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About Pet Travel – experts since 1998 assisting pet owners on traveling with a pet — 315 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  8. Hi

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

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

    Warmest regards


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

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

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

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

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

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