Making plans to travel can be a task in itself, let alone planning to travel with your feline friends.Things to consider like breed, size, destination, reason for travel and necessary documents are some important things. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to make arrangements for your cat to travel to China with you. (Hong Kong policies may vary from China, to learn more about these policies click here.)
The breed of your cat can change the logisitics of choosing which way your pet can travel. Some airlines have restrictions on the breeds of cats that can fly in cargo. Brachycephalic breeds such as Burmese, Himalayan, Persian and Exotic Shorthair Cats can not travel in cargo. This means, when booking your cat’s flight this will determine if you have the option to ship your pet in cargo, or if the only option for transport is an in-cabin flight. Having ATW make arrangements for flying through our Agent Booking Service gives you peace of mind that we have verified the routing of transportation pet is possible.
Size is also a determining factor in the choice of transportation. While the majority of cats fall within the guidelines for in-cabin flights, some do not. Most airlines have a weight and size limit for animals that are flying. Usually the weight limits average around 15-22 lbs and are required to be able to appropriately fit in a certain sized carrier. Verifying this information with the airline your wishing to use is very important. ATW is very knowledgeable when it comes to the requirements of different airlines and we also offer services such as our Flight Nanny, who can fly your pet in-cabin when you are unable to travel with them.
While traveling anywhere with your cat seems attainable at first, checking the rules and regulations of your destination is critical. Not all countries allow in-cabin flights for pets to be imported and some have strict reasoning for travel and quarantine policies. Parts of China have a strict quarantine policies currently in place at this time. These policies should be checked to make sure you can meet the requirements to avoid extended holding times and extensive and costly paperwork. We offer a Complete Air Package to make things as easy as possible for the owner and pet.
The most important thing about traveling with your pet is the correct paperwork. Minor mistakes on your documentations can cause your traveling plans to come to a halt. The forms needed to transport pets can be overwhelming to someone not familiar with them. Having a professional experienced with these types of forms and completing them for you can help the traveling process go smoothly. At ATW we offer help such as Document Agent Service which assists in making sure all necessary paperwork for airline cargo and also the country of origin for international flight requirements are met.
Remember when traveling with your pets that although the process can be extensive, the professionals at ATW offer a variety of services to help you make transportation easy for both the pet and owner.