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Old 05.10.2015, 20:26
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Thanks again everyone. The cattery recommendation looks good. Our cat came to Switzerland from Sydney and handled that but he was a little younger then. He'll definitely be coming with us - we just need to find a house he'll be safe in. In Switzerland we've lived in rural areas so he has become used to roaming the fields and forests during the day. We have accepted that leaving Switzerland will be hugely stressful given our personal circumstances - no way around it and we'll have to deal with it. I know this is a pet thread so I don't want to digress but I can't understand the process for taking a non EU car into the UK if we are going to be UK residents (actually I don't know if the UK authorities class us as residents as we are on fixed stay visas). I think there will be less stress if we sell the car here. It is great to have a forum like this to turn to - wish I'd been more involved years ago.
If you have a full time job in the UK you will be resident.
If you have owned the car for 6 months you can import it, UK car insurance will be high as you won't have a UK license, You won't have lived in the UK for the last 3 years & the car is LHD. Staying on CH insurance for at least 6 months until you can apply for a UK license would probably be beneficial.
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Old 05.10.2015, 20:34
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Thanks again everyone. The cattery recommendation looks good. Our cat came to Switzerland from Sydney and handled that but he was a little younger then. He'll definitely be coming with us - we just need to find a house he'll be safe in. In Switzerland we've lived in rural areas so he has become used to roaming the fields and forests during the day. We have accepted that leaving Switzerland will be hugely stressful given our personal circumstances - no way around it and we'll have to deal with it. I know this is a pet thread so I don't want to digress but I can't understand the process for taking a non EU car into the UK if we are going to be UK residents (actually I don't know if the UK authorities class us as residents as we are on fixed stay visas). I think there will be less stress if we sell the car here. It is great to have a forum like this to turn to - wish I'd been more involved years ago.
It's not difficult to take a LHD car to the UK but as Fatmanfilms says the insurance premiums will be high once you put it on UK plates and insure it there plus you have the hassle f the steering wheel on the wrong side. It's not too bad if there are two if you in the car but can be a bit of a pain on some roads and getting car parking tickets from machines when you're driving alone.
We have a friend who drove her LHD car imported from Germany in the UK for almost 20 years before it eventually died on her.
There are still plenty of rural areas for cats to roam in the UK ( especially around Cambridge) so you may be lucky and find somewhere suitable for him.
Good luck with your move.
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Re: UK Cattery

We are booked into the vet later this month for the rabies shot. We had the microchip and passport when we came from Australia. The car has Swiss number plates (SO canton) and I bought it here secondhand when I arrived. I love the car (an old Audi A6) but it is a 2002 model so I don't think it is worth converting it to meet UK standards if we were going to keep it permanently. I also don't think I'd cope well driving in a left-hand drive (even though I have driven comfortably on the left side of Swiss roads too many times to mention). Kind regards, Colleen
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Re: UK Cattery

Sure - but you could move to the UK with the cat and the car- on a temporary basis, and then return to sell the car and fly home, when you are all setttled. You won't get much for the car anyhow, I'm afraid, in the circumstances. You could even get someone, or a garage, to agree to buy it, say one month or 2 after your move, with added predicted mileage.

make sure the 21 days minimu after rabies shot is adhered to. Bonne chance.
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Thanks so much. A lot to work through. I'll come back later to let you know what I ended up doing. Kind regards, Colleen
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Thanks to everyone that helped me with ideas yesterday. It was going to cost between CHF1000 and 1500 to get the cat to Switzerland on top of our own flights so I have decided to drive the cat to the UK in my own car with the kids and either give the car away in the UK or put the cat in a cattery for a few days, drive back to Switzerland and give the car to a garage here - I guess for free given the time of year. The difficulty is that this is all happening over Christmas and the car registration runs out at the end of the year. I'd appreciate one more piece of advice - do you think a UK garage might be interested in taking on a left-hand drive Audi A6 model for free? It is a 2002 or 2003 model (I need to check), leather seats etc and only has 70,000km on it.
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Old 06.10.2015, 10:14
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Thanks to everyone that helped me with ideas yesterday. It was going to cost between CHF1000 and 1500 to get the cat to Switzerland on top of our own flights so I have decided to drive the cat to the UK in my own car with the kids and either give the car away in the UK or put the cat in a cattery for a few days, drive back to Switzerland and give the car to a garage here - I guess for free given the time of year. The difficulty is that this is all happening over Christmas and the car registration runs out at the end of the year. I'd appreciate one more piece of advice - do you think a UK garage might be interested in taking on a left-hand drive Audi A6 model for free? It is a 2002 or 2003 model (I need to check), leather seats etc and only has 70,000km on it.
Import duties will need to b paid by the garage, so very little interest I would think.
You can continue the Swiss registration & you will get a refund when you return the plates.
Renting a car from France for 3 days & leaving it in Calais will be cheaper than driving back.
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Re: UK Cattery

I didn't think about import duties - thank you for reminding me. Can I leave Switzerland and still maintain the car registration? I'm not sure what you mean about renting a car from Calais as wouldn't I still need to drive the car all the way back to Switzerland to hand it in? Thanks for all your help, Colleen
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I didn't think about import duties - thank you for reminding me. Can I leave Switzerland and still maintain the car registration? I'm not sure what you mean about renting a car from Calais as wouldn't I still need to drive the car all the way back to Switzerland to hand it in? Thanks for all your help, Colleen
I have rented a car from Euro Airport French side, drove to London & left car in Calais.

You can keep Swiss registration for 12 months after leaving, just pay the bill!
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Re: UK Cattery

Thank you. I think this is what Odile was trying to tell me yesterday. I take the car to the UK with the cat, drive it around for a while until I am organised and have a UK car, then bring it back to Switzerland, sell it or more likely give it away, hand in the plates and cancel the registration OR I get rid of the car (not the cat) before we leave and then rent a car from the French side of EuroAirport, drive the cat to the UK and return the car to Calais. Wow - thanks!
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Re: UK Cattery

So we will definitely be driving our cat to the UK (in the Volvo, if it doesn't sell, or the faithful Audi, if it does). I was a little confused about what we needed to do when our Swiss vet told us we needed a rabies blood test for the cat. I thought I'd end the post by listing the information I received from the UK Animal and Plant Health Agency today Thanks again for all your help.

Pet cats may enter (or return to) the UK from EU Member States and other European countries (Andorra, Switzerland, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, and Vatican City State) without quarantine, by use of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS). In such cases the following procedures must be carried out in the stated order:

1). Animal is micro-chipped, then
2). It is vaccinated against rabies; (the pet must be at least 12 weeks old before it can be vaccinated against rabies for the purposes of Pet Travel) then 21 days from the date of vaccination, the pet should be eligible for entry into the UK, provided all other rules of PETS have been met.

A rabies blood test is not required for pets entering the UK from these countries.

The documentation required is a pet passport.

Entry into the UK must be via an authorised airline (from any airport, in any country) into UK airports on the airline’s existing RMOPs (Required Method of Operation), an approved ferry company or Eurotunnel Shuttle Service. You can bring your pet to the UK by car, provided that you use either Eurotunnel or an approved ferry company to cross the Channel into the UK.Please see the web-link below for more information -https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad/approved-routes

Currently, most pets travelling to the UK by air travel as manifest cargo, unless they are a registered assistance dog entering with an approved airline, on a route that permits them to travel in the cabin. The method of travel with an airline is dependent on the agreement that the carrier has with DEFRA and pet owners should discuss this with their chosen carrier before travelling.


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Re: UK Cattery

Hiya ,

Reading the above info there is no need for a blood test for your cat, only 21 waiting period.
Your vet may be thinking of regulations a few years ago when a blood test was essential, so it may be worth showing the information to them.
We used the Eurotunnel at Calais many times with our dog travelling from Belgium and generally they are friendly but you can strike a "jobs worth" who picks up any small error.
Dogs also need a worm treatment , but cats do not.( for any others reading the tread)

They do make you check the chip yourself, so it would be good to get the vet to show you where on the cat it is, so you can hover the machine over the relevant part and also so the cat doesn't get startled-our dog hates the machine -i suspect it emits a noise we cannot hear.

There is a section on the passport where the vet signs to say the animal is "fit to travel ".Might be worth getting that filled in too just in case.

As an alternative to travelling with Eurotunnel which has intermitent delays these days, we used Stena Line ferry from Hook of Holland to Harwich on our last trip .It has on board kennels/cattery places and as we used the overnight service, there are webcams so that you can see your furry friend from the comfort of your cabin.Also you can easily pop down and see them too.

It is more costly than the Eurotunnel, especially as you have to pay for an overnight cabin, but it is less stressful as after the long drive to the Hook of Holland (a similar distance to the drive to Calais )you get a nice overnight break and you arrive already in the eastern part of the UK.

Good luck with the journey and the move!
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Re: UK Cattery

I didn't read the whole thread, sry if I missed something important.

I get the impression you want to
- sell the Volvo here
- drive to UK with cat in the A6
- drive back here only to sell the A6
- fly back to UK soon thereafter

If so, you might be better served by selling the car in France (RHD) instead of doing the full trip back here. The A6 can't be worth much anymore so any increase in sale price would probably be more than eaten up by the cost to get back here. In such a case you may want to pre-arrange the sale with a dealer in, say, Calais.
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Re: UK Cattery

Thanks for giving my situation your thinking time. Yes, that's the plan....looking at fatmanfilms' post again (#27), wouldn't the dealer/wrecker in France also have to pay import charges?
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