Want to travel with your four-legged friend? First, check your airline’s terms and conditions and the European Union requirements for travelling with pets. Don’t forget to look up the requirements of your country of destination too, especially if it is not a Member State of the EU.
- Please note that not all airlines allow their passengers to carry pets. Before purchasing tickets, consult the airline you are planning to fly with.
- Different airlines have different terms and condition for travelling with pets. These apply to the carriage of pets in the aircraft cabin, travel restrictions for certain breeds of dogs, requirements for transport containers, and other details. Before making the decision to travel with your pet or to send an unaccompanied pet onboard an aircraft, please make sure you’ve read the airline's terms and conditions on its website or confirmed the details by calling the airline. Contact details of airlines operating at the Riga Airport are available HERE.
- Transportation of pets involves various documentation – a European pet passport or other documents depending on the species of pet and the requirements for transport. Pets are only accepted for transportation if they have received a number of vaccinations, and the pet must be identifiable by a microchip or other means, depending on the species of the animal.
- You’ll find the requirements for travelling with pets in the European Union are available on the website of the Food and Veterinary Service. Please make sure that you are aware of the relevant entry requirements for pets in your destination country well before you book your flight. To do this, get in touch with the country's diplomatic mission.
- Keep in mind that the unfamiliar, noisy and crowded environment of the Airport is very stressful for pets, and they may become overwhelmed. For the safety of your pet and the people around you, the pet must be kept in a transport container or bag both while at the Airport and during the flight. The container must be commensurate with the height of the pet, well ventilated, and waterproof. It is important to make sure that the pet cannot escape from the bag or container.
- During the security check, the pet must be removed from its transport container/bag.
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Tips from a vet: how to prepare your pet for a trip?
Regardless of whether you are accompanied by your pet, going on a trip usually involves a certain level of stress. However, flying is an incredibly stressful experience for our furry friends, especially if it is their first travelling experience. To make the journey as smooth as possible, you need to start preparing for the trip well in advance. These guidelines on how to prepare your pet for travel have been developed in collaboration with veterinarian Dr. Lelde Mencendorfa.*
We hope you and your pet have a pleasant journey!
*These guidelines are for information purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice.