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Old Jan 13th 2014, 8:46 pm
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Hi
My wife and I are moving back to the UK early this year, for various reasons. This forum is obviously a great resource (how did people manage before the internet?) and I've discovered a few answers. But here's a couple of things I'd like to ask

Any advice on taking a cat from the US to UK on a plane with us? I know we need to get the immunisations under way etc, but what sort of container is acceptable, and how many flights are really available to take the cat with?

Can anyone tell me where they bought their US/UK step down converter from in the UK? We'll need it quickly for a laptop, but I don't see them in Argos and the like. Shipping from Ebay will take a little too long.

I've got a few freight companies from previous threads here. I just have a couple of guitars to ship and smallish items. My thinking is that if we have a cat with us we won't want huge backage, and certainly not a fragile guitar. Any ballpark figure you give for shipping one liftvan type container door to door?

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Default Re: US to UK - converters, cat shipping and freight cost

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Hi
My wife and I are moving back to the UK early this year, for various reasons. This forum is obviously a great resource (how did people manage before the internet?) and I've discovered a few answers. But here's a couple of things I'd like to ask

Any advice on taking a cat from the US to UK on a plane with us? I know we need to get the immunisations under way etc, but what sort of container is acceptable, and how many flights are really available to take the cat with?

Can anyone tell me where they bought their US/UK step down converter from in the UK? We'll need it quickly for a laptop, but I don't see them in Argos and the like. Shipping from Ebay will take a little too long.

I've got a few freight companies from previous threads here. I just have a couple of guitars to ship and smallish items. My thinking is that if we have a cat with us we won't want huge backage, and certainly not a fragile guitar. Any ballpark figure you give for shipping one liftvan type container door to door?

many thanks!
You will not be able to take your cat in the cabin of the aircraft and there are only certain airlines and routes you can use to fly into the UK with a pet. Take a look at the DEFRA website for further details, also look in the BE Wiki and search this forum for past threads...there has been dozens of threads about taking let's back to the UK.

Laptops are usually dual voltage...therefore you will probably only need a converter for the plug.

https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad

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Old Jan 13th 2014, 11:22 pm
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As mentioned, nearly every laptop built within the last 15 years or so is dual voltage. The 'brick' on the power cord is capable of supporting 110-220v, so all you really need is a plug convertor, i.e. the £3.99 things you find at Tesco and travel shops. If you look closely at the fine print on the side of the 'brick' you should see the 110-220v written there, though it might be quite small.

Many laptops have two cords, one that connects from the mains to the brick, and the secondary cord from the brick to the laptop itself. If you are moving you might just want to buy a new mains-brick portion of the cord, which you can find at most hardware and electrical stores for just a few pounds. Take a look at the cord that connects to the brick--it's probably either a 'figure 8' or a 'cloverleaf' connection. You just buy the similar in the UK and you are good to go.

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Have a look at the Defra site for what you have to do for the cats. I think you'll find it is just a rabies shot that is needed, but the cats must be microchipped.
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You should check out excessbaggage.com if you are only going to be shipping a few items.
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Thanks guys, all good info. If I don't have to waste money on a clunky converter then that's a plus. We have the cat booked in Sat to start the pet passport process, and I've contacted PBS freight about transit (they deal with United Airlines who are an approved carrier with DEFRA).

I need to look at excessbaggage as an option. Think I'll do that now...

So some progress is being made
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The cat can go on the same flight as you. contact the airline directly about cargo option. Most airlines do their own animal transit and it will be cheaper for you and easier not to have to use a middle man.
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The cat can go on the same flight as you. contact the airline directly about cargo option. Most airlines do their own animal transit and it will be cheaper for you and easier not to have to use a middle man.
Oh ok, so I wouldn't have to use PBS or another company.
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It may be different for each airline so I would call and check. But I called both BA and Virgin and they have their own cargo service so you book directly with them for the cat and for you.
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It may be different for each airline so I would call and check. But I called both BA and Virgin and they have their own cargo service so you book directly with them for the cat and for you.
Great, I'll look into that.
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