Shipping Animals by Air

Shipping animals internationally or across the country -- whether you have a dog, cat, bird, fish, or another kind of pet -- will require spending some time to understand government and airline requirements as well as associated costs and safety tips.

Animal Air Transport Process

Here’s an overview of the basic steps involved with safely shipping animals by air:

  • Is your pet allowed into your desired country? What does the process look like? Start planning early to learn about country import rules, vaccine requirements and anything else that will affect your pet’s plans.

  • No matter what kind of pet you have, you’ll need an airline-approved travel crate and ideally your pet is used to spending time in it. For large pets or species like reptiles, fish, or small mammals, custom travel crates may be needed.  

  • Book your pet’s flight on a pet friendly airline. Not all airlines have the same dedication to pet safety, so spend the time to research and make an educated choice.

  • Ask for help when you need it, recognize you don’t know what you don’t know, and remember that professional assistance is available to oversee your pet’s move.


How Much Does it Cost to Ship an Animal by Air?

You may also be wondering about the costs of animal air transport. Keep in mind that no two pet moves are alike, but you can expect the following factors to affect the overall price:

  • The travel crate
  • The airfare
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Pre-move vet visits
  • International health documents and import permits
  • Government endorsements
  • Customs fees
  • Quarantine fees

Whether shipping dogs by air, shipping cats by air, or shipping another type of pet, learn more about how PetRelocation can help streamline the process.

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