Pet Travel: How to Clear Airport Security with a Pet

Clearing pets through TSA securityYou and your pet are traveling in the cabin of an airplane together. You have checked in at the reservation desk, your pet is quietly lying down in their airline compliant pet carrier, you have tickets and possessions in hand. Everything is going according to plan. You proceed to the TSA security checkpoint. As you wait in the line, you wonder – what is coming next? How will TSA officials deal with your furry traveling companion?

PetTravel has received many questions about how people traveling with pets will be treated once they get to the front of the security line. Certainly, with all the confusion at security checkpoints and the flow of passengers intent on clearing the line and proceeding to their gate as quickly as possible, it is helpful to know how you and your pet will be cleared through security.

According to TSA: “Our security procedures do not prohibit you from bringing a pet on your flight. You should contact your airline or travel agent, however, before arriving at the airport to determine your airline’s policy on traveling with pets.”

Security Screening

More from TSA: “You will need to present the animal to the Security Officers at the checkpoint. You may walk your animal through the metal detector with you. If this is not possible, your animal will have to undergo a secondary screening, including a visual and physical inspection by our Security Officers. Your animal will NEVER be placed through an X-ray machine. However, you may be asked to remove your animal from its carrier so that the carrier can be placed on the X-Ray machine.”

You will be asked to remove your pet from the carrier so that the carrier can be run through the x-ray machine. You will walk through the upright metal detector with your pet. If you are traveling with a pet who is high spirited or scares easily, you can request a room so that your pet will not escape should you not be able to contain them when out of the carrier or get them back in the carrier once clearing security. You should allow extra time for this.

There has been a lot of news lately regarding the introduction of the controversial body scanners in many airports. If the old stand up metal detectors have been replaced with body scanners, both the pet and the owner are subject to pat down. Again, you will remove the pet from the carrier and make it available to security officers should they decide to inspect your pet. Should you require a pat down, you should put your pet back in the carrier first.

Being prepared is key to traveling with your pet. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your gate. Keep your accessories (coat, purse, laptop or other items you must carry) at a minimum so you will have free hands to handle your pet at security checkpoints. Take your pet out of the carrier after you have removed your shoes, belt, etc. and put your items on the table to be scanned. Be sure and carry a non-metallic leash in the carrier to loop around your wrist to be sure that your pet cannot escape when you remove them from the carrier. Even calm pets can get nervous and scared when around groups of people and in unfamiliar environments.

You can either carry your pet or let it walk beside you through the scanner. Once cleared, you can put your cat or dog back in the carrier.

We would welcome your feedback about your experiences at security checkpoints. Please make a comment so that you can help others who are traveling with their pet. We appreciate your time.

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Pet Travel: How to Clear Airport Security with a Pet — 959 Comments

  1. Hi, I am traveling July 1, 2012 from Richmond to Tokyo, Japan via Dallas and LAX on American Airlines. I am concerned about the temperature restrictions for this time of year. We are moving to Japan so it is not like I can wait for a better time to travel. I have a miniature Dachshund and an orange tabby cat. I have been given so much conflicting information as far as whether or not they can be in cabin with me during the domestic parts of my flights or whether they need to be checked baggage or cargo. I am not sure what to do at this point, all I know is that I have to travel July 1st and I am afraid that they are going to tell me that my animals can’t go because of the temperature restrictions. Do you have any advice? PLEASE!!!
    RESPONSE
    With the exception of Dallas the cities you are flying into and out of normally do not experience temperatures high enough to prohibit pets being carried as cargo. American does allow small pets to travel in the cabin but the rule is one pet per passenger. You can avoid temperature restrictions by selecting flights that leave during the night or very early in the morning. Proper planning should make this work out for you. As you may know Japan has some strict requirements for pets to enter the country from the United States since the US is not a rabies free country. You can find the complete pet passport instructions and forms for Japan here:
    http://www.pettravelstore.com/products/Pet-Passport-Japan.html
    Jerry

  2. Hello,

    Thank you for responding promptly. You have good service I must say.
    I visited your website and found you can book some petfriendly hotel thru your website. I was wonderingif your website also has petfriendly airline booking option?? I know its too much to ask and the airlines always changing rules would not be really easy but was just thinking if you have list or some for airlines that accept pets I can use. Im calling them personally anyways but I trust you more now when it comes to travel with him.
    Again thank you so much for your kindness. You must be very good person. God bless you from me and all the pet parents.
    RESPONSE:
    Just send us an email to info@pettravel.com and we will be happy to try and answer your questions regarding the airlines. Virtually all airlines accept pets as checked baggage and about half of them accept very small pets in the cabin of the aircraft. You can also go to this page on our website to find the airline pet policy for all airlines:
    http://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Airline-Pet-Policies/
    Jerry

  3. Hi. How do I measure my pet for a in cabin carrier? Is it from the floor to the shoulder blades for the height? Or to the top of the head?
    RESPONSE
    It is normally from the floor to the top of the shoulders. Technically the pet is supposed to be able to stand up and turn around in the carrier but since you are dealing with a maximum of 8 1/2 inches under the seat that is very difficult to comply with.
    You can find the approved in cabin pet carriers here:
    http://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Carriers-%26-Accessories/
    Jerry

  4. Hi,

    I will be flying with my dog (a maltese) to Lebanon via Air france. There will be a small layover (3hrs) in Paris Charles De Gaulle airport.
    I will get him vaccinated (rabies and distemper) and I will get him the health certificate.
    Is there anything else I need to do. Do I need to get him an Import permit or passport?
    Thanks!
    RESPONSE
    It depends on your definition of a layover. If the pet is traveling as checked baggage on the same airline into and out of France then the airline will move it from one flight to another and the pet never enters France. If you plan to take the pet for a walk while in France then you will need to go through Immigration and will need their forms as well. You can find the pet passport forms for both Lebanon and for France here and they can be emailed to you:
    http://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/
    Jerry

  5. Hello,

    I have 7 months old chewinee terrier mix boy. Im planning to travel India from florida, US with him this december end. I will try to get direct flight. Im taking him to the vet regularly and gave him all vaccines. What papers ill be needing at check post. I heard local friend of mine was just visiting India paperwork and everything along with her pet. They reached India but at mumbai airport they didnt pass the pet. Security said pet has to go back to US or you also go with him back?? I hope that kind of situation i dont have to go thru. He cant live without me and neither i can. Please advise me all the requirements i will be needing throught the trip. Amd will i be able to come back to US with him??
    RESPONSE
    Perhaps your friend did not obtain the letter of no objection that is required. It is similar to an import permit. And of course your veterinarian must have completed the veterinary certificate for India. You should have no problem returning to the US with your pet although it will have to be inspected by a veterinarian in India to make sure that it is free of screwworm.
    You can find the complete pet passport rules and forms for both India and the United States here:
    http://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/
    Jerry

  6. So I am planning to travel with my pet (toy poodle) from the U.S to Poland. Was wondering exactly what I need to do in order to have a smooth flight without any problems, also we will be traveling in the winter so will they let me bring him in the cabin?
    RESPONSE
    You need to call the airlines reservation office to see if it can travel in the cabin. Many airlines do allow it if the pet is under 15 lbs and is less than 10 1/2 inches tall.
    To take your pet into Poland it must be micro chipped with the ISO 15 digit microchip, vaccinated for rabies and be accompanied by the EU form 998 for Poland. You can find the pet passport for Poland which contains the complete instructions and all of the necessary forms here:
    http://www.pettravelstore.com/products/Pet-Passport-Poland.html
    Or go to http://www.pettravelstore.com and then click on Pet Passports
    Jerry

  7. Hello,
    I will be travelling in December from Germany, Europe to Atlanta, Georgia with my 3-year-old Golden Retriever on a Lufthanse flight. He is chipped and vaccinated against rabbies. I don’t have a crate yet, so I wanted to know if the height of the crate needs to be tall enough for him to be standing up with his head held high or should it only be shoulder-high (that’s what I was told in the petstore). Furthermore, could you please tell me if there are special forms that my vet needs to fill out prior to our leaving Europe? Currently we are living in Luxembourg, but as there are no direct flights to the States from here, we need to leave from Germany.
    RESPONSE
    The IATA rule regarding pet crates is that the pet must be able to stand up and turn around in the crate. If the pet was unable to stand erect for that long a period I would think it would be very hard on him. The crate should be large enough for the pet to be comfortable for 8 to 10 hours.
    The US only requires that the pet be vaccinated for rabies and accompanied by a certificate of good health.
    You can learn more about IATA compliant pet crates and the rules for pet crates here:
    http://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Crates-%26-Accessories/Pet-Crates/
    You can obtain the complete instructions and forms for bringing a pet into the United States here.
    http://www.pettravelstore.com/products/Pet-Passport-United-States.html
    Everything can be emailed to you.
    Jerry
    Thanks in advance for all the information that you can provide me so that I can be sure that he will be accepted on the plane. Have a great day.

  8. i have 3 kittens that i want to bring from india to the San Fransisco, CA. they are about 5 weeks old. can anyone tell me any information about this process? thankyou.
    RESPONSE
    The US is quite pet friendly however India is a country with a high incidence of rabies. You will need both the US veterinary certificate completed by a veterinarian in India plus since your cats are too young to be vaccinated for rabies you will need the home confinement form. The veterinarian in India must also inspect the cats and certify they are free of screwworm. You can find the complete instructions and forms here and they can be emailed to you: http://www.pettravelstore.com/products/Pet-Passport-United-States.html
    Jerry

  9. I will be traveling USAir, Louisville to Cancun October 11, returning October 19. I got my passport forms and plan to have me vet fill them out on Monday October 10. Will that certificate still be good for my reentry into the US on October 19? Or will I need to see a vet in Mexico and get a new certificate? Thanks in advance for your advice.
    RESPONSE
    In this case you would not need a new certificate as long as the rabies vaccination has not expired.
    Jerry

  10. If you are thinking of flying with your pet , you must Google ‘ Jack the Cat lost in AA baggage hanger at JFK ‘ . He has been missing for 3 weeks now with the poor owner having to conduct her own search party. I am disgusted that American airports dont have a pet reception area to prepare and collect our beloved pets. I have used San Francisco airport with no pet facilities , and now i read this harrowing story from NY JFK ! PETS ARE NOT BAGGAGE -PEOPLE ! … and yes my two petrified rescue kitties were dragged out of their carriers by a customs rep- in a noisy open ended cargo hanger- with open ends and howling iced winds blowing through!

  11. I’m planning to travel from u.s.a to middle east (Bahrain) with my 2 pitbulls puppy, what kind of paper do I need? To let them pass to there.
    Please, any help???
    RESPONSE: your puppies must be micro chipped with the ISO 15 digit microchip, vaccinated for rabies and have a blood titer test. You also need to obtain an import permit and have the Bahrain veterinary certificate for each pet. You should check with the airline first to see if they will transport pitbull puppies. They are considered a snub nosed breed and some airlines will not transport them in the cargo hold due to breathing problems. If you need the complete instructions and all of the necessary forms for taking a pet into Bahrain they are available here: http://www.pettravelstore.com/products/Pet-Passport-Bahrain.html
    Jerry

  12. Hi Jerry and the staff,
    This blog has been extremely helpful! Thank you for putting the information together. I have a question regarding the health certificate. I’m traveling across states (from Seattle, Washington to orange County, California) and I noticed that different airlines have different policies on this. I booked a ticket with Alaska Airline, whose representative told me that the certificate is mostly for the Department of Agriculture and not for the airlines. How likely do I really need a certificate? Also, I’ve prepared a Sherpa soft-sided carrier, Medium for my pet, which is actually an inch larger in dimension as Alaska allows. The representative again said it should be fine. How likely will I (and my pet) be denied if the carrier is indeed a big larger? Thanks again for your help!
    RESPONSE
    The need for a health certificate varies by airline and even by who is working the ticket counter on that day. I think you are safer having one to take along. You should have no problem with the medium Sherpa as it will squish down just enough to fit under the seat which is the only real requirement on a domestic flight.
    Jerry

  13. Hi – we are considering getting a new kitten, but would need to fly her home with us (we’d keep her in the cabin) – and we’re gun-shy from when we moved with our cat several years ago – they required that we remove her from the carrier AND that we remove her collar and leash. No one said anything about a private room and we weren’t aware of it, and we she struggled so much that we almost lost her. But what I read here it seems as though we can now keep a collar and leash on as she goes through security – is that right? And it seems like we should be able to request a private room for when we take her out of the carrier?

  14. Hello,
    The information you are giving is sooo helpful. I want to take my 10 year old dog from Georgia, Tbilisi to Denmark. Could you please help me to find out what kind of papers do I need to import my pet to Denmark?
    RESPONSE
    The Republic of Georgia is considered a country with a high incidence of rabies. Therefore you will need to have a veterinarian install the ISO microchip in the pet, vaccinate it for rabies and then wait 21 days. He will then draw a small sample of the pets blood for what is called the blood titer test. There is then a three month wait before you can enter Denmark with the pet. The veterinarian will also complete the EU form 998 pet passport for Denmark. If you would like the complete instructions and all of the necessary forms including the blood titer test documents they are available here and can be emailed to you:
    http://www.pettravelstore.com/products/Pet-Passport-Denmark.html
    Or go to: http://www.pettravelstore.com and then click on Pet Passports and scroll down to Denmark
    Jerry

  15. Hi – I’m traveling from the US to Germany for a longer trip (mid October until January 1st). I found out that the airline will not allow pets to fly outside of the cabin in winter, but all the in-cabin pet carriers I’ve seen so far, seem too small for my dog. He’s a Jack Russell Terrier (although a very, very mellow one), about 16 pounds, and probably about 13 inches tall standing up (measured at the back). He usually naps all day long, curled up into a little ball – and curled up he would fit fine into a carrier. Does anybody have any experiences with Valium or other “calming” substances? I would like to have the dog in the cabin flying to Germany and flying back in January, and I’d be curious to hear from you what you think about this option. Thank you, Petra
    RESPONSE
    Not all airlines prohibit pets from traveling as checked baggage and from not all airports. I would check a few more airlines as I suspect your pet is too large to travel in the cabin. The airlines do not allow pets to travel who have been medically tranquilized. However, there are non-prescription products that seem to help the pet relax. I assume you are aware that the pet must first be micro chipped with the ISO 15 digit microchip, then vaccinated for rabies and be accompanied by the EU form 998 for Germany. You can find everything you need at http://www.pettravelstore.com
    Jerry

  16. I am traveling from Dayton, Ohio to Orlando Fla. with a 10 lb. morkie who stands 9″ tall and 15″ long. What size and kind of carrier should I buy that is completely acceptable to Air Tran Airways?

    RESPONSE: All of our bags are airline compliant with the exception of the Extra Large SturdiBag. Your pet would do fine any of the carriers we stock. Be sure your measurements are accurate (from tip of nose to base of tail and from top of head to ground). The product descriptions will help you choose the proper size. You can find the carriers here: https://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-carriers/
    Susan

  17. I am taking a cat with me in the flight cabin of a United flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Do I need a health certificate if the flight is just within California and not going across state lines? Thanks in advance.
    RESPONSE
    You need to ask United Air Lines reservations office this question. Most airlines request that pets traveling in the cabin have a certificate stating that they are healthy enough to travel and are free from diseases communicable to humans.
    Jerry

  18. I will go on BMI
    RESPONSE
    The rules remain the same. The pet must travel to the UK as manifested cargo. If you enter the UK prior to January 1st it will go into quarantine. In order to enter the UK after January 1st it must be micro chipped with the ISO 15 digit microchip, be vaccinated for rabies, have the EU form 998 veterinary health certificate and be treated for tapeworms. The complete rules and instructions and forms are available here:
    http://www.pettravelstore.com/products/Pet-Passport-United-Kingdom-No-Quarantine.html

    If you wish to enter before January 1st you will need the instructions for quarantine which are available here:
    http://www.pettravelstore.com/products/Pet-Passport-United-Kingdom-Quarantine.html
    Jerry

  19. I am moving from middle east to Canada through England and I want to take my 1 year old cat with me ,but the problem is that I have to stay in London for 20 hours ,so I will enter London to stay at a hotel . The question is what are the documents that I must have to enter my cat to London and Canada.and there is another question that can I take the cat with me in the cabin from Syria to London and from London to Canada???? thanks
    RESPONSE
    Since I assume your cat has not had a blood titer test the soonest you can enter England is January 1, 2012. Otherwise it will go into a quarantine center for the period of time you are in England and it is quite an expensive process. I cannot comment on the second half of your question as I do not know what airline you are flying and they each have their own rules on pets in the cabin. However, pets cannot enter England in the cabin of the aircraft on any airline. They must enter as manifested cargo. If you would like the complete rules and all of the forms for taking your pet into England or into Syria they are available here:
    http://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/
    Jerry

  20. One more question sorry, will we just need her vaccination details or will we need her microchip details as well? thanks x
    RESPONSE
    The health certificate must show the pets microchip number.
    Jerry

  21. Thanks for your response, is this the same if we were to travel first class, would there be more room for the dog to travel? meaning would there be a bit more give on the weight front?
    Thanks x
    RESPONSE
    I do not think it would make it any easier and in some cases more difficult. Some airlines do not allow pets in the first class cabin, only in the coach cabin. In many cases there is less room under the seat in first class due to the extra communication equipment that is stored there. Your best source is to call the airlines reservations office.
    Jerry

  22. Hi
    I hope to be moving to Canada from UK and i have a Jack Russell who weighs about 20lbs, I am hoping she will lose weight before i go as she is overweight,what is the weight restriction for dogs travelling in the cabin with me? She is more like a human so i know if she went in with the baggage she would be petrified so we really want her with us! Also what documentation will i need? Thanks
    RESPONSE
    It varies slightly by airline but in most cases the limit is 15 lbs including the carrier. the other consideration is the height of the pet as it must fit in the carrier under the seat. If the pet is more than 10 1/2 inches tall it probably will not be able to travel in the cabin.
    To enter Canada your pet should be vaccinted for rabies although since you are coming from a rabies free country it is not required. It will need a certificate of good health which is available here:
    http://www.pettravelstore.com/products/Pet-Passport-Canada.html
    Jerry

  23. Does anyone know if I would have to go through Customs to claim my dog from baggage in Santiago coming off an overnight Air Canada flight from Toronto in order to catch a LAN airline going to Montivideo?

    I would rather stay in transit but need to give her a break and meal. What is the minimum time between flights do do this comfortably? Three hours, four hours?
    RESPONSE
    Most airlines will not transfer pets from one airline to another so it would be necessary for you to pick the pet up in Santiago and re check it on the flight to Montivedo. However this means you must clear customs in Chile and would need to adhere to their regulations as well as those for arrival in Uruguay. Both countries require their own veterinary certificate and both countries require that the pet be treated for ticks and tapeworms. You might ask Air Canada if they are willing to hold the pet for four hours and transfer it to the Lan flight but I doubt it. If you need the complete instructions and forms for both countries they are available here: http://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/
    Jerry

  24. What data does United use to determine its temperature restricions? Might one be turned away at the check-in counter? If that occurs, are you charged a re-book fee?
    RESPONSE
    The airlines are concerned about the runway temperature at the time the pet will be loaded in the cargo hold. If the runway temperature were much above 84 degrees then the airline should refuse to board the pet as checked baggage. I do not know United’s Policy as regards the re-booking fees.
    Jerry

  25. Thanks for answering one of my questions. However, I really wanted to know if it is possible to take two cats per person or am I only going to be able to take one.
    Thank you
    RESPONSE
    I am sorry but I do not remember where you are traveling to but in almost all cases you can take two cats per person. However most airlines only allow one pet per passenger to travel in the cabin of the aircraft. If the cats are tiny some airlines will allow two cats to travel in the same under the seat carrier but they would have to be very small. In almost all cases it is one pet per passenger in the cabin and the second cat would need to travel as checked baggage. In this case I would recommend that both cats travel in the same IATA compliant pet crate as checked baggage. You can find everything you need for safe and comfortable pet travel including approved under the seat carriers and IATA compliant pet crates at http://www.pettravelstore.com
    Jerry

  26. Im going to be moving from New York City to New Mexico, and i have 3 cats that i want to travel as carry on, do they have to have their update vaccines, and do i have to have proof on paper? Also can they refuse my trip, if the cats start to cry or something? Also is it possible for TSA/ Airport officials to confusicate my pets for any reason?
    RESPONSE
    TSA has nothing to do with pets. Their only responsiblity is to have the cats removed from the pet carrier so that the carrier can go through Xray. You should ask for a private room so that the cats do not escape. Virtually all airlines only allow one pet per passenger but you could call the airlines reservations office to check. You must call reservations to make a booking for the cats anyway. It cannot be done online. I have never heard of cats being removed from a plane becuase of their crying. Some airlines require a health certificate and others do not. The airlines do not require that the pet be vaccinated for rabies.
    Jerry

  27. I will be traveling with my adult cats from the mainland to Hawaii. I have 3 cats and wanted to take all of them. One cat is 17 lbs and the other two are 13 lbs. Which airline would be the easiest to use? Is it possible to take all 3 or am I going to have to choose only 2 to go? How would you suggest I travel with them – as checked baggage or carry on? I have already had their microchips placed & labs for the rabies antibody titer. Thank you so much
    RESPONSE
    At the present time there is no airline flying to Hawaii that will accept pets in the cabin. Your pets will need to travel to Hawaii as checked baggage in IATA compliant pet crates. You can find the proper pet crates here:
    http://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Crates-%26-Accessories/Pet-Crates/
    Jerry

  28. We plan on taking our 4 yr old Chihuahua from TN. to Sweden via Finland in Nov.;returning home we will fly vi Amsterdam. We have the Swedish form 998, do we also need specific forms for the other countries? We do have a EU pass for her from Finland which we obtained last year at the vet in Finland.
    Also, the weather will be considerably colder in the Sweden in Nov. Dec. are there any preparations for the pet we should be considering?
    Any input will be appreciated.
    Anita
    RESPONSE
    I assume you are aware that if you are going into Sweden prior to January 1st of next year that in addition to the EU form 998 the pets must have a blood titer test six months in advance of travel and must also have a ticks and tapeworms certificate. After January 1st the rules are more relaxed.
    If you are merely changing planes in Finland not not going through immigration control then nothing is required for that country. If you are stopping over then you will need the EU form 998 for Finland and a ticks and tapeworms certificate.
    If the weather is very cold the airline may ask for an acclimation certificate. If you go to http://www.pettravelstore.com under Pet Passports you can find the complete rules and necessary forms for Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands. In the same store if you go to AIRLINE PET POLICIES you will find the rules for all airlines including their forms and the acclimation certificates.
    Jerry
    Jerry

  29. We will be flying from Atl to Norfolk, Va with our Dachshund going as carry-on. From the Norfolk airport we’ll drive straight to NC (not even stopping in VA). According to the USDA site, Virginia requires a certificate of health for all dogs. I called Delta and they do not require a certificate or even verify that you have one. So, my questions is, will the USDA really be checking into this certificate? Our dog is healthy and just had her 6 month exam last month, but I really don’t want to pay for another exam if no one’s going to be checking it anyway! Please help with some practical advice!
    RESPONSE
    No one will check at the arrival airport. However, I am surprised that Delta advised you that you did not need a certificate of good health to carry your pet on the plane.
    Jerry

  30. I need to transport a cat that I can’t get in and out of the carrier at the airport. If the carrier doesn’t have any metal and passes through the metal detector, will they let me leave him in the carrier? Or is this going to be potential problem?

    Response: Hello Sue,

    You can request a separate room in which to remove the cat from the carrier. They will then take the carrier to xray and return it so she can place the cat in the carrier when in the room.

  31. We are moving to Hongkong from the Philippines in a month’s time and we want to bring our two year old Yorkie with us. Would you know of the regulations about this? If they allow us to bring him in a carrier case, where do I put him when we’re inside the plane — on the floor, on my lap? If we bring him in via crate, what sort of crate should it be? When we get there, is there any certificate that we should get for him, or would his vaccination records be enough? Thank you so much.
    RESPONSE
    It is unlikely that you will find an airline that will allow the pet to travel in the cabin on a flight of that length. Also the pet must be very tiny to qualify for in cabin travel, generally under 15 lbs including the pet carrier and less than 10 1/2 inches tall.

    Since the pet will be traveling as checked baggage you need an IATA compliant pet crate for it to travel in such as these: http://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Crates-%26-Accessories/Pet-Crates/

    To enter Hong Kong with your pet it must have the proper veterinary health certificate and you must obtain an import permit well in advance of your travel date. The complete rules and the necessary forms including the import permit application are available here:
    http://www.pettravelstore.com/products/Pet-Passport-Hong-Kong.html

    Or just visit http://www.pettravelstore for everything that you will need.
    Jerry

  32. Hi Jerry, I will be moving up Houston, Tx, from Mexico city… I have 3 cats, they’re 6 yrs old, and i want to take them with me… I’m travelling alone… is there a meximum number of pets that I can carry on a plane… What papers, vaccines, permissions etc would i need to do this?
    Thank you for you help!!
    Isaac
    RESPONSE
    Almost all airlines lines limit the pets per passenger to one if they are traveling in the cabin. There should not be a problem since the cats will be traveling as checked baggage and some airlines will allow more than one cat in a single IATA compliant pet crate. However, you must call the airline you are flying to firm up these details and to make a booking for the pets to travel. The cats should be vaccinated for rabies and be accompanied by a certificate of good health. The full instructions and the certificate to be filled out by a veterinarian in Mexico City is available here and will be emailed to you:
    http://www.pettravelstore.com/products/Pet-Passport-United-States.html
    Jerry

  33. I will be moving from Ontario to British Columbia with two small cats. Do I have less to worry about since they are moving from within the country? My cats are so important to me and I’m worried, I don’t want anything to be overlooked. I understand I must get the IATA compliant carriers and i book with the airliner and get tickets with the cat option. Is there anything else in that regards I should know about? Do I put a litter pan in the carrier with them? Is it suggested to opt for the kitty relaxer pills to avoid allot of the stress on them? I am one person traveling with two cats will that be an issue? Is it unheard of to be able to get both animals in the cabin with me? What else do I need to do to get them over with me, I’m short on time :S Thank you.
    RESPONSE
    You need to call the airline reservations office as most airlines limit you to one pet per passenger. Certainly it is one pet crate per passenger for travel in the cabin of the aircraft. If the cats are traveling as checked baggage it is not an issue. There are special pads to go in the bottom of the pet carriers – do not use kitty litter. The pet relaxers are quite safe and seem to help.
    Jerry

  34. so these pet rules are airline specific – correct? so if i go thru security with 2 little kittens, TSA won’t stop me?
    RESPONSE
    TSA does not monitor pets going through security except to ask that they be taken out of their pet carriers so that the pet carrier can be inspected. I am not sure what airline you are referring to or which rule you are referring to.
    Jerry

  35. i am flying Airtran from BWI to Huntsville and they will be in the cabin with me. I talked to Airtran and they seem to change rules as they please. They tell me i cannot have two little 2.5 lbs kittens in one carrier that it would take two people – each person to bring back one kitten.
    I was then told i could buy another seat. which means i would be bringing on two carriers even though their rules say it has to be two people. So they change the rules. These kittens can fit in one carrier.
    RESPONSE
    I am surprised to hear that they would sell you a second seat without a second passenger. That is not normally done. the rule of most airlines is one pet per passenger.
    Jerry

  36. I am traveling with 2 three-month old kittens – do i need two carriers? If so, why? They only weigh 2.3 lbs each. they are brothers.
    RESPONSE
    To answer your question I need to know three things. Where are you flying to/from, Are the pets traveling in the cabin or are they traveling as checked baggage and what airline are you flying on?
    Jerry

  37. (see previous)In adition to visiting my cats during a long layover, I would like to clean their
    litterbox because they will have an additional 10 hours in the crate after leaving Miami. If they have been check thru to Uruguay @ Atlanta, do you think this could be arranged?
    RESPONSE
    No if you check them through from Atlanta to Uruguay you would not have access to themin Miami. You would need to check them from Atlanta to Miami and then recheck them from Miami to Uruguay if you want access to them while in Miami.
    Jerry

  38. Travelling from ATL to Montevideo Uruguay with 2 aged cats. I have a 4 hour layover in Miami after flight from ATL (assuming everything goes as planned). Will I be able to visit my animals during this layover.?
    RESPONSE
    It depends on how you handle it. If you check the cats only as far as Miami then you can pick them up at Baggage Claim and then re-check them on the flight to Uruguay. If you check them through to Uruguay from Atlanta then you would not be able to see them. If you need the complete instructions and forms for taking your cats into Uruguay they are available here: http://www.pettravelstore.com/products/Pet-Passport-Uruguay.html
    Jerry

  39. i have a 2 yr old cat who will be accompanying me n my family to our 1 month long trip to egypt. i would be departing from india. i would like to know that is there any provision by which i can travel by air with my pet with me in the passenger seat as it would be my pets first trip on air and i dont want it to be traumatised in the baggage section.
    RESPONSE
    Some airlines do allow very small pets to travel in the cabin with a passenger as long as the flight is less than 10 hours. You will need to contact the airlines reservations office to see if they are one of the airlines that accepts pets in the cabin. It cannot be done online. If you need the complete instructions and forms for taking your pet into Egypt they are available here and can be emailed to you: http://www.pettravelstore.com/products/Pet-Passport-Egypt.html
    Jerry

  40. I have a Boston Terrier that weighs 20 lbs and his bag is about a pound, Lufthansa says that for cabin travel it cannot exceed 18 lbs witht he bag. Are they known to make exceptions in cases like these?
    RESPONSE
    Most airlines set a limit of 15 lbs so I doubt that they will allow a pet and carrier weighing 21 lbs in the cabin. There is also the problem of the height of the pet which should be under 10 1/2 inches. I am afraid your pet will need to travel as checked baggage in the special section of the cargo hold where the temperature and pressure is the same as in the cabin. In addition to having the proper pet passport for the country you are flying to your pet must travel in an IATA compliant pet crate. You can find everything that you need at http://www.pettravelstore.com
    Jerry

  41. I’m flying from the uk to Toronto in August and would like to take my 3.5 kg Maltese with me. Would any airline let her travel on board with me? Has anyone done this? I’ll only be gone for a few week so wondering if it’s worth the effort? Any advise would be very much appreciated.
    RESPONSE
    Most airlines allow small pets to travel in the cabin of the aircraft. You should call the reservations office of the airline you plan to use to make a booking for your pet. However returning to the UK is much more difficult as under the current regulations you must have a blood titer test for the pet to avoid quarantine. If you are returning to the Uk after Jan 1 then that requirement no longer applies: You can find the rules and forms for both the United States and the UK here and they will be emailed to you: http://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/
    Jerry

  42. Hi, im planning to bring my 2 years old toy poodles to canada in this coming sept. She is currently 5kg.

    Appreciate if you could advice me which airline (flying from asia) allow pets on board as well as what type of document i need to prepare.
    RESPONSE
    We do not recommend airlines and it will be difficult to find one to accept the pet in cabin due to the length of the flight. You should call the airlines reservations office of an airline that flies direct between the two cities. The only document you need is the Canada Health Certificate and for your pet to be vaccinated for rabies. There is a small fee to pay at the time of entry into Canada. If you need the complete instructions and health certiicate for Canada it is available here and can be emailed to you: http://www.pettravelstore.com/products/Pet-Passport-Canada.html
    Jerry

  43. We are traveling back to the USA (to most likely land in Boston) from Beijing China with our cat. He has his official Rabies vaccination booklet but beyond that we’re not really sure how to proceed. Is there any quarantine time when we get to the US? Can you recommend any pet-friendly airlines that fly PEK to BOS? We plan to fly in early August but we were waiting to buy tickets until we know more.
    RESPONSE: The only other item is a certificate of good health signed by a veterinarian in China. The veterinarian must also examine the cat and certify that it is free of screworm. If you have those papers there is not quarantine on arrival in the US. We do not recommen airlines but since it is likely your pet will be traveling as checked baggage it is import to find a flight that lands in Boston at night or very early in the morning to avoid the heat problem. If you need the complete instructions and forms for bringing a pet into the US they are available here and can be emailed to you:
    http://www.pettravelstore.com/products/Pet-Passport-United-States.html
    Jerry

  44. I’m travelling with my 6 month old persian kitten via austrian airlines to paris transiting in vienna .. i would like to know whether paris gov will quarantine my kitten upon arrival.. and.. whether russia will quarantine my kitten when i get back after a month..
    RESPONSE
    There is no reason for your pet to be quarantined in either France or Russia if you follow the rules. France requires that yoiur pet first be micro chipped with the ISO 15 digit microchip, then vaccinated for rabies and then you will have your veterinarian complete the EU form 998 health certificate for France. Before returning to Russia I suggest you visit a veterinarian in France and have him complete the health certificate for Russia. If you are only transiting Austria then nothing is required for that country. Transiting means your pet remains on the same airline into and out of Austria and you do not go through customs.
    If you need the complete instructions and all of the forms for any of these countries they are available here and can be emailed to you: http://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/
    Jerry

  45. hi i am traveling with a 3 month old papillon puppy in the cabin with me to Kazan, Russia. Can you help me find out what papers exactly i need to get through customs and such. And i am going straight to the kazan airport do i have to go to the moscow airport to have the proper screening for my pet or can i still go straight to kazan?
    RESPONSE
    You must go through the Moscow airport to clear your pet. You will need the Russia veterinary certificate and your pet must be vaccinated for rabies. If you need the complete instructions and forms they are available here and can be emailed to you.
    http://www.pettravelstore.com/products/Pet-Passport-Russia.html
    Jerry

  46. Hello,
    I’m going to travel with a 5 month old cocker spaniel from Canada to Nicaragua with one stop in Miami with American Airlines. Which pet carriers are better for in-cabin travel with a 5 month old cocker spaniel on AA?
    RESPONSE
    Before I answer completely I need to know the size of your dog. His weight and his height from top of head to floor. The pet carrier I prefer is called the sturdi bag as it has internal ribs that allow the bag to squish down to fit under the seat during takeoff and landing and then when you pull it out between your legs during the flight it pops up like a little tent to give your pet more room.
    In most cases if your pet is over 10 1/2 inches tall and much over 15 lbs it probably cannot travel in the cabin but must travel as checked baggage.
    If you need the complete rules and forms for taking your pet into Nicaragua or a pet carrier they are available at http://www.pettravelstore.com
    Jerry

  47. I will be flying with two medium sized dogs to Vienna from Washington DC in late July. They will travel as checked baggage. Unlike many other airlines, Austrian does not have any temperature restrictions around the pet travel in the hot summer months – which is a good news, but it also makes me a little worried. Is there a reason to be concerned? What is your experience with them? Thanks so much. Kat.
    RESPONSE
    I have not had any negative comments about Austrian Airlines. If possible try and find a flight that leaves in the evening or during the night and not during the hottest part of the day. The concern is that if the plane is stuck on the runway for an extended time prior to takeoff the cargo hold can overheat.
    Jerry

  48. Hi, I am bringing a pair of birds with me from Trinidad to NY my next time there. On Caribbean Airlines the birds have to be carried as checked-in baggage in an approved container. Does this mean that when I arrive in JFK airportI will have to look for the birds in the luggage carousal with all the other luggage? I have not been able to find an answer on the web. Thanks for any info.
    RESPONSE
    Yes the birds in their container will be sitting against the wall in the luggage claim area. Have you arranged for clearance for the birds to enter the US. Normally there is a quarantine period.
    Jerry

  49. Hi,
    A friend of mine asked me to bring a puppy to Aruba for him. What are the restrictions with taking a dog to Aruba?
    Thanks,
    RESPONSE
    Aruba is very pet friendly but they do require that the pet first be micro chipped with the ISO 15 digit microchip, vaccinated for rabies and be accompanied by the health certificate for Aruba which is certified by the USDA. If you need the ISO microchip, an approved pet carrier or the forms and instructions for taking the pet into Aruba they are available at http://www.pettravelstore.com
    Jerry

  50. Re: traveling from lax to spain with labrador

    I need to kennel my dog; but there is no direct flight. if I change planes in jfk (same airline), do i need to (or can I) get him and take him for a walk and check him on the next flight? or will the airline transfer the kennel from one flight to the next?
    Also, can dogs walk through airports outside of the kennel, or must they stay in the kennel (meaning I need to take temporary wheels somehow?), since the kennel would be too heavy for me to carry it with him inside.
    thank you – i haven’t been able to find answers to this…
    RESPONSE
    The airline will transfer the pet to the next flight as long as it remains on the same airline.
    If you wish to take it for a walk in New York you would need to check the pet only as far as New York and then go through customs with him. The pet cannot walk through the airport but must be kenneled. If in fact you check the pet only to New York you would pick it up at the baggage claim area and then a couple of hours before the next flight check it to the final destination. Either way you will need a veterinary certificate for the pet to enter the US. You can find the US health certificate and instructions at http://www.pettravelstore.com and then click on Pet Passports.
    Jerry

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