Traveling with pets is not prohibited. But you must not only follow the rules for transporting dogs on an airplane, prepare documents and certificates, but also take into account a lot of nuances. Our guide will help organize a comfortable flight for your pet, and you – to save time and a lot of nerves.
And the first thing to do is to understand how to bring a pet. As hand luggage or luggage?
Small dogs, the weight of which, together with carrying up to 8 kg, are carried as carry-on baggage. To be allowed to take them to the salon, you will need to comply with two conditions:
- Breed does not belong to prohibited for transportation
- Carrying dimensions do not exceed the maximum size.
As carrying use special containers. Sometimes bags. In the second case, they can allow a slight excess of size. Carry a dog you have on your lap or under the chair. It is prohibited to use the luggage compartment for hand luggage or another passenger seat.
Advice: be mentally prepared: not all passengers welcome the neighborhood with animals. Especially if there are children with allergies to wool. In this case, ask the stewardess if there are any unsold places. May be allowed to transfer.
Transportation of dogs on the plane is paid. Depends on the air carrier fare. For example, in Aeroflot, a trip on domestic flights will cost 3750 rubles, on international flights – 5815 rubles. The cost of transportation by UTair airlines in Russia starts from 2500 rubles, according to international prices from 50 €.
Free guide dogs only. Dog canine service of the federal executive body is paid at a special rate.
Your pet weighs from 8 to 50 kg? Unfortunately, the transport on board is not possible. Have to travel in the luggage compartment.
Exception: guide dogs and dog cynology staff. They fly in the cabin, regardless of weight, because they are in the performance.
The remaining dogs of large breeds are placed in the carrier, which is bought by the owner. The airline does not rent such products. Note that they are not usually sold at the airport.
What requirements need to be observed:
- Dimensions of carrying up to 203 cm in three dimensions
- Weight with animals up to 32 or 50 kg
- There are ventilation compartments
Many owners worry if their pet will be cold while traveling in the luggage compartment? Especially in winter. Of course, the room is heated. But not as a salon. The approximate temperature is -1 ° C.
Tip: at the entrance to the aircraft immediately and politely remind the stewardess that a dog is traveling in the baggage and that the pilot does not forget to turn on the heating. Sometimes flight attendants continue to "report": whether it is warm in the luggage. So do not forget about the human factor.
Not all dog breeds can be carried on the plane.
Dogs that belong to the brachycephalic breeds are not allowed to take on the plane. For example: bulldogs, pugs, griffins or Pekingese. Do you think this is due to the whim of airlines? And no.
The fact is that dogs with a short muzzle (brachycephalus) often suffer from nasopharyngeal diseases and almost always breathe with difficulty. During the flight there is a threat to their lives. Due to repeated accidents, many airlines refuse to transport such animals. In fact, this is a big risk.
Please note that it is prohibited to transport dogs in the cabin, which are potentially dangerous breeds. For example, fighting or guard. They can only travel in baggage. It is imperative that the transportation cells have a reinforced structure and secure locks.
How much does it cost to transport a dog in baggage
One of the most profitable airlines for the transportation of large dogs in an airplane is Lufthansa. The cost depends on the route and dimensions of the container. On domestic flights (within Germany) it starts from 80 €, for the rest it varies from 100 to 340 €.
UTair. Domestic flights cost from 2500 to 7000 rubles. For weight from 10 to 50 kg. International costs depend on weight and range from 50 to 100 €.
S7 Airlines. The size of the fare affects the specific flight and direction. For example, for 1 kg of excess baggage from Moscow to Samara is paid 115 rubles. From Moscow to Frankfurt – 8 €.
Requirements for carrying
Containers are used to transport dogs in the cabin as well as in the luggage compartment. What rules should be observed in the first case?
Container parameters (height, width and depth) differ, depending on the air carrier. For example, in UTair 55x40x20 cm, Lufthansa – 55x40x23 cm, Aeroflot – 55x40x25 cm. In three dimensions, they should not exceed 115-125 cm.
Requirements for animal cages in baggage:
- Material: durable plastic
- Dimensions: up to 203 cm in three dimensions
- Oxygen access windows
- Special sticker – contains information about the owner of the owner. When traveling abroad, the sticker is also fixed in English.
- Reliable lock
The bottom of the container is covered with a waterproof material and an absorbent film is placed on top. You can not clip your pet on the flight.
In one cage should be one animal. Sometimes it is allowed to carry up to 4 dogs, if the total weight up to 8 kg. It is important that they feel comfortable. Could move freely and lie down.
Tip: be careful with scarves, toys, overalls and other accessories. Because during the flight, a pet may become tangled, damage a tooth or ruin a thing. Leave in a cage only a rug that can not be torn or eaten.
What requirements are placed on containers when transporting dogs on an airplane, we have considered. Let’s deal with the papers now.
Documents when traveling in Russia
Veterinary certificate of a uniform sample (form No. 1). Required for both domestic and international flights. Issued in the state veterinary hospital, which tracks the spread of infectious diseases in a particular region.
Attention! The document is issued 3 days before the flight and is valid during this time.
Veterinary passport. Contains information about vaccinations, breed, color, etc. Owners make them out when they get a dog.
Certificate of breed. Confirms that the dog does not belong to prohibited for transportation by aircraft. Not always requested.
Documents for transporting a dog in an airplane abroad
- International Veterinary Passport. Issue at the point of preliminary control in exchange for a veterinary certificate of the state sample, which is initially received. Validity period is 90 days. Save the document throughout the journey.
- Help from the canine organization (RKF) for purebred dogs. The document confirms that the dog will not harm anyone and that the export will not lead to the extinction of the breed in the country.
Mandatory procedure when traveling abroad – chipping. Conducted in order to avoid loss. Under the skin, a special microchip is injected, which is assigned an individual number. Using the scanner reads information about the owner.
A full package of documents depends on the country in which you are planning a trip. Examples of some of them:
- Germany – certificate of vaccination in German and anti-rabies certificate
- Tunisia – Carr vaccination mark
- Spain and Italy – information about the current state of the dog
Important! In some countries you can not bring an animal with you, only through quarantine. In Thailand and Cuba, it lasts 14 days, in the USA – 30 days. In the UK and Cyprus – six months.
Getting ready for the trip: five steps
So, with the papers sorted out. In what order are the formalities carried out?
Step 1. Get permission from the airline
Call a specialist and find out whether you can bring a pet. If so, ask if there are any free places. The fact is that the total number of seats on board intended for animals is limited. If the company agrees to smuggle your dog and space, go to the next step.
Step 2. Book a place for a pet in advance
Preferably 1-3 months before departure. When booking a ticket on the website, indicate that you plan to travel with an animal (if there is such a function). Enter the necessary data: weight, breed, dimensions of the container, etc. As soon as the place is occupied, go to the next task.
Step 3. Put on a rabies vaccine.
If not done, will have to deliver. The disease is dangerous for people, and without a mark on the procedure will not be allowed on the flight. Deadline 30 days before departure.
Note: puppies are given immunization against rabies at the age of 3 months. Without them, transportation is prohibited. What to do? You can get information about vaccinations made by age. Or find a clinic where they are placed when they reach 2 months.
Step 4. Get a certificate
Veterinary certificate of state sample on the form number 1 confirms the absence of disease. Issued on the basis of vetpasport. Validity: 5 days. It is necessary to receive the considered document in 1-2 days prior to departure.
Step 5. Show the dog to the vet at the airport
We recommend to pass inspection one day before departure. Pre-check the time of the specialist. The procedure usually takes 40 minutes, but if you pass the control in advance, it will be much easier for you to act in unforeseen situations.
Preparing the dog for the flight
Flight – stress not only for a person, but also for an animal. In order for the trip to go well, pay attention to general recommendations:
- Train to carry in advance. The dog must understand that this is a “house” and is not scary in it. Then it will be more comfortable to feel during the flight, especially if you have to travel in luggage.
- It is advisable to walk the dog well on the eve of the trip so that she can run along and sleep.
- Do not feed the dog 4 hours before departure. Otherwise, the risk of vomiting will increase (the flight affects not only people but also animals).
- Before boarding, take a walk with your dog.
- Before planting, give enough water. If the flight lasts up to 5 hours, water and feed on board is not necessary. With long trips, water it is imperative.
If your pet travels in the cabin, take a vet dispenser, wet wipes and absorbent diapers. If the baggage – do not pay too much attention before boarding the flight. The behavior of the owner should be familiar.
If possible, choose night flights. Then the pet will sleep and bother less. There are other issues that concern the owners.
Questions and answers
What awaits the animal in the luggage compartment? Who is responsible for the fact that it reaches healthy and unharmed?
Animals are placed in a special compartment with locking pallets. At the beginning of the flight, remind the stewardess that a dog is traveling in the baggage (in order to turn on the heating). Unfortunately, no one is responsible for the animal.
Is it possible to give a sedative or sleeping pill?
It is not recommended because such drugs lower the pressure. In combination with atmospheric jumps, there is a threat of a lethal outcome.
Can they allow a luggage to be sent unaccompanied if it is met at the airport? What is needed for this?
Find a freight company that carries cargo dogs. Get permission from the Rosselkhoznadzor.
When can they refuse to transport dogs on the plane?
You can get a ban in the following cases: in the absence of free places intended for animals; if the luggage compartment is unheated; pet belongs to the brachycephalic breed; the mass of the animal together with the container exceeds 50 kg.
Now you know the basic rules for transporting large and small dogs on an airplane, what documents are needed, nuances and useful tips. Owning this information in advance, you will avoid a lot of trouble, get on the flight in a timely manner, and most importantly, create comfortable conditions for traveling with your pet. And for him the main thing is that the owner is near!