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Taking our beloved pets abroad isn’t as hard as it used to be. So long as you’ve done all the necessary checks and prepared your pet’s paperwork, you can leave and return to the UK with your pet dog, cat or ferret with ease.
Before you book and travel with flights from Manchester Airport, you need to ensure you’ve taken everything into consideration. Failing to do so can result in your pet being placed in quarantine or even sent back to your country of origin.
Pet passports are issued by your LVI (local veterinary inspector) registered vet, and they’ll take you through all the necessary checks before you travel. Once 21 days have passed and your vaccination records are up-to-date, your pet passport can be used to immediately to travel and return to the UK. *
*Airlines demand that your pet is checked again within five days of travel to sure they’re healthy. When travelling to some countries, this can be as little as 24-48 hours in advance.
Before you travel to the airport, your airline will determine how your pet will travel. If your airline allows pets who fit inside an approved carrier into the main cabin, ensure that your carrier allows your pet to stand and turnaround in its carrier.
If your pet is too big for an approved carrier and the main cabin, they will be transported in the cargo hold. Typically, large pets are checked in as accompanied check baggage, a service provided by many airlines, but always check in advance. If they’re in the hold, you must be travelling on the same flight.
Whether the method of travel is described as checked baggage or air cargo, these are both perfectly humane for your pet, the cargo hold is pressurised in the same way as the main cabin.
Your airline may have specialists in the movement of animals who can help you with any questions and concerns you may have.
Things to consider:
*unless you have registered permission from your airline for your pet to travel in the main cabin, they will be placed in the hold.
Get planning your next break, for you and your pet, with flights from Manchester Airport.