Pet Travel gets many people who ask the same question: is there anyway to fly to the UK with my pet in the cabin with me?
The answer is, unfortunately, no. There is no way you can fly into the the UK with a pet animal in the cabin of the aircraft. A very limited number of airlines are allowed to bring pets into the UK and the pet must arrive as manifested cargo. This is not a requirement of the airline. It is a requirement of the UK and DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Affairs).
One alternative would be to fly with the pet in cabin to France and then take a ferry or drive into the UK. There are several ferry services that serve the northern coast of France including P&O, Brittany Ferries, and Celtic Ferries (to Ireland). Remember, thought, that many of these ferries do not accept pets in winter months.
If you are located in a Third Country, you will need 3 months to plan for your trip anyway in order to avoid quarantine when entering to the UK if your pet is vaccinated for rabies. If your pet is entering the UK from a country with a high incidence of rabies, there is no way to avoid quarantine unless you relocate to a Third Country for at least 6 months prior to entering the UK.
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