Pet Travel Question: Transiting Through Europe

Name: Allyson
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mixed
From: Tel Aviv
To: Houston

Hi Allyson,

I will be returning to the US with my dog later this summer. Based on what I have read on your site will probably use KLM or LH and transport him as checked baggage since I will be on the same flights. Will he be taken to the pet hotel with a transit time of approximately two hours? Will he require special docs since this is the EU, or are the US entry docs enough?

Thanks for an awesome website,


Hi Allyson,

Unless you're changing airlines, you won't have to obtain any other paperwork besides what's necessary to enter the United States. It's hard to say what options you'll face if you haven't chosen an airline or a route yet, but as an example, the Frankfurt Animal Lounge offers a chance for transiting pets who are traveling via cargo to have a break from their travel kennels. In our experience it's often better to allow a longer layover or even an overnight so that pets can have a chance to stretch their legs, etc.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this. Thanks for the question (and for the kind words)!


PetRelocation Team




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