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Can you fly with your pets to Poland? Posted by on Jul 9, 2019 in Animals, Regulations, travel

Poland is a quite welcoming country, both to people and animals (check this out )! So if you are planning longer vacation or moving to Poland, you don’t have to be separated from your pet.

You really should not have much trouble in taking your furry friend with you, just make sure you comply with the existing regulations. These may seem particular but are, in fact, rather simple if you tackle them with advance planning.

Most dogs and cats can travel to Poland, provided they meet several conditions:

  • Your pet must have a microchip compliant with ISO 11784/11785 norms. In case the microchip does not comply with these norms, it must be accompanied by its own chip scanner
  • Pets also have to be vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days prior to their arrival date in Poland. If you are coming from a country that is considered rabies-free or rabies-controlled, you will just need proof that your pet has received its rabies vaccination after the microchip had been implanted. Note, however, that if this is your pet’s first rabies vaccination, you will need to wait for a total of 3 weeks (21 days) before traveling.
  • If you are coming from a non-EU country, you must carry your pet’s health certificate issued by an authorised veterinarian within 10 days of travel. No health certificate is required if you are travelling from within the European Union

Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay

There are some strict regulations over dog types not allowed into Poland. Penalties may incur, so owners of the following breeds must be aware: Akbash shepherd Caucasian, Anatolian shepherd, Bulldog, Ca de Bou, Moscow guard dog, Dogo Argentino, Mastiff Canary, Pitbull, Rottweiler, Tosa.

On the plane, if your dog is neither very small (between 5-10 kg) nor an assistance dog, he/she will have to travel in the cargo hold. As this can be stressful, provide him with a transport box that is well ventilated and large enough for the dog to lie down, stand and turn around. You definitely want to make this trip as comfortable as you can for him/her.

Image by skeeze from Pixabay

 

Be aware low-cost airlines do not allow any dogs other than assistant dogs on their planes. Also, be sure to check this website to learn more about pet travel from USA to Poland.

I have never travelled to Poland with a pet, so I don’t have  a personal experience. I would love to hear from all of you who have though! Experience, tips…any information will be helpful:) Please share it with us in comments below!

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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew up in Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.


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