Airline Pet Policy Questions

Airline Pet Policy QuestionsFlying with a pet?   Have questions regarding airline pet policy?

  • Need to know what type of carrier you will need?
  • What does your pet need to fly as cargo?
  • Will the airlines transfer your pet from one plane to another?

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Airline Pet Policy Questions — 111 Comments

  1. Brigid -you will need to contact Korean Air and confirm that they will hold your pet for 4 hours. That is a long time for a layover, especially if your dog is traveling as checked baggage.
    Phil

  2. Thanks Phil. I’m not worried about any import/export issues. The shelter has done this multiple times. I’m asking what the airlines policies are on checking a dog on such a short layover. I will be leaving from HCMC stopping in Seoul and then continuing on to Chicago. I only have a 4 hour layover in Seoul will the airlines allow a dog to be checked in to fly the Seoul to Chicago leg of my journey. All flights are on Korean Air and are under the same itinerary. I will get my boarding pass in HCMC for the Seoul to Chicago flight.

  3. Brigid – your friend needs to check export requirements for Seoul. Also, the US will not accept the dog for re-homing unless it is over 6 months of age and fully vaccinated at least 30 days prior to import.
    Phil

  4. HI, I will be traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Chicago via Seoul/Incheon in a month on Korean Air. My friend volunteers at an animal shelter in Seoul and wants me to transport a dog on the Seoul to Chicago leg of my journey. I have about a 4 hour layover between arriving from Ho Chi Minh until my Chicago flight departs. Is it possible to check a dog in at Seoul even though my flight starts in Ho Chi Minh City?

  5. Alison – if the import permit is in your name, then we would assume that you would either need to travel with your pet or assign legal responsibility for your pet to another person. However, we have no evidence of this in writing. We would recommend that you confirm this with the State Veterinary Authority, Department of Agriculture Sarawak (http://www.mytradelink.gov.my/sva)

    It is our understanding that documentation must be available when your pet is presented for transport and travel with your pet. (The person traveling with your pet should have copies as well.) This may not be the procedure for Malaysia Airlines and they may require pre-approval, but this is not what we generally see required by the airlines unless we are not understanding your question.
    Susan

  6. I will be importing one dobermann puppy from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching using Malaysia Airline. I have the import permit ready under my name, can I assign my friend to help me take it back as his check in luggage. All the documentations are ready export permit, health cert (to be done within 7 days of travel) and import permit. Does the permit holder needs to be the one traveling or can be anyone??

    Who do I contact and send in my documentation for booking?? I tried to call the customer service but they seems a bit confuse so I e.mail my details and documents to them and currently waiting for reply.

    Thank you

  7. Hi Fabiola – we did communicate through Facebook. It is always better to fly with your pet into the EU and also to avoid the high fees associated with Heathrow, so we would urge you to consider Option #1.
    Susan

  8. Hi! I’m living in York, UK and I plan to bring my 6 years old golden retriever from Buenos Aires,Argentina in the beginning of June.

    I am considering two options: 1) Bring her by Alitalia(the company I bought my ticket to come back from Buenos Aires) with one stop in Rome (1 hour) and final destination in Paris, where we will leave our car and drive to York. 2)Bring her by British Airways, direct flight to Heathrow Airport and pick her up there. In this option she would travel alone, a couple of days later.

    Could you give me some information about the options that I have with each possibility?. My family is already preparing her for the flight.

    Thanks in Advance,

    Kind Regards,

    Fabiola Buntinx. (email: fabiolabuntinx@gmail.com)

  9. Agnes – if you are not traveling with your kitty, it will not be able to travel under the Pet Travel Scheme. The requirements will be as follows: at the age of 3 months, have your kitty microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies. Your kitty can enter the UK no sooner than 21 days after the rabies vaccination. Within 48 hours of travel, your vet must complete the Annex I form for the UK which must be endorsed by your local CFIA office. Your kitty must enter the UK through Heathrow, Gatwick or Edinburgh Airports and you need to give at least 24 hours notice to the airport of your arrival. There may be import taxes levied. You can find details here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/UnitedKingdom.cfm
    Susan

  10. I want to get a kitten from Ottawa to UK. Can you please tell me the best way to do it and what I need in the way of paperwork etc

    Many thanks

  11. Hi Millie – the Sherpa Original Deluxe is a great bag and Spirit will accept it. The soft sided carriers are great because they “squish” down to fit under the seat in front of you.
    Susan

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