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Going back to uk with dog

Hi, just wondered how easy it would be to go back to Manchester with my mutt, normally I use a dog sitter as I usually only go back for a long weekend but in December I want to go back for 3weeks so would prefer to take her! She's got passport and rabies jabs ect but I've heard you can't fly pets into Manchester and after going to the airport it seems Swiss airline can get her out of Switzerland but not into any English airports seems odd! So it seems my only option is to go through France and across the p & o ferry but this seems like hard work. Has anyone managed to get across with their pets any advice
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Re: Going back to uk with dog

According to this DEFRA document, Geneva-Manchester on Jet2 is an approved route:

http://archive.defra.gov.uk/wildlife...eu-air-sea.pdf

You should verify any info with the DEFRA hotline, though, as things change:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pet...el/contact-us/

Back in the days when we traveled CH-UK we always drove via the tunnel; my dogs preferred the long drive to the stress of flying - and my husband and I preferred the relaxing overnight break at our favorite Burgundy chateau.

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Re: Going back to uk with dog

Hi,

I brought my dog over and drove him from zurich to london. The eurotunnel is only 35 mins so its a lot easier. You can take your dog on the trains and then as a foot passenger on the eurotunnel.
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Old 02.09.2011, 19:39
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Re: Going back to uk with dog

Wasn't there a requirement to have a blood test and then wait 6 months?

If I find it I will publish the link here. http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pet...ts/pet-owners/

The six month rule for entry or re-entry to the UK

Your dog or cat may not enter the UK under PETS until six calendar months have passed from the date that your vet took the blood sample which led to a satisfactory test result. Once the vet has issued the PETS documentation and that six month period has passed, the PETS documentation is valid for your pet to enter the UK. For ferrets, the waiting period is 21 days from the date it was vaccinated (because they don’t need to be blood tested)

You need to read the whole document as their are anti worming and tick treatments necessary as well.

Note the rules are changing on 1. January 2012
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Old 02.09.2011, 19:41
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Re: Going back to uk with dog

A friend of mine bought a pup in the UK,she flew back from Manchester with Swissair and had no problems but there are only certian flights that allow pets and it also depends on the size of the dog.
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Re: Going back to uk with dog

meant to say she flew from Zürich
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Re: Going back to uk with dog

the law for the 6 months test changes on 1st of jan next year. as long as the dog has had a rabies vaccination 21 days before travel, they will be permitted into the uk
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Re: Going back to uk with dog

Hmmm interesting when I asked at HB they said the dog can't go on euro tunnel, so anyhow I've just booked p&o ferry, I plan to go from Zurich to basel, basel to Paris I have to get from one end of Paris to the other then I can get train to Calais, then p&o ferry to Dover, Dover to London, then I plan to stay over 1 night in hotel then I get a direct train from London Ruston to my hometown near blackpool, wonder if il make it ; )
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Re: Going back to uk with dog

Indeed certain airlines won't transport pets and certain ports are not up for receiving animals.

For 3 weeks, I'd drive. I've done Zurich-Arles (France) in one go and to be honest, my dogs were fine in the back of the car.

Thanks for the info on the rabies shots, that would be nice if a) my dog had the shot and b) if he was a breed permitted into the UK without hysterics. Mind you, him not being allowed means more room for shopping!

And before I'm judged for not giving my dog a rabies shot, he has the combi-vaccine but does not have to have a rabies shot in Switzerland as there has been no single case reported for a long time. So sayeth the vet.
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