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How to Bring Your Dog to the Philippines

Updated on February 18, 2016
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Thelma is a Filipina Expat living in Germany. She has a beautiful dog name Angus, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog.


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Plans

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.

Angus, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog.
Angus, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog. | Source

What to Do

  1. Ask for information from your travel agency regarding which airlines accept dogs as cargo or excess luggage.
  2. Ask for information on any pet air cargo that can transport and take care of live animals on flight.
  3. Contact the Bureau of Animals in Manila and apply for an import permit and ask about the requirements needed for your dog's travel.
  4. 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.
  5. Get an appointment from your veterinarian and arrange the time of your pet's vaccinations and other pet needs.
  6. Buy a cage which is required by the IATA, International Air Transport Association. The cage of "Sky" and " Vari" have these requirements.

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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.

Angus in the Philippines
Angus in the Philippines | Source

Documents and Health Certificates

  1. Animal Passport with photo
  2. 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.
  3. Valid health certificates from the vet from the country of origin written in English.

Vaccinations needed:

  1. Rabies
  2. Rabies serological test
  3. Tick treatment
  4. 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:

  1. Name of the owner
  2. Country of origin
  3. Breed or the kind of dog
  4. How old the dog is and how much it weighs

Angus in the Philippines
Angus in the Philippines | Source

Tips

  • 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.

Sources

  • Bureau of Animal Industry, Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
  • KLM, Netherlands

© 2011 Thelma Alberts

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      kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Thelma, I love your last pic! It's looks very Filipino with all the banana trees, coconut trees and bamboos :) Angus is having a ball!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Me, too. This photo was taken in our garden. Angus has a lot of freedom here in our place. He has a lot of new things to learn. Thanks for dropping by, kerlynb.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, I remember when animals had to be kept in quarantine for about six months? nightmare! this is great info, cheers nell

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Hi Nell Rose. Yes, some countries are still practising this 6 months quarantine. Quarantine is a nightmare for a dog and I am glad Angus did not have to. Thanks for stopping by and giving your comment.

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      stylezink 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA.

      Great info! I always wonder about traveling abroad with my pooches. I never realized there was SO much to it. I didn't know pets have passports. I remember when moving to Hawaii from Virginia we would have had to quarantine our cat for 6 months so we gave her away. Something a lot of people need to think about. It's not so simple when traveling between countries with pets. Appreciate you spreading some insight to it. I'm happy to hear PI is not practicing quarantine time.. like you said it's a nightmare! Mine are like my children too! I can't imagine them locked up for 6 months. They would go absolutely crazy!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Hello stylezink! Thanks for dropping by. Yes, dogs have their own pet passports and there are a lots of things to do before traveling to the other countries with your pet. The trouble was worth it. Angus is with us. Have a lovely weekend.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A great hub Thelma and I am sure many will benefit from reading.

      I vote up,take care and have a great day.

      Eiddwen.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Thanks Eiddwen! I hope that this article really helps to those who are bringing a dog with them to the other countries. Thanks again for your vote. Have a great day.

    • Sharon Bongala 4 years ago

      Thanks for the info :)

    • dolly grundstrom 4 years ago

      its nice to hear that and im so appreciated what i heard from you now i can bring my lovely pappilon her name is sydney hope she will like to fly with us and see some of my chihuahua in philippines happy vacation to us hope we have a great days together love it....

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hello Dolly! Nice to hear from you and your dogs. I hope this article helps your journey with your pet in going to the Philippines. Have a great vacation!

    • prescilla 4 years ago

      Hi I would like to know how to bring my dog from Philippines to the states (hawaii) I know about the shots she needs but what about the airport and all that. I don't know who to ask or call, I hope someone can help me a little thanks.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi Prescilla! You have to write to the U.S. Embassy or send an e-mail to them, asking about what you need for bringing your dog with you to Hawaii. You can send an e-mail as well, to the Bureau of Animals in Hawaii, asking exact information you have to accomplish about your travel with your dog to their country. You can even google the information. I am sure that they will tell you what kind of vaccination your dog needs. The important documents (like your dogs passport) that you will need for your dog, will be shown to the Bureau of Animals in the airport. I hope I have help you a little. Good luck!

    • Elmer 4 years ago

      Perfect article for us as we will be going home in October from Schipol and was wondering how it works.

      Just a question... someone told me that the dog will be guarantined in the Philippines for some days.... is this true?

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hello Elmer!

      Thanks for reading my article and for giving a comment. Angus was not quarantined when we landed in Manila last September 2011. We had all the papers we needed as what I have written here. Everything was easy. To be sure, ask the Bureau of Animals in the Philippines if there is any changes. I hope I have help you with this information. Have a happy holiday!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi Sharon Bongala! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

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      emilybee 4 years ago

      Great info! My boyfriend's mom is filipino and lived in the Philippines until about 25 years ago. She often speaks of going back someday. Her grown daughter is still over there, too. I would like to meet her someday. Perhaps we will bring our little dog, looks the same size as yours, and use your great tips, and all go re-unite with each other over there! Well-written and voted up!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi emilybee! Thanks for your stopping by and for your following me.

      I can relate why your boyfriend´s mom want to go back home someday. It is very nice of you to go to the Philippines with your dog to visit the relatives of your boyfriend. It will be great visiting the beautiful spots there as well. Be sure to contact the Animals Bureau in Manila a few months before your travel incase there are any changes.

    • flo 4 years ago

      You're a big help!! how long did it take you to get the import permit?

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thanks flo that I can help you. It took only 1 day to get the import permit from the Bureau of Animals in Manila. It was a relative of my friend who get it for us. We sent an e-mail to her and wrote about everything that was needed for filling up the application form, like what breed, how old was our dog, the name of the owner, etc. She wrote it down in the application form and waited for an hour or two to received it. She sent it immediately by DHL.

      To be sure though, we sent an e-mail also to the Bureau of Animals about our request of having an import permit, 2 months before our flight. It took too long to received an answer from this office that we decided to contact the relative of my friend. So in the end, we had 2 permits arrived to our place. One from DHL sent by the relative of my friend, the other was from the Bureau of Animals.

      I hope this helps you. Thanks for stopping by.

    • edith 4 years ago

      hi thelma i hope u can give me the email address of the animal bureau and if they have telephone number thanks

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi, Edith! Thanks for stopping by. I´ll give you the e-mail address later. I have to search it from my papers.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi Edith! Here´s the email address: nvqs.bai@manila-online.net or dir.bai@manila-online.net. I hope it helps. You can also google: Importation of Live Pet Animals To The Philippines. Sorry for answering it late. My apology;-)

    • edith 4 years ago

      Hi Thelma,thanks a lot

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      You`re welcome edith!

    • ZALDY 4 years ago

      HOW CAN I GET ANIMAL PASSPORT

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi Zaldy! You can get it from your animal breeder where you got your dog or at the veterinary office. We got Angus passport from our breeder in Germany who had all the papers we need when we bought our pet. In Germany, we have to register our dog and pay taxes yearly. I don´t know where you come from, so to be sure, just ask your vet. I´m sure he´ll know where to get the animal passport.

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      Jmillis2006 3 years ago from North Carolina

      I do not plan on going to the philliapines any time soon, but these tips are good for traveling most places. Angus is the reason I was drawn here I loved the pictures, as I own a cavalier king Charles spaniel myself and love the breed. Great hub.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Hi Jmillis! You´re right, these tips are good for traveling in most places. Angus had been to many countries in Europe but in going to the Philippines, we needed a lot of paper works for his travel.

      I love the Cavalier King Charles breed, too. They are beautiful. Thanks for stopping by.

    • junriz knudsen 3 years ago

      Hello...im planning to bring my chihuahua on june to philippines but i want to know how the procedure regarding on bringing back the dog from philippines to denmark after vacation.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Hi Junriz! I know only of how to bring your dog to the Philippines, but not how to bring it back to your country, Denmark. I can only advice you to ask the animal bureau of Denmark about what you need to do when bringing back your pet from your holiday. If you are planning to stay for a short vacation to the Philippines with your pet, I would say don´t do it. It´s not worth the trouble for you and for your pet because of the stress your dog will encounter. Just think of the heat...

      My dog Angus needed time to adjust the weather and the environment in the Philippines. Now he is acclimatized to his environment, the climate and to the people. He´s still in the Philippines. I don´t know until when.

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope you´ll find the result on how to bring your dog back to your home country. Good luck;-)

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      Jeffrey Dela Costa 3 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you for this article Thelma! I will recommend this next time I have friends and relatives who are bringing their dogs here to the Philippines, and I should know, I have a lot. Will let you know what they think. Again thank you

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Hi Condominium,

      You're welcome. Well, I appreciate it very well. It's always a pleasure for me to help others in bringing their pets to the Philippines. I was helped by my friend through her advice on how to bring Angus in our home country. So, I thought I could help others too. Thanks for stopping by;-)

    • reneevi 3 years ago

      tnx for sharing very helpful....

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      You´re welcome reneevi;-) Thanks for stopping by.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      No, thank you Andy. I don´t need one.

    • Floridagirl 3 years ago

      Thank u Thelma! Great article! Im flying to PI this coming dec with my baby pogi (5lb chihuahua) I didnt know that he needs passport, glad I read ur post. I have 6 montHs to prepare everything. God Bless u & ur family!

    • Olivia 3 years ago

      Hi Thelma,

      Thanks for the article, it's great help indeed.

      Just a quick question though, were you charged customs fee and local handling for bringing Angus to the Philippines? I've just received a quote from a pet relocation company here in the UK and they told me the customs charge + handling will be at around £400-500 and this I have to pay in Manila when my Labrador arrives. Just like Angus, my lovely labrador is like my own son. I just can't digest the idea that I'd need to pay customs for my pet who's considered as my family. Hope you can share some more info about this.

      Thanks!

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Hi Floridagirl! Sorry to have answered you late. You are welcome. Good luck for bringing your chihuahua to the Philippines. God bless you and your family, too.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Hi Olivia,

      Yes, we were charged of customs fee but it was not much, around 200 Pesos. We did not pay local handling for bringing Angus because we had him as an excess bagage. We paid €200 to KLM when we checked in in Schiphol, Amsterdam. Angus was waiting for us in his cage on a platform near the luggage claim belt where we collected our luggage in NAIA, MNL after our flight. Maybe if you let a pet company for your dogs transport, you´ll have to pay them not only in UK but in Manila as well. If your dog is small, you can bring him as a bagage exist. You have to ask the flight company about their pet rules in flying. I hope I have helpt you a bit. Good Luck;-)

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Olivia, I mean bagage or luggage excess;-)

    • Olivia 3 years ago

      Thanks Thelma. I've been reading about the hassles of bringing pets via cargo, so I'm a bit decided on just contacting the airline and see if I can have him as an excess luggage as you suggested.

      Many thanks!

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      Hygeia Zafra 3 years ago from Garapan, United States

      Hi thelma,

      Thanks for such a great post. I am bringing my yorkie/shih tzu mix to the Philippines next month thru Delta, i already have an import permit from BAI. My question is, as i was searching online on how to travel pets, i saw in the Philippine COnsulate webpage that i need to have my health certificate authenticated, i checked with BAI and it is not their requirement. now im wondering if i dont have it authenticated will it be a problem. Did u need to have yours authenticated? I am from Saipan, Northern Marianas a US Territory and our Phil COnsulate is in Guam.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Yes, do that Olivia. To be sure. Thanks for coming back.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Hi Hygeia,

      I did not need or my husband any health certificate authenticated. Angus owner is officially my hubby. We did not even had a health certificate with us. Are you sure it´s your health certificate? You have to bring the health passport of your dog with you, where every vaccinations he had was signed by the veterenarians, in case you need it. Just e-mail the Bureau of Animals in the Phil. to be sure of. I hope I have helped you. Thanks for dropping by. Good luck to your travel with your pet.

    • edna 3 years ago

      hi, i am a pilipina and i just bring my dog from philippines to germany, its a lot of stress but it works...

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Hi Edna! Nice to meet you. That´s great to know that you were able to bring your dog to Germany. How did you do it? I´m interested to know. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Nika 3 years ago

      Hi Thelma,

      How long did you wait for the import permit through BAI?

      I requested for an import permit a week ago but they said they didn't received any . So I sent them all the information they needed and now they didn't answer me back.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Hi Nika! I´m no longer sure, but I think at least one month before we flew to the Philippines. The BAI did not answer us too that´s why we were asking our friend in Manila to get the permit for us. We had given all the informations to our friend. The permit that was sent by my friend to us arrived a day before the BAI permit came. So we actually had 2 permits, but we only used one. I hope you´ll get yours before your travel. Thanks for your visit.

    • vince 3 years ago

      hi thelma alberts!!! when exporting a dog to the philippines do I need some sort of export permit from the USDA or Do I only need to have a health certificate , Vet card , pet passport and A import permit from BAI? im planing to bring my dog with me next year I hope you could help me with my questions.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Hi Vince!

      Is USDA United States Department of Animals? If so, you have to ask them about that. Every country has different rules and regulations regarding exporting and importing your dog. They will be the one who can tell you what you need for the export. Health certificate, Vet card with all the notifications of vaccinations, pet passport and import permit from the BAI for your dog are surely needed for your travel home with your pet. To be sure of, call the offices of USDA and BAI. They have their own website for more informations.

      I hope I have helped you with this reply. Thanks for your visit and good luck.

    • regin 3 years ago

      Thank you for this article. I'm planning to bring my teacup Shih Tzu to the Philippines from Thailand.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Oh, that´s a cute dog Regin. Good luck to your plan in bringing your dog to the Philippines. Thank you for your visit.

    • queen of heart 3 years ago

      thanks for that article .... that u give me ... i dea.. i hope i can travel with my dog.. in phil .. god bless.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for your comment queen of heart. I hope you´ll be successful in bringing your dog to the Philippines. Have a nice day, where ever you are.

    • trixzy 3 years ago

      how can i bring my dog?? pls help me .. tnx.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      You have to tell me where you are going with your dog. This hub can help you if you go to the Philippines with your dog. Thanks for stopping by trixzy. Have a nice day!

    • jayla 2 years ago

      I am working in saudi arabia. I want to bring my cat at home permanently in the philippines. What are the regulations of saudi arabia for this? Tnx. God bless.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Hi Jayla!

      I´m sorry I don´t know the regulations about exporting / importing cat to the Philippines. You have to ask that in Saudi Arabias bureau of animals and of course that of the Philippines. Thanks for your comment. Have a nice day!

    • Jacqueline 2 years ago

      Hi Thelma,

      Im in Japan now w/my 8yrs.old four legged son Wends,someday if something not right happens here in Japan about my married life or unexpected worst,I couldnt leave my Wends here,He only eats foods that I gave Him,

    • Jacqueline 2 years ago

      Its my fault that Hes not socialized w/other people or pets,so I think no one would really care for Him than I do.And Im very thankful to read this page,it gives me hope that theres something I can do when that time comes,I really dont have an idea on whats the first thing to do.I hope You can read this and if that time comes I would like to ask Your advice or anyone who knows what to do even if it is very little information,I would be very thankful.

      From now on I would be a fan of this page.Thank you very much to You and Angus:)

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Hi Jacqueline,

      It´s nice to meet you here. We just hope that everything will be okey with your married life there in Japan. Of course, you can ask my advice any time you want. Try to socialize your dog with other women who have dogs. It´s for you and your dogs own good. I´m sure your dog will be happy about that. Thanks for your visit and your wonderful comment. Have a nice day!

    • bella Donna 2 years ago

      Thank you for this article. I am planning to bring my chihuahua to the philippines soon and I have been researching on how to bring him witb us. Is it possible he can stay in the cabin for the whole flight?

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Hi bella Donna,

      I am not sure but you can ask the airline you are going to fly with your dog. Chihuahua is a small dog. You might be able to bring her/him in the cabin. Just ask. Thanks for your comment. Have a nice day!

    • patatinna 2 years ago

      hi.. i hav a problem to bring my pet dog in the phils. this coming jan 2015, the Veterinarian yesterday called me about the Rabies serological test., its not easy to do with, if the antirabies will injected few days ago.,and it said we wait maximum 30 days before procedure this serological test...and so if i ask u im going in the phils without test of serological it is possible to me if i arrived in the phils they make me out in the airport with out serological test my little dog..plz help me... thank you

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Hi Patatinna!

      I don´t know which country you come from or which country you fly from to the Philippines. I can´t answer you exactly about this problem. You have to ask the Philippines Bureau of Animals for that if you can have that test in their airport. I would advice you to do the serological test before you travel to the Phils. You also need permit document from Phils. Bureau of Animals for your dog to enter the Philippines. I hope I have helped you. Good luck!

    • patatinna 2 years ago

      thank you thelma, anyway im from italy

    • patatinna 2 years ago

      Bringing Pets to the Philippines

      A traveler who wishes to bring a pet to the Philiippines must download the Application to import pets permit and contact the following:

      Bureau of Animal Industry

      National Veterinary Quarantine Service

      Visayas Ave., Diliman, Quezon City

      Tel. No. (632) 925-4343; 928-1778

      Fax No. (632) 928-2429

      Email: dir.bai@manila-online.net

      The information that the pet owner must provide are:

      The species and breed of the pet(s);

      The gender and description of the pet(s) you are bringing;

      The expected date of the pet(s)’ arrival in the Philippines;

      The following documents for each pet are necessary:

      A valid health certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian in the country of origin, which indicates that the pet has been examined and is free from communicable diseases at least ten (10) days before the travel to the Philippines. If the country of origin is not free from rabies, a certification that there has been no rabies cases within a 20 kilometer radius of the pet’s home in the last six (6) months.

      A vaccination card showing the pet’s vaccination for rabies, canine distemper, infectious hepatitis, leptsopirosis, canine parvovirus, or feline panleucopenia and proof that the animal was treated for internal and external parasites.

      The fee will be paid upon arrival in the Philippine airport.... hi i read this but i guess if arrived in the philippines airport they dnt asked the rabbies serological test... cuz the my veterenarian here in italy i showed this how i take my pet in phils, so she said not importand of the serological test,, cuz in bai phil govt they dnt asked right.. so its is true..

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Hi Patatinna,

      Yes, I have read that already a few years ago as we have this document too. That´s the permit you are going to have from them (BAI). You only have to show the passport of your pet where everything about vaccination, rabies,etc...are stated. If you are lucky, they will not ask it. You know how it is in our country, the officers keep on changing their minds. So good luck. Merry Christmas and advance happy New Year 2015. Please tell me then how it goes with your pet. Enjoy your going home.

    • patatinna 2 years ago

      thank you thelma and merry christmas and happy new year too,

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      You are welcome patattina. Enjoy your vacation to Phils.

    • patattina 2 years ago

      hi this coming 22 of january im going to phils. but the agency told me i cant take my dog cuz its mixed from chihuahua and yorkshire.. now im very upset feel bad and make m cry... cuz its 2days from now m going . and i ask you why wat is the problem... all documents are ready and the cage too...

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      What? Why is that? A dog is a dog. My Filipina friend have brought their dog which was mixed Damatian and Westphalian hunt dog to the Philippines. Maybe the airline you have booked don´t allow the dog inside. Did you not asked the travel agency first if the dog is allowed with you in that plane you are flying to? Sorry to hear about that. I still hope you can bring the dog with you. Good luck patattina!

    • patattina 2 years ago

      its a etihad airlines., but i inform with them they said its cargo. not in cabin , and i inform also in alitalia airlines, they said also same in cargo., but the agency he told me they dont allowed because its mixed and too small..,but its already 3yrs., so unti now im here n italy i dont what i do. honestly i want to take on me...its very sad...

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Yes of course it is as cargo not in a cabin but in the same flight with you. Every airlines have its own regulations. You should have made the flight with your dog clear a few months ago. I'm really sorry to hear about that. So sorry!

    • pattatina 2 years ago

      hi thelma, finally i find a good travel agency and she said yes i take my dog in the cabin and not in the cargo, cuz she said its a little dog shes got information about this airplane KLM,, more expensive but its okay cuz honestly im very happy and of course thanks for your support that you reply me all i asked so,,,, GOD Blessed thelma

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      Thelma Alberts 24 months ago from Germany

      Hi pattatina! I am very glad that you will be able to bring your dog with you to the Philippines.I'm very happy for you. Please tell me when you are there already. Have a good flight.Take care and God bless.

    • Jazz 23 months ago

      Hi Thelma this is Jasmin, I am a filipino live in las vegas, my husband and I are planning to visit Philippines, I am worried about leaving our dog here so Im planning to bring her to the Philippines with us. My questions is that is there any requirements to bring her back to the United States? Were just staying there for like 2-3 weeks at the most. Do you know if they quarantine her at the airport before flying back. Our dog is belgian malinois and shes gonna be a service dog and trained well.

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      Thelma Alberts 23 months ago from Germany

      Hi Jasmin,

      I think you have to ask the US animal bureau about that because they have another requirements for bringing dogs back to the US. If I were you, I will leave your pet in the kennel or taken care of by your friends there to avoid the stress that your dog and you will be having, It´s not worth the trouble to bring the dog with you to the Philippines and then bringing back again to Las Vegas. I don´t know if he will be quarantine there when your back. You have to ask information first before doing that. My dog Angus is still in the Philippines because we don´t want him to get lost in our travel. Thanks for your comment.

    • eday santos 22 months ago

      thankful i found your blog. we are planning to bring our dachshund in manila over the holidays. we are actually from dubai, we have no problem here bringing in or out our baby sheikha. my only concern was if they will quarantine my baby for how long. glad to know they dont. thanks again.

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      Thelma Alberts 22 months ago from Germany

      Hi eday santos! Please check the Bureau of Animals in the Philippines as they might have changed their rules and regulations. It´s better to be on the safe side. Thanks for your comment. Enjoy your vacation home.

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      peachy 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      it is great that you had shared your experiences in bringing angus to your home country, voted up and pins

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      Thelma Alberts 21 months ago from Germany

      Thank you peachpurple. I am glad I wrote this hub as through the comments above, I found out that I have helped a lot of people. Have a nice day!

    • Michael 20 months ago

      Thanks for sharing your experience. This article is helpful! Question: When you checked Angus in for your 12 hour flight. Do they give them water while in the cargo area?

      Thanks in advance. I plan to take my dog home for good :-)

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      Thelma Alberts 20 months ago from Germany

      Hi Michael. You are very welcome. Thanks for asking this question as I had to ask my hubby about it. He said Angus was given a bit of water especially that KLM is a dog friendly flight. We did not have stopover on that flight and so we did not have to worry about any transfer. We did not sedate him as well as Angus is a quite dog and was already trained for hours of traveling.

      When you bring your dog home, please ask the airline company if they give him water and if possible the flight is direct to the country you bring him or her. Good luck! Thanks for your comment.

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      Susie Lehto 19 months ago from Minnesota

      This is very helpful information for people traveling with pets, Thelma. Angus, is very cute! - Up votes!

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      Thelma Alberts 19 months ago from Germany

      Yes, indeed and I am glad I have written this hub. Thanks colorfulone. Happy weekend!

    • Yen 19 months ago

      Hello! I am planning to bring my shihtzu from the Phils to the US and it is a long 13 hours flight and he will be checked in cargo. I want to ask how about the food and the water for the dog? Should I leave a plate for the dog's food inside the kennel and drinking water? Thanks!

    • Yen 19 months ago

      Hello! I am planning to bring my shihtzu from the Phils to the US and it is a long 13 hours flight and he will be checked in as excess luggage. I want to ask how about the food and the water for the dog? Should I leave a plate for the dog's food inside the kennel and drinking water? Thanks!

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      Thelma Alberts 19 months ago from Germany

      Hello Yen! You can ask the airline you are flying with and if they are giving your dog food or water in the flight. Ask advice from your vet about your travel.

      When we flew with our dog Angus to the Phil. we have given him a little food and water a few hours before going to the airport which was 2 hours drive. Then we let him peed and made his big business before checking in. It was adviced by our vet not to sedate him so that he could control himself in case he had to pee or so. Besides that Angus was already trained for a long hours of travel in Europe. I suggest, start training your pet prior to your travel. Thanks for your comment. You are always welcome to visit my writing. Good luck to your travel with your shihtzu.

    • Yen 19 months ago

      Thank you so much for you reply :) i also want to ask if you flew your dog in cabin or as excess luggage?

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      Thelma Alberts 19 months ago from Germany

      You are very welcome Yen;-) We flew Angus as an excess luggage. You can ask the airline company if you can have him as an excess luggage. They have weight limitation for that and Angus was still below the limit.

    • Yen 19 months ago

      My shihtzus are somewhat small so i think they will fit into the prescribed measurement and weight for an excess luggage. But im really really worried about putting them on excess luggage because i read a lot in the internet about dogs dying during flights. But as much as i want to put them inside the cabin i think they are over the prescribed measurement for in cabin travel. Is the excess luggage area where they put your dog, does it have the same temperature as inside the passenger cabin?

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      Thelma Alberts 19 months ago from Germany

      Hi Yen! Don´t worry too much. I know how you feel because I was like that too before the flight. I am sure that the temperature where the pets and the luggages are the same like inside of the passengers or else the pet will die or the luggages are ruined. Which airline are you going to fly? Is there a stopover in between the flight? You can ask the airlines you are planning to book about the pets cabins to make sure.

    • Yen 19 months ago

      I am planning on taking a Philippine Airlines flight which is a direct flight if I am to bring them as excess luggage. I really hope they arrive in good condition after the flight :( thanks ms. thelma :)

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      Thelma Alberts 19 months ago from Germany

      That´s good that you take the direct flight with PAL. Yes, I hope that too. You are very welcome Yen. Take care.

    • Cyrus Borromeo 17 months ago

      Hello...Is the vaccinations and treatment the latest policy from BAI?

      I cant get a hold of their office to get some confirmation. The lines always busy. I want to bring my mix breed dog from China this coming December.

      Thank in advance!

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      Thelma Alberts 17 months ago from Germany

      Hi Cyrus Borromeo!

      It was the latest policy when we brought our dog in the Phils. in 2011. I don´t know if there´s a change. You can check the website of Bureau of Animals in the Phil. It´s cheaper when you check online. You are very welcome to come to my pages. Thanks for your visit and I wish you good luck.

    • Vania 15 months ago

      Hi Ms. Thelma... i have read about your post and it gave me a lot of info...one thing though, did angus stay with you in the cabin or did they put him in the cargo hold? Coz im just worried about my dog.. it's a 12hr flight from saudi to the phils... and being in the cargo will be too stressful for her..she isnt a big big dog... she is larger than a toy dog

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      Thelma Alberts 15 months ago from Germany

      Hi Vania! Angus was in his cage and was put up in the cargo. You can ask the airline if you can bring your dog with you in the cabin if your dog is small. I understand how worried you are. It helps when you train your dog to stay in his cage for a few hours when you are at work or somewhere. Start it with 1-2 hours and then add some hours to your training. That is your preparation before flying to the Philippines. It really depends on what kind of plane you are flying. Good luck to you and your dog. Thanks for your visit.

    • Vania 15 months ago

      Thanks Ms. Thelma. I think we're flying via PAL. That's the only airline with a straight flight on Feb. next year. It's just that they don't allow pets in the cabin... now I'm just hoping she'll be ok in the cargo hold and that the loaders will not just throw her everywhere.

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      Thelma Alberts 14 months ago from Germany

      Good luck to your flight. I hope your pet will be fine. Tell me then how it went. Be careful of what is happening now in the airport with this "Laglag bala". Take care.

    • Vania 14 months ago

      Oh yeah... i really will... I'll wrap my luggage bag and carry ons... i just hope they won't put a bullet in my baby's cage. What they are doing is so shameful!

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      Thelma Alberts 14 months ago from Germany

      Good luck to you my dear Vania. I hope everything will go well. As of now, I´m scared to go home because of what is happening there in the airport.

    • Des Thompson 13 months ago

      I am planning on taking my 3.5lb chihuahua in march and i hope all goes well. My question is what is "laglag bala?" What is the purpose?

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      Thelma Alberts 12 months ago from Germany

      Hi Des Thompson! "Laglag Bala" means planting or putting (laglag) down bullet (bala) into the luggage of a traveler in the airports in the Philippines. Mainly in NAIA in Manila. A gang from the airport is doing that to extort money from the travelers. Those who are doing that are working in the airport. I hope all goes well with your travel. Good luck and Happy New Year 2016.

    • Ella 10 months ago

      Hi, where can you get a pet passport? :)

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      Thelma Alberts 10 months ago from Germany

      Hi Ella! We got our pet passport from Angus veterenarian. I don´t know which country you are but try to ask your vet and so she or he can tell you. Thanks for your comment.

    • Isabel 9 months ago

      Hi Thelma, thank you sooo much for putting up this post =) It's been so helpful reading all the infos. I've been wondering for ages if Milo (our now 1.5 yr old Chihuahua) could ever join our visits to Manila. We too live in Germany, i'm half Pinay so I visit home at least once a year.

      I just have some questions. How long did Angus (he's super cute btw!) stay in the Phils and what would you suggest is a good length of stay for a dog in order for that long travel be worth while? And how was it, the process, when you flew back to Germany? And while you were in the Phils, did you also travel around with Angus (for example, fly to Boracay or some other beach resort), if so, how was that?

      Thanks again =)

    • Myra Macarulay 9 months ago

      Hi Thelma,

      Thanks so much for sharing loads of valuable information here. Planning to bring 2 welsh corgi to manila next June 2017. What airlines do you fly when you bring your Angus back to Manila? We will be flying from Dublin, Ireland.

      Where are you in Germany?

      Thanks and regards,

      Myra

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      Thelma Alberts 9 months ago from Germany

      Hi Isabel,

      Sorry for the late reply. I have not visited this site for a few days. Thank you for commenting to my article. It´s nice to hear that you can visit Pinas once a year.

      Angus is still in my home in the Philippines and we don´t like him to go back to Germany for safety reasons. He might get lost somewhere or be stolen by some untrusted workers in the airport especially now that almost everything is stolen from the luggage of the passengers in NAIA. Since we brought Angus there, we have not traveled with him in a plane, only by car in some beauty spots not far from where we live. We don´t like him to travel with us by plane to save him from stress.

      If you are planning to travel with your pet for a few weeks visit to the Philippines, please think it over if it is worth the trouble for your lovely pet and of course for you. Just in case you have to travel with your pet, please get some informations from the Bureau of Animals in the Philippines and in Germany what you need for the travel.

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      Thelma Alberts 9 months ago from Germany

      Hi Myra,

      We flew with KLM direct flight from Amsterdam to Manila last 2011. We took a direct flight so Angus didn´t have to be transfered to another plane and he was flying with us as a "luggage". Angus has not comeback to Germany since then. Welsh corgi is a beautiful dog. I live in North Rhine Westphalia (NRW). So you live in the beautiful Ireland. My hubby and I lived there for almost 3 years and it was grand.

      BTW, Please try to take a direct flight to the Philippines when you bring your dogs with you. Thank you.

    • Lou 8 months ago

      Hello, Thelma! Nice post, if you dont mind how much was the fare of Angus?

    • marivic 8 months ago

      Wow this is the info i´ve been looking for. Hello Thelma, this is Marivic from Sweden, i got a little Yorkshire she is turning 2 years old this month and she´s been travelling with us to Majorca without any problem. But since we are moving back to the Philippines i dont want to leave her behind she is our baby and you really got a good information here thank you so much! cheers! Marivic

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      Thelma Alberts 8 months ago from Germany

      Hi Lou! Thank you. No, I don´t mind. Angus fare as our excess luggage was 250€.

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      Thelma Alberts 8 months ago from Germany

      Hi Marivic,

      It´s nice to hear from you. Yorkshire dog is very beautiful. I can understand why you bring her with you to our home country. I hope you will have a safe journey with her. You are very welcome and thanks for reading my hub.

    • Marivic 8 months ago

      Yes Thelma she is adorable and so is your Angus .

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      Thelma Alberts 8 months ago from Germany

      Thank you very much Marivic;-) Enjoy your weekend.

    • Elaine 8 months ago

      hi miss thelma this info is very helpfull just wondering how did you paid for the tax?? im planning to import my dog from LOndon this july.

      hoping for your reply thank you :)

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      Thelma Alberts 8 months ago from Germany

      Hi Elaine. What do you mean by tax? We paid I think 200 Pesos or more in the airport in the Bureau of Animals but I can´t remember anymore how much exactly we paid. It was not much though. Good luck to your plan of bringing your dog to our home country. Thanks for dropping by.

    • JohnG 8 months ago

      Hi, I Am Bringing My Service Dog, (chihuahua) I Am Married To A Philippine Woman, I Am Planning on Staying at least a year, Will I Be Able to get her an Extended stay as well?

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      Thelma Alberts 8 months ago from Germany

      Hi JohnG,

      Your chihuahua doesn´t need a visa. She will need a permit to come to the Philippines from the Bureau of Animals. I think she can stay with you for a year there but then I think you need papers to bring her back to your home country. For more informations, ask the BA in the Philippines and in the country where you live. Thanks for commenting. Good luck!

    • schell 8 months ago

      hi,

      i want to ask if this is accurate:

      You will have to pay 165 pesos (About US$4) for the first 2 pets and 220 pesos for each additional pet (3 or more). In addition to this you will have to pay 50% duty of your pet’s value + 10% tax.

      thanks.

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      Thelma Alberts 7 months ago from Germany

      Hi Schell,

      Where did you get this information? I did not know that. We did not pay like that. Sorry, I have no idea of this payment. Thanks.

    • Manny 7 months ago

      Hi,

      Augus is lovely. I have a CKC too and I am planning to bring him back to Manila from Singapore. I am having issue with the airlines that will accept him as excessed baggage. Is there any other way?

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      Thelma Alberts 7 months ago from Germany

      Hi Manny,

      That´s great to know that you also have Cavalier King Charles spaniel dog. What kind of airline are you going to fly with your pet? We did not have issue when bringing Angus as an excess baggage in KLM airline. I think this is the best way as you will be inside the plane, too and you can collect your pet just like your luggage.

      Yes, there is another way and that is hiring a company who transport animals to the Philippines but I doubt that it is as good as when you have your dog with you in the same flight going to Manila. Thanks for your comment and I hope you will find a good airline for you and your pet. Good luck!

    • Susan 6 months ago

      Hi. I am moving from Stockholm to Manila and bringing MY Cavalier King Charles along. Nowadays, you can go online and fill out the Import License Form on the Bureau of Animal Industry's website. I just did that and I hope I hear back from them soon with a confirmation. I have another question for you. Did you put a bowl of water in the crate with Angus? Our flight is even longer than the one you were on, and he will be without food or water for close to 18 hours. I am worried he will dehydrate on board the plane. Any tips?

    • Thelma Alberts 6 months ago

      Hi Susan,

      Thanks for stopping by. Good luck for your travel home with your pet. I did not give water or food to Angus during our flight. You can ask the cabin crew if they can give your pet a small amount of water. Remember : your pet should have taken his or her last meal and drink 2 hours before the flight.

      Thank you,

      Thelma

    • tess munji 5 months ago

      Hi! Moving from Germany to Manila soon. Just wanted to ask if the same procedures back then are still being used today when bringing in a pet. Thank you.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 months ago from Germany

      Hi Susan!

      Sorry for the late reply. Itś good to know that you can already apply for Animal Import Certificate online. I hope you have the answer now to your application. We did not put a bowl of water or food in the create of Angus. Our dog had to eat and drink a few hours before our flight and he had to make his toilet business before we had to check in. Maybe you can ask the airline if they can bring at least something to drink for your pet while traveling. I hope this will help you. Good luck.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 months ago from Germany

      I am not sure anymore because there are lots of changes with our new governance since President Duterte won the election. I only know the newest news that you can apply for an Animal Import License online. To be sure of, check the Animal Bureau website. Thanks for your comment tess munji;-)

    • Maria 4 months ago

      Is it important to have import certificate? I planning to bring my cavalier from South Korea

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      Thelma Alberts 4 months ago from Germany

      Yes, it is very important to have an animal import certificate Maria. Good luck to your plan. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Kahlil John 4 months ago

      Thanks ma'am Thelma. This article was really very helpful. Anyway, how much would be the range of fare for the dog in an airplane? I am planning to import an alapaha blue blood bulldog puppy from the states. Im still figuring out if it's worth the cost, tho.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 months ago from Germany

      You are very welcome Kahlil John. We have paid about 200 plus Euro for the flight of Angus as our overweight luggage. That was 5 years ago. It really depends on the airline how much they charge you for the flight of your dog. Just make your research on the flight company. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Nica Acosta 2 months ago

      Good day po, tanong ko lng po kung kailangan pa po ba ng health certificate, i uuwi ko po kasi yung pusa ko, from Croatia. Ang sabi po ng vet dito, wala naman daw po silang iniissue na health certificate, kasi naka lagay naman po sa pet passport.

      question po, enough na po ba yung European pet passport instead of a health insurance?

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      Thelma Alberts 2 months ago from Germany

      Hi Nica. I have to speak in English as it is actually not allowed to use other language here. Pet passport is enough but you should bring the small notebook of your pet where it was stated what vaccines he or she had got already and which was signed by your vet. Just in case. I don't know if you have that there in Croatia.

      Here in Germany, every time we go to our vet, the vet noted the vaccine he has done to the pet in a kind of notebook which we call it here Health Passport. I hope it will help. Thanks for commenting. Good luck!

    • Nica Acosta 2 months ago

      Thank you very much for the prompt reply.

      Will the EU pet passport be considered as a legal international document in the Philippines or do I still have to get it authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign affairs here in Croatia?

      Have a great day!

    • Vanessa 8 weeks ago

      Hi. I'm planning on bringing my dog with me to Manila from KL. Did you pay customs? Im seeing some posts saying that customs charge 50% of the pets value plus 10% duty tax... thanks

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      Thelma Alberts 7 weeks ago from Germany

      Hi Nica,

      Yes, the EU pet passport is a legal document for your travel every where including Philippines.

      Have a great day to you, too. Thanks for dropping by again. Maybe you can write me again how it was going with your pet travel. Maybe there are changes.

    • Nica Acosta 6 weeks ago

      Hi Ms Thelma,

      We successfully brought our cat to Philippines, and it wasn't as crazy as I thought it would be. We went through knowing we couldn't produce a valid health certificate, we explained our situation and they were very nice about it, I called their office several times to confirm that I could only provide an EU Pet Passport and they told me that all thats really important was the cat got all its vaccines and is in good condition to travel (which was also indicated in the passport)

      It was very confusing while we were trying to figure out what were the correct requirements because both Croatia and Philippines were giving different answers. Its best to just call BAI-Quarantine unit and explain the situation they would be the right governing body to ask, and since we wanted the cat to be brought to Philippines we just trusted whatever they said.

      It was scary and maybe we didn't do enough research but as far as the internet goes, we couldn't find an official rule regarding our situation.

      Regardless of the paperwork, we survived a 33h long trip from Croatia to my hometown in Philippines, since the local airline companies doesn't allow pets on the cabin we drove for 8 hours. We flew with Turkish Airlines and they were very nice and wasn't very strict when it comes to cuddling and sleeping with the cat out of its bag.

      Now Maza, is enjoying her new home.

      Thanks for all the advice it was all very helpful.

      Nica.

    • Celsa 2 weeks ago

      I printed BAI's import of pets application. My question is - Do I need to fax the application back to BAI? Going to Cebu from US next month.

      Thanks for any information.

    • maria 2 weeks ago

      Hi Thelma. Im taking my jack russell to manila from australia. What do i need to prepare?

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      Thelma Alberts 2 weeks ago from Germany

      Hi Nica Acosta,

      Thank you very much for your comment. I am glad you were able to bring your cat in our home country, I am happy for you. Thank you as well for the good information you have commented here. I am sure this will help others who want to bring cats with them to the Philippines. BTW, HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!

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      Thelma Alberts 2 weeks ago from Germany

      Hi Celsa,

      You have to ask that question to the BAI office. We did not fax ours, we just brought it with us in the flight with our pet. Thanks for your question. Happy New Year 2017.

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