Travelling with your Pet by Plane

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: April 25, 2018
Travelling with your Pet by Plane

Pets are an important part of our lives, but they can make going on holiday quite stressful. Many owners find it difficult to leave them with pet-sitters or in specialized centers. Other cases, such as moving to another country, can also make you wonder what to do with your pet.

For this reason, it is important to be aware of what are your options. AnimalWised will answer the many questions you've had up until now: Yes, travelling with your pet by plane is possible.

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A society adapted to animals

More and more companies are realizing the potential market in pet transportation. Therefore, many companies no longer reject furry passengers but accept them with open arms instead - for a pretty penny, of course. Dogs, cats, rabbits or even a pet hamster can easily be transported by plane if needed.

Each company will have a different policy, but in general they have realized that many people want to travel with pets even if it's by plane.

Travelling with your Pet by Plane - A society adapted to animals

How to start researching

Large airlines already offer some sort of service for people to travel with animals, but remember that quality service is often accompanied by a large price tag. For this reason, it would be beneficial to use the many price comparison sites found online.

We recommend that you research well in advance in order to be more informed and to find a suitable price. Take the time to find another option if you're not fully convinced by the first.

Travelling with your Pet by Plane - How to start researching

General requirements to transport pets by plane

Here is a general summary of the requirements for the transportation of pets imposed by major airlines:

  • The price is around 50% of the total flight bill. This cost can vary depending on the size of the animal, the remoteness of the destination or other reasons.
  • The pet must travel in a suitable carrier for its size and condition. Be sure to find out if the company can accommodate the size of your pet and make sure the travelling conditions are good.
Travelling with your Pet by Plane - General requirements to transport pets by plane

Advice and recommendations to follow

In addition to asking the company you're travelling with about their requirements, you should also be properly informed about your pet and their needs.

  • It is important that your pet is vaccinated and has completed the relevant veterinary checks, especially on internal and external parasites.
  • The pet must have its own records and have an identification chip in case they become lost. Upon arrival you must register the chip in the destination country.
  • Find out about the laws of the country where you are travelling. For example, in Malta it is totally forbidden to bring a Pit Bull Terrier dog with you.
  • If your pet isn't a good traveler, ask a trusted vet what you can do about it.

These are the AnimalWised tips about travelling with your pet by plane; we hope this article has been helpful.

Travelling with your Pet by Plane - Advice and recommendations to follow

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