COVID-19 & Pet Airline Travel: What To Know Before Flying With Your Pet
Updated: Jun 15, 2021
We're almost used to COVID-19 at this point, and the new normal for everyday life has been a long adaptation. This is especially true in the travel industry. There’s been a good amount of changes among the airlines regarding every aspect of travel during the coronavirus pandemic, from food service to baggage, and where and how our pets can fly has been no exception. Yes, restrictions have since loosened slightly, but there are definitely a good amount of semi-permanent changes to be aware of, for the next time you travel.
But we'd like to tackle something close to our hearts - pets! Many people have questions. How exactly has COVID-19 affected pet airline travel? Can dogs still fly during Coronavirus? We broke down current rules and restrictions on pet travel during COVID-19.
Is It Safe To Travel With Pets Right Now?
Taking your dog or cat on a flight abroad? Make sure you have your pet’s documents when traveling internationally and returning home to the United States. Leave yourself plenty of time before the trip to take care of your pet’s required medical care and paperwork. Remember to start the process early.
First Stop—Your Vet’s Office
If you are traveling internationally, tell your veterinarian about your plans as soon as possible. Together, you can make sure your pet meets the requirements for your destination country and is healthy enough to travel. Requirements may include:
Microchips for identification
Airlines and countries often have different requirements, so make sure you know what the specific ones are.
JET-A-PET International is here to help - feel free to contact us with your specific questions.
For more information, please visit the CDC's website for ongoing updates on the subject.