How to Transport a Dog to the UK

Tui Cocker Spaniel Dog to the UK

We transported Tui, a Cocker Spaniel dog to the UK

Transporting your dog to the UK can be quite a headache, especially when you need to get all the vaccinations, micro chipping, MPI certification, transport containers, and other things.  When you decide to travel to the UK we can help you to make all the arrangements and ease the entire burden off your shoulders.  We have experience with exportation and know the process inside and out.  In addition to the documentation you will need, there are a few other things which will need to be considered. Airlines require you to use a pet travel agent like Aero Pets for bookings instead of booking directly with them.

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Age and vaccinations

When you wish to take your dog to the UK, the first thing you will need to verify is that your pet is at least 12 weeks old (84 days / 3 months). Your dog must be inoculated with the rabies vaccine which must be completed at least 21 days before the date of travel.  An approved veterinarian in New Zealand must administer the shot and sign the vaccination book stating the manufacturer, the name of the vaccine, the batch number, date of vaccination, and “expiration date” of the vaccine.

Dogs will also need to be treated for tapeworm no more than 72 (MPI have stated this in the event of flight delays which differs to the info online) hours before the scheduled dime of departure.  It is important for the vet to make a note of what treatment was used as it MUST treat tapeworm.  The most common is the Drontal treatment.

Vet Certification

When you leave from New Zealand to the UK with your pet we will arrange for your pet to be Certified by an official MPI Vet, your dog must be micro chipped followed by a rabies vaccination at least 21 days prior to departure and a good health Certificate signed by your local Vet. We will provide the form for this.

We will also arrange for an AWEC (Animal Welfare Export Certificate) to be issued for your cat.  This certificate must accompany the MPI Export Certificate.  If you have any concerns or questions, we can help you to resolve them with a quick phone call.

Transportation of your dog to the UK

After we help you to complete all the necessary certifications and fill out the documentation required for exporting your dog to the UK, you will need to consider the pet carrier.  It is important to get a pet carrier that is appropriate for the age, size, and weight of the dog.  In addition to choosing the right carrier you will need to be sure that the cage is approved for animal flight by IATA. We have a wide variety of carriers to suit any pet so please do not hesitate to contact us.

When you travel with a dog to the UK they need to fly in an approved carrier with an approved airline according to DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs).  We can help you to choose a flight or airline if you have any concerns.


Your dog will need a microchip implanted under your pet’s skin which is about the size of a grain of rice. The microchip is a small RFID tag which stores a unique number which is used to identify your pet and can be registered in both New Zealand and the UK.  In the event that your dog gets lost, a vet can use the microchip to identify you and return him or her.  It is important to make a note of the chip number, and the location and date of implant on the export form.


After you have met all these requirements, you can go to the airport and catch your flight to the UK.  Let us take care of the check in process for your pet while you sit back and relax and pick your dog up when you land in the UK.  If you have any problems with these requirements, do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Contact Aero Pets about transporting your dog to the UK. Read about transporting dogs to the UK from NZ here.