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How to transport pets internationally?

Updated: Feb 25, 2022


The basic steps;


  • Find all the relevant documentation and requirements needed to export and import your pet.

  • Make sure your pet is fit to travel and is not on the banned breed list for air transport and importing country.

  • Have all vaccinations up to date with preferably 2 years of vaccination records.

  • Make sure any additional vaccines, treatments health checks are carried out in the correct time frame.

  • Purchase an Iata approved crate which correctly fits the size of your pet and have all correct stickers and documents attached.

  • Make sure all paperwork work is completed in the allocated time frame requested by the importing country.


There are different ways to fly your pet, but since the pandemic the options have become increasingly limited.


How you travel depends on the size of your pet and the airline you are travelling with. For example, you could have your pet chihuahua travel in the cabin with you as they are small and light and can fit comfortable in a crate under the passenger's seat.


If your pet is larger than you could book them as extra baggage and still be on the same flight with them, however this option is becoming a lot more limited due to the pandemic.


Many of the airlines also have weight restrictions on dogs travelling as extra baggage which means if they are too heavy they will need to be booked as cargo which is the most expensive option.


Don't forget that snub nosed dogs are not permitted to travel as extra baggage or cargo, this doesn't necessarily mean all hope is lost in exporting your pet if they are on the banned dog list, it might just cost you a few more $$$



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