February 17, 2009 7:47:23 PM CET
lizcopywrite (Jan 23 2009, 03:32 PM) said: > original post
I'm currently in Amsterdam and I'm trying to fly my dog (who is staying with my parents) from Atlanta to here. I've gotten a few quotes from some pet relocation services and they all cost about $4000 which is entirely too expensive for me. I was wondering if anyone has experience with flying a dog into the Netherlands through an airline's cargo service. She's about 45 lbs so she is too big to fly in the cabin.
Do I need to get a specific pet passport?
What are the Netherlands specifications for letting foreign dogs into the country?
Is there a specific airline that I should work with?
Any help with this subject would be greatly appreciated. I miss my dog terribly and I must figure out a way to get her over here. Thank you!!!
I had the exact same experience as you did. This is what to do. First off, your dog only needs a rabies vaccination to enter NL from the states. It does not need the rest of them. And the vaccination must be done at least 21 days prior to departure from the US. And no longer than 1 year Prior to departure.
And do not use a relocation agent. They are scum and will take you for all you are worth. The problem these days is this. If your dog is going to fly without a person accompanying them , then the dog is not considered baggage and the airlines demand that you use a pet agent, relocator,forwarder. And this will cost a ton. But if one of your parents is willing to take the trip with the dog then the cost for the dog ticket is $500. plus the cost of your parents ticket. Still cheaper than the relocator fee. The dog will definitely have to travel under the plane. And if you flying out of Atlanta only use Delta. They are the best US domestic airline when it comes to flying pets. DO NOT use any othe rUS carrier. If you can use KLM/NWA that is perfect. And make sure that it is a nonstop flight into schipol.
You do not need a pet passport as your dog is based in the US and not yet in europe. But what you need to do is print out the Netherlands Veterinary import certificate from the site that I will link for you below. And they have a Q&A to answer some basic questions too. Read it many times over so that you become an expert on the procedure. Trust me. It is your dog. And make sure that your parents also get a general health checkup that states that your dog is healthy for flight, because any airline will require this in order to allow your dog on the plane. And have the health checkup and papers filled out within the last 7 days before the flight departs. But PLEASE read the Q&A section that accompanies the NL Veterinary Import Certificates. It gives much info , especially about the microchip. If you mess any of this up , your dog will be the one who suffers in a quarantine until they sort it all out. If you do it all perfect then your dog will be with you immediately after arrival. And PLEASE do not sedate your dog with anything! Nothing at all , not even herbals. It is the #1 cause of dog deaths while under the plane.
Also make sure that your dog flies inside of an IATA approved crate such as a Kennel Air or a Travel Aire crate. And be sure to have somebody use plastic ties to extra secure the metal door hinges. Because dog can still break out of the crates while in flight. Mine did. And you also dont want creepy ramp agents opening the kennel to pet the dog. And yes, there are creeepy airport people. And dont forget a well secured bowl of water for your dog inside the crate.It is an intricate process, but once you understand it all, it is not that hard. PM me if you need any more info.
Here is the link for the above. just copy and paste it into the internet address bar.