Flying adopted stray dog from India to the UK

#1 Jan 10th, 2014, 15:05
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Pune, India
  • Pepper is offline
Soooo, after nearly 5 years of staying in India, it is looking likely (although not definite) that we will be off to Blighty in the near future (sooner than expected).

During our stay here we have adopted no less than 3 stray dogs who have forever homes with us. it is now vital that I prepare the hounds for a trip home. (one flight from Jaipur to Pune safely under their belt, can recommend Spice Jet, they were very good i.e. the dogs didn't die!)

So, having searched and searched, can find no details of anyone else successfully having achieved this.

So far, I have imported microchips and a reader (no local vet in Jaipur had one). Microchips have been implanted. Now I have to get bloods taken..

Finding a vet to do this is proving difficult since those I have spoken with assure me they can carry out all necessary procedures but with questioning appear to have never done it before. I am going to see another on Monday, so fingers crossed they will be able to carry out all the requirements.

My question is this, has anyone managed to do this without having to quarantine their dogs in the UK. Mine have all been vaccinated religiously and I have absolutely no desire to 'sneak' an animal under the radar, would just like to hear of a success story and would absolutely welcome any advice.

Many thanks, Pepper.
#2 Jan 10th, 2014, 15:31
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Travelling into the EU from an unlisted country

An ‘unlisted’ country is any country not included in the list of EU and non-EU countries.

When travelling to or returning to the UK from an unlisted country, your pet needs:

a microchip
a rabies vaccination (make sure your pet is microchipped first or the vaccination won’t count)
a blood test - the vet must take the blood sample at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination (the date of vaccination counts as day 0, not day 1)
an official third country veterinary certificate
tapeworm treatment (for dogs only)

You must also use an authorised carrier and an approved route.

You must wait 3 calendar months from the date the blood sample was taken before travelling. The vet must give you a copy of the test results. These must show that the vaccination was successful.
For more information, contact the Pet Travel Scheme helpline.

Pet Travel Scheme helpline
0870 241 1710
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm (closed on bank holidays)
#3 Jan 10th, 2014, 15:40
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I volunteered here and they sent countless dogs to Germany, UK etc so might be able to help?

They have a fairly active Facebook page too.

Good luck!

"See the World, then see India - because the World is an anti-climax"
#4 Jan 10th, 2014, 16:01
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Nov 2010
Pune, India
  • Pepper is offline
Thats great, thank you for your replies. I have the official requirements, just lacking a vet to carry them out.

Will check the link and contact.

Wish me luck :-)
#5 Jan 10th, 2014, 22:22
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  • edwardseco is offline
Some really good threads that detail the complexity of this process on this site. Some are down below. But, some of the best can be found by using the search engine on this site. Shukriya Nadreg for that lengthy effort..

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