Travel with Pets - Best and cheapest way to travel with dog from spain to england?
Jul 27, 12, 2:10 pm
So I know about the eurotunnel etc. coming from gran canaria a spanish island of the coast of africa and i was wondering about the best way to take my 12kg dog. We have thought about plane to france then the eurotunnel. We cannot go by plane directly to the uk as this would cost far too much. Help anyone?
Sep 25, 12, 11:17 am
Direct flights are not an option in any case, due to UK regulations. Unfortunately, the UK still is not integrated with the rest of the EU but imposes stricter policies on animals entering the country.
Airlines in general will not transport pets into the UK as checked baggage (seeing your dog is 12 kgs, that's where he/she has to go). You'd have to check them as cargo and use a shipping agent, which carries a high price tag.
Best (cheapest) option I know apart form using charter flights booked as part of a tour package (not all of them accept pets as baggage, I know Martinair does) would be to fly AB from LPA to either ORY via TXL or nonstop to DUS and then take the train from there. AB charges 75 Euros for a pet as checked baggage, which is by far the cheapest of the major carriers (and the reason why I started flying with them after getting a dog...).
Read up on the regulations governing entry of your dog into the UK on the DEFRA website: http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets/
Sep 30, 12, 5:29 pm
Most important is to check the UK requirements for bringing a dog into the country. I suggest you begin here (http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/) at Defra's pages for importing dogs, cats and ferrets into the UK.
Islas Canarias and Spain are "listed" EU nations, so the next thing is to make sure you meet all the other requirements (microchip, vaccination, EU pet passport, tapeworm treatment, approved transport provider.
How to bring your pet dog or cat into or back into the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme.
From 1 January 2012 all pet dogs, cats and ferrets (including guide and hearing dogs) can enter or re-enter the UK from any country in the world without quarantine provided they meet the rules of the scheme, which will be different depending on the country or territory the pet is coming from.
Animals which do not meet all the rules must be licensed into quarantine until they are compliant. They might then be able to obtain early release if they can be shown to comply with the necessary pet travel requirements...