Not every airline will let you take animals with you. Please contact your airline or travel agency sufficiently in advance to find out.
A distinction is made between animals that may be taken in the cabin (PETC = “pet in cabin”) and animals that must ride in the belly hold (AVIH = “animal vivant in hold”). Which category applies depends on an animal’s size, weight, and species. Every animal must travel inside an appropriate transport container, which must be well-ventilated, impossible to escape from, and leak-proof. Your animal should have enough room to move and stand up inside it.
Air travel with a pet is not something that should be taken lightly. The unfamiliar surroundings, strange odors, and new sounds can make the trip very strenuous and stressful for your animal. For more information about regulations on flying with animals and required documents, please contact your airline or travel agency.
Animals also require travel documents: a pet passport
To facilitate travelling with pets, since October 2004 an EU directive has required every animal to have a standardized pet passport. This document can be obtained from any authorized veterinarian. It contains information about the animal's state of health and verifies that it has been vaccinated against rabies.
Additional Information on the Internet
For additional information on pet passports and the relevant EU regulations, visit the website of the German Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection at www.bmelv.de (search for "pet passport") or use the following links: List of certified laboratories in the EU and in other countries
Veterinary Service at the Airport
The Veterinary Border Inspection Office of the State of Hesse at Frankfurt Airport is glad to inform you:
Phone: +49 (0) 69 696 46041
Fax: +49 (0) 69 696 46050
Information on Health Regulations
Our animal protection officer will be happy to provide you with complete information on all relevant health regulations. Simply call or send an e-mail:
Phone: +49 (0) 69 - 690 21366
Fax: +49 (0) 69 690 – 74332