Pet Travel Question: Relocating Cats to the UK

Name: Matt
From: Cairo, Egypt
To: London, England
Pets: Two 3-year-old Egyptian Mau cats.

Hi, We're looking to move home to England with our two adopted Egyptian Mau cats. I know it's very difficult to bring animals into the UK, but I believe the laws are changing. I'm wondering if the certificates I can get from a vet here will be considered legitimate enough in England? I'm also wondering if there are airlines that would be best to use. Any advice would be much appreciated.


Hi Matt,

Thanks for the question! You're right, the pet import requirements for the UK are set to change on Jan. 1, 2012, at which time they will fall in line with the rest of the EU and a quarantine will no longer be a standard requirement.

Beyond that, the most import thing to do is choose a pet-friendly airline. We only fly with certain carriers (KLM, British Airways, Lufthansa, and Continental, for example) who have established pet programs; we recommend contacting one of these to find out about the most up-to-date pet regulations. Contact us if you have any questions about any of this, we'd be happy to help!


PetRelocation Team




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