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    Hi!People!Help!
    We need an advice!These pet requirements are so confusing! It's our first "pet flight", so we have so many questions! We are planning to travel from the USA to Ukraine soon with our little yorkie-poo. We've already chosen an airline.It's Air France, so the flight is through Paris. What documents do we need for a pet? Should we get the documents according to the Airline requirements or we should get some certificates for Ukraine as well since it's a final destination? I've also read that Europe requires special microchips for pets at the checkpoint. So, how many documents should we get????We need a list of things we're gonna need for the dog...Different sources show different info!

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    Re: International travel with a dog

    Ukraine requires a veterinary health certificate and current rabies vaccination for entry. If you do not clear customs in Paris, you will not need documentation for France. However, if you need to take your pet for a walk or change terminals or airlines which necessitates clearing customs, then you must comply with the requirements to being a pet to France. France requires that Your pet be micro chipped with a 15 digit microchip, then vaccinated. This must occur at least 21 days prior to entry to France. Shortly prior to travel, your veterinarian will complete the Annex II form for France and have it endorsed by the USDA. You can find forms and instructions for taking a pet to the Ukraine here: http://pettravelstore.com/products/Pet-Passport-Ukraine.html. Instructions and forms for taking a pet to France are here: http://pettravelstore.com/products/Pet-Passport-France.html.
    Susan

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    • #3
      Re: International travel with a dog

      Thank you so much!!!I have some more...Sorry...So I need completely different certificates and documentation for Ukraine and France? Do I need any Ukranian or Russian translation to it to be attached?And as far as I understand my dog needs to be microchiped just in case as I don't know if I'm going to change terminals (I'm booking the flight ahead) or not and if my dog, let's say, feels bad so I would have to take it outside(u never know) Anyways, veterinary hospital does all that,right?(microchips,filling out all paperforms)

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      • #4
        Re: International travel with a dog

        The forms are bi-lingual and so accepted in the respective countries. Remember that France will require that your pet be micro chipped FIRST, then vaccinated for rabies. This must take place at least 21 days prior to travel. Your veterinary hospital can insert the chip and vaccinate your dog. They will also fill out the forms. They must be veterinarians that are licensed by the USDA. You can ask them when you call if they are USDA accredited. All of this advice assumes that you are traveling from a country with a low incidence of rabies. What country are you traveling from??
        Susan

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        • #5
          Re: International travel with a dog

          Thanks so much for your help!I'm traveling from the USA,so it's USA-Paris-Kiev(Ukraine)...

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          • #6
            Re: International travel with a dog

            The United States is a country with a low incidence of rabies. No blood titer test is required. You should be fine with the forms and instructions.

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              Re: International travel with a dog

              Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                Re: International travel with a dog

                Forgot to ask about acclimation certificate? We live in Florida,so the dog has never been in cold places...We're planning to go to Kiev in November, do we need an acclimation certificate? If yes, where would we get it?

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                • #9
                  Re: International travel with a dog

                  You will need an Acclimation Certificate if the ground temperature is lower than 45 degrees. You should be able to find the average temperature in Kiev in November on the web. You can find one here: http://pettravelstore.com/products/Pet-Passport-Acclimation-Certificate.html.
                  Susan

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                    Re: International travel with a dog

                    Thank you!

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                      Re: International travel with a dog

                      How about pet crates? Are the requirements for them different for different airlines? What would be the best variant for my dog in accordance with France and Ukraine? My dog is small, about 9 pounds...Thank you again!

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                        Re: International travel with a dog

                        The airline all require that cargo crates are compliant with IATA specifications. You can find them here: http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/live_animals/Documents/container-requirement1-lar37.pdf. Basically, it has to made from sturdy plastic, spring lock door, waterproof bottom, no wheels. Some airlines will not allow plastic fasteners and require steel hardware instead. These crates are IATA compliant: http://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Crates-%26-Accessories/Pet-Crates/. Example of hardware is here: http://www.pettravelstore.com/products/Pet-Crate-Hardware.html.
                        Susan

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