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Pet Birds

The Gatwick Animal Reception Centre is approved to accept pet birds. For entry into the UK your bird must conform to the following regulations;

    1. The owner must travel on the same flight.
    2. The owner must be in possession of a Pet Bird Import Licence.
    3. Be fitted with an identity ring.
    4. Comply with one of the following:
      • Has undergone 30 days pre-movement isolation under official supervision.
      • Has been vaccinated and at least on one occasion be re-vaccinated within 6 months and not later than 60 days prior to travel against avian influenza using an H5 vaccine (which is not a live vaccine and which is approved for the birds species concerned).
      • Has been isolated for 10 days prior to dispatch and subjected to an approved test for the detection of avian influenza H5N1 antigen or genome, not earlier than on the third day of isolation (this is not a blood test, it is usually done by taking a swab).
    5. Has a valid Laboratory Report showing that the bird tested negative for avian influenza.
    6. Has an endorsed Annex II EU health certificate in accordance with Commission Decision 2007/25/EC, and completed in English.
    7. Where applicable, is in possession of an import CITES permit.
    8. Has travelled as manifested air cargo.

For more information on this service please contact us.


“Hello, I wanted to get in contact to say a huge thank you to all the help that was provided by Gatwick Animal Centre in relation to the transport of my little puppy Milo (golden Labrador). We travelled to Bermuda last Monday and while Milo was a bit shaky after the flight, it was a short-lived experience and I’m happy to report he is now terrorising our home : ) The care and attention he got was absolutely super and also the reassurances made to me.”

Bob H. (Plymouth)

“This is a big thank you for your clear love towards all the animals. We are home and she is out exploring her new home, came straight out of her travel box and relaxed, absolutely fantastic.”

Pamela P. (Cheltenham)

“Thank you, that's a big help and has put my mind at ease. Thank you for your prompt reply.”

Joe M. (Dorset)

“Thank you both very much for taking care of Ludo and ensuring that he was able to return to Ireland safely. It was great to know that he was looked after for his overnight stay in Gatwick.”

Suzanne J. (Dublin)

“I want to thank you all so much for looking after his wellbeing at both Toronto and Gatwick. I heard at Gatwick that you let him out to stretch his legs and use the litter tray. He was also clean with a clean kennel upon my arrival. Although a stressful time (for us both) he is home now and seems to be doing well. Thank you all so much for caring, it truly means a lot to me!”

Carole J. (Brighton)

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