International Journey: Requirements When Your Pet is Traveling with an Airline

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Traveling worldwide for individuals with pets can be an exciting adventure. If you’re that person, you will need an international pet transportation service for pet travel. Make sure to carefully research the various standards and requirements that must be met.

A pet plays an important role in its handler’s life, as they easily become family. It is imperative to us that regulations are followed and your pet is ready for international travel. Let’s talk about them.

1. Research the Destination

One of the first tasks that needs to be addressed is learning about the destination country's animal welfare laws and regulations. Each country has its’ own set of guidelines on the documentation of vaccinations and possible quarantines for your pet. Avoid last-minute surprises by contacting an IPATA member (which is us) and your local veterinarian well in advance.

2. Documentation

Documentation is an important part of overseas travel with a pet. Countries require a certified health certificate from a professional veterinarian who can certify the dog's health and compliance with necessary vaccinations. Remember that some nations require additional documents or permits as well.

3. Vaccinations

Vaccination standards differ by country. Make sure your pet is up to date on all required shots or vaccinations before booking an international flight. Rabies, distemper, and parvovirus are among the most common immunizations needed for overseas travel. Some countries may require extra immunizations for tick-borne diseases or tapeworms. Be compliant with all pet travel requirements.

4. Quarantine

Specific regulations apply when traveling with your pet, especially when traveling internationally with your pet. While many countries do not impose quarantine periods for your pet, some may have special regulations. It's crucial to know them and ensure the safety of your pet on your international flight.

5. Compliance of Regulations in Transit Countries

In addition, you must remember the restrictions of any pet transit countries you’ll be traveling through. Some nations may have tight rules governing the transportation of animals, including service dogs, which may affect your trip plans. Again, research these criteria ahead of time. Meeting all the required arrangements will help you avoid delays on your journey.

6. Welfare and Comfort of Pet Passengers

The safety and regulations while traveling with your pet internationally are critical for their well-being and comfort. Reducing their anxiety by providing adequate exercise before your pet’s international flight and toilet breaks will surely help them along their journey. Food, water, and essential medications are essential to your pet’s relief during the flight.


A Pawsome Journey For Your Fur Friend

A guide to pet travel overseas needs planning, attention to detail, and listening to laws and guidelines. Research the destination country's policies, collect the required papers, make sure they have all the required vaccinations and paperwork to prepare for your pet’s international flight, and you’re both good to go.

When you need help with an international pet flight, our team at Pet Chauffeur is the one to talk to. Call us at 212-696-9744 or 866-PET-RIDE, or fill out our online form on our Contact Us page.