The coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, claiming lives, affecting businesses, and making travel difficult around the globe. As a result, animals lovers are particularly anxious about flying with pets amid the crisis. As the world deals with the 2019-nCoV strain, find out the facts about traveling with your furry family members.
What to know about traveling with pets during coronavirus outbreak
The first question owners likely have is, “Can my pet contract the new coronavirus strain?” Thankfully, the answer appears to be no—for now.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is currently “no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus.” So, unless the situation evolves, don’t worry too much about flying with pets.
As a general health rule, WHO recommends always washing your hands with soap and water after coming in contact with a pet. This helps protect people from getting common bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella.
Here are a few other guidelines owners should follow when traveling with animals.
HEALTH Guidelines for Flying with animals
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has several recommendations for pet health and safety. First, a stop at the vet’s office is a must. Depending on your destination, certain countries have special requirements around blood tests, vaccinations, and microchip IDs. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a helpful online tool for finding out what your pet may need before flying.
Additionally, returning to the U.S. from abroad comes with its own requirements.The CDC has various guidelines around dogs, cats, and other animals entering the country, while some states and cities have their own restrictions. Be sure to do your research ahead of time before traveling with pets.
Commercial passengers should also account for their airline’s restrictions. Some allow pets in the cabin if they meet certain health and immunization requirements, while others require animals to travel in a cargo hold. Always consult with a vet first to find the best approach for your pet.
Another option is private jet travel, which provides pet owners with more flexibility and freedom. Going private with a company like Magellan Jets makes flying with pets hassle-free, as they’ll be right by your side. Plus, Magellan’s Private Aviation Consultants will find the perfect aircraft for you and your pet. Expect some pampering onboard with treats too.
Travel with pets worry-free and get a quote from Magellan Jets, or call 877-550-5387 for more information.