Levent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 5 Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1241 times:
My partner and I are about to book a ticket from Spain to Bangkok, Thailand for the beginning of July (for a permanent move to Thailand) and have to decide whether or not to take our old Golden Retriever with us. It is a very long trip and we´re not sure whether it would be good for 9-year old Cally. Anyway, if we decide to take her, do airlines have a standard charge for taking large dogs in the cargo hold? I understand it is treated as excess baggage. What could the costs approximately be? The airline will probably be Spanair/Lufthansa VLC-MUC-BKK or Turkish Airlines BCN-IST-BKK.
Bhill From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 896 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1165 times:
Check with the destination requirements for vaccinations or quarantine requirements. You will probably have to visit your local vet to get a certificate for your pup to travel. You might want to think about also getting a mild tranquilizer for him also. Nothing to eat for him 12 hours befor the flight, and if you can, get a dog crate that you can attach a large self dispensing water bottle to..kinda like those used for hampsters. I paid $150.00 to take my boxer from SEA to OAK on Alaska and back. No problems were encountered.
Lamedianaranja From Venezuela, joined Nov 2004, 1246 posts, RR: 22 Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1127 times:
How can you NOT take her? Just ask the airline for info, it varies. Check the health requirements for Thailand very well.
Most countries ask for a health certificate not older than 10 days and a rabies inoculation older than 3 months but not more than a year ago.
So get that rabies shot in time!
As cargo she is not garanteed to travel on the same flight as you do, but if it's too expensive to check her in as an AVIH (in the load compartment) it may be a much cheaper option.
Be sure to attach copies of all papers securely to the kennel and carry the originals on your person.
Then, how does the dog find all this? Mine love to travel! They enjoy their kennel, it's snug, and sleep all the way I'm sure. The noise drowsies them and they get used to it. Now I have a very complacent breed that never worries much about anything but food... that are bull terriers for you!
So please don't worry and take your dog to BKK. You may have to give it heartworm (filaria) pills in Thailand, check that with your vet too!
DYK From Canada, joined Jul 2004, 407 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1115 times:
Import requirements for Thailand:
-rabies inoculation certificate, rabies must be no less than 30 days and no more than one year at time of arrival
-the must be vacinated against Leptospirosis at least 21 days preceding departure
-vacinated against Distemper, hepatitis and Parvovirus at least 21 days prior departure
-International health certificate issues within 10 days of arrival
-Import Permit from Department of Livestock Developement tel 66.2.5351546 or fax 66.2.535.1210 attention
-health documents must be endorsed by the official government veterinary authority of the exporting country.
Suggest you stick with Lufthansa or KLM into Bangkok