How many times have you had to cancel a vacation because you couldn't leave your pet at home? There may have also been moments when you weren't able to enjoy your trip due to persistent worry about your pet's well-being back at home. All of this might be avoided if you took your pet with you on your trip.
Even if it may appear to be a difficult task, taking your pet on vacation is achievable if you follow a few guidelines. Sure, it might be a lot of fun to travel with them, and you won't have to worry about them at home while you're gone. However, planes and trains were not designed with animals in mind, therefore the outcome is unpredictably unexpected. You could have a fantastic trip or a horrible nightmare, depending on how well you prepare. Here are some considerations to make when traveling with pets.
To assist you in overcoming the difficulty of traveling with your pet, we have compiled a list of provisions that can be used to accomplish so.
Taking a flight with your pet in India
Which flights allow pets and what kind of pets are allowed?
Make sure your pet is fit enough for air travel before allowing him to. If that's the case, start looking for a pet-friendly airline to fly with.
Air India being a government airline has to provide facilities for pet travel. Also being a cat owner I have traveled by Air India. She’s about 4 kgs and in total, I paid 2400 for her. I had to reach the airport a little early and get the approval of the captain. The last time I traveled with her was 2 months back. And yes she was in the cabin with me. So as of March of 2021, the charges for the same are Rs600. When I tried calling Air India to confirm the weight restriction and the recent charges, they told me to ask at the airport only.
Carrying pets on an airplane will necessitate current health and rabies vaccination certificates. A fit-to-fly certificate, any other health certificate, as well as the flight commander's consent, is required.
Anyways for the article, I called Vistra, who said they don’t allow pets. This was followed by calling Indigo and Go Air, both the airline confirmed not having any such service. I called Spice Jet, the customer care number on google was switched off. I then called the number from the website, I was connected to an automated voice, even though the computer understood I wanted to know details about pet travel, I never got to talk to an operator.
Luckily my sister was traveling, so I asked her to inquire at the airport. To my surprise spice jet allow pets travel but in cargo only, which is Rs250 per kg for Spicejet.
Although traveling with pets can be super tricky. Pets under the age of eight weeks, and in some situations twelve weeks, are not permitted to fly. Pregnant animals and females with unweaned kids are in the same boat. Certain animal breeds and crossbreeds are not allowed on flights. This includes aggressive dog breeds, short-muzzled dog breeds (for health reasons), and a few cat species.
Where do pets travel the flight?
Only a service animal is usually allowed in the cabin with people. Dogs, cats, rabbits, and birds on various airlines, are frequently required to travel as excess baggage or cargo. The latter is the less expensive choice, but it means that your pet will not be with you. Only Air India allows pets in the cabin if the pet's total weight, including the carrier, is less than 5 kg.
In Air India, for instance, 'the pet must be properly carried in soft ventilated bags/kennel, or any other pet container in the prescribed size (kennel size not to exceed 18" x 18" x 12"). The weight of the pet including the container should not exceed five kgs. for carriage in the cabin. Pets of larger size/weight will be carried in the cargo hold, as mentioned on the airline's official website.
In Air India, a maximum of two pets will be allowed every flight, for which an additional fee will be charged. The passengers accompanying such pets will be accommodated in the last row of the booked cabin class. The name of the pet will be written on a label that will be attached to the container. In the container, a moisture absorbent pad must be inserted.
If a box containing a pet is determined to be dirty or the pet is judged to be excessively ferocious, it will not be admitted on a flight.
Crating your pet for international flights
It's natural to feel awful about putting your pet in a crate. Thankfully, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has established criteria that consider your pet's safety and comfort. You must create your pet in an IATA-approved cage for any plane travel. You must make sure it has enough space to lie down, stand, and turn around comfortably.
The container should be highly ventilated, constructed of non-chewable material, with smooth edges and secure closure. It needs to be leak- and escape-proof, or things may become pretty messy. Purchasing the crate ahead of time will allow you to acclimate your pet to it. This will help in reducing anxiety on the day of your trip.
Train Travel in India
Train travel is a less expensive and healthier option for pets, but it is not without its drawbacks. Only dogs are allowed on Indian Railways, but other animals and birds are allowed as well.
Carrying dogs in first-class compartments will incur a minimum charge of Rs 10 per dog, charges to be paid in advance, according to the website. Collars and chains must be provided for the dogs. Owners should make their own arrangements for the dog's food and water during the trip. Unbooked dogs will be charged six times the Luggage Scale Rate, with a minimum charge of Rs 50.
You can travel with your dog or another domestic pet on trains if you travel in First Class or Air-Conditioned First Class and book the two- or four-berth space altogether. Dogs can also be transported in specially prepared boxes in the luggage/brake van. While following all of the laws, one should make sure that his or her pet does not become a bother to other passengers. In this instance, a pet owner can pamper his or her animal by providing toys or chewies.
Unfortunately, even if you book a full berth, if another fellow passenger in that compartment objects to the dog, your poor canine will be forced to go in the luggage van. This can be tough, especially since you are responsible for providing food and water to your dog throughout the travel.
Find out which hotels allow pets before making a reservation. In India, there are several pet-friendly homestays, resorts, and hotels. To mention a few, there's the Tree of Life Resort in Jaipur, the Vivanta by Taj in Kerala, JW Marriot in Bangalore, and the Camp Della Resort in Lonavala.
Whether your pet is traveling by train or air, or even staying in the most luxurious hotels, you still have responsibilities as an owner. Throughout the journey, one must exercise prudence in regards to his or her pet's health and comfort.