Travelling with Pets to the USA with Swiss Air


Travelling With Pets To USA

If you are planning on travelling from Switzerland to the USA and want to bring your pet, fear not as with Swiss Air you can take your pet with you on any route. Depending on the type and size of your pet or pets, it may travel with you in the cabin or the cargo section, but either way you can feel comfortable knowing your furry friend will be on its way with you wherever you go.

Read on to find out what you need to do to prepare when travelling with animals, to ensure you all have a safe journey to your onward destination.

Travel Documents For Animals

There are a variety of travel documents that are required when animals travel between countries, and it is your responsibility as a pet owner to ensure you have all of these documents present and correct at the time of travel. Documents required for animals travelling by air include health and vaccination certificates, import, export, and transit papers and pet passports. You can see all the requirements for pets arriving in the United States here.

How Much Does It Cost To Travel With Animals?

The cost of travelling with your pet varies depending on where you are travelling to, the size of your pet and whether your pet travels with you in the cabin or goes in the hold section. More information about prices for travelling with animals on Swiss Air can be found at the bottom of their travelling with animals page.

How Many Pets Can You Take?

With Swiss Air passengers are permitted to take up to two pets with them when travelling, regardless of whether they are travelling in the cabin or in cargo. Depending on the size of the pet, travellers may be able to choose whether their two pets both travel with them in the cabin or if both go in the cargo section, or they can have one travel with them on board and one in cargo.

Pet Restrictions When Travelling To The US

Animals travelling to the United States with Swiss Air are required to be at least 16 weeks old due to US restrictions.

If animals are being transported in the aeroplane cabin, they must adhere to the following restrictions:

  • Maximum weight up to 8kgs for dogs and cats (unless the animal has protective or assistance functions)
  • Maximum container size is 118 cm (55 x 40 x 23 cm)
  • Be transported in a soft, clean container that is both escape-proof and scratch-proof as well as being large enough for the animal to stand, lie down and turn around comfortably
  • Remain in the container, under the seat, for the entirety of the flight
  • Be clean, healthy and not cause danger to anyone on board

Please note; emotional support dogs are allowed on flights to and from the USA free of charge (with Swiss Air).

If your pet weighs more than 8kgs or would require a larger container than specified above, it may be able to travel in the hold.

Please see Swiss Air’s Advanced Regulations page for more information about travelling with certain breeds.

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