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  1. Hello, I am flying from San Francisco to Spain, and i just bought a puppy. He will be three months minus two day by the time of the flight. This means that is not fully three months. The requirements to enter spain says that the animal needs to be at least three months. Because it is very young does not have the rabies vaccine. Normally the dog needs to be 16 weeks old, and he will be just 12. It is required to have the vaccine 21 days prior landing. So my question is can i fly with a puppy that is 3 months old minus 2 days and without the rabies vaccine? i just do not understand that is allow to bring an animal three months old, but expect them to have the rabies vaccine. Is there any other document that would complement the requirements for Spain. Thanks
    clara

    RESPONSE: Requirements for pets to enter Spain state that the pet must be micro chipped, then vaccinated at least 21 days prior to entering Spain. An exception would be if the puppy was traveling with their mother with all of her rabies documentation.
    Susan

  2. Hi ,
    I live in the UAE and i am coming to India Bangalore on TR and planning to bring my Rabbit pls do get back to me regarding as what ar the formalities . Waiting for a early reply .
    Thanks Rgds ,
    Kathleen Bantleman 00971051755143 .
    RESPONSE
    India does not publish information on the import of rabbits. You might contact this person in India who may be able to advise you.
    Rishya Hemchandra
    Yashbans and Fuzzy Wuzzy
    Bangalore, India
    visit us at http://www.fuzzywuzzy.in / http://www.yashbans.com
    info@fuzzywuzzy.in
    Cell:+91 984 515 8080 – Direct line: +91 988 631 2691
    Fax: +91 80 4163 8533

    Jerry

  3. Hi, if anyone out there is travelling from Istanbul to New York and would like to volunteer to accompany a cat on their flight a small fee can be arranged for your help. Thanks

  4. Hi Guys!

    Great resource you have here. ‘Nair’ on March 22 asked for information on a similar issue that I’m facing but did not provide you with enough details for a precise answer. I will be traveling with EVA Air from Thailand to Canada with a 2 hour transit in Taipei. I will be traveling with my 2 small dogs (single crate) as excess baggage. I will have the Rabies Vaccination Certificates and Health Check Certificates (as needed for importation into Canada). Is there anything else I require for this 2 hour transit in Taiwan, such as the previously mentioned ‘Application Form for Animal Transit’?

    I did find this at the website for Taiwan’s Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine:

    “According to the regulations of ” Statute for Prevention and Control of Infectious Animal Disease “, all animals which transit by international airport in Taiwan shall be enforced transit animal quarantine from BAPHIQ (Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine)”
    Thanks for your help!
    RESPONSE
    If your pet is flying into and out of Taiwan on the same airline and the layover is less than two hours then the airline you are flying should be able to handle the transfer the pet from one flight to another. If you are changing airlines in Taiwan or if the layover is longer than that then other arrangements must be made.
    Jerry

  5. My son is marrying a young lady from Taiwan and wants to bring her to the USA who also wants to move her small dog with her. What should she do from start to finish?
    Where do you get a dog passport and where should he be microchipped. Please give me as much detail as possible. We’re having enough problems getting her here.Thank you!! so much!!
    Patty
    RESPONSE
    The US does not require a microchip. You only need to have a veterinarian in Taiwan make sure the pet has a current rabies vaccination and complete the heatlh certificate for the United States. The veterinrian in Taiwan must also check the pet and state that the pet is free of screwworm. Nothing else is required to enter the US and there will be no quarantine.
    The complete pet passport and instructions are available here and can be emailed to you or to her:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-passport-united-states/.
    Jerry

  6. Thank you for your reply, I appreciate it.

    I had called in and asked United and the reservations agent I spoke with said it would be OK for me to bring her in cabin and the fees associated with it. Do you think I was given incorrect information and should call back? Technically, my flight to Japan is only 10 hours and maybe that is why I was told I would be able to?

    I contacted the Tokyo Narita airport and they apologized and said they were unsure. So I’m still not sure if I would be passing through customs. Animal Quarantine Service said that as long as we are transiting through and my cat does not enter Japan we needn’t do anything concerning them.

    Does passing through customs count as entering Japan?

    I am just trying my best to avoid any unforeseen issues arising.

    Thanks again!

    RESPONSE: I would call back and confirm with another agent. Be sure and record names and times of conversations. Yes, passing through customs counts as entering Japan. If you are staying on United, then you should not have to clear customs, but I would also confirm that.
    Susan

  7. Hello,
    I’m about to fly over to America soon from India, I want to carry my pet rabbit with me. He’s about 3 months old now but he hasn’t gotten any of his rabie shots. I have to get those done but I still need to know what to do after i get them done (even though i have no idea what or where to get the shots – almost no place around here to get them done- *in dehradun)Could u please help me, and tell me what i could do after i get his shots? i mean, what all are the procedures of getting the rabbit from here to there? what all will i have to do? What types of paperwork and from where can i get them? Can you please reply as soon as possible?..Tnx

    RESPONSE: Your rabbit will travel to the US as checked baggage or cargo in an IATA compliant pet crate. Your pet can travel on the same plane as you will travel in a part of the airplane that is temperature controlled and pressurized like the cabin. Shortly prior to travel, you need to get a certificate of health from your veterinarian. Your rabbit will not require a rabies vaccination to enter the US. You will need to contact your airline to make your reservation; it cannot be done online.
    Susan

  8. Hello,

    I am traveling from the US to Guangzhou, China with my cat. I have found a booking through united.com (because they will let me have her in cabin). The problem is that they have me change airlines (to Ana) in Tokyo Narita. Am I understanding correctly, that even though I am not staying in Japan, because I am changing airlines I will have to make sure my cat complies with import regulations for Japan as well? Will having my Chinese visa and itinerary showing that I not staying in the country help at all?
    Thank you
    RESPONSE
    I would check with United Airlines by phone. They normally do not accept pets in the cabin on flights of that length – 12 hours is usually the maximum.
    It depends on whether or not you need to go through immigration to get to your next flight in Japan. If the pet is in cabin and you do not go through immigration but merely move to the next flight then nothing is needed for Japan. If you do have to go through immigration and at some airports you do need to do so to change airlines or if your pet winds up traveling in the cargo hold then it will need to comply with Japan rules. i cannot imagine that your having a visa would change that.
    Jerry

  9. I want to bring my per rabbit from Thailand to India please advise what are the formalities.
    RESPONSE
    India does not publish information regarding the import of pet rabbits – only cats, dogs and ferrets. You might contact this person who may be able to help you.
    Rishya Hemchandra
    Yashbans and Fuzzy Wuzzy
    Bangalore, India
    visit us at http://www.fuzzywuzzy.in / http://www.yashbans.com
    info@fuzzywuzzy.in
    Cell:+91 984 515 8080 – Direct line: +91 988 631 2691
    Fax: +91 80 4163 8533
    Jerry

  10. hi, I will be travelling wt my pet dog fm SF to KUL via Taipei.have completed all the paper work for my pet.
    Now I haev printed out the ‘Application Form for Animal Transit’ which I am supposed to email/fax 7 days prior to our
    flight. I did read their website and they require his Vac Cert as well.I think they have a ‘Transit quarantine’. I want to know if there are any other forms that need to be filled coz I am reading their requlations online and it’s confusing.I would appreciate your advice very much.My dog is my baby and I dont want anything to go wrong.Thank you very much.
    RESPONSE
    Before I can accurately answer your question I need to know if the pet is traveling as checked baggage and if the pet remains on the same airline into and out of Taiwan. Is the pet just changing planes or are yoiu laying over in Taiwan for some period of time. If the pet is just changing planes on the same airline and the time in Taiwan is less than an hour or so it is one set of rules. If you plan to take the pet for a walk or if it is changing airlines then it is another set of rules.
    Jerry

  11. I’m in Michigan. I’m traveling to LAthen to Bangkok with my cat. I’m staying one night in LA. Do I have to take my pet to customs at lax?
    RESPONSE
    Since you are remaining inside the US customs is not involved. You will need to call the airline to make a reservation for your pet to travel. You will need to clear customs in Thailand. If you need the complete pet passport package of forms and instructions it is available here:
    http://www.pettravelstore.com/products/Pet-Passport-Thailand.html
    Jerry

  12. Hi,

    That too bad.

    We searched high and low for an airline. Originally our plan was United, but I believe the merger has changed their policy. Many airlines accept cats and dogs but not birds. The lack of understanding and accomodation of birds is really frustrating! In the end we found that Aeroflot could meet our needs. US airways and Delta were also potential airlines, but prohibitively expensive in our case.

  13. We are relocating from Los Angles to Stockholm with our parrot. We are taking our bird in cabin and have all the paperwork for the US Export and the SE Import (as well as the international health certificate). However our connecting flight will be through Moscow. Will we need to make special arrangements in Moscow for the connection? Or will the paperwork we have in hand be enough.

    We can’t find any information on the procedure for international connecting flights with pets.
    RESPONSE
    I do not have that information but would appreciate knowing which airline allows birds in the cabin of the aircraft. That is very rare.
    Jerry

    Thank you!

  14. Hi,

    My boyfriend and I will be moving to Macau in October and I desperately want to take my 4 pet rats with me. Do you know if there are any procedures to follow for rats or if they would even be allowed in the country? Ideally I’d want to have them
    In the cabin with me-I’m not sure they’d hope well with the stress otherwise and I wouldn’t want to put them through the trauma of the baggage hold!
    RESPONSE
    I am not aware of any airline that would allow them in the cabin of the aircraft.
    Macau does not publish information on the import of pet rats but you might speak with their consulate.
    Jerry

    Thanks
    Varie

  15. Hi. I am flying from Pittsburgh back to Venice Italy and am bringing my dog with me. I have been told that if I fly him cargo I have to fly into Milan as they don’t accept animals someone else just said if I fly him as excess baggage I can fly into Venice. Then someone Elsie said not true he wont clear customs there is.no vet in Venice. Please help I don’t want to get stuck in Venice with my dog and I don’t want to have to fly.into Milan if I don’t need to. Thank you
    RESPONSE
    I suggest you call the airline you are flying as they should be able to advise you. You must call them anyway to make a booking for your pet. I cannot however imagine that you cannot clear through customs in Venice with your pet. If you need the complete pet passport for Italy which contains the instructions and necessary forms including the new Annex II veterinary certificate it is available here:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-passport-italy/.
    Jerry

  16. Jerry, continuing the previous conversation about the flight from Bishkek to Istanbul to Munich to DC with a hand-carry cat – I’ve just gotten a response from a travel agent regarding Munich: “You won’t have to clear customs in Munich”. What do you think, safe to travel with the cat without the blood test, etc.? Does she still need to be chipped? Thanks!
    RESPONSE
    I believe the information you received is incorrect. Germany requires pets that are entering from a country with a high incidence of rabies have a blood titer test 3 months in advance to avoid quarantine.
    Jerry

  17. I’m flying from Bishkek to Istanbul on Turkish Air and then to the US via Munich on United/Lufthansa. I’ll be bringing a small cat with me into the cabin. Do we need to do anything special to get through without any problems in Munich? Thank you!
    RESPONSE
    A lot depends on what happens in Munich. If you just change airlines and do not go through immigration then you technically do not enter the country. However some airports are set up so that you have to go to another terminal and may have to go through immigration to do so. I suggest you talk with Turkish Air and they can probably better advise you on the transfer process. If it turns out you do have to go through immigration there are a lot of steps necessary including the need for a blood titer test. You can find the pet passport packages for both Germany and the US here and they can be emailed to you:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/
    Jerry

  18. I’m flying china airlines from San Fran to Vietnam. I will transit at Taipei for 3 hours or so. I called the reservation office and they say I need transfer permit for taipei and import permit for vietnam. Do u know how to obtain these permits? Im bring a small dog back to Vietnam and plan to checked as excess baggage. Thanks
    RESPONSE
    If the pet is traveling as checked baggage and remains on the same airline into and out of Taipei then no transit permit should be needed unless you plan to take the pet for a walk while there. If you do not the pet will be locked in the pet crate for a very long time. We have the pet passport packages for both Taipai and Vietnam here:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/
    Jerry

  19. I am flying from narita (Tokyo) to Vancouver to Los Angeles. Do I need to do anything for Canada to know that my pet is coming with me? I already did the requirements for the states, the health certificate and rabies vaccines, but since I will have a layover in Vancouver, does Canada have any specific requirements that I should know about? Any guidance is appreciated!
    RESPONSE
    The requirements for entry into Canada and into the US are exactly the same so you should not need any additional documents. You will have to pay a small entry fee for the pet when entering Canada.
    Jerry

  20. I plan to fly to the US for an extended medical trip (4-5 months) on March 30, and would like to take my 2 year old corgi with me.

    I am flying via Delta all the way, Manila to Hartford, CT, with 2 stopovers: Narita and Detroit. Stopovers are no longer than 2 hours. Total travel time is 23 hours.

    My questions are:
    1. Will Delta take care of the transfer of my pet and will we need to present any documentation? Does the dog need to be microchipped?
    2. Do I have to check my pet out once we reach Detroit and check him back in? If so, is 2 hours enough time for this?
    3. What are the US’ requirements for pet entry?
    5. Is our total transit time too long for our pet to travel?

    Thank you so so much in advance for your assistance.

    RESPONSE: Delta will not accept a pet being transported for 23 hours. There must be a stopover which appears to be Japan. Japan requires a transit permit and because of the flight schedule the pet may have to actually enter Japan which means it would have to be micro chipped. Taking the pet into Japan from Manila which is a country with a high incidence of rabies would require a blood titer test.

    The US requires that your pet be vaccinated and accompanied by a certificate of good health. Your pet will need to be certified to be free of screwworm.

  21. hello.
    Im from slovenia and in 6months im moving to dominican republic or cuba with my boyfriend. i want to bring my dog too. She is a french mastif, 60kg. she has a passport, our country is in EU, she has a microchip. i know she must be vacained for rabies, and blood test.. but I dont know what else will she need. Is there any quarantine needed for her? this must be a 10 or 11 hours flight..and i noticed…that noone is in cargo area during flight am I right? so that means that noone take care of this pets with water or if anything goes wrong- if dog would have…i dont know -a heart attact? otherwise my dog Luna has no problems to not go to pee or the other thing for like 12-13 hours…but she must have water in that period of time…she will be very affraid too, because she has never traveled by plane or without me next to her.
    hope you will respond.
    great site btw…
    keep up the good work
    RESPONSE
    Both the Dominican Republic and Cuba have similar requirements that the pet be vaccinated for rabies and be accompanied by a certificate of good health. Once the pet is checked in at the ticket counter there is no access to the pet by anyone while it is in the cargo hold. While it is a very long flight lots of animals have done it. You can put pee pads in the IATA compliant pet crate as well as water and a small amount of dry food.
    If you would like the pet passport information for either country it is available here: http://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/
    Jerry

  22. Hi,
    We will be traveling with a toy poodle and a pug from US (Indianapolis) to Norway (Oslo), and wondered if anyone know the issues we would face etc. We have gotten them micro chipped and vaccinated… so we are on the right track…
    Does anyone know what airlines allow for pets in cabin?
    RESPONSE
    Try American Airlines. if you need the pet passport for taking a pet into Norway it is available here:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-passport-norway/.
    Jerry

  23. Hi,

    I am from India and have been accepted for a PhD position in France. So, I will be moving to France for 4 years and planning to take my Labrador (dog) along with me. My journey would be by end of August 2012. What documentation would I need? I do not have a micro-chip enabled pet passport but have got a record of the vaccinations done till date in a blue booklet titled pet passport. The pet is 1.5 years old and weighs around 24 kgs. Please help me out.
    Regards, Zaheer Shaik
    RESPONSE
    To take a pet into France from India which is a country with a high incidence of rabies the following is required: The pet must first be micro chipped with the ISO 15 digit microchip. After the pet is micro chipped it must again be vaccinated for rabies. The pet must then have a blood titer test at least three months prior to entering France and finally your veterinarian will complete the new AnnexII veterinary certificate for France. If you would like the complete pet passport instructions and forms emailed to you they are available here:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-passport-france/.
    Jerry

  24. Hi! I will be traveling with my dog (chihuahua) to the Philippines from San Francisco and will have a 3hr. 15mins. layover in Taipei through EVA Air. I read somewhere here that if you will only be changing planes with the same airline with only a few hours layover that I do not need any documents of sorts to present at Taipei but only have to worry about the entry to the Philippines. My question is, how many “few hours” to be exact, to know if I may need to present some import papers at Taipei or not? And what is the difference between “Import Permit” and “Transit Permit”? Which one will I be needing in case I need to present some kind of documentation at Taipei? Also, I will be leaving in 2 or maybe 3 weeks from now, does the vaccination timetable that the airlines require really that strict? Thanks.
    RESPONSE
    You need to check with the airlines to see if this is okay with them. Normally the airlines do not like to see the pet held in the crate for more than 12 hours and the combined length of these two flights plus the 3 hour layover well exceeds that limit. You would not be able to take the pet for a walk, give it water or food while in Taiwan becuase to do so would require that the pet enter the country. Taiwan is very strict and requires an import permit and a blood titer test. As you know the Philippines also require an import permit and that your pet be vaccinated for rabies at least 30 days prior to arrival in that country. You will need to call the airline to make sure they are willing to transport your pet under these conditions.
    Jerry

  25. Hi
    I will go to Turkey from Usa with my dog for 2 weeks. My question is if I need to do paperwork in Turkey when I come back to Usa
    Thank you.
    RESPONSE
    As long as you have the proper documents to enter Turkey and the pets rabies vaccination has not expired you need nothing else to re-enter the United States. You will need the correct pet passport forms for Turkey and your pet must travel in an IATA compliant pet crate. You may want to visit https://www.pettravelstore.com to find all of the items you need for a safe trip for your pet.
    Jerry

  26. Please help put my mind at ease. I am moving from Ukraine to the US and I am taking my cat with me. He is a large cat and will be checked in as excess baggage. We are flying Lufthansa from Kyiv to Munich with a 3 hour layover and then onto Charlotte. I am terrified with all the regulations in the EU. Since we are only in Munich for 3 hours and using the same airlines will we be ok with our required health certificate and rabies vaccinations from Ukraine?
    RESPONSE
    As long as the pet is in checked baggage and is transfered by the airline from one plane to the next it is not techically entering Germany so nothing is required. You only need the pet passport forms for bringing a pet into the United States which are available here if you do not have them.
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-passport-united-states/.
    Jerry

  27. Just read the response you left for Saroza.

    I will give pet cargo a try, but I don’t think any airline flies direct from Seattle to Kyiv. If that’s the case, would this mean that I would need to fly to whatever city/country an airline goes to and transport my cat from there as excess baggage on my flight? If so, then would I need to meet the pet requirements of that country in order to change airlines?
    Most likely this would be France, Germany, Poland or Denmark
    RESPONSE
    The airlines not normally transfer pets from one airline to another. The procedure would be to check the pet as far as the intermediate city, go through customs with the pet, take it for a walk and then re-check the pet onto the next airline to your destination. Yes, you would have to comply with the requirements of the intermediate country which are all similar, Microchip, rabies vaccinations, and the EU veterinary certificate for that country. You can find all of the pet passports here:
    http://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/
    Jerry
    RESPONSE
    Yes you would have the pet travel as air cargo or checked baggage to one of those countries. Pick up the pet, walk and feed it and then put it on the next flight. All of those countries are pet friendly. Your pet would need to micro chipped with the ISO microchip, then vaccinated for rabies and then be accompanied by the health certificate for that country. You can find the rules and forms for all countries here:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/

    Jerry

  28. I am staying in Ukraine. For several months now, I have been trying to find a low-cost way to get my cat from Seattle to Kyiv. I know it is less expensive to fly a pet as excess baggage, but of course you would need to be a passenger. Any suggestions on finding someone coming in this direction willing to fly with someone else’s pet? If not, what’s the next best and least expensive way?
    I can have her taken to the airport, and I can pick her up from the airport.
    (By the way, I am in awe of your dedication to helping people with pet travel questions)
    RESPONSE
    I think it will be less expensive to have the air cargo department of the airline transport your pet. You should call them and discuss it.
    Jerry

  29. We consider going to South Africa for a few months next year, if we would do it, we need to take our two cats, this would mean leaving Holland to S.A and coming to Holland. Would it be worth us doing it? We wouldn’t go without our cats.

    RRESPONSE: To make the round trip with the cats they would need to be micro chipped with the ISO 15 digit microchip, vaccinated for rabies and have a blood titer test and of course the certificates of good health for each country. South Africa also requires that you obtain a import permit.

    It is all things that you can your vet can do if you wish to make the trip.

    If you visit this page you can order the complete pet passport package for both South Africa and the Netherlands and they can be emailed to you.

    https://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/

  30. Hello,
    I recently moved back to Nepal for good and I have my dog back in the
    US(Minnesota). I looked through couple of pet relocating agents in the US and
    their service fee is ridiculous. Any advice on how to move your pet
    here to Nepal ?

    Any preferred routes and airlines ??
    RESPONSE
    You should be able to handle this if you have someone in Minnesota to help you.
    Call the air cargo department of an airline that flies between the two cities. The pet can change planes enroute but cannot change airlines. The air cargo department will quote you the cost and give you advice. Your pet must be vaccinated for rabies and have the proper health certificates. Your helper in Minnesota will need to buy an IATA compliant pet crate for the pet to travel in. On the day of travel your helper will drop the pet and the pet crate off at the air cargo office at the airport and it will be on its way to you.
    You may wish to visit http://www.pettravelstore.com If you click on pet passports you can order the complete instructions and the several forms you need so that the pet can enter Nepal, they also have the IATA compliant pet crates which can be sent to the person in Minnesota.
    Jerry

    Any info/past experience greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  31. I have a teacup cihuahua and a big white cat.I live in South Africa but would like to relocate,where can I get information on travevilg with my pets without putting them in quarantine. Both animals have pasport and have been microchipped.
    RESPONSE
    You can find the basic information for all countries at PetTravel.Com
    Then go to this page:
    https://www.pettravel.com/passportnew.cfm
    Jerry

  32. First off, excellent site. You do such a great job helping people here.

    I do have a question of my own I hope I can get some feedback on:

    I will be flying on Copa Airlines and traveling from Chile to the United States, where I am a resident.

    But my flight stops in Panama first. The ticket I have is for Copa for the Panama-to-USA leg of the flight. But the flight says it is operated by Continental. When I called Continental about booking pet in cabin for that leg (something Copa told me to do), Continental said they can’t charge anything because it’s a Copa flight…and that it was just operated by Continental.

    So my question is:

    I will already have my Chile to USA certificates.

    But do I also need to go through the process of getting Panama paperwork done too, including the 2-week home quarantine they require? Or since I am just connecting for 1 hour in the airport, am I able to avoid this process.

    Thank you in advance for any assistance!
    RESPONSE
    As long as the pet does not leave the customs area then you have not entered Panama. As I understand it the pet is arriving in Panama as in cabin baggage and departing in cabin as well. If the animals is traveling as checked baggage and has to change airlines in Panama this will complicate the process. There is no need for a quarantine in any case. If you need the complete pet passport forms and instructions for either Panama or the United States they are available here and can be emailed to you:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-passport-united-states/.
    Jerry

  33. Hi there Im from México city and Im planing to live in Austria for the next year I really dont know anything that I need to know about taking my dog with me, till now my dog has all the Vaccines right on time so Im wondering if you know which kind of papers and things that coutry would ask for to let me take my dog with me… Thank you very much!!
    RESPONSE
    Austria considers Mexico a country with a low incidence of rabies. To take your pet into Austria it must first be fitted with the ISO 15 digit non-encrypted microchip, then vaccinated for rabies. About 2 weeks before the travel date your veterinarian will complete the EU form 998 for Austria. You can then enter without any difficulty. The complete instructions and forms that make up the pet passport for Austria are available here:
    httsp://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-passport-austria.cfm
    Jerry

  34. Hello,

    I am planning to travel with my dog from Tashkent to Manila via Korean Airlines this summer. He will be traveling as checked baggage. Will there be any issues with the layover time? The layover in Seoul is roughly 12 hours before the connecting flight to Manila.
    Thanks,
    Yvette
    RESPONSE
    The airline will not hold the pet for that length of time. You will need to check the pet only as far as Seoul, pick it up, go through immigration and then re-check it on the next flight. The pet must be walked and given water and food and only you can do that. You will therefore need to comply with the rules for Korea as well as those for the Philippines. As you probably know the Philippines among other things require an import permit.
    You can find the pet passport packages for both countries here and they can be emailed to you:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/
    Jerry

  35. …I should add I’m trying to fly with the pet in cabin from Shanghai on Asiana to Seoul, then with pet in cabin on Air Astana to KZ. Doesn’t this mean I would go through connections and avoid passport control? I don’t know Korea or the Incheon airport.
    RESPONSE
    I am not familiar with either airport. The airline is your best source of information.
    Jerry

  36. Thank you, Jerry. But how can I get a Korea import health certificate for only a two hour layover and transit through from Shanghai?
    RESPONSE
    If you do not go through passport control in either Korea or in China then you do not need documents for those countries.
    Jerry

  37. Hi,

    I’m traveling from Shanghai through Seoul to Almaty, then Astana, KZ. I can’t take the pet in the cabin from Shanghai to Seoul because of the airline (China Southern), but can on Air Astana from Seoul to Astana. My question: do I need any special documentation (other than the Chinese health certificate and blue card) to transit through Seoul?
    RESPONSE
    If you and the pet go through immigration control in Seoul which I suspect you will since you are changing airlines then you must comply with Korea pet import regulations. If you are traveling before December 1, of this coming year all that you need is a Korea veterinary health certificate. If you are traveling after that date their are additional requirements. You can find the complete pet passport packages for any country here and they each contain the instructions and forms for taking a pet into that country:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/
    Jerry

  38. Hi! Im planning to bring my dog (Japanese Spitz) from the Philippines to the US (NY) on July. Im going to be taking Delta. And there’s a change plane in Narita. Do you think there’s a chance I can bring my pet as carry on? If not, what do i need to prepare if I’m gonna bring her as checked baggage and what should I anticipate? Thank you so much for the help! Merry Christmas and Godbless! 🙂
    RESPONSE
    Delta does allow very small pets in the cabin but generally not on flights of that length. You can ask their reservations department as you must call them to make a booking anyway. Among other items the pet must be inspected for screwworm before leaving the Philippines. If you need the complete instructions and forms for bringing a pet into the United States they are available here:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-passport-united-states/.
    Jerry

  39. Hi there, if I am traveling to Malaysia from Canada, do I just need to meet the requirements of Malaysia? What if something happened that there was a flight cancellation during travel and we had to stay in a hotel? Would my cats have to meet the requirements of that country too?
    RESPONSE
    Malaysia is very strict on the entry of pets and you need to follow their rules carefully including getting an import permit in advance of arrival. Your pet will be quarantined for 7 days on arrival. If you stop in an intermediate country and go through immigration control with the pet then you must conform to the regulations of that country and have their required forms.
    The pet passport forms and instructions for Malaysia and for all other countries are available here.
    http://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/
    Jerry

  40. I see. Does the transit of less than 4 hour layover apply to all airport? If so, that would be perfect…I can change my flight with a layover with less than 4 hours to avoid the blood titer, because even if I get the test done now, we have missed our 90 day window.
    Thank you.
    RESPONSE
    It is not an airport rule but an airline rule. There are varying conditions such as the temperature. You MUST call the airline you are flying and explain the situation to make sure they are willing to handle the transfer for you. The four hour rule is not a hard and fast one. And of course your pet must remain on the same airline.
    Jerry

  41. I forgot to add…

    I read on your website under immigration rules per country that the blood work is needed if you are entering from a country with a high incident of rabies. I checked on your list of countries with high incident of rabies, Japan, Germany, and Spain is not on there, so I wouldn’t think that we need it right, since we are flying out from Japan, or even if we connect in Germany or Spain, both countries don’t have a high incident of rabies??? Please let me know if I’m thinking right?
    RESPONSE
    All of the countries you list are coutnries with a low incidence of rabies but they are not rabies free. Therefore the requirements for the blood titer apply.
    Jerry

  42. Hi Jerry,

    Okay, so my itenerary changed. Now I am flying from Japan to Korea, Korea to Madrid, Madrid to Venice (final destination).

    I read on your site that starting Dec 2011, all pets entering Korea will need a blood titre test. Does that apply to us since we will only be in transit? If it does, how far in advance will my dog need the blood work done? We are flying out Feb 6 2012!!!
    RESPONSE
    It depends on your definition of transit. If the peet remains on the same airline into and out of Korea and the layover is less than 4 hours then the airline will move the pet from one airplane to the next and it technically does not enter Korea. The time period for the blood titer is 3 months in advance. If you do not meet the requirements for “transit” then the pet will go into quarantine until you depart Korea.
    Jerry

    Thanks.

  43. Hello,
    I am traveling from Japan to Korea, spending one night in Korea, then heading to Germany, changing airline – Lufthansa to Venice Italy.

    I will have a health certificate for my dog, rabies certificate, and she is microchipped. What else will I need? Thank you.
    RESPONSE
    The problem is that you will be entering Germany and then Italy from Korea which is a country with a high incidence of rabies. To entr either EU country your pet must first be micro chipped with the ISO 15 digit micorchip, then vaccinated for rabies. You must then have a blood titer test done 3 months before the travel date and finally you will have a veterinarian in Korea complete the EU form 998 for Germany. He will also complete the same form for France.
    If you need the complete instructions and forms for entering Germany they are available here and can be emailed to you:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-passport-germany/.
    Jerry

  44. Thanks for the quick reply Jerry.
    I’m sorry if my last post wasn’t clear. My cat will be flying in the cabin with me, so the airlines won’t have to transfer him from one to the other. He will be with me the whole time. I was just wondering if there was any extra process that would be required when switching airlines when the cat is going as carry-on.
    I called Incheon Intl. animal quarantine office yesterday, and was told that if I didn’t leave the airport, I wouldn’t have to show any paperwork or do anything. However, there was a bit of a language barrier, and I’m not sure the woman who answered the phone understood exactly what I was asking. I would just like to confirm with someone else that there will be no extra process when taking my cat as a carry on and transferring airlines in the airport. I will be staying in the intl. terminal the whole time.
    Thanks again for your replies. They’re really helpful.
    RESPONSE
    As long as you do not take the pet out for a walk and you do not go through immigration control but stay inside the controlled area then neither you nor your pet have entered the country.
    Jerry

  45. Hi,
    I have order the pet passport package from PetTravel.com. I am planning to bring my guinea pig with me from Brisbane fly to Macau. I know there isn’t any direct flight to Macau so it is very likely that I have to land in Hong Kong airport than take the ferry to Macau. Is there any procedure I need to do once I arrive the Hong Kong airport? Also, on the instruction page of the passport package, it looks like these forms are only applied on cats and dogs. Can I still use it for my guinea pig? Thanks.
    RESPONSE
    The forms and instructions provided to you by PetTravel.Com only apply to dogs, cats and ferrets. there are no published rules regarding the import of guinea pigs. for most countries there is simply nothing required. You can contact the agriculture department of Hong Kong at this email address and they may be able to answer your question: icsenquiry@afcd.gov.hk
    I believe you will have to clear immigration control in Hong Kong before you can catch the ferry to Macau.
    Jerry

  46. Hello, I’ll be bringing my cat in cabin with me on a flight from HCMC, Vietnam to Tampa, FL. We will have a layover in Seoul. I made the trip last year on Asiana Airlines, and it was so easy. There was no hassle at all at Incheon intl. We we able to walk from our previous flight to out next gate without having to do anything or show any paperwork.
    This time I will be flying a Korean/Delta flight. The flight from HCMC to Korea is operated by Korean Air while the flight from Korea to the U.S. is operated by Delta. They are CodeShare partners, and Korean air operates all of Delta’s flights out of Vietnam. I bought all flights on the Delta website as if they were one airline.
    I was just wondering if the transit process will change because I’m changing airlines in Korea. Do I need anything other than an Export Permit and an Official Health Certificate? I just assumed it would be the same as last time, but now I’m worried things might be different. My flight is only two weeks away.

    Thanks so Much,
    Lauren
    RESPONSE
    You need to contact the reservations office of Korean Air to see if they are willing to move the pet from their flight to the Delta flight. Normally the airlines will not interline pets. And even though it is a code share flight the pet is changing airlines. You may have to check the pet only as far as Korea, go through immigration control in Korea with the pet, take it for a walk and then re-check it on the Delata flight to the US. Korea would not have been a difficult country to enter with a pet if your pet has been vaccinated for rabies IF you were entering before December 1st. However after December 1st a blood titer test is required to enter Korea and you do not have time for that. I suggest you call Korean Air and see if they know of anyway to move the pet to Delta without it going into quarantine. If they cannot then you may have to change the intermediate country. You can find the pet passport rules and forms for all countries here: https://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/
    Jerry

  47. Hi, my friend had their cat microchipped in the uk, but it ended up in slovakia without a passport ( dont ask me how). Now they have located the cat and wish to return it to the uk. They can not get a passport for it in slovakia as it was chiped in the uk, and the can not get a passport in the uk as it is in slovakia. What can they do ?.
    RESPONSE
    You do not need a blue pet passport to take the pet back to the UK from Slovakia especially if you are traveling after January 1st. You only need the EU form 998 for the UK filled out by a licensed veterinarian in Slovakia as well as the tapeworms certificate. If you go to here you can order the pet passport instructions and forms for taking the pet into the Uk.
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-passport-united-kingdom/.
    Jerry

  48. I will be traveling with my dog checked as excess baggage from Singapore to San Francisco. I would like to fly Singapore Airlines and the flights options transit either through Hong Kong or Seoul. Will either of these transit locations be a problem? When arriving in San Francisco, I will need to collect my dog and recheck her on a domestic flight with a different airline. Are there any issues that I need to be aware of?
    RESPONSE
    It depends on what you consider “transit” If the pet remains on the same airline it will be transferred from one flight to the next and never technically enters the country. If it is changing airlines it will require that you pick up the pet, take it through immigration and then re-check it on the next flight. The same is true if you have a layover of more than 4 hours. Korea is the better choice if in fact you need to take the pet through immigration, Hong Kong is more complicated.
    Jerry

  49. hi,
    My friend is hopeing to have one of my dogs puppies from scotland to the netherlands at 8weeks old..what would we have to do and how do we go about it,,the pup is 2 weeks old just now?
    RESPONSE
    Since the pet is traveling from a rabies free country you should have no problem taking it into the Netherlands. It must however be micro chipped. You will than have a veterinarian complete either the Blue Pet passport issued by veterinarians in Scotland or the EU form 998 for the Netherlands. The Blue Pet passport is a little more complicated to obtain. If you need the complete instructions and the forms for taking a pet into the Netherlands which includes the EU form 998 it is available here and can be emailed to you so that you can print it out:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-passport-netherlands/
    Jerry

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