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Bringing Pets

Cats and dogs must be accompanied by a valid government veterinary good health certificate issued at the point of origin (validity means 2 week from date of issue). This certificate does not exempt the pets from examination by an Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture doctor on arrival. If disease is suspected, quarantine will last no longer than 15 days. In the case of a quarantine period, the owner will be charged for the care and feeding of the animal.

In terms of documents, the rabies shots are the most important to have besides the health certificate which shows all the vaccinations. You may also want to check on the requirements for bringing your pet back with you to the country of origin. Some countries have quarantine requirements, like Great Britain, where the pet may be required to remain in quarantine for up to six months with fairly high lodging fees during this quarantine period.

Depending on the airline you travel with and the weight of your pet, it can either go on board with the passenger as carry-on-luggage or in the cargo of the very same plane you are flying on. When booking, you will need to provide the weight of the pet as well as the weight and dimensions of the carrier. Based on all this, and possibly the breed, the airline will estimate the shipping charges. If the pet light enough and is allowed to go on board, the airline personnel will also need to know if your pet has a problem staying quiet for long periods of time. Dogs that bark or cats who meow audibly may not be allowed on board so as not to disturb other passengers. If your pet is infected at the time of shipping with any virus, including normal cold, it will not be allowed on board.

For cargo travel your pet will need a hard case carrier. For dogs you will need a spacious enough cage to enable it to stand up and turn around in. Cats prefer smaller snugger spaces. It may add to their stress traveling in a cage that is too roomy. To add to your pet’s comfort include a piece of your or your child’s clothing that has not been washed as a comfort blanket. Some pets have difficulty with air travel and need sedatives. It is also recommended that you do not give your pet too much to eat prior to traveling to minimise the chance of a mess in their cage while in transit. If your pet goes cargo, it is very important to notify the captain to turn the heating on in cargo. There have been instances where pets died from hypothermia while flying because the captain was not aware of the pet and did not turn on the heating.

Some airlines have limitations during summer months when they either not take any pets during a certain period or take fewer pets. Air France is pet friendly and allows pets on board. KLM cargo, Lufthansa, and Egypt Air may also allow pets. Check several months in advance regarding airline policies toward pet transportation especially for travel seasons where there is a higher rate of families traveling with their pets. In general, there is a limit on how many pets are allowed on the plane.

Make sure you start the process and make the booking for your pet far enough in advance to reserve a space and to anticipate any unforeseeable complications that may arise unexpectedly.





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