WITH more and more people owning properties in Spain and spending a large part of their year here, pet travel has increased dramatically with owners preferring to bring their animals with them rather than leave them at home for any length of time.
Pets accompanying their owners on a trip to Spain can be accepted as luggage when the corresponding excess baggage tariff has been paid (regardless of the class in which the passenger is to fly).
As a general rule, these animals must be checked in and loaded into the hold of the aircraft, where they will be placed in a container (which some airlines can provide) but to be on the safe side it is worth purchasing your own carrier which is IATA approved (and will have a sticker or label stating this).
As only certain airlines and airports in the UK have the facilities to transport pets (BA and Monarch being the main carriers), when making a booking for you and your pet check first that the necessary transport can be arranged.
Animals must carry the correct documentation, either with a pet passport or veterinary certificate or with all required vaccinations (in some countries with an evaluation of antibodies).
All animals are identified by a microchip, and you need the correct documentation for this.
Preparing pets for travel can be a lengthy business, with all the health checks, documentation and pet passport.
So if you are thinking about bringing your pet into Spain make sure you leave plenty of time to make the necessary arrangements.
You can find more information on the Pets Travel Scheme (PETS) for the UK at www.defra.co.uk. Guide dogs trained to accompany a passenger with a disability will usually travel in the cabin, unless prohibited by national regulations or the airlines.
The dog’s transport, whether in the hold or in the cabin, will not be chargeable.
It is not necessary to carry out any special procedure, but the dog must wear a muzzle, collar and lead.
If the dog is to travel in the cabin, it will be placed next to the passenger in a place indicated by the crew.