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Passengers carrying animals or plants plane

To carry either animals or plants on board, a passenger needs to go through veterinary or phyto checks. Check points are located at 3rd level of terminal D.

When traveling with animals, passengers need to decide on the choice of airline and take into account which country the pet will be transported to (including the transit country).  The rules for transporting animals are very different and they must be clarified in advance at the airline office.  Also be sure to read about the specific rules of animal transportation on the official websites of state bodies of the country where you are travelling to.

Here are the most general transportation rules that we managed to form, based on AzurAir, WindRose and UIA standards.  In this case, we are talking exclusively about the non-commercial transportation of animals and, of course, about more or less traditional representatives of domestic pets: cats, dogs, birds.

 The most frequently asked questions and answers in this context:

 1) Where will the animal be transported – in the cabin or in the luggage compartment?

Although the rules of airlines vary, in general they boil down to the following formula:

– up to 8 kg with a cage, as well as a service dog / guide animal of any weight – in the cabin;

– up to 32 kg with container – in the luggage compartment;

– up to 75 kg with container – in the luggage compartment as checked baggage.

A passenger can carry no more than one container with animals (there can be more than one animal in a container).  It is forbidden to let an animal out of the container during the flight.

 2) What should be the cage / container?

– the size of the cage should allow the animal to stand, turn over freely and lie naturally;

– provide maximum ventilation from at least three sides;

– the bottom of the container must be solid, waterproof and suitable as an absorbent material;

– the container for water and feed should be provided separately and be suitable for a certain breed of animals.  The passenger must provide his pet with water and food for the entire period of the flight.

– the container must be clean, sound, durable and made of non-toxic materials (fiberglass, metal, hard plastic, hard wood, plywood, etc.) and contain a tag with the name of the animal.

IT IS FORBIDDEN to transport animals in self-made containers.

3) What documents are required for an animal?

The package of documents necessary for transportation should be submitted to the Border Inspection Point of Veterinary Medicine.  It is located on the 3rd floor of Terminal D behind the check-in counters to the right of the security zone.  So, about the documents for the pet:

– the animal must be vaccinated against rabies;  anti-parasitic treatment of dogs for echinococcosis (Echinococcus multilocularis) is also necessary if you are traveling to Finland, Malta, Ireland or Britain;

– no less than 30 days after vaccination against rabies, but not earlier than three months before issuing an international certificate, it is necessary to conduct a study on the presence of post-vaccination antibodies to the rabies virus in accredited laboratories  or a specialized research institute.  Without an expert opinion from the laboratory on the test results, the animal will not be able to enter the EU.

– after the examination of the animal, the state veterinarian needs to obtain F No. 1 veterinary certificate (information about vaccinations is entered there), which is valid for five days;

– this certificate must be replaced with an internationally certified veterinary certificate at the border inspection station of veterinary medicine (valid for 10 days) before check-in;

– if you travel with an animal to the EU countries, the animal must be at least 7 months old;

– the animal must have identification (microchip or unique stamp);

– declaration of the owner of the animal or responsible person;

– some countries may require a certificate stating that the animal does not represent pedigree value.

4) What should passengers pay attention to if they decide to transport an animal?

– the passenger will not only have to pay for the transportation of the animal (except for service or guide animal), but also notify the airline in advance about the desire to use this service (the airline must be notified at least 72 hours before your flight in order to complete all formalities);

– the animal is not recommended to pump up soothing before the flight;

– feed the animal with light food two hours before the flight and walk;

– do not allow the animal to drink for three to four hours before the flight;

– dogs with a flat nose (bulldogs, boxers, pugs and others) are less tolerant of the effects of discharged atmospheric air, and therefore require more ventilation in the container);

– when transporting birds, it is necessary to cover the cage with a dense fabric that will not transmit light;

– the procedure for registering an animal may take time – arrive at the airport at least three hours before departure;

– teach the animal to the cage on the eve of departure, so that it does not have additional excitement;

– passengers with animals in the cabin cannot be registered at the places near the emergency exit, near the kitchen and toilet, and passengers with a guide dog (and service dogs) are placed in the tail of the aircraft;

– take a veterinary first aid kit.

Additionally, we emphasize that each country and airline has its own peculiarities regarding the transportation of your pets.  For example, on flights to the United Arab Emirates, animals can only be registered as declared cargo;  no more than two pets can be brought to Turkey;  from the airports of Baku, Brussels, Vinnitsa, the Dnieper, Dubai, Kutaisi, London, Lviv, New York, Beijing, Prague and some others are prohibited to transport animals weighing 32 kg or more.

If necessary, passengers of the Boryspil airport can always consult with the on-duty inspector of the border checkpoint of veterinary medicine by phone +38(044) 281-75-92; +38 (067) 274-41-14 or by email terminal-d@vetcontrol.net.