Pet Travel Question: Dog Airline Logistics

Name: Michele
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cockapoo
From: Sweden

We are moving back to the US from Sweden at the beginning of July. Before our dog came to us, she went through all of the requirements for Sweden. Eighteen months later, we are going back and have a few questions.

First, are there any requirements for the USA she needs to complete? Second, how can we best ship our dog in April in the most economical way? We have learned that she can't fly with us on the flights we arranged.

Thanks for your advice,


Hi Michele,

Thanks for your question, we're happy to assist. First, take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States. This is one of the less stringent countries when it comes to bringing pets in, so if you've traveled recently it sounds like you'll be in pretty good shape. Most importantly: You will need to secure a health certificate from your vet within 10 days of departure, and your rabies vaccine will need to be up to date (administered at least 30 days before departure).

As far as the flight, most of the time our clients are not on the same flight as their pet. As long as there is someone to deliver your dog to the airport and pick her up (this could be you, a friend, a delivery agent, etc.), she should be able to ride in the cargo area of the plane unaccompanied. We highly recommend doing some research to select a pet friendly airline (we often use KLM, United and Lufthansa).

Please contact us if you have questions about these logistics, and if you'd like to find out more about our services, here is our free quote form. Good luck with everything, and thanks again for checking in with us!


PetRelocation Team




United States
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