How to Take Your Dog to the Philippines
Carefully Plan Your Trip
Taking your dog to the Philippines is something you need to think about very carefully. It takes a great deal of planning and effort to ensure your pet is comfortable and not stressed 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 which airline you choose.
On our extended vacation to my home country, my hubby and I decided to bring Angus, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with us. We could not leave him at home in Germany because there is nobody to take care of him, and we knew that he would be very upset if we left him behind. We would also be very upset as he is a member of our small family. He's like 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 a 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. Make sure there is no stopover in any country to avoid stress for your pet and for yourself. This also reduces the risk of you getting separated.
- Get an appointment from your veterinarian and arrange for a time to get your pet's vaccinations up to date and address any other pet needs.
- Buy a cage that meets the requirements of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Ways Your Dog Can Travel
In the Cabin: A small dog up to 6 kilos (including the travel bag) can travel with you in the cabin. Check with your airline for limitations.
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.
In an Air Freight Cargo Company: The dog can be transported as cargo booked on 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
These documents shall be presented at the Animal Quarantine Office in Manila before going to customs and exiting.
- 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. (Check for up-to-date fees and information.)
- Valid health certificates from the vet from the country of origin written in English.
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.
- Rabies Serological Test
- Tick Treatment
- Echinococcus Treatment
- Buy the cage as early as possible so your dog can become acquainted with it before 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
Below is a compilation of Angus photos in his second home country Philippines. Enjoy watching. Thanks!
Angus in the Philippines
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Questions & Answers
I am traveling to Manila from America, and I have a support dog. When I get to Manila, I understand that I need a pet exam with all vaccines, but I am puzzled on how I can get a permit. I thought I didn't need a passport for a dog in the Philippines? Is it something I can do online?
You can contact the Bureau of Animals in Manila. They have a website where you can read what you need to bring your dog to the Philippines. You need a dog passport that includes everything about your dog, including its vaccines.Helpful 24
How much does it cost to bring your dog to Philippines?
I think we have paid around 300 Euro excluding the vaccinations but including the flight and the customs fee for the Philippines.Helpful 22
Is a quarantine required for dogs when moving permanently to the Philippines?
There is no problem with permanent residence for dogs in the Philippines. When we brought our dog to my home country, there was no quarantine; however, there may be now.Helpful 21
Can I send my import permit application to the other branch of BAI? I am from Cebu, and they have an office there. Or must I send it to BAI in Manila?
You have to ask this question to the BAI in Cebu.Helpful 3
How do I get an animal passport?
Here in Germany, we got our animal passport from our vet.Helpful 6
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