Traveling overseas with your dog

November 16, 2008 · Print This Article

Planning a vacation overseas?  Should you take your dog with you?  The best way to decide is to check with the embassies of the countries to which you will be going.  Each country has its own restrictions and requirements regarding pets being brought inside their borders.

Some countries have quarantine requirements, others insist on shot documentation.  To find the embassy you are seeking, check the State Department’s web site for a full listing of foreign embassies and consulates in the United States.

You will also need to check with your airline for any cage instructions they have.  Most are very specific about what is and isn’t allowed.

Keep in mind that if there is a crisis in the country you are visiting, and you are forced to evacuate using a military or charter aircraft, chances are they will not be willing to extract your pet.  You will need to make other arrangements to evacuate your dog from the area.  Exceptions are made, if possible, for service dogs, but even that is not guaranteed.

If you’re going someplace really cool, be sure to let us know so we can stow away in your suitcase!

Until next time,

Good day, and good dog!

Comments

3 Responses to “Traveling overseas with your dog”

  1. the three dog blogger on December 4th, 2008 6:56 am

    I remember when we moved to spain. Our dog had all his jabs 6 months before we left so he would be ready to go. He had to be in a very specific dog cage to be allowed on the flight.
    The picture I will always remember is that he came out on the baggage carousel in his cage. There were some very strange and startled looks.

  2. The Dog Lady on December 6th, 2008 4:21 pm

    LOL 3dog – do you have an actual photo you can post? I’d love to see it, although I have a mental image of it already.

  3. the three dog blogger on December 10th, 2008 4:26 am

    I wish I did, but no. It is a fantastic image though isn’t it. At least there was no confusion over whose baggage it was!

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