dog. This also increases the time that needs to be allowed for customs clearances before a pet may be forwarded or released.


Pet Scams Proliferating on the web! This is a real email that we received on 5/28/14

Hello I am a recent victim of online pet scam and would like to share information with you so it does not happen to anyone else.

Craigs list was the original post from a person who claimed to be Mr/Mrs John Mikeman using the telephone number 501-492-9012, in which i was told a siberian husky puppy in Arkansas was to be mine for only $220 which was a transportation fee, after i paid it then I had to pay for insurance, $400, then for pet food $120 and did pay all of these using western union direct money transfer to someone named Natasha Stuhr in Rhodes, Michigan. The fake company name was AIRBORN DELIVERY SERVICE and MISSOURI PETS TRANSIT. The phone number they used was 218-303-0052. After i paid the three fees mentioned above they sent me an email saying the puppy was poisoned and needed four vaccinations before he could fly, this time they wanted $1150, in which i realized ok this has gone too far. Please respond with any suggestions or information that could help.

Thank you

The purpose of this notice is to increase the awareness of pet owners; to caution them to do their own research and to ask questions before making any kind of financial commitment on the Internet. Airborne Animals LLC does NOT sell puppies or kittens, and will not be emailing you for any payments or customs duties. We do not get paid via Western Union. If any other companies or person asks you to contact us on their behalf for payments, etc....It's a scam! Be wary of sites asking for payments via Western Union wires, & sites with phone numbers from Cameroon. These are but two of the warning signs. Here's a link to a story about a scammer using a name similar to our business name:

Scammers also copy other peoples websites, including pet photos and personnel pictures - so if you see my pictures someplace else, or are told Airborne Animals is handling the move, or if they keep coming back for money (special crate, heating pad, customs fees) it's a SCAM. Please forward me any emails or websites using our name or logo or the IPATA logo so we can submit to scam fighters and have the website taken down.

Read more about this important issue.


Austrailia’s new Quarantine Policy
Australia has changed import requirements as of February 2014. Pets now undergo only 10 days of quarantine but travel requirements must be started 6-7 months in advance to qualify. Please contact us for more details!


Various Breeds are difficult to transport.

Several airlines no longer transport the following breeds, or limit their shipment to certain months:

  • American Pit Bull Terriers
  • American Staffordshire Terriers
  • English Bulldogs
  • American Bulldogs
  • French Bulldogs

Several other snub nosed breeds are also affected by airline policies including Pugs, Boston Terriers, Lhasa Apsos, Shih Tzus and other brachiocephalic breeds.

Please note that Airborne Animals has no control over airline policies and regulations. We must follow the same rules as the general public. We can however, sometimes find alternative routing or use a cargo airline rather than a commercial airline.

The breeds above frequently have medical emergencies during transit, and have a higher incidence of death versus any other breed. The airlines that now refuse these breeds have learned they do not handle the stress of travel well.

Airborne Animals wants to make pet owners aware that shipping these breeds by air may not be the best way to move them.


Other News:

We specialize in pet shipments to the UK and Ireland, as well as the whole of Europe.
Many countries now require pets be micro chipped and then rabies vaccinated prior to shipment.
Most countries will require USDA endorsement on documents. We are happy to assist with the required documentation for pet import and export

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from offices at 3302 Pines Road, Boonville, NY 13309

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