Flying a dog to Europe — Where do you start?!?
Deciding to sell everything we owned—except the dog—so we could travel the world with our daughter was relatively easy. We bought a camper from a dealer in Amsterdam, booked our tickets, and then enthusiastically started dismantling our life.
The difficult thing was figuring out how to fly our beloved Jack Russell Terrier, Archie, to the Netherlands.
Sifting through all the scattered and often-incorrect information on the web was time-consuming and frustrating. I scoured forums, read outdated blog posts, emailed embassies, and even called government officials in Europe. It took me weeks and weeks of research to figure out exactly what to do, and even then I couldn’t be sure I’d done everything right. What if I’d made a mistake that would keep Archie off the plane on flight day or that would get him quarantined when we arrived? It was a horrible thought.
From the moment we first decided to travel to the moment three months later when we reunited with Archie post-flight, I was a stressed-out mess. Not until I saw Archie’s sweet nose poking out of his crate, which was tucked in amongst the skis and golf bags of oversized-baggage claim, was I able to relax and truly look forward to our European adventure.
Why I Wrote this Book
I’ve written How to Fly Your Dog to Europe to share all the information I worked so hard to find. It has everything you need to know, all in one place. This e-book is the resource I wish I’d had two years ago.
My goal is to save you time and give you the confidence to make your dog-travel arrangements without worrying, stressing, overlooking something critical, or making mistakes (like I did!) Complete step-by-step instructions will save you tons of time and greatly reduce your stress.
Stop scouring the web for information and begin making your arrangements today.
What’s in the Book?
Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, you need to know about flying a pet to Europe. View the Table of Contents directly.
Mini-guides for each country
I think this is the most valuable part of the book. No matter where you are landing, from Helsinki to Madrid, from London to Vienna, you’ll find a mini-guide that tells you what you need to know. Each mini-guide contains:
- hard-to-find links to each country’s official dog-import regulations
- a downloadable PDF of the required Veterinary Certificate
- email addresses for the specific officials who oversee dog imports. If you have questions, these are the experts who can give you 100% reliable answers.
- tips on country-specific regulations and pitfalls
The International Health Certificate and other required paperwork
All your dog’s paperwork must be complete and filled in correctly. If it’s not, he could be kept from boarding or tossed into quarantine upon arrival. The e-book covers specific paperwork requirements, tips for filling everything out correctly, and important timelines.
This isn’t brain surgery, but at the same time I’m not exaggerating when I say you really can’t make ANY mistakes.
Airlines and international flights
This chapter covers everything flight related: selecting a flight, conditions in the baggage hold, the check-in process, how to maximize your dog’s safety and reduce his anxiety, and pre-flight planning.
The e-book includes links to pet-travel information for all transatlantic airlines.
If you want to fly your dog to Europe but have absolutely no idea how to start, you’ve come to the right place. Getting a dog to Europe seems really complicated at first. But if you know what is required, plan carefully, and then go step-by-step, you will be successful.
Good luck and happy travels!