Main aspects

  • Make sure that your pet has an international passport, was vaccinated and complies with all requirements of the country of destination (blood tests, special vaccines, quarantine import premises);
  • Make sure that your pet was examined and declared healthy by the veterinarian;
  • Make sure that the international health certificate is valid upon the receipt in the country of destination. The international health certificate must be issued by the official veterinary of the country 24 hours before the transportation of the dog, the validity thereof being of ten days;
  • The minimum age for dogs and cats to be able to travel by plane must generally be of ten weeks. Due to special tests and procedures required in some of the countries of destination, the minimum age can also be of 4, 5, 7 or even 11 months (e.g. Japan).

Shipper's responsibility:

  • To name the destination of pet's travel and to care for it until the delivery to the carrier or airline company;
  • If the animal to be transported is a female, to inform the agent if it is rutting, pregnant (exact age of the pregnancy) or if it has given birth in the past 48 hours;
  • To inform the agent on the gender, age and breed of the carried animal;
  • To provide proper food for the animal, to offer the agent all information referring to how to feed it during the transportation and possible treatments it is under;
  • To declare if the animal is aggressive with other animals or people;
  • To fill in and sign "Shipper's certificate for live animals” (standard form provided by the airline) as well as the application for exportation customs clearance, declaring if that animal is object of a commercial trade, will be resold or if it is a pet;
  • To declare is the pet is undergoing any treatment or has recently suffered any surgery.

Necessary documents

  • European passport
  • Microchip (implanted before the rabies vaccination) (implantat înaintea vaccinului antirabic)
  • Rabies vaccination + minimum 21 days spent in Romania, however not longer than one year
  • Internal and external treatment before departure and veterinarian control, that are to be recorded in the passport (made at least one day before arrival to that country, however not more than 5 days, depending the country of destination)
  • TRACES certificate is requested in case of intracommunity commercial shipment. A commercial shipment is considered the travel by pets not accompanied by their masters, or whose travel is by more than 5 days before/after the travel of their owners.

The European community includes 28 Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary.

  • Medical record or passport of the pet including: the microchip series, date, type and validity of vaccines, date of disinfestation etc.
  • International health certificate issued 24 hours before the shipment by the Sanitary Veterinary Department of the county where the sender of the pet is domiciled. The validity of this certificate is of 10 days.
  • Statement on own liability of the sender referring to the value of the carried pet (this document is necessary only to prepare export customs clearance formalities).

Depending on the country of destination and on changes in legislation, other documents may be necessary, of which we will inform you.

How to choose a travel kennel and what does it include?

According to IATA standards, travel kennels must be closed and large enough to allow the animal to stand, turn and sleep in a natural position inside them. They must be equipped with a metallic locking system, and the four sides must have ventilation openings.

Kennels must be provided with two bowls for water and food, that can be attached to the metallic door, at the inside. To eliminate stress and for a better accommodation of the pet with the travel kennel, we recommend the purchase of the kennel at least a few days before the travel, so that the animal can get used to it.

Travel kennels that are large enough


Travel kennels that are to small for the size of the animal


Travel kennels authorized by airline companies

Many of the travel kennels in specialty stores are no longer accepted by airline companies because of the locking systems, both from the front and from sides. The front locking system must have a metallic locker and the sides of the kennel (upper and lower) must fit together and close in screws that must rip through the plastic edge of the kennel by at least 1.6 cm. The side closing by plastic flips is not accepted. These new regulations were imposed by most airline companies because there were incidents, respectively travel kennels got open during repeated handling.

As of 2013 our company is also manufacturing IATA standard travel kennels for each breed, according to LAR guidelines (Live Animal Regulation) - the most recent version in force, as well as travel kennels for large dogs or dangerous dogs. Travel kennels manufactured by our company are approved by the management of the most prestigious airline companies in animal carriage (Lufthansa, KLM, Qatar Airways etc.)

Sky Kennel type Size Actual crate weight Breed
Sky Kennel #100 Small 54cm x 41cm x 38cm 3 kg Cats, Toy Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers, Chihuahuas, Shih Tsu
Sky Kennel #200 Medium 70cm x 55cm x 53cm 7 kg Beagles, Shelties, Min. Poodles, Cockers, Lhasa Apsos
Sky Kennel #300 Intermediate 80cm x 56cm x 63cm 9.5 kg Springers, Border Collies, Bull Dogs
Sky Kennel #400 Large 90cm x 64cm x 69cm 10.5 kg Boxers, Dalmatians, Collies, Airedales, Setters, Aust. Shepherds, Dobermans
Sky Kennel #500 Extra Large 102cm x 68cm x 77cm 12 kg Afghans, Retrievers, Pointers, Shepherds, Rottweilers
Sky Kennel #700 Giant 122cm x 82cm x 89cm 20 kg Irish Wolfhounds, Newfoundlands, St. Bernards, Mastiffs, Greyhounds

Note: The data in the table is for information only. The most appropriate size of the travel kennel will be determined depending on pet's size.


Yes. Travel by plane is safer and less stressful than a long and exhausting travel by any other transportation means.
All pets fly as “excess baggage” or “cargo”, therefore they will be in plane’s hull. This is a heated, ventilated and pressurised area of the plane, having the same air as passengers in the cabin. Moreover, when boarding, through the NOTOC document, the captain knows exactly how many animals he has in the cargo hold and what kind of care they require.
Sedation is not recommended because it suppresses animal’s breathing and may cause severe health problems, even death.
Costs depend on the destination of the animal, as well as on its size (respectively the size of the travel kennel, because the charging is done per volume and not per gross weight). Moreover, there must be considered all costs for flight preparation: purchasing the kennel, vaccinations, microchip implant, passport, any tests that must be done etc. If a quarantine period is also necessary in the country of destination, costs will increase.
The best thing you can do is get the pet familiarized with the travel kennel, to make it feel as comfortable as possible in it during the flight. Start with small tricks such as putting its favorite toy or mattress inside the kennel etc. Your friend should have 2-3 days to get used to the travel kennel. Leave the kennel open in its area, so that to make it curious, to start exploring it, feel comfortable inside it.
There are 2 types of air transport for pets: - EXCESS BAGGAGE (when animals travel in the cabin or in plane’s cargo hold, accompanied by a passenger’s flight ticket. In this case the pricing is according to the gross weight of the dog + kennel or at a fixed rate/kennel (it is considered that the passenger is also on board and that he/she has purchased a flight ticket from that airline company, which has the obligation to carry his/her “special luggage”, as well, namely the dog/cat. In this case the charge is a small one (50-150 EUR/pet). No charge is paid upon the arrival of the pet to the destination airport, and the travel kennel is picked up from passengers’ terminal. - CARGO (when the pet travels independent from the passenger, by a different flight and airline, at a different date etc.). In this case, the pet is a “special freight, encoded AVI-live animals. The airline also charges the volume occupied by the kennel inside the airplane, export (upon departure) and import (upon arrival) customs formalities are carried out and an animal hotel of the carrying airline is also involved (at stopover point, where the animal is offered all facilities - food, water, walk, the kennel is cleaned etc.) All these services involve additional costs. Upon arrival in the destination country terminal local charges are paid, depending on the country and handling agent.

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We deal with documentation, consultancy and kennel selection to provide you with the complete fast and safe transport solution for your pet as well as exotic animals. We provide national car transport from home/ office to the airport, as well as accommodation for animals, if necessary.