Ukraine trips
Ukraine trips
resources for Ukrainian pet owners moving to the UK2022-04-28T11:10:13+01:00

These resources are designed to help Ukrainian pet owners who are relocating to the UK, and UK sponsors of relocating Ukrainians. They’ll help you find out what you need to do to get your family pets to the UK.

We can also deliver Ukrainian family pets to other selected destinations in mainland Europe.


The UK government’s Animal Health and Plant Agency (APHA) is dealing with a large number of requests for emergency licences for Ukrainian pets to enter the UK. At Animalcouriers, we’re doing everything we can to help pet owners while staying within the rules. We understand it’s a stressful time for pet owners, but we would ask you to please be patient as we and APHA work through all the requests we’re receiving.

what Animalcouriers is doing

We’re offering free road transport for Ukrainian pets travelling from Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary and other EU countries to the UK. We can also deliver to other selected destinations in mainland Europe.

  • We’re providing our vans at no charge, and our couriers are giving their time for free.
  • We’re asking pet owners to contribute £50 towards our customs checking obligations and Channel crossing costs.

Animalcouriers has a quarantine licence. That means if your pet(s) need to go into quarantine on arrival in the UK, we can take care of the end-to-end journey.

first steps for pet owners

Find out how to apply to bring your pet to the UK:

making an enquiry

Before you contact us about transporting your pet to the UK, you must:
  • Have applied for and received your visa to stay in the UK
  • Have received the emergency licence(s) for your pet(s)
  • Competed the ID108 form received from APHA via — on this form there is a section which asks for ‘date of entry’. Please check with us that we can get your pet to Calais on the requested date.
Bear in mind too that you will have to cross the UK border at the same time (or at least on the same day) as your pet(s). So when you contact us, please ask for a potential arrival date, giving us a range of preferred days or weeks to work with.

To ask Animalcouriers if we can transport your pet(s) to the UK for you, please complete our UK enquiry form.

To ask us if we can transport your pet(s) to a mainland European destination, please complete our standard enquiry form.

additional resources

IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, publishes a page of links to verified information for people fleeing Ukraine with their pets

find out about our trips with Ukrainian pets

Find out about our trips with Ukrainian pets on our blog.

can you or someone you know donate to help us?

To help us help as many Ukrainian pets and pet owners as possible, please consider donating — or asking friends and family to donate — to our supporter’s GoFundMe fundraiser to help cover fuel costs and other related expenses for our trips with Ukrainian pets.

L to R: Klaudia, Hans, Kasia (Viva! Poland); Juliet (Viva! founder); Gwen and Ray (Animalcouriers)
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