All pets arriving at Glasgow Airport from outside the United Kingdom (Scotland, England, Wales & Northern Ireland) will proceed to the Pets on the Move reception centre. The Glasgow Airport Pet Reception Centre carries out DEFRA checks on pets and their paperwork, upon arrival in the UK. Pets travelling on inbound and outbound journeys, as well as those in transit for an onward departure will visit the Glasgow Airport pet facility. Your pet will be provided with water, and dogs will be exercised to allow them to stretch their legs. For Service & Assistance Dogs, or dogs flying out of the UK in the cabin, there’s no pet relief area inside Glasgow Airport. You can leave a review to let other pet travellers know what you think if your pet has visited the Glasgow Airport Pet Reception Centre.
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Standards & Service at the Glasgow Airport Pet Reception Centre
Your pet will be collected by a member of the Pets on the Move staff upon landing and taken to the Glasgow Airport Pet Reception Centre. You must attach to your pet’s kennel all of the original paperwork required for your pet to travel. Be sure to have the documentation needed to take you cat, dog or ferret to Scotland.
The Glasgow Airport Pet Reception Centre has been in operation for more than 20 years. Offering extras such as a luxury boarding kennel, The Pet Pocket Hotel, just 30 minutes from the airport, they also provide a pet taxi service!
At the Glasgow Airport Pet Reception Centre, your pet will be in a temperature controlled, safe and highly secure environment. Facilities include:
- dog kennels
- isolation rooms for birds and reptiles
- toilet areas
Trained Animal Welfare Officers will also ensure your pet has access to drinking water, and dogs will be exercised.
Clearing your pet to enter the UK
The prompt clearance of your pet at the Glasgow Airport Pet Reception Centre is reliant on you sending them copies of all the required paperwork in advance. This includes photocopies of the:
Collecting your pet from Pets on the Move
Check with Pets on the Move staff to find out when they think your pet will be ready for collection. At the agreed time, you should make your way to the Glasgow Airport Pet Reception Centre to collect your cat, dog or other animal. The address is:
Pets on the Move
Animal Reception Centre
Cargo Building No.1 Units 1 & 2
Glasgow, PA3 2SW
Assistance & Service Dogs arriving at Glasgow Airport
Only professionally trained and registered Assistance & Service Dogs can enter the UK in the cabin of a commercial flight. As Emotional Support Animals are not professionally trained, they must travel to the UK in the hold. Psychiatric Service Dogs that have been trained and certified, and that hold the necessary paperwork, can fly in the cabin with you.
If you’re flying to Glasgow Airport with an Assistance or Service Dog in the cabin, the Pets on the Move team must receive all of the necessary paperwork in advance. Once they’re content with your paperwork and have everything required, they’ll send you confirmation.
Prior to departure, and also at check in, your airline will want to see the confirmation from Glasgow Airport to allow your Assistance or Service Dog to fly in the cabin with you.
Upon arrival in Glasgow, a member of the Pets on the Move team will be waiting to greet you when the aircraft doors open. They’ll then scan your dog’s microchip and verify your original paperwork. Once the checks are complete, you’ll be given written verification to provide to immigration as you pass through Glasgow Airport. You’ll only be able to pass through immigration with your Assistance or Service Dog if you have written confirmation from the Glasgow Airport Animal Reception Centre.
Pet Relief Area at Glasgow
Like most airports in the UK, Glasgow doesn’t have a designated pet relief area for dogs to have a toilet break inside the terminal building. If you’re arriving at Glasgow with a Service or Assistance Dog, your dog will be able to have a bathroom break once you leave the building. Although don’t panic if they can’t hold it, just make sure you have some poop bags and cleaning wipes!
Remember to always protect your pet against vector-borne diseases when travelling to a foreign destination, and leave a review if your pet has stayed at the Glasgow Heathrow Airport Pet Reception Centre!