Animalcouriers recently transported our first Ukrainian pet passenger, Funtik the chinchilla. Funtik and his owner, Daria, fled from Ukraine at the start of the Russian invasion. They crossed the border into Poland and made their way by train to Düsseldorf in Germany, where Daria has a family member.
There, Funtik received a clean bill of health and was issued with a small animal export certificate, allowing him to travel to the UK. Courier Anthony collected Funtik in Düsseldorf and brought him to the UK, while Daria hopped on a flight in order to be ready to greet him.
Funtik has some feeding problems, so courier Anthony had to hand feed him during the transport. After everything Funtik had been through, we made sure he had a safe and speedy journey to the UK.
An evolving situation
We’ve had requests for pet travel advice from a number of Ukrainian families — we’re impressed at the lengths they’re going to to get their beloved animals to safety. We’re also trying to help a German organisation that’s working hard to bring a shelter’s worth of cats out of Ukraine.
In a couple of weeks we plan to travel to Poland with pet supplies and bring back several Ukrainian family pets who meet Great Britan’s (GB) entry requirements. As more pets become eligible for GB entry, we expect to make further trips to collect them.
Currently, the British government requires Ukrainian dogs, cats and ferrets to meet the usual formal requirements: the pet must have a microchip and a valid rabies vaccination, and must have undergone a serum titration with a favourable result three months prior to importation. A valid pet health certificate or EU pet passport is also needed.
There are indications, however, that the government may change its stance and make it easier for Ukrainians bringing their pets to the UK. This article in The Independent tells you more.
We strongly advise Ukrainian pet owners heading to GB against breaking the rules, as their pets could be confiscated at the border and put into lengthy (and expensive) quarantine.
IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) verified information for people fleeing Ukraine with their pets: https://www.ifaw.org/news/resources-flee-ukraine-pets
Current government information about bringing pet dogs, cats and ferrets to GB: https://www.gov.uk/bring-pet-to-great-britain