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Do I still follow customs/immigration when traveling on an international jet charter?
When travelling on an international jet charter for the first time some passengers wonder whether or not the process is the same as it is when flying commercially. The short answer is: yes, you must still go through customs/immigration when flying internationally on a private jet charter.
One Country to Another
When flying into different countries, however, there are different rules and regulations to follow. At smaller airports, special arrangements may be made to accommodate passengers arriving from international destinations. Whereas at larger airports, there are dedicated customs and immigration staff members available at all times.
Baggage and Security
When flying on a private jet, the security procedures and baggage checks are typically minimal compared to flying commercially. Even though the processes still apply to passengers flying on a chartered jet, the wait times are drastically reduced and there are no line ups to wait in.
Flying with Pets on Jets
When flying with pets on an international jet charter, there are a few requirements for them as well. First, you’ll need an International Health Certificate, also known as a pet passport. On there you’ll need to include:
- Name of pet
- Breed and color description
- Country of origin
- Vaccination information
- Name and contact info for the owner
However, it’s important to note that many countries employ different regulations. To make sure you and your pet can travel internationally, be sure to let your Stratos private flight advisor know you’ll be flying with your pet. They can ensure you have all of the proper documentation prior to lift off.
For a more in depth look at all the requirements, check out our post: Flying with Pets Internationally.