Pets Travelling to Europe

Pet Travel To Europe

Europe has its own very specific set of import veterinary requirements when traveling with your pet to anywhere in Europe. We ask that you get in touch with us for the details, but these are basic requirements that you need to know as well as some steps that you can do to ready your pets for their relocation.

What We Can Do For You

A personalised touch to each step of pet travel to Europe.

Pet airline bookings

Airline Bookings

Handling the full process of booking your pets flights to their new home. As an IPATA member we have partnerships with all the airlines, and always try to negotiate the best possible rate for you.

Vet Health Certificates

Veterinary Health Certificates

Avoid the hassles, while we work closely with many of our veterinary partners and state vets to ensure all relevant certificates and documents are completed correctly according to destination requirements.

pet travel crates

Custom Pet Travel Crates

Our animal crates are IATA approved, fumigated, sterilised and custom made to the size and breed of your pet. Each crate is well ventilated and includes water bowls with fitted funnels on the outside to allow for easy top-up of water at each point along the way.

Dog and cat customs clearance

First-Class Pet Travel and Comfort

Each crate is fitted with a custom made, specialised AeroPets bed that is super comfy for your pet. The beds are also liquid repellent and are fitted on top of absorbent mats and carpets. Click here to see more about the comfy Pet Travel Beds.

Pet Handling

Pet Handling

The AeroPets staff are professional, friendly, caring and knowledgeable pet handlers that will be able to offer advice and travel tips every step of the way. We will go above and beyond to put your mind at ease and make sure your fur-babies are always handled with love and care.

Pet collection and deliveries

Collection and Deliveries

Handling all of the collection and deliveries required for your pets transportation. With our fully secure and ventilated/air conditioned vehicle, pets are always carefully loaded and safely delivered to each destination.

Dog and cat customs clearance

Customs Clearance

For all pet travel exports, there is SARS customs clearance that must be done. Proof of customs clearance must be submitted to the airline along with your pets on the date of their departure. AeroPets will handle the full customs clearance process for you and ensure that all export customs requirements are properly met.

Is your pet eligible for Pet travel to Europe?

Certain EU member states have bans on certain breeds of dogs. Please be sure to check with us if you have a “dangerous” breed dog and want to move to the EU with your pet.

For pets to the EU, there are different rules for if your pets travel within 5 days of you or not. If you plan to travel before your pet/s by more than 5 days, this means that they will have to travel on a Commercial Health Certificate. The entry requirements as listed below stay the same but the requirements for the health certificate differ somewhat.

Pets to Paris and Amsterdam, it is mandatory that they make use of an import agent. We will recommend some when we quote.

    What you can expect with the pet travel to Europe.
    • Microchip: all pets require an ISO approved microchip. This must have been inserted in your pet either BEFORE or ON the date of the last Rabies Vaccination
    • Rabies Vaccine: Your pet will require an up to date and valid Rabies vaccine that must have been administered after or on the same day as the microchip.
    • You then have to wait at least 32 days.
    • Once 32 days (or more) have passed, you can take your pet back to the vet to have the blood drawn for the RNAT test (Rabies Neutralizing Antibody Titre Test).
    • You then need to wait for 3 months to pass before your pet is eligible for travel to the EU.
    • A health certificate is needed for pets to the EU. This is valid for 10 days. Within 5 days of departure, you will take your pet to the vet to have them complete the health certificate and, if you have a dog, you will get the vet to administer a tapeworm treatment. This must be administered more than 24 hours prior to arrival in the EU state but not be more than 120 hours at the time of arrival into the EU member state.
    Quarantine in Europe

    No Quarantine is required.

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    Get a Quick Quote

    Request a quote through our online form for pet travel to Europe.

    Pet Travel To Europe FAQs

    For some peace of mind, here are a few of our frequently asked questions

    Is cargo travel really safe for pets?

    Safety is a top concern when it comes to considering a pet move, and we’re confident in saying that yes, pet air travel is safe when you’ve taken all the necessary precautions. To start, this means choosing a pet-friendly airline whose cargo area is pressure and temperature-controlled and who has solid, established pet safe policies in place. Before you travel we also recommend talking with your vet about any health concerns, helping your pet get to a healthy weight through diet and exercise, and perhaps most importantly, working to crate train your pet well before the move.

    Is my pet safe and where will my pet travel in the aircraft?

    Your pet will travel in a pressurized, heated and ventilated cargo hold inside the airplane, located just below the passenger compartments. Tie-down straps secure your pet\’s flight kennel to the deck of the cargo compartment. Your pets will be safe 🙂

    In what sort of flight kennel (crate/box) should my pet be transported?

    A pet from North America travels in a plastic container while those from the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa travel in wooden boxes constructed to the dimensions of the pet. Regulations require that your pet be able to stand erect, turn comfortably and lie down with ease in the shipping container.

    What can my pet travel with inside the flight kennel?

    We recommend their usual blanket/pillow (something you aren’t afraid to lose and nothing too big and bulky) and a familiar soft object (such as a T-shirt or favourite toy as long as it is not an animal or meat product) along with the required water dishes.

    Should I do anything special to prepare my pet for flight as it relates to food and water?

    Familiarise your pets with the flight kennel they will use a few days before the trip. Very importantly, there must always be water available before, during and after the journey. Water must always be available (which is why all travel boxes have a water bowl in it). As to food, however, it\’s actually best that most animals (including dogs and cats) travel on an empty (or close to empty) stomach. We understand that you worry your pet will be hungry, especially if it\’s a long-haul journey, but we ask that you trust this bit of very important advice: Do not feed your pet for at the very least 4 hours before you drop them off at the airport for departure, and preferably longer. We generally aim for about 8-10 hours. Unlike human beings who need (or feel they need) to eat regularly, many types of animal, including dogs and cats are very capable of and even comfortable with going without food for a good 24 hours. Of course we agree that this is not what you want to do every day but in an air-travel situation, we promise you that all your pets and animals will be just fine. In fact, they will be better than if you do feed them because of the dramatically reduced risk of toileting (urine and faeces) in their travel box, which means they stay cleaner and more comfortable overall. Reduced likelihood of nausea/vomiting in case they have any kind of reaction to the movement of their crate or as a result of anxiety (though it should be said that vomiting under any circumstances is quite rare). Sound scary? Try not to worry too much. This approach really does work very well indeed.

    How are pets handled at transfer airports?

    Many airports around the world offer animal care lounges, animal hotels, and animal transit facilities. Pets that require a transfer during their global journey are cared for between flights by dedicated airline animal care professionals who understand the needs of traveling and relocating family pets.

    Should my pet receive sedatives, tranquilizers, antihistamines, anti-anxiety or other drugs before flight?

    Not at all. Nothing should be administered that reduces their ability to respond to their environment. Veterinarians around the world recognise the inherent dangers of tranquilizers, sedatives and such because they may alter pets’ physiological responses to flight.

    Will my traveling and relocating pet be stressed during the flight, and are there any post-flight effects?

    If you pre-flight condition your pet to the travel kennel and reduce food intake, stress is minimal and usually causes no post-flight effects. The captain of the aircraft flying your pet is given a manifest of what is aboard the aircraft during flight. The temperature of the animal cargo area is controlled by the captain and the flight crew, assuring safe transport of your family pet.

    How do I measure my pets for the travel crates?
    To ensure your pet’s comfort we will need accurate measurements of your pet/s. We have put together a short video to help.

    Pets Travelling to Europe