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About Pet Travel – experts since 1998 assisting pet owners transporting their pet worldwide. — 348 Comments

  1. Kamila – EU Legislation does not specify a term for the rabies vaccination. It only says that the pet must enter the EU within the validity of the rabies vaccination. So, your pet can enter any EU Member State with a 3 year rabies vaccination under certain conditions. If the vaccination was administered as the first vaccine after a microchip is implanted, then manufacturer specifications must support it as a primary vaccine. Some 3 year vaccines are for boosters only. If you can convince your veterinarian that your pet’s vaccination was suitable for a primary vaccination, then they may recognize it as such. However, the fact is that, once your pet becomes a resident of Poland (4+ months), then it is subject to Poland’s rabies regulations. Many EU Member States only use one year rabies vaccines.

  2. Hi,

    Just want say that POLAND DOES NOT Honor 3 YEAR RABIES Vaccination as is on your website. My dog’s – 3 year Rabies vaccination is finishing on 12/06/2021. I am in Poland and want to Vaccinate my dog before the date. However Poland will give my dog vaccination but not as booster (continuation) but a primary vaccination as POLAND DON’T honor the 3 year period and I have to stay in Poland for 3 Weeks until the vaccination will be valid.


    ‘Poland does honor the 3 year rabies vaccination for dogs, cats and ferrets; however, it should only be administered as a booster, not as a primary vaccination. You can speak to your veterinarian about this.

    Once your pet has entered Poland, a 21 day waiting period is not required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date, and the other entry requirements are met’.

  3. Hi,I will be traveling to Greece from Singapore what are the requirements to bring my cat along?
    Thank you.

  4. Hi Sue – your pup will not need to be spayed or neutered in order to clear customs and enter the US. Know, however, that if it is a dog breed commonly known as dangerous, cities and counties have their own regulations for pets residing in the US.

  5. Hi
    5 mo old dog will be coming to the US from Malawi. Does he need to be neutered to enter the US?
    Thank you

  6. Troy – when you fly into and out of an airport on the same airline, your pet can transit the country and does not need to conform to import regulations. In this case, the layover should be under 3 hours or the airline must agree to hold your dog during the layover. Obviously, the facilities available to the airline to care for your dog are important on a long layover and you may want to discuss this with your airline. If you claim your dog or change airlines during the layover, your dog will need to clear customs and enter Mexico. Then you will need to recheck it and likely pay another pet fee for the second leg of your trip. Ask your airline how soon before departure from Mexico that your dog must be checked in. There is no way to predict how long clearance procedures will be; that will depend on the level of activity when you clear customs. A general recommendation is 4 hours. You can find regulations to enter Mexico here: https://www.pettravel.com/immigration/mexico.cfm.

  7. We are travelling from Merida Mexico to Vancouver BC. Will have a dog in cargo. There is about a 6 hour layover in Mexico City ( no customs or immigration until Vancouver). It is possible to get our dog and then re-check him for our flight from Mexico City to Vancouver? I think that 6 hours will be too much for him to wait? We are flying on Interjet. Any advice or info you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

  8. Jacklie – the puppy must be minimum of 4 months old to fly under United PetSafe program. Delta Cargo will not fly a puppy until 10 weeks of age. American will fly a puppy as air cargo at 8 weeks of age. Every week you wait to transport will allow your pup’s respiratory system to develop.

  9. Can a 2 month old goldendoodle puppy fly in cargo for five (5) hours? (Atlanta to San Francisco?)

  10. Mitch – we wish we knew of a commercial vessel that would transport your French Bulldog from Australia to the UK. Unfortunately, we are not aware of one. You would need to find a private vessel that could accommodate your dog.

  11. Hey,

    I’m wondering if there are any available roots to transport my French Bulldog from Australia to the UK by boat like the QM2. I’m not too confident in flying him due to his snub-nosed and the breathing issues it entails.


  12. Please advise on requirements to bring our cat to the Philippines from the UAE.

    Many Thanks

  13. Sulung and Via – if you are looking for the assistance of an agent in Indonesia, you can search for one at IPATA.org. We are located in the United States and not authorized to book transport out of Indonesia. You will need to work on your route as the airlines will not be able to provide service to your dogs while in flight.

  14. Hello everybody,
    I am planning to migrate to Denver this December, bringing my canine children with me. They are three dogs with sizes big, medium and small. I need info on Reliable pet transport from Jakarta (Indonesia) to Denver, since one of them in need of special care, he is epileptic. I am bringing him because I want better treatment for him in the US. Any info and insights will be greatly helpful, Thank you so much.

    ~Sulung & Via

  15. How do I find out the cost to ship two Swiss Mountain dogs, 50 lbs. each from Denver to Frankfurt Germany with Lufthansa Cargo?

  16. What are we the documentation requirements for flying a ten week old puppy from the US to Mexico?

  17. Pamela – we are not aware of any US-based airline that flies this route that will accept Service Dogs in training except Allegiant. Get your Lab acclimated to its crate. It should consider it a “safe place.” Be careful about sedation. Many airlines will not take a pet in the cargo hold that has been sedated.

  18. I would like to fly from Orlando, FL to Sacramento, CA in Nov.2018 with my year old labrador. 75 pounds. Certified service dog in training, but SW Airlines won’t let him on board until he is fully trained. So putting him in a crate in cargo is only option — but SW Airlines doesn’t do that. Another airlines will?? I have medication from the vet so he will rest. He will be crated for at least 8 hours. Not happy about that but don’t know what else to do.

  19. Akos – absolutely not out of the ordinary for a man to travel with a cat. We get questions all the time from men traveling with cats.

  20. Hey! I’d like to travel from BUD to LAX in december with my cat! What do you think is it suspicious/weird if a single man travel with a cat? I don’t want any trouble with the tsa. I’m going to my friend for Christmas

    Thanks Akos

  21. Jirapha – you need to contact your airline to confirm they will hold your dog in Incheon. Four hours is a long time to hold an animal traveling as checked baggage. Ask also what care they can provide for your dog during the layover. They should know about the transit permit. Your dog in the cabin will wait with you in the secure area of the terminal until you board the next flight. No permit should be required.

  22. Hi!

    I will be flying from JFK – BKK with a 4hour layover in Incheon, South Korea. One dog in cabin and one dog in cargo. Do I need to fill out any forms for the layover for any of the dogs? I can’t seem to find any information about this. Thank you!

  23. Hi i have some question at first. I have 6 cat. The older 4 years and the youngest 6 months. We r traveling to austeria, wienna, please tell me which hotels are ok with us in wienna, and which airline let my cats be in cabin.we have to be together they are not going to compete we are going to live there for ever and i am not going to sell them or any thing. Please tell me it qill be ok traveling with 6 cat? I didnot got my answer in pettravel.com. i am in urgent.please email me. Thanks. Medis_pishi@yahoo.com

  24. Jacqui – Portugal does permit the import of the following dog breeds for non-commercial purposes from countries outside the EU; however, upon entering Portugal, pet owners must sign a Statement of Responsibility for dogs staying for less than 4 months and a Notification document for dogs intending to reside in Portugal: Brazilian Fila, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Japenese Tosa Inu and Pit Bull Terrier. These breeds should be neutered or spayed before importing to Portugal.

    A Bull Terrier is a related breed and may or may not be included in the Pit Bull Terrier category although the shape of the head tells the story. At worst, you will need to sign a liability statement. If you have a proof of pedigree, that would be relevant.

  25. Hi. I see you answer very promptly. Thank you. I see there are banned breeds in Portugal. Is an ENGLISH bull terrier allowed to enter Portugal? He is very placid and has been neutered.

  26. HS – the flight is risky for an English Bulldog because of their breathing issues. You may need to consider using a major airline out of a major airport to keep your route non-stop and find an airline that will fly your dog. Alitalia may accept it and you can also try Finnair. Contact their cargo departments if the reservation agent refuses. We wish we could offer an easy solution, but owners of this breed will struggle with transport options.

  27. Hi,
    Do you know any possibility to moving back to Japan from Italy with 8years old English bulldog?
    We checked Queen Elizabeth ferry (only this ferry accept to take my dog but only from UK to Newyork…), Siberian train(not accept dog), flight (possible from Paris to Japan and use ANA). So only flight option is available to take English bulldog. But my vet told me the flight is too risky…
    Please please help me.

  28. Cheryl – if you are flying in and out of a country on the same airline, and, if your cat is traveling in the cargo hold, the layover is around 2-3 hours, then the airline will transit your cat through the country and it does not need to conform to the import regulations of the layover country. If your cat is traveling in the cabin, you will stay in the secure area of the airport until you board your next flight. This is what you will want to do to avoid claiming and rechecking your cat.

    The regulations to enter any country in the UK or EU involve first microchipping, then vaccinating for rabies, waiting 30 days, then having a rabies titer test, then waiting 3 months. So, you can see how important it is to stay with the same airline company, at least until you get to the United States.

  29. Hello, we are moving to the US from Egypt and will be bringing a small, one year old cat. There are no direct flights from Cairo to Houston, and so we will have to connect somewhere in the EU or UK. Can you tell me if the full vaccination/rabies/quarantine rules apply when simply transiting through an EU country? Egypt is listed as a high-rabies country. Our cat has had her rabies shot months ago, and was just microchipped this week. I just read that the microchip needed to come first (for entry into France or Germany). Am I understanding these rules correctly? I do have time to get another rabies shot and allow 30 days afterwards, but just barely. Any advice you can give me will be greatly appreciated!

  30. Angela – unless they are service or emotional support animals, all dogs and cats must be under the seat, especially during takeoff and landing. We do not know of an airline that will allow you to purchase an extra seat for your pet on an international flight.

  31. Does anyone know if you can purchase a business class ticket (on airlines where pets can travel in the cabin) and have the pet dog travel on the seat in its container next to you rather than on the floor? we are travelling to America from UK

  32. Kelsey – Portugal does not require spaying or neutering for dogs entering the country. Local dangerous dog ordinances should be considered if your dog is one of the identified breeds: Brazilian Fila, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Japenese Tosa Inu and Pit Bull Terrier.

  33. Hello,
    Just wondering if my dog has to be spayed to travel internationally from Canada to Portugal ?

  34. Diana – you can look into a pet friendly ferry, but you will still need to get your dog to the EU by plane. We know of no commercial vessel that will transport pets other than the Queen Mary 2 from New York to England.

  35. Hi

    Can you help me. I am moving back to the UK from South Africa and want to take my dog with me. I understand that i need him microchipped and vacinated
    etc and i am in the process now of waiting to test him for rabies which will be done in March. I have a border collie and he is really sensitive to noise so im really worried about sending him to the uk on a plane. I was wondering if it is possible to do this by boat and then we would be together too???

    Please could you give me any advice if this is possible and how and what the cost would be?

    Warmest regards


  36. Hi, whats the best way to travel from Phuket to Paris or Germany or Amsterdam, with my french bull dog

  37. Hello Theresa, Niamh and Doodles – you can find requirements to import your pup to Ireland here with links to further instructions and forms if you need them: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Ireland.cfm. Note that the rabies titer test in step #3 will be required.

    Aer Lingus may require that an agent book the trip; you will need to check that. No matter what airline you choose, your pup will need to travel as air cargo into Ireland.

  38. Hi
    My daughter and I are return to live in Ireland early this coming spring and we want to bring our little Havanesse dog back with us…
    His weight is under 7 kilos. .has full rabbies shots ..passport etccc..
    Want to travel with aer lingus as we feel it’s less stressless to him and us…
    We are currently living in kusadasi turkey…
    Only other airline is turkish airlines and that has a stop over in Istanbul
    Hence Aer lingus….direct from izmir to Dublin once they start their season
    We need to know ..how we go about this and quartinne duration once we arrive in Ireland. ..as we will be going back to our home in galway ..and would find it soooo difficult to leave our little guy on his own for too long..as he is a real family pet..
    Waiting to hear from you
    Thanking you in advance
    Theresa..Niamh and Doodles Healy

  39. Merle – as it appears that you are staying on Cathay Pacific in and out of Hong Kong, your pet will not need to conform to HK regulations. A transit permit will be needed if your pet is traveling in the cargo hold.

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