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Dog Flying



Dog Travelling

Global Pets offers a series of packages in the Internation Transport by Air, hoping to meet the needs of our customers:


  • Gold: Assistance with export documentation, Boarding / Check In, Air freight up to destination Airport.

  • Platinum: Pet Taxi / Pickup, Assistance with export documentation, Boarding / Check In, Air freight up to destination Airport.

  • Diamond: Pet Taxi / Pickup, Assistance with export documentation, Boarding / Check In, Air freight up to destination Airport, delivery at destination residence.


Ideally your pet should be transported in the same aircraft as you.  If you let us know in advance we may be able to arrange authorisations, documentation and reservations so that you may travel together. As each airline company has their own rules, you should start the booking process ideally 3 months in advance, but at least 2 weeks before.
  • Three months before, start preparing export documentation.  
  • One month before, confirm with your "AVI Coordinator" if all documentation is OK. 
  • Three weeks before, start adapting your pet in the Kennel, please do not force him/her. 
  • Two weeks before, check with your "AVI Coordinator" all the documentation and start booking your flight.
  • One week before, start decreasing the quantity of food and book an appointment with your veterinary in order to check if your pet is ready and safe for the journey. 
  • One day before, we reccomend you to leave a peace of cloth with your odor in order to keep your pet more confortable and avoid any stress. 
  • 6 Hours before, provide a light meal and enough water. Remove any type of collars, belts, etc..., in order to avoid any accidents. Get him/her out for walk before the departure. 
It is important to consider the age of the animal as well as some of the tests may take up to 3 months. Additionally, take also in consideration the time of year. (the warmer seasons are not recommended)

Each country has its own regulations, but the most common are:


  • Microchip
  • Vacinations
  • Internal and External Deworming.
  • Specific blood tests performed by a creditable laboratory (RNATT)
  • Medical Registries
  • Export or Import Permit (Authorizations) 
  • Health Certificate
For more information regarding the documentation, please feel free to contact your Coordinator in Global Pets or "Direção Geral Veterinaria" (DGV).


The cage for transporting your pet has to meet specific standards in accordance with the rules imposed by IATA (International Association of Transport by AIR), so you should not to purchase one without consulting us first.

It is essential to show us the measurements of your pet (dog, cat or other ), so that the selected cage typology ensures security, adequate ventilation, enough room to move, stretch and turn around during transport.


Example of an IATA Kennel: 


  • Lenght: from the tip of the ose to the rut of the nail
  • Heigh: from the fround to the highest part of the head, if it has pointed ears, take in consideration the tip of the ears
  • Width: measure the widest part of your pet


There are several breeds of dogs that can be particularly dangerous, given its aggressive and likely to attack. Many of them have been banned in several countries or subject to specific regulations.


To ensure the security of the dogs and the Staff involved in handling, the dogs listed below can only be accepted for carriage as baggage or cargo in the appropriate boxes that meet the regulation requirements for Live Animals IATA (application 82 - CR82)


  • Bulldog Americano
  • Pitbull Terrier Americano (Pitbull, Pitbull Terrier)
  • Staffordshire Terrier Americano
  • Bull Terrier
  • Caucasian Owtscharka 
  • Dog Argentino
  • Bordeaux Dog (Mastim Bordeaux, French Mastim)
  • Fila Brazil
  • Karabash (Coban Köpegi)
  • Mastim Napolitano
  • Presa Mallorquin (Ca de Bou)
  • Presa Canario
  • Rottweiller
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Tosa Inu (Japanese Tosa)

These requirements are extended to other breeds and cross breeds with similar physical characteristics (large head, short neck, strong muscles, wide jaws, and big mouth), demonstrating an aggressive or dangerous behavior.


Tranquilization / Sedation


It is not recommended, since it represents a considerable risk, because it reduces the responsiveness during transport. Often the use of tranquilizers causes a fall in blood pressure that can be fatal to the pressurization of the flight altitude.
The combination of altitude with tranquilizers is potentially fatal in elderly animals with chronic diseases or stressed. If sedatives are used, the drug name, time and route of administration must be clearly marked on the box and a copy of the record must be attached to the shipping documents. A best practice to calm the animals is to darken the box and put it in a cool, quiet place when the animal is out of the plane.




In order to avoid any injury during the flight, make sure that the animal is not using muzzle, leash or harness.

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