We have received many comments recently regarding the costs of taking a pet to England. Every pet flying into England must arrive as manifested cargo. You cannot fly into England with a pet in the cabin or as checked baggage. This is a rule of commerical airlines; it is not a requirement of the United Kingdom.
Here is the procedure as to how your pet will be handled once arriving in England:
The handler/agent that takes your pet from the airline to the Animal Reception Center (ARC) will charge a fee of about $150.00
There is an EU Border Inspection Fee of about $100.00.
DEFRA imposes a fee for their services at the ARC of about $330.00
This is the cost for the first animal. Additional animals are charged only a few dollars more up to 5 pets.
You should expect the entry fees to be between UKP400 and UKP450 (between $600.00 and $660.00 US)
Please note that these charges are as of June, 2010. They are subject to change. Pet travel to England certainly needs to be budgeted. Similiarly, so does preparation as the rabies titer test needs to be done 3 months in advance of travel for cats, dogs and ferrets entering from high-rabies countries.
More information on our taking your pet to England.