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Taking a cat to the UK

Hi Peeps! I am living in the French part, nearest airport is Geneva. I want to take my cat with me to the UK but cannot seam to find any airline who will go to Manchester and allow cats. Any ideas about how we can transport a lovely kitty to Manchester from Geneva?
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Re: Taking a cat to the UK

Do you have the rabies injection and chip?

But only Easyjet flies Geneva to Manchester and they don't take pets so you'll have to fly different cities.
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Re: Taking a cat to the UK

yes I have the passport, chip all that. so who flies to the UK with pets do you know?
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Re: Taking a cat to the UK

BA. Proper airlines. Or I've taken a cat on Channel Tunnel.
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Re: Taking a cat to the UK

To enter the UK you need to follow the DEFRA guidelines, which include travel on an approved carrier and route.

Information here - and do be sure to follow the procedures exactly, in the order stipulated.

https://www.gov.uk/pet-travel-inform...for-pet-owners



As an aside - for old hands at traveling to the UK with pets, be aware that new guidelines came into force on 29 Dec 2014.
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BA. Proper airlines. Or I've taken a cat on Channel Tunnel.
You'd have to go via Heathrow or Gatwick because they don't fly direct to Manchester from Geneva.

Also note that, as far as I know, all pets must travel in the cargo hold and not in the passenger compartment.
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Re: Taking a cat to the UK

Do you mean for a holiday/short trip? If so, much better to find a good cat carer and leave kitty home- it will be hugely complicated and expensive otherwise. We go to UK regularly with a dog, and go by car via Tunnel, and it is very easy- but only if you have everything absolutely up to date and do everything by the book. We've several times, including recently, seen dogs and cats being refused entry, and there is nothing you can do- if they say NO, it is NO, end off (last time we witnessed this a few months back, the owner had every bit of paper up to date, signed, and everything tallied, but the last vet check was on a separate piece of paper rather than in passport- and se was sent away. She argued, and argued- but was firmly shown the door).
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Do you mean for a holiday/short trip? If so, much better to find a good cat carer and leave kitty home- it will be hugely complicated and expensive otherwise. We go to UK regularly with a dog, and go by car via Tunnel, and it is very easy- but only if you have everything absolutely up to date and do everything by the book. We've several times, including recently, seen dogs and cats being refused entry, and there is nothing you can do- if they say NO, it is NO, end off (last time we witnessed this a few months back, the owner had every bit of paper up to date, signed, and everything tallied, but the last vet check was on a separate piece of paper rather than in passport- and se was sent away. She argued, and argued- but was firmly shown the door).


We're actually planning on moving back in June with our cat, I spoke with DEFRA and they explained I need the passport up to date & the rabbies test 21 days prior to travel & there will be no problems.


But one question (probably a stupid one) but is the International Vaccination Booklet the blue one a pet passport? Or is it a different document.
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We're actually planning on moving back in June with our cat, I spoke with DEFRA and they explained I need the passport up to date & the rabbies test 21 days prior to travel & there will be no problems.


But one question (probably a stupid one) but is the International Vaccination Booklet the blue one a pet passport? Or is it a different document.
It's a different document although in all honesty it contains mostly the same information.
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It's a different document although in all honesty it contains mostly the same information.


Thanks - I'll go to the vet before we leave, I'm guessing it doesn't take too long to organise if the cat already has all his vaccinations & microchip etc.
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