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Flying with Your Dog to Thailand – What You Need to Know

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 5 ·
flying with your dog to thailand

No matter what you’re headed to Thailand, if you want to bring your doggo along, there are some rules and requirements you’ll need to meet. Not only will your dog need to meet these requirements, but it’ll be for the safety and wellbeing of everyone. So, here’s everything you need to know about flying with your dog to Thailand. 

Talk To Your Veterinarian Beforehand

Before you do anything, you’ll want to check with your veterinarian first. Whether you’re moving to Thailand, going to be there for a while for work, or you’re looking to visit, you want to make sure that you’re able to bring your dog along.

In some cases, if you won’t be in Thailand for too long, it might be best to leave your dog at home with a trusted, professional dog sitter. However, that’s also determined by how well your dog will fly to a different country.

Your vet will help you out with whatever you and your dog need to prepare for the flight to Thailand. For example, they’ll help you determine if your dog is physically and mentally prepared to fly.

If your dog is ready and healthy enough, your vet can ensure they’re up to date on their vaccinations to meet the requirements for the airline and Thailand. 

Every airline has different requirements. So, be sure to do your research beforehand so that you can discuss with your vet what your dog will need to board the plane and make their way to a new country.

For example, your dog may need the following:

  • Blood tests
  • Health certificates
  • Microchips (for identification)
  • Permits
  • Vaccinations

Remember, some of these requirements may change from time to time. Also, the conditions will depend on how old your dog is. 

Requirements To Get Your Dog Into Thailand

To get your dog on the flight to Thailand and then to get them into the country when you land, you’ll need to have a few things.

For example, according to the Thailand website, you’ll need to get your dog an import permit. For instance, this permit will include the following information:

  • An R1/1 Form
  • Copy of your passport
  • Pet’s photo
  • Flight itinerary
  • Vaccination record
  • Microchip certificate

In addition, your dog will also need a health certificate that your veterinarian issues, and a USDA APHIS vet also endorses that. Also, your furry friend needs to be at least four months old to fly.

Finally, your dog will also need to have a 15-digit non-encrypted ISO microchip number. If the number doesn’t comply, you can bring your microchip scanner.

How Your Dog Will Fly On The Airplane

Your dog can fly in two ways: in the cabin with you as carry-on luggage or in the cargo hold.

If your dog is a small breed, they can certainly ride in the cabin with you. However, if they’re a medium or large dog breed, they’ll need to be in the cargo hold. 

The International Air Transport Association says your pet might be more comfortable in the cargo hold. It’s dim and quiet, so if your pup has anxiety, it might be more soothing for them to be in there.

However, if you don’t think your dog is fit to travel (whether physically or mentally), then it might be best to keep them at home with a trusted professional dog sitter or a family member.

In addition, you need to have your pet in a flexible travel bag that’s big enough to hold the dog with some room to spare. The airlines won’t take responsibility for anything that might happen to your dog mid-flight.

On the other hand, not all breeds are allowed in the cargo hold for your dog’s safety. For example, dogs with brachycephalic (flat noses) are not permitted in the cargo hold.

These breeds include the following:

  • American Bulldog
  • The American Staffordshire Terrier
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Bulldog
  • Chinese Pug
  • Chow Chow
  • Dutch Pug
  • English Bulldog
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • French Bulldog
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Japanese Boxer
  • Japanese Pug
  • The Japanese Spaniel (or the Japanese Chin)
  • All Mastiff breeds
  • Pekingese
  • Pit Bull
  • Pug
  • Shar Pei
  • Shih Tzu
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Tibetan Spaniel

Banned Dog Breeds In Thailand

Luckily, Thailand doesn’t ban any dog breeds. However, if you’re going to bring a Pit Bull breed into the country, it must be spayed or neutered. 

Your Dog’s Comfort Comes First

Flying on an airplane is scary for most humans, let alone dogs who don’t understand what a plane is, how it works, or where they’re going.

For instance, they may feel safer and more comfortable in the cargo hold, but if your dog has separation anxiety or is afraid to try new things, the dark cargo hold (and being away from you) may stress them out further.

You’ll want to work with your vet to ensure that your dog is fully prepared. 

So, here are some tips to ensure that your dog is prepared to fly:

  • Purchase plane tickets that have as few layovers and connections as possible
  • Choose arrival times to avoid extreme heat or cold
  • Train your dog to get used to their carrier
  • Discuss any anxiety needs with your vet beforehand
  • If your dog goes into the cabin, check-in as late as possible
  • If your dog goes into the cargo hold, check-in as early as possible
  • Walk your dog before your flight and immediately after arrival
  • Avoid food and drink a few hours before the flight

These tips will help reduce stress for your dog, and they’ll also keep them as healthy as possible.

Overall, you want to aim to keep the flight as safe and positive as possible for your pup. First, however, you need to keep up with the country and state you’re entering and the airline’s requirements.

Should You Fly With Your Dog to Thailand?

Once you have all you need to meet the requirements, flying with your dog to Thailand will be easy. Make sure you have your vet’s okay before making any flight plans. Then, figure out what you and your dog need for the flight and to get into Thailand.  

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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