Traveling with your pet in the EU? Air travel VS a Road Trip OR both?
Decisions, decisions! If you are preparing to relocate within the EU, you will no doubt at some point be feeling totally overwhelmed. Your loved ones including your beloved pet will experience the ripple effect of your stress and be spying out boxes and bags and wondering why are they non stop with the spring cleaning, it was fun but now it’s starting to freak me out! And that’s way before the actual departure date. There is a lot to consider. Maybe it’s not so dramatic and you are off on a holiday but would rather take your pet along than spend your time away worrying about your baby in a kennel or at home mostly alone.
Firstly you will a need a pet passport, jet set styling with your pet is possible via The Pet Travel Scheme ("PETS") which is a system that allows pets to travel freely between member countries without undergoing quarantine. A Pet Passport is an official document that records information related to a specific animal. The effect is to drastically speed up and simplify travel with pets between member countries if the regulations are followed. See here who are the member countries?
Basic requirement for the pet travel scheme for entry or re-entry into the UK include:
Your pet being microchipped (if your pet has a pre-existing microchip, it is a good idea to check the location of the chip in case it has moved over time. Your vet can do this for you).
British Airways will gladly have your best friend in cabin free of charge.
You will need to access your dogs size, most airlines require that they can stand up and turn around in the carrier. Puppies are required to be at least 8 weeks old to fly. The carrier will be stowed under the seat in front of you. Once you are airborne you can pull the carrier out into your leg room and offer treats and assuring pats. A carrier that allows you to see down into to it at your feet and has a zipper would be ideal.
- Pets Own Us