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pwllgrgn    0

Hi

I have spoken to Thai Airways and apparantly they use AB6 on the route. His carrier would be to large to go through the cargo door something to do with the cross section? Ah well back to the drawing board :D

Might be worth checking with Bangkok Airways. They operate BKK to C. Mai and they may still be using the ATR 72 (prop) on this route.

The forward part of the cabin is for baggage and cargo as there is no hold. It has a large cargo door which might allow your container to fit.

Hi

Thanks I will get in touch with them. It would seem that Thai Airways keep changing the rules. I know a women who has moved to Chiang Mai 3 weeks ago from the USA and her dog carrier was at least 10 in over the restricted height. They have told me the only place that they can fly him out of Bangkok to is Phuket :o

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Why don't you consider someplace a little closer to home then? Any other destination that is a 10 hour flight away will be just as stressful for your dogs as thailand would be.

Hi, I thought that was obvious from our last post, but maybe not. As it won´t be Thailand, then ofcourse we will go to somewhere closer to our home. We live in Denmark and have actually lots of beautiful countries more or less close by - Greece, Italy, France, Spain, Malta etc. etc. so it won´t be a problem. But we had fallen in love with Thailand - pitty :o

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udon    7

Why don't you consider someplace a little closer to home then? Any other destination that is a 10 hour flight away will be just as stressful for your dogs as thailand would be.

Hi, I thought that was obvious from our last post, but maybe not. As it won´t be Thailand, then ofcourse we will go to somewhere closer to our home. We live in Denmark and have actually lots of beautiful countries more or less close by - Greece, Italy, France, Spain, Malta etc. etc. so it won´t be a problem. But we had fallen in love with Thailand - pitty :D

A good , sane , decision. :o

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polehawk    0
The first thing you need to do is find out the restrictions and requirements for the airline you will be taking to BKK for pets. Depending on the airline you may need to request space/ apply for paperwork 2 weeks prior. Some airlines only accept health certificate 10 days prior.

Tuffy, were you saying that some airlines only accept health certificates that were obtained within the 10 days prior to the scheduled flight date? Thai Airways?

Also, was it really necessary to get an endorsement from a government veterinarian authority on the health certificate signed by your pet's vet or did it even matter once you reached Bangkok?

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Gatorade    249

How big is your dog? Ours is 100# and that caused us ALOT of extra problems (too big for baggage on most airlines overseas).

The first thing you need to do is find out the restrictions and requirements for the airline you will be taking to BKK for pets. Depending on the airline you may need to request space/ apply for paperwork 2 weeks prior. Some airlines only accept health certificate 10 days prior.

It will be a different scenario if you can ship the dog as baggage, from what i gathered that would be a lot easier than the process i went through.

Here are a couple sites that list all the requirements for Thailand.

http://www.thai-la.net/etc/dog.htm

http://moacdc.thaiembdc.org/animal.htm

Read through these old threads

https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=66023

https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=66466

The best and easiest way would be to hire a pet moving company to ship your pet for you.

Make sure you buy the shipping kennel way ahead of time and get your dog accustomed to spending time in it.

hi,

I would like to add to this the threads on this subject:

'Import permit'

'Moving to Thailand with our dog' and

'Bringing pets to Thailand ... requirements?

Wishing you good luck and a wonderful time in Thailand,

Nienke

If you check the previous posts as identified by Nienke it should give you most of the info you will need.

As suggested, use a specialist pet shipping company who will do everything including the paperwork and build special travel kennels if you wish.

If you want your dog to travel with you book as excess baggage, he will travel in hold and appear with the baggage at destination. It is expensive, about 30UKL a Kilo incl container. No Quarantine necessary and much easier than going to the Cargo terminal. If you decide to book as excess baggage you will need to book with the airline well in advance. At the time I booked with TG only

2 animals were allowed per flight in the baggage hold. You must confirm that they are booked on the same flight!

Good Luck

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polehawk    0

Tuffy, a belated congrats on getting your pooch into Thailand and persevering through all of the hassles with the airlines and gov't officials. By now, ol' 100+ lb Shep has probably already started earning his kibble & bits by causing the local kamoys to give your place a wide berth. :D

Sheryl, after reading through several threads it looks like you have already experienced what we are facing when we bring our cat with us in the near future to retire in Thailand with us. Information given by everyone has been very helpful, btw. I'm a little unclear on one issue, however. I have the rabies certificate in hand but what about the health certificate? Is this an extraneous document or is it actually required by the airline (Thai Airways) or the Thai customs/animal quarantine officials? Do they even ask for it? If required, how many days before the departure date does this health certificate have to be signed by the gov't veterinarian?

We also have a Sherpa pet carrier and plan on bringing our cat on board the plane with us. On our last trip to Bangkok in April, I watched a lady with her cat in a similar type of carry-on bag breeze past a group of customs guys who were busy yakking to each other so I may try to do the same. Just want to be prepared for all possible roadblocks. :o

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tuffy    6

I would say the health certificate is a must, and it depends on the airline on how old it can be. I think the Thai gov. requires 30days, but you can check that on their web site. Getting it certified is up to you but when you arrive is it worth risking that they won't accept it either here or at a layover point along your flight? I have heard horror stories of pets being stuck in quarantine indefinitely in the LA airport of these kind of issues. Good luck!

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Sheryl    9,042

Sherpa bag and breeze on through is exactly what I always do.

In terms of what you'll need to get the cat onto the aircraft, and how up to date it has to be, check with the airlines as it varies by airline and country.

If you choose to declare your cat on I arrival I think all you'll need for that is the immunization record but very likely you'll need a health certificate to get the cat on the plane with you in the first place which is the larger issue since you can probably skip declaring the cat when you arrive.

I know that when I fly back from Cambodia to Thailand on TG they require a health certificate issued within the past 5 days, as well as up to date proof of rabies vaccine, but don't know about other points of departure. In Cambodia, signed by any vet is OK but leaving Thailand to Cambodia, it has to be an export license signed by a giovt vet from the Animal Quarantine Station.

Suggest you call the airport office of whatever airline you plan to fly on (airport office usually more knowledgable than the reservation/ticketing offcies)

Good luck

Tuffy, a belated congrats on getting your pooch into Thailand and persevering through all of the hassles with the airlines and gov't officials. By now, ol' 100+ lb Shep has probably already started earning his kibble & bits by causing the local kamoys to give your place a wide berth. :D

Sheryl, after reading through several threads it looks like you have already experienced what we are facing when we bring our cat with us in the near future to retire in Thailand with us. Information given by everyone has been very helpful, btw. I'm a little unclear on one issue, however. I have the rabies certificate in hand but what about the health certificate? Is this an extraneous document or is it actually required by the airline (Thai Airways) or the Thai customs/animal quarantine officials? Do they even ask for it? If required, how many days before the departure date does this health certificate have to be signed by the gov't veterinarian?

We also have a Sherpa pet carrier and plan on bringing our cat on board the plane with us. On our last trip to Bangkok in April, I watched a lady with her cat in a similar type of carry-on bag breeze past a group of customs guys who were busy yakking to each other so I may try to do the same. Just want to be prepared for all possible roadblocks. :o

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lor    97

How about Train from Bangkok to Chaing Mai. Went first class once, same cost as the airline ticket and nice journey.

Chris

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h90    9,429
Hi

Has anyone had experience in bringing a large dog to Chiang Mai. I have a German Shepherd who is to large for the IATA pet carriers which are on the market, so I am going to have one made. The problem is that his carrier will be too large for Thai Airways to transport from Bangkok to Chiang Mai on a AB6. We are ok on the UK - Bangkok leg. They have height and width restrictions. I have sent emails to 6 other airlines who fly the route but have had no answer as yet. :o

Maybe there is another way than airplain? Bus, Train?

But the thais don't like big dogs very much.....

I know an aircon minivan service which is not expensive, that might be also more convenice for your Nazi dog (sorry for that joke, I like german shepherds).

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lannarebirth    2,894
Thanks Sheryl!

We have a booking on Thai Air and there will be no problem with the import permit with them. China Air would be much more convenient for me coming from Alaska but they are still trying to sort out their issues with this import permit.

You shouldn't have any problems at all. Have some papers to hand the animal control guy when you arrive. Have 150 baht ready to habd the vet, and you're off. I can't believe all the trouble I went to(and unbelievable expense) in the states to get my dog here, over $1,000 including plane, only to find no one here reallty is all that concerned about it.

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chrisjune    0

Hey, I have a dog that I want to bring to Thailand with me next month and was wondering if any of you knew what the process was. I've been reading through this forum and see that there are a lot of you who have dogs that don't seem like they're from Thailand. I've read that I had to get some type of health certificate over here in the US, and also some type of entry document from Thailand...? If anyone has some info to help me out or a link that'll explain what needs to be done, I'd very much appreciate it. Thanks everyone! :o

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sbk    2,042

krazyboi, I am afraid that the search function is not working right now but if you scroll through the pages in this section you will find several threads that detail this process

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chrisjune    0
krazyboi, I am afraid that the search function is not working right now but if you scroll through the pages in this section you will find several threads that detail this process

yea, i tried searching for it and it didn't seem like it was working...but i'll try again later...thanks!

by the way, what should i try searching? i tried searching for "importing pets"

thanks again!

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sbk    2,042

I don't know when the search function will return, I think its been disabled due to the high use of the forum.

But, if you just go back through a couple of pages you are sure to find some information, there have been quite a few threads about exactly this.

Just curious, were you planning on moving your dog here or just coming to visit?

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