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How to Bring Your Dog to the Philippines

Updated on May 30, 2017
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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

Below is a compilation of Angus photos in his second home country Philippines. Enjoy watching. Thanks!

Angus in the Philippines

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      Thelma Alberts 8 days ago from Germany

      Hi Bebs, any license vet will do. Good luck to your travel home. Thanks for dropping by;-)

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      Bebs 8 days ago

      Hi Thelma,

      We will also bring our dog back to the Phils. I already have the import permit from BAI. My question is about the health cert. Does it need to be from a Tieramt or can any licenced vet issue this and will be accepted in the Philippines?

      Thanks in advance...

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      Thelma Alberts 2 weeks ago from Germany

      Sorry. I have no idea how you can adopt a dog from Pakistan. Maybe you have to ask somebody from Pakistan or so. Why not search it online. Thanks for dropping by Marjorie.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 weeks ago from Germany

      Hi Marsha. Yes, it is if they are not taken good care of in the flights but there are airlines which are accommodating the dogs well in the cargo. I know some friends who are traveling with their dogs with a plane. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Marsha 6 weeks ago

      OMG HORRIBLE FOR A DOG TO DIE IN FLIGHT AIRLINES NEED TO BE TAKING BETTER CARE OF PRECIOUS CARGO

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      Thelma Alberts 2 months ago from Germany

      Hi Hannah,

      Maybe you don´t need that Rabies serological test anymore but I am not sure. We transported Angus to Pinas in 2011 and I think it was stricter than nowadays. You can call the BAI office to know it exactly.

      Thanks for dropping by and good luck for your travel home with your pet.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 months ago from Germany

      Hi Gray. We paid for the transport for Angus in the plane as overweight luggage for 250 € and 50 Pesos in NAIA to the BAI office when we arrived. It was 2011 and maybe it is higher now. I think it would be better now to buy a local or imported dog from a well taken care dogs in the Philippines. Just buy from a reputable seller who are not maltreating their pets. My friend in Negros bought a golden retriever there and it was okay. Thanks for your comment.

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      Gray 2 months ago

      Hi Thelma, may I know the total cost you spent for transporting your pet? The cost of buying a pedigree pup from a reputable breeder is already too much, so the transport could so much add to the cost? I wonder if I should just buy locally or import, but buying locally is something I don't want to consider because of poor puppy and breeding conditions.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 months ago from Germany

      Arianne, you have to ask your vet about that. I have no idea. Sorry. He surely knows when. Thanks for dropping by again.

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      Arianne 2 months ago

      Ms thelma when can i get my dog's echinococcus treatment? The tick and tape worm trestment is 48hrs before departure. How about the echinococcus treatment? Next month is my dog schedule for her 2nd rabies shot and after a week is for serological test. My concern now is about the echinococcus. I will wait for the answer. And thanks:)

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      Thelma Alberts 3 months ago from Germany

      Hi Waffles,

      No, Angus was not quarantined. He was able to go with us straight home to the exit of the airport after the BAI inspection. Thanks for your visit and good luck to bringing your dog to the Philippines.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 months ago from Germany

      Hi Dougmal ,

      I could not tell you about the going back of our dog to Germany because Angus is still in the Philippines. We did not brought him back with us as we keep on going to and leaving from the Philippines. We did not want him to have stress or might get lost. He is more or less a Filipino dog now. He knows how to bark already. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Waffles 3 months ago

      Hi Thelma. I have a question. We will be flying from the Philippines to the US but in about 6 months we will be flying back. We want to bring our dog with us. When you flew into the Philippines, was your dog quarantined for a time or were you able to just take your dog straight home.

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      Dougmal 3 months ago

      THanks for the info about getting your pet to the Philippines! We're planning a month long trip next March and want to bring our Chihuahua/Terrier with us. I see plenty of info for bringing pets to the Philippines, but what about the trip back? Are there extra headaches there? Or was it simple? We'll be leaving and returning to the US.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 months ago from Germany

      That is great Arianne. I think they still need it. We had to show in Manila airport the passport and vacanation health passport to the office of the Bureau of Animals if Angus had done all his vacanation test.

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      Arianne 3 months ago

      Hi ms thelma. I got my import clearance from BAI. I applied it online and they approve my application in just 3 days. I have a question. Did they still need the titer test?

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      Thelma Alberts 3 months ago from Germany

      Hi Arianne. I think you have to buy the ticket first because you have to fill in the Import Certificate when are you going to bring your dog to the Philippines. As I can remember that was what we did. But you have to consider the time of having the certificate and the time of flying. That would be bad if you have to fly already and the certificate has not yet arrived.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 months ago from Germany

      Arianne, yes you can ask you friend. I don´t know if your friend can have the paper immediately. Don´t forget that you have to pay something for this to get. I think it depends on how busy and how full the BAI office is. You can read what you have to put on that Import Permit paper above in the body of this article. It`s on "Documents and Health Certificates". Yes, you have to give the details of your dog. Good luck.

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      Arianne 3 months ago

      Thanks for the reply ms thelma. So i will ask my friend to apply for import clearance in BAI? If my friend apply the clearance can my friend get it the day after she apply the clearance? And whats inside the clearance so i can give the details of my dog?

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      Thelma Alberts 3 months ago from Germany

      Hi Arian,

      I have not found it either in BAI website. I remember that we sent a friend to the office of the BAI in Manila to get the application for animal import because I have waited too long to get that paper. That friend sent me the application through DSL mail and so it arrived fast. A few weeks later we got that application from the BAI sent by the BAI office. My advice to you is, send a friend of yours who is living in Manila or nearby and get that paper and let it send it by DSL. Good luck!

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      Arian 3 months ago

      Hi i went in website of BAI. But i cant find the application for the import clearance. I have plan to go in philippines next month with my mix shiba inu. I emailed them many times but still no reply. Can someone help me where i can find the application for the import clearance? Thanks

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      Thelma Alberts 4 months ago from Germany

      Hi Gladden. Yes, you will pay customs fee. We paid years ago when importing Angus. Thanks for dropping by.

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      gladden 4 months ago

      Hi, I am planning to import dog from Thailand. Do I need to pay for customs fee when arriving in Manila? Any advice? Thanks in advance

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      Thelma Alberts 4 months ago from Germany

      Hi Juvy,

      It took lesser that a day when a friend of mine applied it for me in BAI in Manila. Nowadays, I think it depends on how many people are queuing there as importing pets from different countries are getting common.

      Thanks for your visit.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 months ago from Germany

      Hi Berton Woodward,

      Sorry for the late reply. I am glad that I could help readers about traveling their dogs to my home country Philippines. I will never get tired answering comments on my hubs. Your comment contains a lot of valuable informations that could help my readers. Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a great day!

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      Juvy 4 months ago

      Hi Thelma , How long does it take to apply for travel clearance for your pet in BAI ?

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      Thelma Alberts 6 months ago from Germany

      Hi Meriam,

      You can get the import permit from the Bureau of Animals in Manila. Please read the article. It is there you will know where to get the import permit and other informations about traveling with your dog to the Philippines.

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      Berton Woodward 7 months ago

      Hi, Thelma. I am amazed to see that three years later you are still so generously answering people's questions! You are the go-to person now for Philippine pet travel.

      I just wanted to share with you and your viewers two airlines' lists of pets that cannot go in the cargo section as excess baggage. This is because they have short snouts and could die due to the conditions.

      Air Canada explains it this way:

      "These short/snub-nosed (brachycephalic) breeds of cats and dogs cannot travel in the baggage compartment because they are susceptible to increased risks of heat stroke and breathing problems when exposed to extreme heat or stressful situations."

      Oddly, your CKC is on the list and clearly survived, but even so, I think people should be very cautious if they have these breeds. The small ones, like a shih-tzu, can still go in the cabin. I think this may be why one of your commenters said they weren't allowed to put a chihuahua in cargo, but they were told they could take it in the cabin.

      Here is Air Canada's list:

      Cats :

      British Shorthair

      Burmese

      Exotic Shorthair

      Himalayan

      Persian

      Scottish Fold

      Dogs :

      Affenpinscher

      Boston Terrier

      Boxer

      Brussels Griffon

      Bulldog - all breeds including the American, English, French and Dutch Bulldog

      Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

      Chihuahua (apple-headed)

      Chow Chow

      English Toy Spaniel

      Japanese Chin

      Lhasa Apso

      Mastiff - all breeds including American, Argentine (Dogo Argentino), Bandog (Bandogge or band dog),

      Brazilian (Fila Brasileiro), English, French (Dogue de Bordeaux), Italian (Cane Corso), Neapolitan, Presa Canario

      Pekingese

      Pit Bull - all breeds including American Pit Bull, American Bully, American Staffordshire Terrier (Amstaff), British Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier

      Pug - all breeds including the Chinese Pug

      Shar-Pei

      Shih Tzu

      Tibetan Spaniel

      Here is Cathay Pacific's list:

      Please be informed that Cathay Pacific does not accept the following types of animals either as check-in baggage or cargo carriage:

      Brachycephalic (snub-nosed, short snout or flat face) animals, including Brachycephalic dogs and cats:

      Brachycephalic pet reference table

      Dogs

      Affenpinscher

      Tibetan Spaniel

      Boston Terrier

      Boxer

      Brussels Griffon

      Bulldog

      Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

      Chow Chow

      Dogue de Bordeaux

      English Toy Spaniel

      Japanese Chin (Japanese Spaniel)

      Lhasa Apso

      Mastiff (all breeds)

      Pekingese

      Pug (all breeds)

      Shih Tzu

      Staffordshire Bull Terrier

      Cats

      Himalayan cat

      Persian cat

      Exotic shorthair

      As far as I've seen, PAL has not posted such a list, but they do accept pets on international flights.

      Thanks again for the info you've given people. All best.

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      Thelma Alberts 8 months 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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      Thelma Alberts 8 months 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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      maria 8 months ago

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

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      Celsa 8 months 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.

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      Nica Acosta 9 months 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.

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      Thelma Alberts 9 months 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.

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      Vanessa 9 months 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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      Nica Acosta 10 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!

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      Thelma Alberts 10 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!

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      Thelma Alberts 12 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.

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      Kahlil John 12 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 12 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.

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      Maria 12 months ago

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

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      Thelma Alberts 13 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;-)

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      Thelma Alberts 13 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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      tess munji 13 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 14 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

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      Susan 14 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?

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      Thelma Alberts 15 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!

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      Manny 15 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 16 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.

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      schell 16 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 16 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!

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      JohnG 16 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 16 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.

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      Elaine 16 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 16 months ago from Germany

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

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      Marivic 16 months ago

      Yes Thelma she is adorable and so is your Angus .

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      Thelma Alberts 16 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.

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      Thelma Alberts 16 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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      marivic 16 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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      Lou 16 months ago

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

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      Thelma Alberts 17 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.

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      Thelma Alberts 17 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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      Myra Macarulay 17 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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      Isabel 18 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 =)

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      Thelma Alberts 18 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.

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      Ella 18 months ago

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

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      Thelma Alberts 20 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.

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      Des Thompson 21 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 22 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.

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      Vania 22 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 22 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.

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      Vania 23 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 23 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.

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      Vania 23 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 2 years 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.

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      Cyrus Borromeo 2 years 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 2 years 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.

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      Yen 2 years 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 2 years 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.

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      Yen 2 years 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 2 years 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.

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      Yen 2 years 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 2 years 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.

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      Yen 2 years 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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      Yen 2 years 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!

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

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

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      Susie Lehto 2 years 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 2 years 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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      Michael 2 years 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 2 years 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!

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      peachy 2 years 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 2 years 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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      eday santos 2 years 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 2 years 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.

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      Jazz 2 years 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 2 years 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.

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      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 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!

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      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

      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!