The first thing you must do before buying the ticket – to learn how to take hairy foreign guests in the destination. In many countries there are restrictions and prohibitions on the importation of certain animals. For example, in Uruguay and Saudi Arabia cannot be imported birds. In addition, during your journey in one country may be imposed restrictions on the importation of specific animals, such as disease outbreaks.
Find out in advance . will you be separated from your pet at the arrival point. We are talking about the quarantine, which still exists in many States. The timing of the animal’s stay in quarantine in different countries varies from 2 weeks to 6 months. Thus for the content of pet in quarantine shall be paid by the owner.
Next, you need to know the internal rules of the airline itself. Some airlines essentially did not transport animals in passenger aircraft. For example, Air Canada has refused carriage of animals in passenger aircraft after travelling in the hold the cat with a strange name Fu escaped from the plane during the stopover. The owners Fu did not lose in court and demanded compensation for the extinct animals. The claim sum has made 5 million dollars – a record at that kind of stuff. Air Canada now offers transportation of Pets only in the cargo transport accompanied by specially trained personnel.
Another possible stumbling block is actually a Zoological view of your pet. For example, cats almost all countries and airlines are loyal. But if you want to take in the flight manual of ferret, you can choose to allow or to refuse at the airport. It depends on the airline and the country in which you are flying.
Also there are limitations regarding age and health of the animals. On the plane you cannot carry animals, over the age of 2 months or less. The little beasts are generally not very well tolerate air travel. Guaranteed to fly somewhere with a better pet after pet would be 12 weeks, or three months. If your pet is a species with a shorter muzzle (bulldogs, pugs), before flying be sure to check with a vet. He will say what steps should be taken so that the animal became ill on the way. The same applies to dogs and cats are overweight. If your pet suffers from heart failure, he air travel and banned altogether. And certainly not worth taking on a plane pregnant dogs or cats.
To travel with a pet, you will need documents confirming that the animal is healthy. This is an animal veterinary passport and the certificate about state of health (veterinary certificate form № 1 issued by the national veterinary clinic). The veterinary certificate contains information about vaccinations. Certificate of health of the animal and is mandatory for external, and for internal flights – without it you will not be allowed even to train. not to mention aircraft. Before check-in you will need to visit the veterinary control office at the airport. There you will be issued an international veterinary certificate based on the documents that you have made before the trip.
To prepare for the trip in advance. Cat or dog must be inoculated against rabies. There are strict deadlines: not earlier than 10 days, not later than 9 months before the day of departure. If you’re vaccinated a week prior to departure, the certificate will be invalid. In addition, if you fly to Asia or Africa, find out in advance whether you need any additional vaccinations.
If you want to go to another country with a dog, we’ll have to make another document. This is a certificate stating that your pet is breeding value. To apply for this certificate, you need to the local division of the Russian cynological Federation.
Keep in mind that some countries in addition to the above references require further paperwork on the animal. For example, in Iceland it is possible to import animals only with a permit from the Ministry of agriculture. To import a pet to Cyprus you need a license issued by the chief of the veterinary service. It is also better to know in advance in order not to be trapped on the border.
And finally, the most important question: how much to pay at the airport for furry happiness? Traditionally, the weight of the animal and the container is charged as excess baggage. In the free baggage allowance of cats, dogs, rodents and parrots are not included. This rule equally to all cases: whether the animal is flying in the baggage compartment or with you in the cabin.
A ticket for a pet you buy at the airport. If you book a plane ticket in advance, be sure to warn you that you will fly with a dog or a cat. Some airlines in the form of exceptions may permit the passage of small (up to 8 kg) cats and dogs in the cabin, on his hands. But better to know in advance, as is the case, and to cover all bases. If you’re taking an animal in the cabin, it is best to plant it in a special quilted bag-carrying for animals. In the bag also need to put a tray with a grate. The head of a cat or dog should be outside so that the animal saw what was happening and wasn’t nervous.
If the flight is international, the animal will likely have to take the Luggage. In advance choose a reliable pet cage or container, comfortable and durable. If you’re bringing a cat or a bird in a cage, secure it on top of thick lightproof fabric. The height of the carriage should be such that the animal could stand upright, and the width should allow to rotate in different directions. The bottom of the container must be waterproof. The inside bottom is also need to put a material that absorbs liquid.
Some European airlines require . in the cage were two hinged bowls: one with water, another with dry food. This is very important in cases where long flights (over 4 hours). So the water is not splashed out of the bowl, you can put inside a piece of sponge. When the animal wants to drink, it will lick the water from the sponge.
The cage or container must conform to the international standard IATA. If these requirements are not met, the carrier may not accept a cage on Board. In addition, some foreign companies have different requirements for the transport of animals. It is also better to know in advance. The container needs to be catchy caption: “LIVE ANIMAL.” A good idea is also to specify on the space your name and phone number.
Feed your pet three to four hours before travelling to the airport. Better to give a cat or dog soft food that is easily digestible (low fat, dairy products be excluded). In the container for transportation can put a small thing with your scent so that the animal was not worried. Before the flight do not give your pet anti-anxiety medication! They can cause a pressure drop, which in combination with stress is unlikely to benefit the animal.