Flight conditions for pets

If you have a fourped or any other pet that you can not break up when traveling or need to move temporarily or permanently to another country, the question arises: can I fly with my pet?

Fortunately, most airlines allow the pet in their aiplane cabin, but under certain strict rules that we will highlight below.

First of all, when booking your ticket, you must specify that you will travel with your pet. This is necessary because it requires confirmation from the airline that pet animals are allowed. There are, however, low-cost companies that do not accept animals on board, such as Wizzair or Ryanair, except for animals as a guide for blind people.

Rules of pet travel

 

  1. Identification of all pets by microchip, according to European Union law.
  2. The animal must be vaccinated against rabies and be dewormed.
  3. The vaccine must be done at least 21 days before the flight.
  4. Have a passport issued by the authorized veterinarian.
  5. It must be treated against tapeworms between 120 hours and up to 24 hours before the travel.
  6. If you travel outside the European Union, the health certificate is also required, also obtained from the veterinarian.
  7. If the pet is not 3 months old, in most cases it is forbidden to travel by plane because they do not yet have all the vaccines up to date. This also depends on the destination country.
  8. Do not be pregnant, especially if it is dogs and cats.
  9. Typically, the maximum cabin weight is 8 kg, including the cage.
  10. Do not belong to a forbidden race.
  11. Pay the transport charge.

How to transport a pet

Pets are transported by airplane into special cages that allow them to return or stand up. If it’s a dog, they can usually be transported without a cage, if they have a leash and a muzzle.

In the airplane cabin, only small pets are allowed in special cages while larger animals are transported along with luggage. There they will have air conditioning.

Also, animal cages must have water and food, and absorbent towels. As far as the size and weight of the cage are concerned, they are specific, depending on each company. Typically, this information is available on the website.

Most airline companies accept the transport of a guide dog for people with disabilities, free of charge.

However, the transport for an animal is quite foolish and uncomfortable. For this reason, it is recommended to opt for direct flights without a stopover. Also, if the animal is not used to sitting in the cage and getting agitated, it is good to practice this much before flying with the plane to get used to it.