pet transport and animal shipping services throughout the UK, Europe & overseas

Are you looking for a safe, reliable pet transport service because you’re moving house, relocating, emigrating, or going to a new forces posting? Are you a breeder, buyer or welfare group that needs pet shipping services? Or are you simply looking for a stress-free way to transport your pets to your holiday destination?

Animalcouriers can help. We transport pets by road throughout Europe in our customised, Defra-authorised vehicles; and arrange air freight throughout the world. We can advise you on pet passports, animal health certificates and import and export requirements; and provide or source related services such as boarding and airport collection and delivery.

Read a summary of Defra’s advice on pet travel between the UK and EU post Brexit, and some guidance about VAT when bringing or importing pets into Great Britain.

Covid-19 (coronavirus) update

Animalcouriers is following UK government advice on pet travel and repatriations during the Covid-19 outbreak.

We’re a Defra-licensed haulier, so our couriers can travel with pet animals at this time, and are exempt from quarantine restrictions.

Please be aware that:

  • Airlines, ferries and Eurotunnel are running reduced schedules at the moment
  • Operators may cancel services, even at the last minute
  • Some countries’ borders haven’t fully reopened, which can limit pet travel options

All of the above are outside our control. We know the current situation is stressful, but we’re staying as calm and focused as we can. We ask our clients to do the same as we do our best to help.

puppy and kitten transport

We’re very sorry but we can’t commit to any collections of puppies and kittens under 12 weeks old at the moment. Please feel free to contact us with your requirements, but be aware that we won’t respond unless we have space on a trip that matches your window of time.

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pet travel by road

pet travel by road

a safe, reliable service for
pet travel by road throughout
Europe and the UK...

pet travel by air

we can arrange worldwide
pet travel by air for you plus
many related services...

get a quote for your pet travel

get a quote

fill in our pet travel enquiry form
so we can calculate the travel
costs for your animal(s)...

our channel hopping services

channel hopping

a cost-effective same-day
service from key mainland
European airports...

our timetable of scheduled road trips through Europe

trip timetable

see our calendar of scheduled
road trips through Europe on
our trip timetable...

pet passports & TRACES

pet passports
& travel docs

pet passports, import &
export paperwork,
Defra guidance, Brexit

about Animalcouriers

about us

our background in animal
welfare and our qualifications
and authorisations...

read our travel blog – on the road with Animalcouriers

pet travel blog

see how our current trips are
going and find out how our
pet travel services work...

read our customer testimonials


read what our clients
say about us and
our pet transport services...

Petra is an absolute sweetheart, loves contact and affection. There was no way I could leave her to fend for herself over an uncertain Lesvos winter. She’s special and it has been so worth all the worry and expense to give her the forever home she deserves. Thank you so much for everything you’ve done to get her here. I’m so deeply grateful.

(Petra travelled from Greece to the UK with Animalcouriers)

Thank you for taking such a good care of Iorek. Both my family and I were amazed by the care and attention you provided for him through his first travelling experience. Iorek has settled well in Italy and is coping with the heat by taking every opportunity he gets to splash around when the garden water sprinkles are on! I will strongly recommend Animalcouriers to anyone who needs your service.

(Iorek travelled with Animalcouriers from the UK to Italy)

A huge thank you for reuniting us with Jimmie and Millie last week; in addition thank you so much for the enormous effort you put in to resolving the delays after the passport problem so speedily. Mike our courier was also fantastic and kept us well informed during their trip, the cats arrived safe and sound and are now very much at home en France.I just wanted to say how very impressed we have been both with your organisation in general and particularly with the great consideration you give to the welfare of the animals you are transporting. We would be very happy to recommend your services!

(Animalcouriers moved her three cats from the UK to France)

These experts from Animalcouriers were great. I picked them because they already had experience with getting a dog to Bermuda via London Gatwick and, as a bonus, their price was reasonable. It was professional service with a good dose of kindness and understanding about the stress of a move. I would recommend them and use them again. The dog was happy to go with the courier who got him and after the flight the next day, he looked well-cared for. I think he even got a home grooming because he smelled lovely.

(Capability flew from the UK to Bermuda with the help of Animalcouriers)

I just wanted to say that Chubbs loved the time you spent together, she looked so happpy and well looked after when we saw her for the first time afer her journey! Before courier S collected Chubbs from Portugal we were so scared to be giving our little princess to a stanger, but you put us all at ease and Chubbs took to you immediately! So thank you from the bottom of hearts, keep up the good work.

(Chubbs travelled with Animalcouriers from Spain to the UK)

Cooper made it home safe and sound and very happy. He is hanging out with our family in Ohio until we pick him up in a few weeks. Thank you so much for everything you did for us. We couldn’t be more happy with how he was cared for on his journey. From the pictures you posted it looked like he was having a blast and made some new friends.

(Animalcouriers drove Cooper from Italy to London and arranged his flight from Heathrow to Ohio)

The grand reunion took place as planned and Bart has made himself at home. He obviously travelled first class in 5-star luxury. Many thanks to you and your team. I will certainly recommend Animalcouriers to anyone we know looking for pet transport.

(Bart travelled from the UK to France)

Loved seeing my 3 boys in transit this afternoon, they look relaxed and comfy! So glad you were recommended to us. Much better than being squashed up in little cages in the car with us amongst all our belongings!! So looking forward to having them at home soon. You really are wonderful people and do great work. Thank you

(Hugo, Red and Ruben travelled from France to the UK with Animalcouriers)

Animalcouriers have been amazing all the way through some very complicated beaurocracy issues that I could not have sorted out alone here in Ecuador. I want to recommend them to everyone. Despite my having to change my plans last minute due to some beaurocracy laws in Ecuador, Animalcouriers have been extremely helpful to me. They are fast to respond to document problems and help out no matter what, and are very responsible. If you hire their services you can have peace of mind with your pet in their hands.

(Carla travelled with Honi by air from London to Ecuador)

Rumy arrived safe and sound and she’s just settling in and currently sleeping under the bed after exploring the house. Thank you very much for bringing her over safely for us. The blog you guys run shows just how much you actually care about your job and the animals, which is more than I’ve seen from anyone else! If we ever have to move a pet again it will be you who we will call. Really good job and good luck with all your future trips.

(Rumy travelled from Greece to the UK with Animalcouriers)