Key points on how to transport an animal to another country:
- Documentation of the animal: microchip, passport, health book, rabies certificate, etc. Each dog or cat has its own documents for proper identification. The authorities of the country of origin and destination carefully review this information at each airport to certify that the pet can leave or enter the country. If the documentation is incorrect, it may cause problems before the flight or even upon arrival. Hence, it’s crucial to ensure everything is correct and seek proper advice. Compliance with vaccination regulations in the country of origin doesn’t guarantee suitability for travel to another country.
- The veterinarian: The veterinarian must conduct a thorough check-up to approve the animal’s travel, especially with older animals or those with any medical conditions. This is essential because air travel, like any other journey, can be stressful for them. We recommend consulting the pet’s veterinarian beforehand to get informed and advised.
- Veterinary requirements: Each country requires specific vaccines, treatments, or tests for each type of animal, and in some cases, import permits and quarantines. This is crucial because even if vaccines are up-to-date in the country of origin, they might not be sufficient for the destination country, as well as other veterinary documents. The pet’s veterinarian should be aware of the vaccines administered and the intervals at which they should be given. We specialize in reviewing the dates for administration before the trips to avoid last-minute surprises.
- Adaptation to the carrier: Besides the legal aspects, it’s crucial that the animal is familiarized with the carrier, and we should prepare it as best as possible for the journey. We will explain various tricks to make the journey as comfortable as possible for your pet.