Has anyone transported their pet from U.S. to France

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Hello, I will be arriving in Provence on September 1st, I am having a problem getting my pet on the flight with me even in the cargo/hold. I keep getting different answers and outside sources are extremely pricey, much more than my own ticket. It's crazy. Any advice would be helpful. 

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Perhaps this might help, or consider by boat. 

How to get your Pet from the US to France - Pet Transport - ATW

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Hi. You may already know this, but just in case: Air France and other European airlines tend to be much more pet friendly than many US or Asian airlines. Also, avoid transit via the UK, where they’ve made flying in with pets very difficult since Covid. You don’t mention the size of your pet, if it’s cabin size or not. 

I’d focus on Air France-KLM and Lufthansa and lobby hard to get what you need. Sometimes you just need to call the call Center at a different time of day and you’ll end up talking to customer service agents in a different call centre who’ll be much more helpful. I discovered this with KLM. I was getting “Nos” when I called during European business hours. Then I called out of hours, spoke to someone in the Philippines, and it was all sorted out in 20 mins. Just a suggestion. 

Thia-Etienne 1626350470

Wow!! Thank you everyone for taking the time to answer. I'm researching all of your advice. Thia

Lucie-Wynn-Griffiths-1000896 1628765900

I flew from Miami to Paris in June with a cat in the cabin and 2 dogs in the hold! It’s not for the faint hearted in the midst of a pandemic… We flew with Air France as they are one of the few airlines taking pets at present. It’s $200 for the cat in the cabin and $250 for each dog in the hold I think…

If you want to get a connecting flight from Paris eg. to Nice you will have to fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle as last month they were the only airport offering this…

Avoid cargo companies as they are very pricey and if you fly with your pets you can be more in control of the situation - ie. you can tell the captain and air hostesses and they can check on the pets in the hold before the flight. We have heard horror stories of untrained baggage handlers not putting the animals in the pressurised cabin compartment - so don’t be shy about telling everyone they are there and can they please check the pets are in the right place pre flight!

There is a LOT of paperwork involved!! Obviously the pet needs a current rabies vaccine, then a pre flight vet exam and the vet needs to upload a document to the USDA for approval which has to be Fedexed back to you within the 5 days pre the flight - white knuckles aren’t in it!

Lucie-Wynn-Griffiths-1000896 1628765997

Also, the airlines are VERY specific about cage sizes for the pets - you need to google this - Air France has a dedicated pet page with cage sizes. In the hold the cages need metal wing nuts which aren’t usually supplied with the cages so you need to buy a pet travel accessory kit with live animal stickers, bolts etc.

Once that’s all ok it’s pretty much plain sailing - my cat travels more comfortably than us in her carrier under the seat - at least she can curl up and sleep so she gets a first class flight experience! 

All the best!

Thia-Etienne 1628794908

Lucie Thank you so much for all your information 

it was greatly appreciated!!


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