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Exporting Dogs to the UK

Guide for Sending  a Dog from Kaohsiung Airport to London Heathrow Airport

 

WARNING:  You will need the following documents, a lot of patience and a large bank account.  

Start the process 6 months before you need to leave. 


1) Microchip and Certificate.

This is the first item you must get for your pet. Any good vet in Taiwan will be able to put a chip into your pet.  It is needed for PETS (Pet Travel Scheme) and entrance into the EU/UK.

Website: http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets/index.htm

 

2) Rabies Serology Certificate.

This is the second item required, also for PETS and entrance into the EU/UK and proves your pet is rabies free.

I used Biobest Laboratories. Their forms can be printed from their website: http://www.biobest.co.uk/

The rabies vaccination MUST be given after the microchip.  The blood for the serology test is pulled by your vet after a minimum of 21days and posted by registered mail to the laboratory in the UK. There is one other laboratory you can use, but you will need to look at and read the DEFRA website.

I paid around 10,000-12,000NT to my Taiwanese vet who then posted the blood and paid any costs on my behalf.

 

3) EU Health Certificate  form EC 998/2003

 I printed this from the internet. It is to be filled in, signed and stamped by BAPHIQ  and your vet 10days before departure and the day of departure respectively.

NB: Make sure you get both the Tick treatment and the Echinococcus treatment. I didn’t. My dog was held for an additional 24hours at Heathrow and I had to pay an additional £82.

 

4) Health Certificate

This is a form from your Taiwanese vet.  It must say HEALTH Certificate and be signed by your authorized vet to certify your pet’s health condition is good and fit to travel dated 14 days before departure.

 

5) Permit for Export of Live Animals

Go to the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ), details under contacts. Very helpful staff.  The form is to be signed and stamped by BAPHIQ  7-10 days before departure.


6) C5 form

 This is required for entrance into the UK refer to and print from   http://www.shipyourpet.com/  .

 

7) Rabies Certificate and Collar Tag Number

 This a yellow card and a collar tag which are given to you by your Taiwanese vet when your pet has its anti-rabies injection. Make sure you keep rabies injections/boosters up to date.

 

8) Plastic Animal Travel Cage with lockable door, drip tray, water bottle and food tray. Our pet was medium sized, about 13kg. The box cost 6000NT.

 

NB: Documents  1) to 7) need to be scanned. Each contact will need a copy. You need to keep all the originals and also put a copy in to travel with the pet.

 

 

 

CONTACTS

 

 

InShin Animal Hospital  319 ChengGong Road. Tel: 07-2914478.  My very helpful veterinary practice.

 

Chiang, Chun-Yi of the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ)

4F, 31 Hai-Pian Road, Kaohsiung.  Tel: 07-9720593. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Steven Silva is an animal health officer from the Animal Reception Centre at Heathrow

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    Tel: 02087-597002

 

DEFRA Pet Travel Scheme helpline Tel:: +44 (0)870 241 1710 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting - Monday to Friday - 8am to 6pm UK time (closed Bank Holidays).

Email:  http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets/index.html

 

John Shen on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

He is the Cargo Superintendent. Super helpful.  You can send your pet from Kaohsiung, KHH, by Dragon Air Flight KHH/HKG + Cathay Pacific HKG/LHR.

 

 

Jimmy on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  - He is your freight forwarder in Taiwan. You will pay around 40,000NT to Ton Holder Express Freight Forwarders

 

Les Black or Gary on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   - They are your freight forwarder in the UK.  

You will pay around £350 to PBS International Freight Forwarders. www.pbs-int.co.uk

 

Best of luck to you and if you really feel the need, you can contact me, the author of this guide on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

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