Pet travel

Pet Travel & Relocation Information

Pet Travel & Relocation can be a challenging and a stressful procedure in general. If you have a pet, ABVC can help take care of all of your pet’s needs to ensure the entire process runs smoothly, safely and correctly. If you have any questions or queries about any Pet, Animal relocation, please contact our Pet Relocations Manager at or call 055 9035550/04-3471028.

Here is some additional information you can use as a guide to sort out what is needed.
*Disclaimer: We try to keep the information on this site as up-to-date as possible but require you to double check the information if you decide to sort out all the paperwork yourself.

Tips for relocating pets

Prepare your pets’ documents:

If you plan to travel with your Pet, start planning and preparing your plans as early as possible. For some countries it can take as much as 8 months ahead of traveling preparing to get all the papers organized before you are ready to go.

Sedation or not:

Sedating your Pet will only last him/her a short while and when they regain full consciousness they might be more upset then when left to deal with the situation. Some sedatives do have cardio-vascular side-effects and will leave your Pet in a worse shape to deal with temperature differences & blood pressure changes. Also your Pet will be in a pressurized room which might give a different work spectrum of the used drug. We do therefore not advice to have your Pet sedated on a trip (See for more advice.).


ABVC Is a previsionary member of IPATA (International Pet and Animal Transportation Association) and an ATA (Animal Transportation Association) member.



Memebr of Animal Transport Association

More On Pet Relocation and Travel


A Pet Travel Carrier is very important for a smoother and easier cat or dog relocation.. It should be of correct size (click here to find out how to measure your dog or cat) and IATA approved with side screws otherwise the airline can refuse cargo since they will be fined if they accept. It is best if you get your Pet accustomed to his Travel Carrier a few weeks before traveling so he/she is comfortable with it (feed them in it or have them sleep in it at night). Leave something with a familiar smell in the box to comfort them. Put an incontinence pad on the bottom to absorb the fluids produced during the flight.

  • Allow your Pet access to water at all times, the rabbit drinking bottles are working quite well for this. They will not spill too much leaving your Pet’s cage dry during the trip.
  • Don’t feed your Pet just before traveling since this might make them sick and soil their cage, Small dogs might need some food otherwise their energy levels will drop too much, ask our Vets for advice.
  • Take your Pets for a nice walk before enclosing him/her. Make sure they have done all needed doing.
  • Pets have to be on the most direct flight to the country of destination.
  • Try to book night arrival times in the Middle East countries (this protects your Pet from mistakes made by airline staff which can have dire consequences in the full sun).


Some animals (other than Dogs and Cats) are of protected species, meaning that they cannot travel with you without a special document. If you are not sure if your pet is one of them please check the website CITES.