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  1. I am having a problem getting my dogs into Colombia as Copa airlines a Colombian airline says they do not except pets interline. I will have all certifications and will be seen by the USDA vet before travel. I am beside myself and do not know which airline I should use that would fly them from Houston Texas and then transfer the dogs without complications to an airline that would fly into Cartagena Colombia. Help!!!!! Copa is saying I must purchase my complete travel ticket through them. I guess I am not understanding

  2. Hi. Marc – the Queen Mary II allows pets, but they are booked far in advance. There are airlines that will carry your pet as well. Try Air France, KLM or Finnair. Your Shih Tzu will need to fly as manifest cargo so contact their cargo departments for details. Let us know if we can assist further.

  3. Looking to take my 1 1/2 year old Shih Tzu from Boston MA to the UK.
    Any idea what Airline or Cruise ship might let me take her. I cannot leave her behind!!

  4. Hello Gulnara – in order to enter the United States, you must have proof of rabies vaccination at least 30 days prior to entering and also a health certificate issued within 10 days of entry. The US will not require any permits to leave the country with your dog.

  5. Hello,
    I am international student in USA. I would like to bring my dog from Russian and I need to know the list of documents I have to bring with me and all the steps I have to do in order to enter USA and leave USA with my dog without any problems.


  6. Missy – we have heard from the Head of Animal and Animal Products from the Border Inspection Department that indicates that the titer test is required. We are also a member of IPATA which is an organization of pet transporters who also confirm that a titer test and microchip is required. The rules regarding the titer test requirement were changed around May 2012 when the EU did not respond to Turkey’s bid to become a member of the EU. However, we understand that Turkey is now imposing home quarantine in lieu of titer test requirements which may be what your vet is referring to. We have not been able to confirm this with their Embassy or Government so we cannot post this information for pet travelers.

  7. Hi Susan, We have not done a titer test as the requirements page I got from the vet on base (at incirlik) just said a health certificate is all that is needed. Is this incorrect? If so we will do whatever we need to to ensure out pup gets there safely! I’ll call Turkish airlines and see what they can do. Have you seen good results fe other folk using Turkish airlines? Thanks for te quick response!

  8. Hi Missy – Turkish Airlines is one election as they have one stop routes to ADA. Your pet will clear in Istambul so be sure that you have enough time. Have you done the titer test?

  9. Question: Military Family moving to Incirlik (Adana) Turkey from LAX in late June early July with a 35lb dog. What’s the best way to travel to turkey? I’ve heard mixed reveiws regarding several international carriers and wanted your opinion/experience. Thanks.

  10. Hi Larissa – you will need proof of current rabies vaccination and a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel to re-enter the US. See a vet in Bulgaria for a health certificate just before you come back. The certificate should be bi-lingual with one language being English.

  11. Hi,

    I am planning to take my dog to Bulgaria, and should have all the papers ready by the day of travel (end of May). The trick is that we want to stay through September and then come back to the US. Can we do it with the same papers? Or something else is required?

    Thank you.

  12. The 2 hour layover is important for pets traveling in cargo. If your dog is traveling with you in the cabin, then you would just stay in the terminal and not clear customs. The US does not require a microchip, but it does require a health certificate and vaccination for rabies. Emotional service animals are subject to the same regulations as other animals.

  13. Is it mean that if I am there more than 2 hre (in the state) I would have to meet all requirement of USA (microship, health certifacte, vaccination against rabbies…???)

    and to be able to bring my dog in cabin as emotional service animal, do I need just a health document that prove I have a emotional problem by a health professional or the airline are more strict than tht and ask more???
    thank you very much

  14. Hi Marie – if your route includes the US and you are staying on the same airline and your layover is 2 hours or less (this is important if your dog is traveling as checked baggage in the hold), you will not need to clear customs in the US and thus conform to their regulations.

  15. hello!
    I would be travelling from Australia to Canada with my dog with probably some transit in USA.
    in Canada they considere Australia as a rabies-free country but not in usa… do I need to vaccinate my dog against rabies just for a transit in usa? do I need to meet all the requirement USA ask for importing in usa even if im just in transit???
    im also wondering, to be able to consider my dog as a emotional service animal in the airplane, is the company only ask for a health care prove of the disability or they also ask more prove like the training certifate???
    thank for your help

  16. Hi Debbie – You should microchip your pet, then vaccinate it for rabies prior to leaving the UK because you will need to have done that to return to the UK. If your pet is already chipped, then just be sure it has been vaccinated for rabies at least once AFTER the chip was implanted. Mexico will require proof of rabies vaccination at least 30 days prior to entering the country. You will need 2 copies of a veterinary certificate, proof of rabies vaccination and a ticks and tapeworm test. You can find the details and links to instructions and forms here: https://www.pettravel.com/immigration/mexico.cfm. It is also helpful to have a vet certificate translated into Spanish.

    In order to return to the UK, you will need proof of microchip and vaccination (have your vet document in the blue pet passport prior to leaving the UK). You will need to see a vet in Mexico and have them fill out an Annex II for the UK. Your pet will also need a tapeworm test between one and five days of travel. You can find details here: https://www.pettravel.com/immigration/UnitedKingdom.cfm. I am not sure when your pet’s vaccination will expire, but be sure it does not do so prior to re-entering the UK.

    Let us know if you have additional questions. Susan

  17. I want to take my 2 pomeranians to Puerto Vallarta Jalisco Mexico for 6 months travelling from the UK. What do I require for entry to mexico and then returning to Manchester, England?

  18. Hi Kim – get yourself a giant crate and drill holes in the back. The airlines will accept this modification as long as the strength of the crate is not compromised.

  19. Hello-
    I’m hoping you can help me. We are military moving from Japan to California in. June. We are flying United. Our dog is a Standard Poodle who, while only weighing 60 pounds, is very Tall at 35″ high. We have an XL crate which he flew to Japan in and we use for him at home however, according to written regulations, he is too tall for that crate. We are not sure what to do? We looked into giant crates when we moved to Japan, but they were only ventilated on 3 sides making them unacceptable for international travel. Any suggestions for us? Thanks!

  20. Hi Kathy – the only exception that we are aware of for larger pets to travel in the cabin are those taken for service or comfort animals. Unless your pet falls into those two categories, I am afraid that the airlines will not accept him in the cabin. Because he will need to travel with you, it is important to acclimate him to the crate and get him out of his environment often in his crate. If he is accustomed to being confined (which many pets actually enjoy) he will be more prepared to travel. Most pets fall asleep to the drone of the engines.

  21. I will be moving from France to California and have been told that my dog is too large to have in a carrier in the cabin (he weighs 15 pounds). He can travel but he has cardiac issues. My vet here is wondering whether that might be an exception to the weight rule. Do you know if that is the case? Thanks!

  22. Hi Anre – The United States is very pet friendly. You will need is a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel and a rabies certificate. The airlines will want to see this as well.

  23. I am a South African immigrating to California, United States. I would like to know what the requirements are to import my domestic cat to California. She has been sterilised and I know she will require her rabies vaccination around 30 days prior to travel. What else do I require?

  24. Hi Leena – this is strictly a policy of the airlines. Normally, some airlines specify a weight and others do not. Generally it is around 9-10kg total. Best to direct your question directly to the airline.

  25. Hello,
    I’m travelling from Argentina to Helsinki,Finland with 2 Dogo Argentino puppies. They would be age of 13 – 14 weeks when the flight will take place. Can they travel in same crane if it’s big enough for two puppies? (they are from the same litter and more or less 5kgs each)

  26. Hi Renee – it is not possible to enter Mauritius from a high rabies country which is what South Africa is considered. The problem with changing airlines is that the airlines will not move a pet from one airline to another. (moving within their fleet is fine; moving to another airline is not.) Changing airlines in South Africa will cause you to claim your pet and recheck it on another airline. This will result in entering the country and thus heading to Mauritius from a high rabies country. Try to route your flight on one airline if possible. With a layover of up to 2 hours, the airline will transfer your pet. If this is not possible, try to change airlines in the EU. The requirements are similiar to those of Mauritius (microchip, vaccination, veterinary certificate) except the EU has its own veterinary certificates. If you need the import requirements for Mauritius, you can find them here: https://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Mauritius.cfm. We have pet transport requirements for almost every country in the world here: https://www.pettravel.com/passportnew.cfm. Hope this helps.

  27. Greetings,
    we are traveling from the USA with our 9lb, 8 yr old, maltese dog to Mauritius. Will it be possible to fly from here to Johannesburg on one air-line, and then transfer to another airline for a flight from Johannesburg to Mauritius.

  28. Jessica – in order to take your pet to Brazil from a rabies free or rabies controlled country, your pet will need proof of rabies vaccination and a veterinary certificate endorsed by the Brazilian Embassy in your country. If you are entering Brazil from a high rabies country, you will need an Import Permit. You can find details here: https://www.pettravel.com/immigration/brazil.cfm.

    It will be contingent on the airline’s pet policy as to whether your service animal can travel in the cabin with you. Many US based airlines do permit service dogs in the cabin as long as they do not interfere with cabin traffic. Generally, your pet must be leashed and remain at your feet. If possible, find an airline that services the entire route and verify with that airline whether they will permit it.

  29. I am planning to move to Goiana, Goias, Brasil end of this summer. I have a 25-27lb poodle mix that is a service dog. I would like to know the possibility of purchasing a ticket for him to be in a crate on the seat next to me. Flights to Goiana are very long and no direct flights known of. I really want to avoid the cargo area for him. I would also like as much information as possible on requirements for him to enter Brasil.
    Thanks so much.

  30. Harini – the procedure for bringing a pet to India is detailed here: https://www.pettravel.com/immigration/india.cfm – you will need an import permit which includes a NOC (Notice of No Objection Certificate) which should be obtained by a person or agent in India. If you are relocating for business, then a contact there may be able to help you. If not, we would suggest you hire an agent to customs clear your pet. You can find one at IPATA.org.

    It is your decision whether to break up your trip, but know that you will have to abide by the pet import regulations of any country you decide to stay in. If there is a direct flight, it may be easier on everyone all considered.

  31. Hi,
    We are planning to move from USA to India. I have a 2+ years old Cavalier king charles. I’m not sure about the procedure to get him into India. Are there any breeds that are banned from coming to India ? Is customs smooth in India ? Planning to land in Hyderabad. Is it a good idea to come on a direct flight from US which is 14 hours or good to break the journey for the dog ? Thanks for any advice….

  32. Carrol – unfortunately, you will not be able to bring your puppy to the UK when she is 2 months old. The process for entering the UK from India is clearly defined: first you microchip your pet, then have them vaccinated for rabies (this is usually done at 3 months). No sooner than 30 days after rabies vaccination, your veterinarian performs a Blood Titer Test and send the sample to an approved laboratory. Assuming the results are within limits, your puppy can enter the UK as manifest cargo 90 days after the date the blood was drawn. Within 10 days of travel, your vet needs to fill out an Annex II form for the UK and your puppy needs a tapeworm test between one and five days of entry. Another thing you should know is that the airlines do not interline pets so you need to stay on the same airline for the entire pet, otherwise you will conform to the import regulations of the layover country.

  33. Service animals must meet the same requirements as any other animal entering a foreign country. To travel to the EU, your pet must have been vaccinated for rabies after a 15 digit ISO microchip was inserted. There is a 21 day wait after vaccination for first time shots, but I don’t think that will apply to your pet. You will need an Annex II form issued by an accredited veterinarian and endorsed by the USDA for the country you will enter by air. You can find details here for Spain: https://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Spain.cfm and here for France: https://www.pettravel.com/immigration/France.cfm

    Once you have cleared customs, your paperwork is good unless you will be in the EU for an extended period of time or plan to travel to the UK.

  34. I rescued a 6 wk stray puppy in Goa & want to bring her to London UK then later to Canada. She will be 2 months old when I leave Goa to Mumbai (Jet Airways) then British Airways to Toronto Canada 10 days later. What must I do?
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    Carrol in Goa

  35. What are the requirements, when traveling by air from USA to and from Spain & France with my small lapdog (toy shih tzu) as a Certified Service Dog? Please advise. Also: is there any special needs when traveling between Spain & France with her that I must be aware of? Thank you in advance!

  36. Amy – British Airways allows certain snub nosed pets to travel in crates larger than normally required. You can also try Lufthansa as they have a good route and are approved to carry pets into LHR. Other options would be KLM and Emirates Sky Cargo. You should get the transport done prior to the end of April if possible, prior to the summer heat embargo.

  37. Hello,

    I am flying my 12 year old shi zhu (snub nose dog) from Korea to London.
    He is over 7kg, so I want to check him as a baggage and travel in the same British Airways flight. I heard that BA has recently implmented embargo on snub nose dogs. Is this true? Have not been able to confirm with the airline yet. Thank you.

  38. Hello, my husband is US military and we are being relocationed to the UK. We want to bring our persian cat with us, but the military booked us with a Delta flight and Delta told us they can do nothing to bring our cat to the UK. We are also living in Dayton, OH, so we dont have very big airports around us. Any idea on what our options are ?

  39. Most all airlines will allow a pet rat to travel in the cargo hold in a secure pet crate. They can fly as checked baggage on the same flight as you. You can contact any airline that serves both the origination and destination cities. Stay on the same airline and try to keep your layover to around 2 hours if possible so the airline will hold your pet between flights.
    Let me know if you have more questions.

  40. I am looking for an airline which allows to flight with pet rats. I will flight to Korea and it will be during the first week of April 2014. Is there any airline company which willingly carries a pet rat?

  41. I am looking for a pet transport company in Serbia that has experience in shipping dogs to NZ/Australia. How do I find one?

  42. As long as your nephew’s kitten’s rabies vaccination has not expired, the paperwork should be fine for re-entering the US after 30 days.

  43. My nephew is traveling with a kitten to Aruba and will be taking her back to the USA in about a month. Will he need extra paperwork for the return to USA?

  44. Hello Gabirela – not sure how long you will spend in Venezuela. Your paperwork should be good unless it is over 30 days old or any vaccinations have not expired. As Venezuela is on the list of screw worm infested countries, you will need to have a licensed vet check your pet for screw worm if your pet is a dog.

  45. Hello,

    I am travelling from Miami to Venezuela and I want to know if once my trip is over and I have to come back to the U.S do I have to do all the paperwork in Venezuela in order to entry the U.S?


  46. You can avoid quarantine when entering the UK from Australia by having a blood titre test performed six months in advance of travel.

    If you need the forms and instructions for taking a pet into the UK you can find them at http://www.pettravelstore.com and then click on Pet Passports.


  47. will my dog and cats need to go into quarantine when we move back to the uk from australia if i have a third country pet passport for them all?

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