by Regin Reyno
Owning a dog requires great responsibility. They deserve our utmost love and care. Like humans, they too have emotions and are great at reading their owner’s emotions. They’re one of the loveliest creatures created by God.
As a traveler, one of the most difficult parts of my travels is leaving my dog either at home or at a pet hotel. Seeing him having that look as I leave crushes my heart. So when I decided to go to the Philippines, I brought my dog with me.
|My teacup shih tzu arriving in Manila International Airport|
These are the needed documents in order for your dog to be successfully transported from Thailand to the Philippines.
- Import Permit
- Export Permit
Basically, these are just the two documents that you need to worry about. It’s that simple.
HOW TO GET AN IMPORT PERMIT
Fill out this form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. They’ll mail you back your import permit. Print it.
The form is valid only for 2 months.
Price: 350 Php. You’ll pay this in the Philippines
HOW TO GET AN EXPORT PERMIT
Export permit can be obtained in Suvarnabhumi airport in the cargo area. It’s in building no. 20. Make sure you have enough time prior to your departure in getting your export permit. It can take hours in getting it especially if the queue is long. Their advice is to get 3-7 days before your departure. But you can get in the day of your departure as long as you’re sure you have all the requirements and you have enough time prior to your flight.
EXPORT PERMIT REQUIREMENTS
- Vaccination card with complete vaccination record according to the Philippine Bureau of Animal Industry which are vaccines against:
2. Canine distemper
3. Infectious hepatitis
5. Canine parvovirus
and proof that the animal has been treated for external and internal parasites.
5. Canine parvovirus
and proof that the animal has been treated for external and internal parasites.
- Health certificate/letter from your veterinarian stating that your pet is healthy to travel.
Fee: 50 THB
- Import permit
Dogs don’t need an airline ticket but they are considered excess baggage in terms of payment. They will weigh your dog including his/her crate and that will be considered an excess baggage even if you haven’t exceeded your free baggage allowance. Philippine Airlines, the airlines which I took has a rate of 385 baht per excess baggage. My dog with his crate weighs 7 kgs. So I paid 2,696 baht.
Some airlines allow dogs below 10 kg. to be in the cabin. But unfortunately as of this writing, no airlines traveling from Bangkok to the Philippines allow pet to be in the cabin. Thai Airways which previously allows-changed their policy in August 2013-so all pets traveling now in their airlines must be in the pressurized cargo hold.
Before booking a ticket, call the airlines first and check if their particular plane or flight that you’re planning to book has a pressurized cargo hold. Pets cannot breathe in a non-pressurized cargo hold so make sure of this. They’re also going to ask the dimension of your crate so make sure to know this information.
My recommended airlines: Thai Airways and Philippine Airlines
Cebu Pacific and SEAIR don’t have pressurized cargo holds.
Buy a crate which is IATA approved. And it must be large enough for your dog to stand, lie down, and turn around. And also, it must be sturdy.
Traveling can be very, very stressful for your dog. Change of environment, separation anxiety, change in atmospheric pressure, noise, and fear of the unknown-all of these can be too much for a dog, especially if your dog is not used to traveling. So do all what you can to minimize the stress.
- Acclimate your dog to his crate.
-Take short trips around your area for him/her to be used to traveling and movement.
-Take your dog for a walk before your flight to drain his energy.
-No food 5 hours before the flight and withhold water 2 hours before the flight, to avoid possible vomiting and aspiration.
-Have an early check in but put your dog in the cargo hold a few minutes before boarding time. Spend time with him/her first. You don’t want your dog to be in the tarmac or cargo hold for a long period of time. Ask the attendant at the counter about this.
-Keep calm and pray. This is also a stressful time for you but just keep calm. Your dog can sense if you’re worried and panicking and he/she will also panic.
-Take flights in the early morning or at night. A lot of dogs die in the cargo hold because of too much heat-especially snub-nosed dogs.
-Ask the attendant at the check-in counter to inform the captain that your dog will be in the cargo hold. Remind again the attendant at the boarding area that your dog is in the cargo hold. Upon entering the plane, tell the attendant-the one greeting the passengers at the entrance- to inform the captain that your dog is in the cargo hold. If possible, talk to the captain. And as you are relaxing on your seat, tell again the flight attendant to remind the captain that your dog is in the cargo hold. You don’t want your dog to be in a place without oxygen.
-Be early in the baggage carousel in the Philippine airport and get your dog immediately. Check for possible injuries and offer water immediately.
After flying from Bangkok to Manila, we took a ferry from Manila to Cagayan de Oro which took 1 day and two nights.
These are the basic requirements on how to take a dog in the Philippines.
As I’m writing this, my dog is relaxing in this old American-style house in Mountain View College, Philippines. I’m so happy that he’s here with me. The transportation may be hard, inconvenient, challenging, and costly, but it’s worth it-if you really love your dog.
|enjoying the mountian|
Import permit: 350 Php (7.85 USD)
Export permit: 50 THB (1.53 USD)
Philippine Airlines excess baggage fee: 2,695 THB (385 THB x 7 kg.) (82.71 USD)
2GO Ferry pet fee: 150 Php (3.36 USD)
TOTAL: 95.45 USD
Questions? Write it in the comment box below.
Very informative. Thanks a lot, a big help.ReplyDelete
Welcome. I'm glad to be of help.Delete
That is such a sweet post. I repeatedly say to anyone that i wish i had a pet but i feel like i am too irresponsible and that the people i live with are allergic with the fur. :(ReplyDelete
Great information! I also have my pomerinian and travelling with dog is more exciting, ESP in a beachReplyDelete
That's right Jonathan. Poms are cute dogs.Delete
Salamat pre.. may plano akong bumili ng aso sa Bangkok pag uwi ko.ReplyDelete
Ayos yan. Mura ang mga aso sa Bangkok.Delete
Hello. Thanks for the information. Great help but the form that you have attached here is not found, Can you send it to me please, here is my e-mail: email@example.com. I would really appreciate it. Thanks a lot.ReplyDelete
I appreciate this information as I'm planning to move from Thailand to the Philippines and have 2 dogs I would not part from for the world. Philippine embassy also offers good information on their web page but sharing personal experience is always much more interesting.ReplyDelete
Your post has been very helpful! I appreciate the information you have shared. It saves me the time to do the research myself! I plan to travel with my chihuahua in December. Thanks for this :-)ReplyDelete
You're welcome. I'm glad to be of help. I love dogs.Delete
Good Pm...Ask Ko lang poh... Sir Always Poh Ako sa ThailandReplyDelete
Ask Ko lang Poh ...no need To Pay na Poh Ba sa Customs if nag Uwi poh tyo ng Dog Sa Pinas...
Good Pm Sir..Pwede Po mag Ask ? Pag nag uwi po tyo ng Dog Sa pinas Wala na po ba tyong Babayaran sa Customs..?ReplyDelete
Wala na akong binayaran sa customs ehDelete
Hi I can't find the link for the form....ReplyDelete
Hi Joanne. I wrote this in 2014. It was working then. I don't know what happened this time.Delete
Hello i just want to ask... kailangan ba may microchip ang dog para payagan magtravel?ReplyDelete
It's not needed. But it's good to have one, as well.Delete
I am planning to bring my cat.. May idea ka ba kung stay pa sya sa airport for quarantine? Kase may connecting flight pa ako domestic. I need to confirm if i should stay in manila hotels para wait ko sya ma release or i can take him right away and catch our next flight domestic..ReplyDelete
Your response is greatly appreciated.
Di na magstay sa airport. Diretso na.Delete
Kailangan ko pa bang inform PAL from thailand 48h prior sa departure date na i am bringing live animal?ReplyDelete
Yes. Please doDelete
How much if its a delivery from bangkok thailand to baguio city philippines?ReplyDelete
I don't know.Delete
alam niyo po ba pag delivery from thailand to philippines? mga magkano po?ReplyDelete
I don't know. SorryDelete
Hi found your blog passing by, thank you for the infoReplyDelete
I myself will be in Philippines for two weeks vacation with my dog, departing from Korea
Paper works are done I just wonder how the ferry works with dog.
Is there absolutely no way for your dog stay with you in the ferry accommodation ?(even if it's one person room)
It also says you can feed them or visit them, I wonder how that works if they will keep the cargo area available always or just certain times.
I don't recommend to take the Ferry. It was awful. Your dog will be in a cargo hold with chickens, other animals. It is so dirty. And yes, they close it at certain times and you can't visit your dog. There's no way they will allow your dog in the cabin. But if it just you in the cabin, maybe you can sneak him/her in (hopefully he/she is not yappy). That cargo hold is just to stressful for dogs. Take the plane but make sure, double check, asked, check again, if the cabin is pressurised.Delete
Thanks for this info as I am also going to travel with my shih tzu this December. This blog lessens my worries in flying with my furbaby. Question, did you put water like in a bottle or bowl (clip on)?ReplyDelete
They recommend doing that. But I don't think I put one, coz I had difficulty installing it.Delete
Hello, thanks for sharing about your travel with your shih tzu. I am also travelling with my shih tzu this December and this blog lessens my fear in putting my furbaby in the cargo hold of the plane. I am also travelling with PAL and confirmed with them that the plane I am on have live cargo hold with ventilation and is pressurized.ReplyDelete
Did you put water in the crate? Like in bottle or clip on bowl? I have read in some blogs that they put water.. but also you said that no water 2 hours before the flight.
I didn't put water.Delete
Hello po, my plano po akong mag adopt ng dog and my nakita akong site tungkol don. Kinontact q ung isa via email, nagreapond nmn. Sabi ibigay q daw shipping address q like, postal code, name, address, etc..ReplyDelete
Then ung babayaran q daw is 3k pesos lang...pra kasing hndi realistic.
Pro gusto q po ung aso,.. Tama po ba ung sinasabi nya or is it a scam?
Nako SCAM yan. Wag ka magpapaniwala sa mga ganyan. Na-ganyan din ako dati. Pero buti naisip ko naScam before ako nagbayad.Delete
Ganito din sa akin ngayun ehh 8k pababayad. pero ni research ko ang agency nila, wala akong makitaDelete
Hi, wala po ba kayong binayaran sa customs? Hindi po ba kayo hinarang? Any tips? ThanksReplyDelete
Parang wala na ehDelete
Thanks po sa info. Ask lang po ako pano po ag babalik ulit ng Thailand, same lang din po bah unh requirements? Thanks po in advance.ReplyDelete
Hello. Haven't tried that yet.Delete
Hello! Just passed by to your blog and found it very helpful, thanks so much. So travelling by ship is not recommended. I am planning to bring my 16 months old shih tzu with me when I go home to Iloilo this September. If we'll travel by by plane specially Cebupac I know it will be too stressful for him and with all the news I've heard about some shih's (because of their snub nose) not surviving in the cargo which I don't want to happen to my beloved furbaby. I'm considering 2go but as what you've said their animal section is too dirty. Till now I can't decide what to take. Do you have any recommendation? What if I will get the ship's cabin (just me) accommodation and sneak him in? Thanks for your time reading my comment.ReplyDelete
If I were you, I will book a 1st class cabin at 2GO ang sneak him in there.Delete
or take Philippine Airlines and make sure the cargo is pressurized/with oxygen.
NEVER take Cebu Pac because their cargo is not pressurized. Your dog will die.
Hi Regin! I'm planning to buy a small breed puppy in Bangkok. However, I don't know a breeder that I can contact and help me process from Bangkok to Mnaila. Do you have any person or suggestion where to find a not so expensive to buy? I appriciate your help. Thank youReplyDelete
Actually I don't know any breeder. But I suggest buy from a reliable breeder-like on a farm or something. Never buy at Chatuchak. Just don't go to that horrible marketDelete
Hello po. Thanks for the info. Happy aq. Ask lang aq. Naka cebu pac kasi ako. Means d q sya madala? Wala na bang ibang paraan para madala sya?ReplyDelete
Ang alam ko hindi pressurised ang cargo ng Cebu Pacific. Option mo is PAL, or mag-barko ka. Check mo din kung pressurised cargo ng PALDelete
Thank you! dont know why i didnt find this sooner. Have you tried domestic travel with your pup recently? is it true that i dont need a permit from BAI anymore? when i spoke to PAL reservations, the woman said i need the vaccination certificate and health certificate but she also did not seem to know if the latter was separate from the vet card with the vaccination record? i was also told that they cant guarantee that my pup will be on the same flight as me but will be boarded on the next plane that has appropriate ventilation.ReplyDelete
I haven't tried flying domestically with my dog, yet.Delete
Airlines want to make sure that your pup is in a pressurised. Hence, the difference in your flights.
Hi. Tell me please. Where do I have to get "Health certificate/letter" if I live in Thailand now? When i come to Suvarnabhumi airport and get an export permit do they give me this certificate?ReplyDelete
from your vetDelete
Hello, thank you so much.Very informative!!!I'm planning to take my 4-month old labrador to Pinas in April.Salamat talaga...Saan ko po pwedeng masearch yung link ng form?ReplyDelete
hi , was there any tax?, custom tax for the dogs arriving the philippines?ReplyDelete
Hi! Do you know the agency who travels pet? they are called LAN CARGO, are they Legit?ReplyDelete
I don't know.Delete
hi ilan days ba bago maprocess to? 15 days lang kc permit namin ngayon. plan sana namin bumili ng pomeranian bangkok to philippines?ReplyDelete
I'm not sure.Delete
hello pwede ko po ba malaman kung pwede din po ba sya ipa sabay po sa flight papuntang Philippines then pick upin lang po namin sya sa airport po... bali dalin po sya ng sister po namin sa airlines with complete docs po thank you poReplyDelete
Mas ok kasama ka. Kawawa naman y'ong aso pag ganon.Delete
Need ko po pa pumunta ng thailand para samahan yung aso hangang cdo???ReplyDelete
May pet transport po na cater kaso mahal aabot ng $995-$1200. Let me know if pwde lang mag travel mag isa ang aso o hindi or need ko talaga pumunta ng thailand para asikasuhin to. Or kung may alam kayung mura na transport..
Kawawa naman ang aso mag travel magisa. Samahan mo nalang.Delete
Just want to ask where in manila airport i pick up my puppy he's import from ThailandReplyDelete
It depends on which airport the particular airline you took, will land.Delete
I am planning to bring my dog from Thailand to Manila for a short vacation and then return back to Thailand after 2 months. What is the procedure for bringing back the pet from Philippines to Thailand?ReplyDelete
Hello. I'm not sure in going back to Thailand. Hope you enjoyed your vacation with your dog.Delete
Hi Regin! Very useful information. Thank you for putting this together! :) I noticed that you have a snub-nosed dog and mine's a shih-tzu. They have longer snouts because they're mixed but I saw that most airlines don't allow snub-nosed dogs as cargo (esp Philippine Airlines). I'm planning to relocate my pets with me when I move to Malaysia. Just wondering what airline did you use for your dog? Thank you in advance for answering!ReplyDelete
Hi Cyril Alain. I took Philippine Airlines. That was in 2014. Hope you have a successful relocation with your dog.Delete