You cannot just use any crate to transport your pet. Travel crates have to conform to strict guidelines laid down by IATA. It is extremely important that your pets travel crate conforms to IATA Regulations. If it is too small your pet can be refused travel and if it is too big, your pet can injure itself, and may be refused travel.
Choosing the correct pet carrier is essential for the safety and comfort of you dog or cat. Airline approved pet carriers MUST comply with IATA Live Animal Regulations which specify the minimum dimensions, ventilation, feeding access and security requirements for all air transportation.
A few points to remember:
• The container must be large enough for the pet to stand up, turn around and lie down in a natural manner. Your pet will be in the container for some time, therefore, it should be as comfortable as possible.
• Container must be strong enough to protect the pet during transport, be secure enough to contain it and have sufficient ventilation on all four sides to ensure the air quality in the container will not deteriorate.
• The door must be secured in such a manner that it will not open accidentally or your pet cannot open it during handling and transport..
• Your pet’s nose and paws should not be able to fit through any ventilation opening or door mesh.
• The container must have a water pot accessible from outside and must be in. proportion to the size of the pet and must not take up too much floor space.
• The container should be constructed out of rigid plastic, wood, or a material of comparable strength. Fibreboard or wire mesh containers are not suitable for air transportation.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animals Regulations contains detailed instructions on container constructions as well as the size and stocking densities.
Some airlines impose additional requirements or have maximum pet carrier sizes that they can handle, so it is always recommend to check the specifics well in advance with your chosen airline.
. The following dogs CANNOT be imported into Cyprus:
• Japanese Tosa
• Argentinian Mastiff/Dogo Argentino
• Brazilian Mastiff/Fila Brasileiro
AIRLINES APPROVED CARRIERS – Finding the Right Size
To calculate the correct size carrier for your pet, you need to take the following measurements:
A. From the tip of the nose to the root of the tail
B. From the elbow measurement to the ground
C. The width of the dog at the widest point
D. From the floor to the tip of the ears or the top of the head, whichever is higher (ears must not touch the top of the kennel in animal’s natural standing position)
You then calculate:
A + ½B (minimum) = Length
C x 2 = Width
D = Height
The advice given on the requirements is not official guidance, and to this end we cannot be held liable for any errors or omissions. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure all requirements are met in order for their pet to enter the UK under either the Pet travel Scheme or under regulations