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Moving to the UK With Pets: Your Questions Answered (Part 1)

Moving to the UK with pets
Moving to the UK with pets

We are often asked by South Africans considering a move to the UK if their pets can come with them. The good news is that England welcomes most breeds of dogs and cats, provided they meet the country’s pet import regulations. To help you with your planning, here are some commonly asked questions and our answers:

Question: We are considering emigrating from South Africa to the United Kingdom - but not without our dogs and cats. Can they come with us?

Moving to the United Kingdom can be an awesome adventure: new home, new job, new school, new friends. And more good news is that the UK welcomes most dogs and cats from South Africa. However, certain dog breeds and their crosses are banned, including the Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro. Bengal cats must be 5th generation.

Question: I'm stressing about relocating our tiny Yorkie dog and elderly tabby cat to the UK, they have never travelled long distances before.

Don’t stress – in our fifty years of caring for and transporting pets, we have found that most dogs and cats handle overseas travel very well, young, and elderly alike. Your vet will just need to declare them fit and healthy to travel.

Question: Can my pets fly with us in the plane?

No – but don’t worry. Pets going to the UK travel in a special section of the cargo hold as manifested cargo. It is beneath the passenger section, temperature-controlled and pressurised, so they are extremely comfortable and will sleep most of the trip.

Feel free to contact our knowledgeable and friendly Petwings pet travel agents if you have other questions – we are a phone call, video call, or email away:

We’re also a long-standing member of IPATA, recommended by vets throughout South Africa, and thousands of delighted families all around the world: Check out our Happy client testimonials for more inspiration.

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