How to Bring Your Dog to the Philippines
Bringing your dog to the Philippines is an idea to think of very carefully and very wisely as it takes great planning and effort on how your pet survives the stress that he or she will encounter on the flight.
Flying to the Philippines from Germany or Schiphol, The Netherlands takes at least 12,5 hours to Manila which in this case was a non-stop flight. Of course it depends on the airlines you are flying on.
On our long vacation to my home country, my hubby and I decided to bring Angus, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog with us.
We could not leave him at home in Germany (my second home country) because there is nobody who can take care of him and we know that he will be very upset if we would leave him behind.
We would be very upset too as he is a member of our small family. Seems like he is our child.
What to Do
- Ask for information from your travel agency regarding which airlines accept dogs as cargo or excess luggage.
- Ask for information on any pet air cargo that can transport and take care of live animals on flight.
- Contact the Bureau of Animals in Manila and apply for an import permit and ask about the requirements needed for your dog's travel.
- Book your flight, if possible together with your dog and no stop over in any country to avoid stress for your pet and for yourself.
- Get an appointment from your veterinarian and arrange the time of your pet's vaccinations and other pet needs.
- Buy a cage which is required by the IATA, International Air Transport Association. The cage of "Sky" and " Vari" have these requirements.
Ways Your Dog Can Travel
1. In the Cabin
A small dog up to 6 kilos (including the travel bag) can travel with you in the cabin.
2. As Excess Luggage
The dog and the cage can fly with you as excess luggage in a special live animal compartment in the plane that you have booked yourself. It should not exceed 75 kilos in weight.
3. In an Air Freight Cargo Company
The dog can be transported as a cargo booked in a Pet Air Cargo Company. This company will be the one to take care of your dog and will do the check-in for it.
Documents and Health Certificates
- Animal Passport with photo
- Import Permit from the Bureau of Animals in Manila. Present the receipt of your import permit which is only valid for 2 months. The permit fee is 100 pesos and the inspection fee is 250 pesos.
- Valid health certificates from the vet from the country of origin written in English.
- Rabies serological test
- Tick treatment
- Echinococcus treatment
These documents shall be presented at the Animal Quarantine Office in Manila before going to customs and exiting.
What's on the Import Permit:
- Name of the owner
- Country of origin
- Breed or the kind of dog
- How old the dog is and how much it weighs
- Buy the cage as early as possible so your dog will be acquainted with the cage he will be using on the flight.
- If you have relatives in Manila, let them apply for the Import Permit for you. The application form you filled out should be brought to the Bureau of Animals so that you can have your import permit ready. Your relative can mail it to you via DHL. Of course you can also send your application directly to the Bureau of Animals but sometimes it takes a long time for you to hear back from them.
I hope this article helps you travel with your dog.
- Bureau of Animal Industry, Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
- KLM, Netherlands
© 2011 Thelma Alberts