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3/22/2017
A Guide to Travelling with Pets
A Guide to Travelling with Pets

If you are about to go on your first international trip with your pet, there are many things you will need to know before you board the plane with your companion. People travel between countries with their animals every single day, and this journey doesn’t have to be difficult if you take some time to plan ahead. To help you prepare, we have compiled this helpful pet travel guide.

Requirements vary from country to country, and we highly recommend looking further into your chosen destination's policies on pet travel once you have finished reading our tips. Additional documents, vaccinations and restrictions may apply, depending on where you wish to go. For more information about the movement of pets in the EU, visit the European Commission website.

Similarly, if you are flying with pets it is important to check the rules and regulations of each airline before booking. Rules are not universal, and some airlines will not allow pets to travel with them, even in the cargo.

Documents and vaccinations
Planning in advance is the key to smooth travelling and happy pets. There are a handful of things every pet owner must do before embarking on a trip with their four-legged friend.

A trip to the vets
Before you make any travel plans for your pet, you should arrange a visit to the vets. Once they have been deemed healthy and fit enough to fly, you may also wish to book an appointment for vaccinations if the country you are travelling to requires it.

The major vaccination animals may need is rabies. A very serious disease, all pet owners are required to check the rabies classification of the country they are travelling from and to. If your pet has already had the vaccine, it is very important to check that it will not run out during your travels.

Dog with Vet

Vets can also install microchips for dogs and cats. Microchips are required by the majority of countries, including all members of the EU. We advise checking the government webpage of your destination ahead of your flight, leaving plenty of time to microchip your pet if needed.

The paperwork
There are a handful of documents you and your pet will need before they can travel. The main document you will require is a pet passport or a third-country official veterinary certificate. This document should provide evidence of your pet's health, microchipping and active rabies vaccination.

Alongside this, dogs may require evidence of a tapeworm treatment. If this is the case, it will also be added to their pet passport or third-country certificate.

If you have overseas pet insurance, it is wise to bring a copy of this document with you as well.

Before you travel
As the day of travel come closer, there are a few steps you should take to ensure you are organised and your pet is prepared for their flight. You may find it useful to make a list of all the required travel documents listed above to use before you leave your home.

Acclimatise your pet
International travel can be very stressful for pets, especially as they will experience many unknown surroundings and sounds on their journey. To make them as comfortable as possible, we suggest acclimatising your animal with the carrier or crate they will be travelling in weeks, or even months in advance. It may help to place toys and objects with familiar scents inside this crate to help them feel at home.

Arriving at the airport
Most animals will travel as cargo and will remain separated from you throughout the journey. To ensure they are returned to you safely, take extra precautions and attach an ID tag to both your pet's collar and crate just in case.

Upon arrival
Once you have landed, your pet will need collecting. Usually, this is located on airport grounds but not in your terminal. It is worth finding out where this pick-up location will be prior to your arrival to reduce the amount of time you are away from your pet.

Porter with Dog

Pets at Kempinski Hotels
You will have to book a pet-friendly hotel before you begin your trip to ensure your animal will have a place to stay. If you wish to book with Kempinski, we have a selection of pet-friendly hotels across the world that you can choose from.

Take a look at some of our pet-friendly Kempinski hotels below:
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest
Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden
Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok
Kempinski Hotel Adriatic Istria
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich
Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

If you require any additional information on the services available at our pet-friendly Kempinski hotels, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your chosen hotel for further assistance.

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