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Can I bring my pets on planes with me?
Yes, we strive to accommodate all travelers, even pets. Here are some considerations for pets on planes:
Pets on Domestic Flights
We recommend looking at the whole trip, not just the flight. Your pet may need:
- additional ground transportation
- accommodation in a pet-friendly hotel
- travel crate, food, water and toys
- leash, collar, muzzle & other restraints
- pet medication
- waste disposal bags
Pets on International Flights
It’s crucial to note that many countries have special requirements that must be fulfilled before you can legally bring your pet into that country. This could include:
- Obtaining a health certificate
- Updating vaccinations
- Administering medications
For example, dogs and cats traveling to the United Kingdom are required to have:
- EU Pet Passport
- EU Health Certificate
- Rabies vaccination and tapeworm treatment
The first step is to check with your veterinarian. Give yourself plenty of lead time to ensure all of the necessary paperwork is processed before you leave.
One of the most important requirements is obtaining an International Health Certificate, also known as a Pet Passport, which will include your pet’s:
- Breed and description
- Country of origin
- Owner contact information
- Vaccination records
- Prescriptions for medication
- Health status
Ideally, you should arrange to have Pet Passports issued as close to your departure date as possible.
For more detailed information on the travel requirements for bringing pets on planes into specific countries, visit the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection (APHIS) website.