Traveling with pets requires a lot of pre-planning. Don’t forget to connect with your sponsors support if you need it. Just remember that everyone’s travel experience with pets is different.
We all love our pets like family, but remember that bringing pets on an overseas assignment is a privilege, not an entitlement. All costs associated with pet travel are at your expense.
Pets may be subject to quarantine. An International Health Certificate showing proof of rabies and distemper vaccinations may be required. There may also be a requirement for a microchip OR identifying tattoo. A pet may be quarantined until the requirement is met. The requirements for importing dogs and cats (depending on one's shipping point of origin) can be found at the USDA Animal & Plan Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website.
Also check restrictions on shipping pets during summer months from different points throughout the US. This could impact the shipment of your pet if you live in or will travel through a hot climate. Please also inform your travel office if you have pets and/or call airlines after booking to confirm space for your pets.
You may also have to register your pet locally at a veterinary and obtain an Pet Passport after arrival
Visit the USDA Pet Travel website for the most up to date health requirements.
Breeds: Check with the airlines to see if for guidance related to any restrictions they may have.
Kennel (checked or cargo): Pets need airline-approved, hard cages with screw-bolt closures, breathing holes on all sides, room to stand up, turn around and lie down, water and food dishes.
Temperature: Airlines won’t let pets travel as checked bag or cargo if it’s too hot/cold on flight day. Have a plan B.
Airports & Layovers: For layovers in other countries, know each country’s pet regulations before booking flights.
Animal Shippers: Based on breed/size, you may have to ship your pet separately (~$2000). See International Pet and Animal Transportation Association shippers.
Ask CTO if other U.S. Flag Carriers have pet space
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