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. This is not a rule of the airline; it is a DEFRA requirement.
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 DEFRA animal reception facility 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 animal reception center 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 blood titre test needs to be done 6 months in advance of travel.
One of the reasons why the costs are significant is due to the handling of the pet and the fees charged by DEFRA.