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DEFRA Pet Travel Scheme

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Good News!! Free Movement for Pets In/Out of UK From 2012

How to ship your pets under the Pet Travel Scheme
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Approved Air Routes For Crete Airports

A reminder from DEFRA that under the UK's Pet Travel Scheme (dogs, cats and ferrets) can only be carried by air between Heraklion or Chania and the UK, as per the approved airports and carriers listed:

For Chania Airport pets can be carried on flights to and from London Gatwick or Manchester. The UK Authorised carrier is Thomson Arways.

As for flights between Heraklion and Manchester you can use any of the authorized carriers, Thomas Cook Airlines, Jet 2. Between Heraklion and Bristol, you can use Thomson Airways, and between Heraklion and London Gatwick the choice is between Thomson Airways and Thomas Cook Airlines.

Approved Air Routes For Other Places in Greece

Athens Airport

Athens - London Heathrow,  British Airways World Cargo, KLM Cargo (via Amsterdam), Olympic Airlines
Athens - Manchester, Sterling Airlines
Athens - London Gatwick, Maersk Air Cargo  (via Copenhagen)

Corfu Airport

Corfu (Kerkira) -  Bristol, Thomson Airways
Corfu (Kerkira) -  Doncaster,  Thomson Airways
Corfu (Kerkira) -  London Gatwick, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines
Corfu (Kerkira) -  Manchester Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines

Kavala Airport

Kavala - London Gatwick, Thomson Airways
Kavala - Manchester, Thomson Airways

Kephalonia Airport

Kefalonia - Bristol, Thomson Airways
Kefalonia - London Gatwick, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines
Kefalonia - Manchester, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines

Kos Airport

Kos - London Gatwick, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines
Kos - Manchester, Jet 2, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines

Mytiline Airport

Mytilene - London Gatwick, Thomson Airways

Rhodes Airport

Rhodes - Doncaster, Thomson Airways
Rhodes - London Gatwick, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines
Rhodes - Manchester, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Jet 2

Santorini Airport

Santorini - London Gatwick, Thomson Airways
Santorini - Manchester, Thomson Airways

Skiathos Airport

Skiathos - London Gatwick, Thomson Airways
Skiathos - Manchester, Thomson Airways

Thessaloniki Airport

Thessaloniki - London Gatwick, Thomson Airways
Thessalonik-  Manchester, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines

Zakinthos Airport

Zakinthos - London Gatwick, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines
Zakinthos - Manchester, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines

Defra List as per: September 22, 2011

For Sea Ferry Routes, read DEFRA's dedicated page.

For more information on sending pets between Greece and UK, (and vice versa), send an e-mail to pets (dot) helpline (at) defra.gsi.gov.uk.

Notes: 1. Greece's conditions of animal entry are more relaxed than UK's and therefore to ship pets from UK by air has more choices. 2. Rules change, so check the latest information from DEFRA.

Between Greece and the UK See the Travel Condition Changes Effective January 1, 2012

Details updated: November 1, 2011

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