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How to take off from HK with your pet aboard

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 14 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 14 January, 2012, 12:00am

Travelling overseas from Hong Kong with a dog is relatively easy as the city has been rabies-free for about 25 years.

Under the Rabies Ordinance, all dogs aged over five months must be vaccinated, licensed and microchipped. Offenders are liable to a maximum penalty of HK$10,000. However, the owner should prepare the trip several months in advance as most airlines will not accept dogs in the cabin, and immigration rules differ depending on the country.

Cathay Pacific does not accept dogs in the cabin - they must be transported in a crate in the cargo hold. Since July, flat-faced or snub-nosed breeds have not been accepted in the cargo area, as it poses a risk to their health.

Air France accepts in the cabin dogs older than 15 weeks and which weigh less than 6 kilograms, including the weight of the container. Older or bigger dogs will be crated and transported in the cargo area. British Airways does not accept dogs in the cabin, but will carry them as cargo in an approved crate.

Singapore Airlines accepts dogs older than six months in the cargo hold. No flat-faced or snub-nosed breeds are accepted.

The United States does not require a dog to be quarantined if it has been recently vaccinated for rabies and the owner provides the United States Veterinary Certificate.

Dogs must be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days before entering France and be microchipped. The passenger must provide a vaccination certificate and a certificate of good health from a vet within five days of the travel date.

Britain's Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) allows dogs to enter without being placed under the usual six months' quarantine. The dog must be microchipped, vaccinated against rabies, have a satisfactory blood test and a PETS certificate. The final step is treatment for tapeworms and ticks a day or two before the flight.

In Australia the dog must be at least six months old, microchipped and vaccinated for rabies. It will be subject to a 30-day quarantine.


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