…in my case – for Prince Sebastian, the 1 year old and 2month old shih tzu we have.
You must have been wondering how on Earth do we transport a dog from one island in the Philippines to the other judging from several trips we have had in the past. For a dog who is even less than 5 kilos, Basti requires so little to travel. I am not really sure how it is with larger breeds but so far, Basti has been travelling by sea and not on airplanes – yet. Should you wish to travel with your pet by sea anywhere else in the Philippines regardless of on any day of the year, even on Mauritius holidays, this is what is required:
1. A travel permit for your pet at the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Bureau of Animals Industry (BIA) at the Animal Health Division (AHD). In Cebu, it is located at the back of Pier 3. In Cagayan de Oro, the Bureau is located at the port area in Puntod.
2. Bring with you your pet’s medical or health certificate. Or his health book from the Vet. Must state that animal has had his anti-rabies shot and all of his recent shots.
3. Secured permit must not be more than 10 days prior to shipment.
4. Information needed to fill out to acquire permit:
Name of Pet
Now when the grouchy guy from the Bureau gives you the permit (usually expires after 3 days), this is what you need to show at the pier. There is no need to check in 5 hours before departure – you can pretty much check in together. Provided that your pet is caged or inside his crate, you check in at the counter and show your permit. Rates when travelling with pets in different shipping lines in the Philippines:
- Cebu Ferries/Superferry charge P150 for checked in carriers,
- P450 for Trans Asia and
- free of charge for Sulpicio Lines.
Note: For aircraft travelling with pets, Pets accepted as baggage are assessed a fee equivalent to actual gross weight multiplied by the prevailing excess baggage rate. Find out more on how to travel with live animals here. To call the Bureau of Animal Industry in Cebu, their phone number is (032) 2535464.