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WilcoOpperman

Hi all, I hope someone can help me regarding this, we are flying in the beginning of December and need to find out what the clearing and customs requirements in Canada will be, we have two Dachshunds that will also be flying on almost the same date and they will be flying with KLM. I only need some information regarding if they need to be registered in Canada before they can enter or what the process is as when I read I see a lot of contrasting info and it is currently confusing me.

Any assistance in this regard will be helpful.  

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Nelline

You do not need to "register" them in advance. When you land, as SA is not a rabies free country, the following will be needed:

Dogs over 8 months of age and cats over 3 months of age entering Canada:

  • A valid rabies vaccination certificate issued, in either English or French, by a licensed veterinarian from the country of origin. (EU Pet Passport is accepted.) There is no waiting period after the vaccination is administered. Canada does recognize the three year rabies vaccination. Please note that if a validity date does not appear on the certificate, then it will be considered a one year vaccine. Best idea is to obtain this from the State Vet
  •  Your airline may require a veterinary certificate of health. This can be obtained from your usual vet and should be issued shortly ( a few days) before travel

    That's it! You don't need to microchip, either, but it is always a good idea.
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K&U

@Nelline - just to double check: so one should go to the state vet? Somehow nissed that somewhere...

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Nelline
20 minutes ago, K&U said:

@Nelline - just to double check: so one should go to the state vet? Somehow nissed that somewhere...

The import requirements do not state you should go to the State Vet, however, they just have more "official looking" stamps and paperwork apparently which could help. When using an agent they advise it as well. When I took my own two out of SA (ages ago) I also erred on the side of caution and went to the State Vet

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K&U

Thanks @Nelline! Thats what I thought! Ratger safe than sorry!

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SunshineGirl

@WilcoOpperman, hi!  Just a quick question re transporting your fur-babies in December.  Will your fur-babies be flying KLM by any chance?  The reason for asking is that KLM do not accept pets on their flights during the colder months in the year (Dec - March, I think?).  If you haven't already done so, maybe have a look into it?  

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Tanya Kruger
On 11/2/2017 at 10:06 AM, SunshineGirl said:

@WilcoOpperman, hi!  Just a quick question re transporting your fur-babies in December.  Will your fur-babies be flying KLM by any chance?  The reason for asking is that KLM do not accept pets on their flights during the colder months in the year (Dec - March, I think?).  If you haven't already done so, maybe have a look into it?  

Hi I was wondering the same, we had to move our flights to April as pets do not fly from November to April?

 

How does one find a State Vet?

 

Any tips on trying to do this whole process by yourself?

 

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SunshineGirl

HI @Tanya Kruger@Mheynes456 is the expert here ;-)  Still a long way from this stage of the process, I'm afraid :-(.

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Mheynes456

Hi @Tanya Kruger - there are 6 state vets in Cape Town apparently. The closest one to me would be the Milnerton branch. You would first need to take your dog to your local vet to get checked out. Then you would take that form signed by your local vet to the state vet's office and they will stamp and sign it. It costs R130 per application.

Here are some links to the websites and forms:

http://www.elsenburg.com/services-and-programmes/veterinary-services-0#s=Export-Control&d=Office-names-locations-contact-details-and-availability-for-certification

http://www.elsenburg.com/sites/default/files/attachments/2015-10-27/VHC General Live animals 07.2013_0.pdf

http://www.elsenburg.com/sites/default/files/attachments/2017-05-12/Infosheet Canada dogs and cats.pdf

 

And this can only be done no earlier than 14 days before you leave.

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K&U
On 11/2/2017 at 10:06 AM, SunshineGirl said:

The reason for asking is that KLM do not accept pets on their flights during the colder months in the year (Dec - March, I think?)

We have decided to go with PetPort. I asked them about this a little while ago, and they indicated that they fly pets at any time of the year and the winter months do not make a difference to them. They use either Lufthansa or KLM

 

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BronwynLT

Hi Guys

Have any of you emigrated yet and flown your dogs over? we are looking to go April / May and i am STRESSING about my staffie girl, would really appreciate feedback re which company you used??

Thanks!

Bron

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Mheynes456

@BronwynLT we are also leaving on 22nd April with our 4 dogs. Don't worry, Imy also freaking out a bit. We have already bought their crates so they are getting used to those for now. We will be doing it ourselves through klm. I have been reading blogs on the actual process and logistics at the airport but still stressing. 

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Kayla

Where did you get your crates from?

 

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Tanya Kruger

Quick question, we are flying at the end of April, and need to start finalizing the "kiddies"... Do you think that if you try and do the booking yourself through KLM, that you need to e flying with them as well?  

Thing is KLM's tickets are almost double the price of Emirate's ticket prices, and so I might have to give in and not fly with the dogs.

If they dont allow me to do it myself if I am not flying with them, then I will have to use Petport

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Kayla

@Tanya Kruger if you are flying them as extra baggage then you have to be on the same flight as them. If you are flying them as cargo then you can go on any flight. 

I got a fairly good quote from Animal Travel Services. They fly the dogs on KLM, they have an overnight stop in Amsterdam where they get walked. And then they do the final flight to Canada. I think with such a very long flight they really need that break. 

If you’re flying without your dogs, I’ve heard very good things about Turkish Airlines. The visa is free for Turkey. For 2 adults and 2 kids it worked out at R30 000 for a one way flight to Vancouver. Which seems good. 

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Tanya Kruger

Is KLM the only company that does the pets? I remember someone saying they used another airline company and you can check online where your pet is, etc. 

 

Is there a specific reason they do not give pets something to calm them down? I think what really is stressing me out is that they will not get the dogs back into the crates when they need to go for their last leg of the trip? 

Thats why I want to fly with them but KLM's tickets are double the price of Emirates and we are 2 people so it will cost us an additional R17k (8k per person) to use KLM instead of flying seperately

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K&U

@Kayla - your quote from Animal Travel Services: Does that include leaving SA all the way to your final destination?

I have been in touch with Animal Travel (http://www.animaltravel.com) and they dont organise the part of leaving SA. Are Animal Travel and Animal Travel Services two separate companies? Curious....

Am having a few issues with my animal transport currently .....flat panic....

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tallie

We have bought 3 rescue dogs from south africa the last 4 months.  The 5th arriving from Johannesburg tomorrow.  Only use KLM.  the dogs overnight at the pet hotel in Amsterdam to give them a break.  All the dogs were fine and not stressed when we picked them up at pearson.  We use Dorette   The build wooden crates according to the size of the dog.  Very very professional.  Wont use anyone else.  There is no need to to give them something to calm down.  They are looked after like gold

Dorette Kroll
International Trade & Transport Agents | 1st Floor, Unit 20, Foreign Airlines Cargo Terminal, OR Tambo Int. Airport JHB, RSA
Tel: 011-394-8621 
| Fax: 011-390-3122
       

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tallie

That is not true.  The part of the hold where the dogs are kept is the same temp as the cabin.  We have a rescue dog arriving tomorrow from Johannesburg on KLM

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Kayla

@K&U I think Animal Travel Services is different. My quote from them is from Cape Town to Canada. They have been great to deal with, and can also provide you with the airline approved crates too. They fly them with KLM, and the dogs stop over at the animal hotel along the way to stretch their legs. 

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K&U

Thanks @Kayla! Yes, you are right! Did some research - there are about 3 companies called Animal Travel ...

Hope to find the right company ASAP. Just need to finalise the issue of whether or not Jakes can fly through Toronto. But will probably fly him through another aiport, just to be safe. He is a Staffie cross and I am receiving mixed messages whether or not he can transit through Toronto

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Kayla

Definitely give them a call and ask them @K&U. Their number is: +27-21 934 9556

I dealt with Dominyc, she was very helpful. Hope you get all sorted. 

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Stefolive
On 1/24/2018 at 4:58 PM, K&U said:

Thanks @Kayla! Yes, you are right! Did some research - there are about 3 companies called Animal Travel ...

Hope to find the right company ASAP. Just need to finalise the issue of whether or not Jakes can fly through Toronto. But will probably fly him through another aiport, just to be safe. He is a Staffie cross and I am receiving mixed messages whether or not he can transit through Toronto

@Kayla what company did you use for your dog and if i may ask how much did you pay?

 

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Kayla

I used Animal Travel Services to fly my miniature schnauzer from Cape Town to Victoria. I went for a door to door option. Which meant that one of their partner travel companies cleared her at customs in Vancouver on our behalf and then flew her to Victoria (and drove her to Our AirBnb). All in all it cost around R20 000. That included the crate too. She flew KLM via Amsterdam, so had a stopover and walk about at the Pet hotel there. 

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Ruan123

Hi

Which airline allows your dog to fly with you in the cabin in his crate ?

Where can I get prices, crates etc?

 

Thank you!

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