I myself did not travel with animals to Thailand, however, as well as to other countries. But I repeatedly came across the experience of other people who turned it all around. Not everything is so easy, but if you cannot leave your pet with someone, you will have to take it with you. Although, it seems to me that it is worth doing this only if you are traveling for a long time. Otherwise, all those difficulties will not be justified, and for the animal all these flights and acclimatization are useless..
The nuances are different: what vaccinations to do, what documents are needed for export, how to fly with the animal, how to move inside Thailand and where to live ...
The content of the article
- one To Thailand with a dog and a cat
- 1.1 Vaccinations, international passport, permission to export from the Russian Federation
- 1.2 Permit to import an animal into Thailand
- 1.3 Rules for the carriage of animals in airlines
- 1.4 Buying a ticket and registering an animal for the flight
- 1.5 In front of the plane and on the plane
- 1.6 Thailand airport quarantine
- 2 Inside Thailand
To Thailand with a dog and a cat
Vaccinations, international passport, permission to export from the Russian Federation
Before the trip, you need to take care of vaccinations in advance and obtain an international veterinary passport. Thailand's requirements are set out on the official website of the Veterinary Surveillance. It didn’t work for a while, but it’s okay now..
In theory, a veterinary clinic in Russia should be aware of what you need to do, but it's better to double-check everything yourself. So what you need is:
- Vaccinations against rabies and leptospirosis, which are given at least 21 days before the trip. You also need an analysis that there is no leptospirosis within 30 days before the trip..
- Optional, but it is better to make chipping (or stamp).
- International veterinary passport with a photo of the animal and marked vaccinations. Give in the same clinic.
- Shortly before departure, you will receive a certificate from the state veterinary clinic for transporting an animal across the border, it is valid for 5 days.
- Change the certificate at the airport for an international certificate. To do this, you need to arrive at the airport early in order to also be in time for registration. It makes sense to call your airport and check the opening hours of the vet control.
- You may need a certificate stating that the dog has no breeding value, but according to reviews it is completely unnecessary.
About chipping. As such, Thailand does not have a requirement for chipping, but it turns out that it is not necessary to microchip for import, but for export it is necessary ... In principle, this is not done for long and is not difficult, you can immediately do it in Russia together with vaccinations, so that later in Tae not to do. Moreover, the chip and the vaccination do not have to coincide in time..
Here's another good post from Skyscanner regarding vaccinations and travel documents. The authors have a good understanding of the issue.
Permit to import an animal into Thailand
Ideally, you need to get permission in advance to import an animal into Thailand, although not everyone does this and say that everything is solved on the spot without any problems..
And here is the email to write to: firstname.lastname@example.org (Bangkok), email@example.com (Phuket)
Old emails (kind of not working anymore): firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bangkok Airport Quarantine Service Phones: +6621340731, +6621340636
I immediately gave all the emails that I found, otherwise they are Thais, they are not very friendly with the Internet. In theory, the first two emails should be enough, they write there, judging by the reviews, but you can send them all at once. You need to write to the veterinary control 15 days before departure. In a response letter, you will receive an invitation and the very requirements that you need to fulfill (they are just listed on the site).
Rules for the carriage of animals in airlines
Be sure to check the rules of transportation with a particular airline before buying tickets (I usually monitor on Aviaseels). If the site is not clear, then it is better to call them or write.
Usually, if transportation is allowed, then they are carried either in a container in the cabin or in the luggage compartment. You buy the container yourself (it must strictly comply with the airline's rules). But to be transported inside the cabin, the animal must fit in a container of a certain size and be no more than a certain weight (including the container), which may not be suitable for large dogs. Accordingly, if you really do not want to put the animal in your luggage, you will have to shovel the rules of all airlines to find something suitable. As a result, traveling with a dog or cat can be more expensive than usual, because you may have to fly on more expensive flights..
For example, for Turkish Airlines, the container must be 45x35x23 cm and weigh no more than 8 kg. In the popular S7, overall dimensions should not exceed 115 cm in total, and the height of the container should not exceed 20 cm. In Aeroflot, the weight is up to 8 kg and is allowed in the cabin. A good resource, which contains all the info - Setguru.com, select the desired airline from the list and then look at the Pets section. For example, here's a direct link to Qatar from this resource. But you still need to check on the airline's website and call them personally.
Yes, and get ready to pay more for the dog at the airport, as for a separate piece of baggage, for every kilogram. It can easily come out 10-20 thousand rubles. Some airlines charge a one-time fee for carrying an animal in the cabin, for example Aeroflot takes 50 euros and that's it..
Buying a ticket and registering an animal for the flight
Before buying tickets, remember to notify the airline about your pet, usually only 2-3 animals are allowed on board, not more, and more often only one. And if several are possible, then most likely only one species. That is, if a cat is registered, then the dog will not be able to be lucky..
In order not to find yourself in a situation that tickets have been bought, and other animals are already registered and you are denied the transportation of an animal, it is better to buy tickets after confirmation from the airline. This can be done as follows: first we book a ticket and do not pay, then we receive confirmation from the airline for the animal, then we pay for the ticket reservation.
Depending on the airline and agency where the tickets are bought, the reservation can last from 1-9 days. In particular, it lasts for 9 days on Qatar and Emirates (convenient for return ticket booking for Thailand), but they cannot carry a pet in the cabin, so many fly with Aeroflot from Russia.
In front of the plane and on the plane
It is recommended to give the animals a sedative before the flight, and it should be started in advance, a few days before departure. Also, for a certain number of hours, you should stop giving food, and closer to the flight and water. But, here, it is probably better to consult with specialists / breeders on how best to do it, depends on the specific animal. Someone feeds and drinks additionally in flight.
In the cabin, the animal will be in a container, but sometimes you may be allowed to get it out of there, except for takeoff and landing, of course. If you are lucky, it is possible that the places will be more suitable for your case..
Thailand airport quarantine
Upon arrival in Thailand, you will need to go through veterinary control. Show the dog to the airport employee and tell animal control, you will be shown where to go. The cost of registration is 100 baht. Even when you leave, you may be allowed to go down the red corridor and ask for 1,000 baht per dog. Someone wrote that this is due to the fact that you can allegedly sell it in Thailand, so whether you wave it off or not depends on the specific situation..
Airport quarantine may or may not be available. Although the veterinary control website says that it is required and lasts 30 days. Usually they quarantine dogs that do not like something, that have problems with documents and who came from disadvantaged countries. As far as I understand, this happens very rarely when it comes to arriving from Russia, basically everyone flies without problems.
Veterinary control works around the clock. Located in the baggage claim area near conveyor number 8. Their phone is +66 2134 0636.
The carriage of animals is prohibited on buses and trains, so they usually either take a taxi or fly by plane. You can also rent a car (not all offices agree, but how do they know). True, it may not be entirely budgetary by car, because if you give the car in another city, and not where you took it, then this is additional money. Rather, by car, it is good to move around the place or back and forth. And there is also such an option - to sneak into the bus (if the animal is small and quiet) or to give it to the driver, but it will not always work, even for money, not everyone will want to take it.
The cheapest way to fly between cities is AirAsia, but the transportation of animals is prohibited there, so only Nok Air (transportation rules) remains from the low-cost airlines. You can also fly Bangkok Airwas (rules of carriage) and Thai Airways (rules of carriage), but this will be significantly more expensive. About airlines in Thailand, read the link.
Hotels and apartments
When searching for a hotel through Booking or through RoomGuru (it shows discounts), you must always tick the box «with animals». Otherwise, you will most likely simply not be allowed into the hotel if it does not allow you to stay with animals. Yes, the choice of hotels will be small, but initially you need to come to terms with this..
When you rent a house for a long time, it is better to consider houses, because in almost all apartments they will be against dogs and cats. Although it is much easier with cats, it can be carried and it will live at home imperceptibly, because it does not need to be walked. And the owner of the apartment / condominium is unlikely to come to visit you. Although, of course, you will have to twitch, suddenly it will just come in to ask something, you will forget, open the door and the cat will jump out into the field of visibility.
In some houses, they may also be against the animal, but the chances of finding a house without such a condition is much easier than an apartment. In general, lay in extra time for searches and get ready that they may ask for a small surcharge.
P.S. When you fly back, you will need to come to the international airport 2-3 days in advance, and get permission from the veterinarian to export from Thailand (it takes a couple of hours). Beforehand, they need to write a letter, at least 7 working days in advance. And in a Thai clinic, you can only be issued a certificate, that is, for a permit you still need to go to the airport.