The following information applies mainly to domestic dogs and cats. To obtain further information and advice about shipping your pet overseas or other animals, please contact your local Cathay Pacific Cargo office. Our staff will be happy to help you.
The majority of countries require the following documentation for pets travelling to or via their territory:
- Valid import/export permits from the relevant authority of the countries.
- Valid health certificate from a registered veterinarian, stating that the pet is free from rabies and any other diseases.
- Valid vaccination record to show that the pet has received all necessary vaccinations.
- Any additional documentation or validations required by the destination country.
- Transit permits and any other documentation required by the relevant authority of all transit countries.
Some countries require your pet to be microchipped and/or quarantined. Please ensure that you are fully aware of the specific requirements of your destination country.
Please note that these requirements vary from country to country and are subject to change. Please check with local authorities for specific documentary requirements of the destination country and any transit countries, please refer to the publications or websites of local authorities.
The construction and design of the containers must comply with the IATA Live Animals Regulations. In general, containers must be appropriately sized, well-ventilated, rigid and fitted with solid and leak-proof flooring. In addition, they must comply with the following regulations:
- Containers must be constructed of fibre-glass, metal, rigid plastics or welded metal mesh. No wooden cage is allowed.
- Foldable container fixing by removable pin will not be accepted for carriage as it is not a rigid design.
- Containers made entirely of welded mesh or wire mesh will not be accepted.
- Containers must be clean and leak-proof.
- Any wheels attached to the container must be removed.
- Animals must be able to stand, turn and lie down in a natural manner.
- Containers must be adequately ventilated, with the majority of the ventilation system being situated in the upper part.
- The maximum size openings in the welded mesh is 25 mm x 25 mm (1 inch x 1 inch) for dog's container, and 19 mm x 19 mm (3/4 inch x 3/4 inch) for cat's container. All openings must be nose and paw-proof.
- Water container must be present within the container with outside access for refilling.
- Water container must be open on the top surface allowing the animal unrestricted access and must be securely affixed to the inside of the shipping container.
- Water bottles or similar dispensers that are attached either inside or outside the shipping container are not considered to be open containers.
- Separate food and water troughs should be provided and easily accessible for replenishment in case of delay.
- All feeding and watering instructions must be provided in writing and affixed to the outside of the container.