Here’s How You should Travel With Your Pets
Traveling with a pet can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it does require some planning and preparation to ensure that your pet is safe and comfortable throughout the journey. Here are some tips to help you travel with your pet.
We frequently postpone or abandon plans to go out, relax, and enjoy our own lives because we do not want to be away from our beloved pets. Massive panic episodes and worrying about whether our pet is being fed correctly makes the situation worse. However, if one brings their pet along with them to the chosen holiday destination, all of these annoyances may be avoided. If the correct procedures have been followed, it is difficult to believe but very much doable.
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Pet Friendly Accommodations
Determine which hotels allow pets before making a reservation. In India, there are several hotels, resorts, and homestays that allow pets. To mention a few, there are the Camp Della Resort in Lonavala, the Tree of Life Resort in Jaipur, Hotel Sarang Palace in Jaipur and the Vivanta by Taj in Kerala.
Even if your pet is traveling by rail, plane, or even sleeping in the most luxurious hotels, it doesn’t absolve you of your obligations as their owner. Throughout the journey, one must remain cautious regarding the health and comfort of their pet.
Bearing Pets in Train
The Indian Railways has specific guidelines for bringing pets aboard trains.
According to section 77-A of the Indian Railway Act, which is stated on the official website, indianrail.gov.in, an extra price of Rs 30 is required for bringing animals like dogs and birds into trains. The website also states that there would be a minimum fee of “Rs 10 per dog, charges being Prepaid” for transporting dogs in first class compartments. Chains and collars must be provided for the dogs. Owners are responsible for making their own preparations for the dog’s food and water needs when traveling. Dogs that are discovered to be unlocked would be charged six times the standard rate for luggage, with a minimum fee of Rs 50.
Dogs cannot, however, be transported on Indian Railways’ “ACC Sleeper Coaches,” “ACC Chair Car Coaches,” or “2nd Class Coaches.” If a dog is discovered to be being transported in violation of this law, it will be transferred immediately to the brake-van and charged six times the Luggage Scale Rate, with a minimum fee of Rs 50.”
One should, preferably, make sure that their pet does not end up bothering the other passengers while adhering to all the laws. A pet owner can treat their animal in this situation by providing it some toys or chews.
Bearing Pets in Flight
Make sure your pet is in good enough shape to fly before forcing him to. If so, choose a pet-friendly airline before booking a flight.
Pets are permitted on Air India, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, and Vistara but not on IndiGo and Air Asia.
Valid health and Rabies vaccination certificates, as well as the flight commander’s consent, are necessary in order to transport pets aboard airplanes.
For example, “the pet must be appropriately carried in soft ventilated bags/kennels in the prescribed dimensions (kennel size not to exceed 18″ x 18″ x 12″),” according to Air India. For carriage in the cabin, the weight of the pet, including the container, should not be more than 5 kg. According to its official website, “Pets of higher size / weight will be carried in the cargo hold.
Air India will allow a maximum of two pets each flight, but there will be an extra fee. There is a two-pet limit per trip, and the customer who is traveling with the pet will be accommodated in the last available row in the booked cabin class. The name of the pet will be written on a label that will be attached to the container. In the container, a moisture-absorbing mat must be put. According to the website, the pet dog must be properly muzzled and leashed.
On the other side, Jet Airways only allows birds and bunnies on its flights within India. “Book your pet as accompanied baggage for domestic flights at least 24 hours in advance. Live animals may only be transported in the cargo hold and not in the passenger cabin. Depending on available space, Jet Airways will accept a maximum of three pet containers on B737 aircraft and a maximum of five pet containers on A330 or B777 aircraft. “One guest can carry a maximum of three pet containers on domestic flights subject to space availability,” the airline’s website states.
Get a health certificate: Most airlines require a health certificate from a veterinarian stating that your pet is healthy and up-to-date on all vaccinations. Make sure to get this certificate well in advance of your trip.
For both you and your beloved friend, traveling with pets can be a beautiful and gratifying experience. To guarantee a stress-free and secure trip, it’s crucial to be aware of the legal prerequisites and restrictions for taking dogs along with you on the plane. Depending on your location, mode of transportation, and other elements, these needs may change. It’s crucial to think about your pet’s requirements and comfort while traveling, including the right paperwork, vaccinations, and accommodations. You may have a pleasant journey with your cherished pet by taking the essential measures and making advance plans.
Contributed by Sanal Pillai
Edited by Imtiaz Ullah