Traveling With a Lhasa Apso to the United States

Hi PetRelocation,

I'm planning to move with my 5-year-old Lhasa Apso to Boston around the second week of August. From whatever information I could gather on the internet so far, KLM and Lufthansa seem to be the most recommended options.

However, most airlines state that snub-nosed dogs are not allowed to travel due to possible respiratory problems. Can you share how safe/risky it is to travel with them on a flight as long as about 26 hours (including the 7-8 hour layover)?

I will also appreciate if you can share some details on the necessary paperwork? Will be there any additional documentation required for transit via Paris?



Hi Sanjana,

Thanks for reaching out—these are all important pet travel questions that we'd be happy to discuss.

Snub-nosed breeds are more prone to breathing difficulties during times of stress, which is why it's extra important to discuss any questions you have with your vet before traveling, choose a larger than usual travel crate, and fly with a pet safe airline. (Essentially it's all about preparation and making educated choices.)

Agreeing with the advice you've already discovered, PetRelocation also recommends KLM and Lufthansa for international pet travel due to their pet safe policies. Double check with these two airlines and/or a pet travel agent as you move forward to find out about the most up-to-date restrictions that may or may not affect Lhasa Apsos in particular.

Also note: Since you're traveling in the summer you'll need to heed any temperature restrictions affecting your departure and destination—if it's too hot you may not be able to land or take off from certain places, or you may have to plan creatively so that the flights take place in the evening or early morning, when it's cooler.

As for your questions about transiting and paperwork, you won't need to acknowledge any of France's import rules unless you plan to leave the airport or switch airlines. Here is a link to the United States Pet Import Rules—these guidelines are fairly straightforward and less intensive than the rules many other countries have in place.

For further guidance about pet travel safety, please read over our advice for safe summer pet travel as well as our tips for traveling with a snub-nosed breed.

If you find yourself needing further assistance, feel free to fill out our online pet travel consultation form to connect to one of our Specialists. We've helped many pets move safely and would be happy to discuss your options with you, as well.

Good luck!


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Sanjana
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Lhasa Apso
From: Mumbai, India
To: Boston, United States


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