Our story is that we are trying to leave Miami late next week for Kolkata with 2 dogs and a cat. We have traveled with to 7 countries so far with our animals, so we aren’t new to this. And so far have had no bad experiences with the effects of traveling on our animals. We always use Nitenpyram flea treatment before we travel anywhere just so the pets are safe in whatever country we are in. Even with the odd disaster along the way with screwed up arrangements…and dogs not loaded onto planes even!
We will be taking our pomeranian husky dogs as excess baggage, so far the prices we have received for shipping them as freight have been:
$6000ish from one company here in the USA, and $7000ish from other. One company wanted $505 just to complete the paperwork for export (I have attached the paperwork as you can do it yourself!)
So we are taking them as excess baggage on Lufthansa, we have found from our previous experience and recommendations of others if you cant get a direct flight to the USA, travel only via Frankfurt, Amsterdam, or Heathrow as they have pet care facilities at the airports that will look after and water , clean and check up on your pets between flights.
So far we have found you need the following docs completed:
– IATA veterinary certificate for international pet travel form (Got mine from my rabbit veterinarian!)
– Airline acclimation certificate
– Annexure I Animal Health Certificate for Importation of Dogs into India , and stamped by the USDA Government Veterinarian
– Annexure II Animal Health Certificate for Importation of Cats into India , and stamped by the USDA Government Veterinarian
– Rabies vaccination certificates
– Pictures of animals
– Microchip numbers and certificates (but not required for India)
Pet Relocation to India
Here is some more info that I found, some is already mentioned above:
Following are the requirements for Prior Approval for Pet Cats/Dogs entering INDIA:
- Rabies Vaccination & Certificate: All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate and this certificate must state the microchip number, the date of inoculation and the validity of the particular vaccination you obtain – some are good for three years, others are only good for one.
- Vet Health Certificate (Form 7001): This is the standard Health Certificate to be filled out by your USDA accredited Veterinarian. Must be issued within 10 days of the flight. Health Certificate must state that the pet has no clinical signs of Aujossky’s disease, Distemper, Rabies, Leishmaoiasis, Leptospirosis and Tuberculosis.
- USDA Endorsement:
The above referenced forms:
* Microchip Implantation Record.
* Rabies Certificate.
* Vet Health Certificate.
Must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval. Please contact your local representative on the best way of handling this.
This USDA certification we are simply doing ourselves, and will travel to the office to get the Annex I and II forms stamped.
We are traveling Lufthansa, and have found only some airlines are willing to take pets.
We are going to Kolkata and have found this agency that can handle the import paperwork.. the NOC certificates… we will report back on how it goes and costs as I am awaiting on this information. http://www.jetex-oceanair.com
Now shipping containers, we have found the cheapest here to be at Petsmart, and to get the right size this link helps:
We will be freezing the water for the animals, and putting in some mats that petsmart sells that absorb liquids and are dry for the animal to sit on (they are expensive though)
As far as travelling the animals into India they need this on their containers:
- No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Quarantine Officer at the Animal Quarantine Station in India.
- A duplicate copy of the NOC has to be fixed on the crate of the pet during the air travel.
- Original copy of the NOC has to be produced in India to get the pet released from the customs at the Airport in India.
- On arrival in India, an appointment to be fixed with the Quarantine Officer for issue of a temporary Health Certificate on examination of the pet.
- 30 days thereafter a certificate of health to be obtained from a local veterinarian to be produced at the Animal Quarantine Station. Then, the pet will be issued a permanent certificate of health for his/her stay in India.
People intending on arriving with their pets as accompanied luggage will need to have an agent apply for this certificate before they enter the country. It is required to be obtained in person and cannot be applied for online.
Here are some docs I have attained and want to share:
- Lufthansa Info Doc
- Lufthansa Veterinary Certification (same as ICAO doc below)
- ICAO veterinary certificate for pet travel form
- Info on bringing pets to India
- Annex I Dogs import certificate form for India
- Annex II Cats import certificate form for India
- Acclimatization certificate
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