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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In keeping with major airline in-cabin kennel requirements.
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.
Be prepared to pay associated fees. Fees are charged on a per-kennel/per-mission basis depending on the combined weight (pet + kennel).
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.
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:
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.
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 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.
Pet Travel Brochure Apr 2022
Pet Dogs and Extreme Heat Info
Phone: (253) 982-3504
Flight Recording: 253-982-0555, DSN: 312-382-0555
DSN Fax: 312-382-3243
Port of Seattle pet/service animal info
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