Taking Fido on flights abroad

We will be relocating from to Thailand to Kathmandu, Nepal, and we have a pet dog that we would like to take with us. We will be flying out of Phuket on a Thai Airways flight with a connecting flight in Bangkok. What are the procedures for bringing our dog with us?

  • Asked on Monday, January 22, 2007 | 08:16 PM
    Sindhu Lim, Phuket.

To import a pet to Nepal, all that is required is for the pet’s owner to show a certificate issued by a veterinarian in Thailand confirming that the animal is free of diseases. The owner must show this certificate when the pet arrives at the Animal Quarantine Office at the airport in Kathmandu.

  • Answered on Monday, January 22, 2007 | 08:16 PM
    K. Paras, an officer of the Nepalese embassy in Bangkok.

Thai Airways also requires a certificate of clean health, and the Phuket Animal Quarantine Station at Phuket International Airport must issue this certificate. Once this is done, you must call us at the Thai Airways reservation desk and inform us of the certificate number at least three days before your flight.

When you check in, if your dog’s weight plus the cage (which must be provided) is less than 10 kilograms, then the dog can be loaded into the cabin.

But if your dog plus the cage is heavier than 10kg or if the cage is bigger than 55cm x 37cm x 30cm, then the dog must be loaded in the hold, and we will charge you for the excess weight.

Alternatively, you can have your dog flown by a cargo company, which will still require the certificate issued by the quarantine station.

Cargo companies that deliver pets include Pasco (Tel: 076-238824-6), Sky Trade (Tel: 076-351329) T&M (Tel: 076-351474), and Thai Airways Cargo (Tel: 07-6351306).

  • Answered on Monday, January 22, 2007 | 08:16 PM
    Angkhana Damrongchua, of the Thai Airways International Reservation Desk.

To be issued the certificate, you must bring your dog to the Phuket Animal Quarantine Station with the following documents:

1. Dog’s medical history book that shows all vaccinations the animal has had since it was born.

2. Blood test result or health certificate from a veterinarian who works at pet clinic or pet hospital.

3. Proof of a rabies vaccination at least 30 days before its departure.

4. The owner’s passport (the passenger who will be transporting the dog).

5. A “dog passport”, available at the Phuket Livestock Office. To get this you must present the Livestock Office with the health certificate and a photo of the dog.

6. Microchip and microchip number (you can request this from your vet).

7. Any pedigree certification for your dog.

The Animal Quarantine Station will check all documents and your dog’s health and then issue the certificate for you to show to the airline. The owner must finish the entire process at least three days before departure.

  • Answered on Monday, January 22, 2007 | 08:16 PM
    Kittima Thepabutr, an officer at the Phuket Animal Quarantine Station.

We need to check the resistance of rabies in the dog’s blood. This is very important, especially if the dog will go to European countries or Japan. The rabies vaccine must be administered at least 30 days before departure.

So if you want to take your dog to another country, you must bring in its vaccination record to the vet clinic; there the vet can double check the dog’s health and issue a certificate of clean health. The veterinarian’s office can also put a microchip in the dog if it doesn’t have one yet.

  • Answered on Monday, January 22, 2007 | 08:16 PM
    Pitipat Kitpitatkun, a veterinarian at Rak Satt Pet Hospital in Phuket City.
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