Pet Owners: Travel Info You Need To Know During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, there has been an unprecedented number of flights cancelled around the globe. Many airlines have stopped carrying live animals completely and reduced operation to reflect less passenger traffic. More and more countries are closing their borders to foreign travelers. The situation is quickly evolving and travel options available one day may not be available the next.
The International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA) strongly suggests all pet owners who are relocating or traveling with their pets wait, if that is an option. Once airlines start accepting pets again, it is expected that there will be increased screenings and additional quarantines depending upon the destination. IPATA also recommends that pet owners begin planning future travel even earlier than the previously recommended six months, as government offices may be closed and that may potentially affect the permit applications. For the latest, up-to-date information on options for traveling with your pet, contact an IPATA member as their global network of professional pet shippers is working with airlines around the world to monitor this fast-moving situation.
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