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PET TRAVEL INFORMATION

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) published a “Notice of Temporary Suspension of Dogs Entering the United States from High-Risk Rabies Countries.”

Dogs arriving from high-risk countries without a CDC Dog Import Permit or arriving at an unapproved port of entry will be denied entry. Note: Pet owners are responsible for obtaining all required documentation.

Exception: Permanent Change of Station (PCS) passengers transporting dogs from a High-Risk Rabies Country must coordinate with their installation veterinarian office. The CDC currently allows an exception to the above suspension for PCS passengers flying on military airlift (including commercially-contracted flights) to non-approved Port of Entry locations.

Approved Example: A PCS passenger on an Air Mobility Command (AMC) flight with a CDC-approved dog flying from Guantanamo Bay to NS Norfolk, VA. 

A CDC Dog Import Permit is required for all dogs arriving from High-Risk Rabies Countries.

PCS passengers can book their dogs and cats on AMC Patriot Express flights. Movement expenses must be paid by the owner. For more information about pet reservations, contact your local transportation office.

DOD PET TRANSPORTATION GUIDELINES

  • Pet movement is limited to passengers in PCS status only.
  • Pet space is very limited on AMC Patriot Express flights.
  • Pet spaces are booked on a first come, first served basis.
  • To book pet spaces, contact your local Traffic Management Office/Installation Transportation Office as early as possible.
  • Orders are not required at time of booking.
  • Reservation limits: Two pets per family.
  • Pets must be accompanied by their owner and transported at owner’s expense.

Note: Eligible travelers may work directly with their Traffic Management Office (TMO) or Installation Transportation Office (ITO) to book pet reservations. AMC does not have the authority to provide an Exception to Policy, for DoDI 4515.13, Air Transportation Eligibility. An Exception to Policy request must be submitted through the traveler's service headquarters and receive final approval from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense. Additional information is available on CDC.gov.

PET CHECK-IN

  • Check-in time for AMC flights at Baltimore/Washington International Airport is no later than 2 hours and 20 minutes prior to flight departure.
  • Check-in time for AMC flights at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is no later than 3 hours and 20 minutes prior to flight departure.
  • Contact your local transportation office or AMC Passenger Terminal for more information.

Note: Passengers on Patriot Express missions may check in up to 6 hours prior to departure; but, due to limited pet storage space, you must retain custody of your pet until 45 minutes prior to boarding unless there is a suitable holding area available. All pets must remain in their kennel or shipping container while in public or terminal areas.

PET IMMIGRATION

For pets and service animals, contact your local transportation office for specific immigration requirements to include quarantine and detention for the country to which you are shipping your pet. 

Additional information can be found in the OCONUS Country Instructions under paragraph "6. Pets/Quarantine" for each country. The transportation of service animals is subject to country quarantine procedures. When it is necessary to detain a service animal pending a determination of admissibility, the traveler will provide detention facilities that are satisfactory to the quarantine officer. The passenger will bear the expense of such detention, including necessary examinations, vaccinations, and other expenses incurred.

Note: If you have a commercial airline flight prior to or following your AMC Patriot Express flight, contact that airline to determine if additional documentation or charges are required to transport your pet.

KENNEL SIZE & WEIGHT REQUIREMENTS

In accordance with FAA & AMC Pet Travel Policy:

In-cabin pet kennels/carriers are treated like carry-on baggage and will be stowed under the passenger seat in front of you and pets must remain in container for the duration of the flight.

  • You’re responsible for providing an authorized kennel/carrier and ensuring your pet is transported in accordance with International Air Transport Association (IATA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines.
  • Kennels must provide adequate ventilation on at least three sides.
  • Kennels must be large enough for your pet to stand-up, turn around, and lie down with normal posture and body movement.
  • Pets will not be accepted if containers are too small.
  • 2-piece kennels must be bolted together with metal nuts/bolts.
  • Plastic/nylon slides, clips, or screws/bolts are not authorized.
  • Securing kennel door with a zip tie is recommended for additional safety but not required.
  • Soft-sided pet carriers may be accepted for in-cabin movement only.
  • Combined weight of your pet and kennel will not exceed 150 pounds.

In keeping with major airline in-cabin kennel requirements.

  • Soft-sided kennels should be constructed of leak-proof/water repellent padded nylon with mesh ventilation on at least two sides.
  • Kennel size must not exceed 20"l x 16" w x 8.5" h to ensure it will fit under the seat in front of you.
  • Several layers of newspaper, shredded paper or absorbent material should be placed in the bottom of all kennels.
  • Do not use any, hay, grass, wood shavings, sand or soil.

Special note: Pets will be individually kenneled, however, two small animals older than 8 weeks and younger than 6 months old of the same species and comparable size, weighing less than 20 pounds each, may be transported in the same kennel as.

Long as both can stand up, turn-around, and lie down with normal posture and body movement. If container does not meet requirements, you will be placed on duty standby under administrative hold.

PET TRAVEL FEES

Be prepared to pay associated fees. Fees are charged on a per-kennel/per-mission basis depending on the combined weight (pet + kennel).

  • The combined weight of ≤70 lbs will be charged $125 (one piece of excess baggage).
  • The combined weight of 71-140 lbs will be charged $250 (two pieces of excess baggage).
  • The combined weight of 141-150 lbs will be charged $375 (three pieces of excess baggage).

Note: Fees may change. Check with your Travel Management Office/Installation Travel Office for current fees. Pet + kennel weighing >150 lbs will not be accepted for shipment.

SERVICE ANIMALS

Special Notes for Service Animals

A recent Memo outlines new guidance on Service Animals and Service Animal Handler Responsibilities.

No later than 48 hours in advance of the date and time of departure, the service animal handler must provide the departing DoD passenger terminal a signed Statement of Assurance (Click HERE for an example) with the below information:

  • Service animal handlers name, email address, and phone number
  • Service animal user’s name if different from the handler and phone number
  • Service animal name and description that includes appearance, height, and weight
  • Current service animal information:
    • Rabies vaccination date and date vaccination expires
    • Other health, disease, or conditions such as fleas, ticks or a disease that could endanger people or other animals.
    • Veterinarian’s name and phone number.
    • Name and contact information of service animal trainer or training organization that provided training to do work or perform tasks for the service animal user.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS

The Office of Under Secretary of Defense released an amendment to DoDI 4515.13, Air Transportation Eligibility, removing language of Emotional Support Animals traveling on DoD-owned and Controlled Aircraft.

SNUB-NOSED ANIMALS

All pets are susceptible to the risk of heat stroke, respiratory problems and the possibility of death during travel. The risk is increased for snub- or pug-nosed pets.

For health and safety concerns, it is recommend that pet owners discuss their pet’s susceptibility to complications with their veterinarian prior to air transport and ensure your pets kennel has adequate ventilation.

PET FOOD

Pet owners must provide a separate food and water supply source that can be fixed inside the container or attached to it and have food/water available to replenish for your pet’s needs.

MORE HELPFUL INFORMATION

PET AND KENNEL

  • Ensure your kennel has adequate ventilation and your pet is free of respiratory problems. The door for the kennel cannot be on the top of the container.
  • Allow your pet to get accustomed to the kennel before departure so he/she will be more comfortable in his/her temporary home during flight. Animals travel under less stress when they become accustomed to their shipping container before they travel. Use their kennel as a bed or feed your pet in the kennel for several days before your trip. A familiar article of clothing or toy in the kennel may help placate your pet.
  • Mark the kennel with your pet’s name, your name, destination or unit address, and phone number (if available). An ID tag for your pet is also recommended.
  • For additional kennel requirements, please refer to IATA's General Container Requirements or visit their Traveler's Pet Corner.

LEASH

  • You should exercise your pet before arriving at the terminal. Carry a leash with you so you can walk your pet before you check-in and after arrival at your destination.

TRANQULIZERS

  • The American Veterinary Medical Association does not advise sedation since effects of tranquilizers on animals at high altitudes are unpredictable. If you plan to sedate your pet, you must have written consent from the pet’s veterinarian.

PET HEALTH

  • Have your pet evaluated by your personal veterinarian to be sure he/she is fit for air travel. Some species have difficulty breathing even under normal conditions. Female pets that are in heat will not be shipped due to possible distress to other pets and/or may result in injury. We cannot accept females with suckling young or un-weaned animals. Weaned puppies younger than 8 weeks old will not be accepted for air shipment due to the possibility of dehydration. You should also feed your pet a very light meal and provide water before turning him/her in for shipment/travel.

PET STRESS

  • Keep strangers, especially children, at a safe distance if your pet seems to be nervous. Even the most gentle pet can be provoked into growling or snapping.

Additional Information

Pet Travel Brochure 2 Aug 2021

BWI
Phone: 609-253-8825 
DSN: 312-568-8825
Fax: 609-253-8823 
DSN Fax: 312-568-8823
Email: bwipax@us.af.mil
BWI animal relief areas

SEA-TAC
Phone: (253) 982-3504
Flight Recording: 253-982-0555, DSN: 312-382-0555
Fax: 253-982-3243
DSN Fax: 312-382-3243
Email: seattle.gateway@us.af.mil
Port of Seattle pet/service animal info

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