If you have an emotional support pet, or if you simply do not want to leave your fluffy companion at home while traveling to India, there are a couple of important things that you should know.
Flying with a pet
Before you go ahead and make your flight reservation, you should take your pet to the vet to make sure that it is fit enough to travel. You must consider the fact that flying can be rather stressful and that, once you get to your destination, you might have to take a day off so that your pet can recover from the fatigue and jet lag.
Once you are confident that your companion is healthy enough to travel, it is time to look for a pet-friendly airline. As expected, not all flight companies are. For instance, SpiceJet, Vistara, Air India and Jet Airways allow for pets on board, while AirAsia and IndiGo do not.
All pets that are allowed on airplanes have to be vaccinated against Rabies and they have to have a health certificate, a DGFT license, and a NOC certificate. Pregnant pets and those with baby offspring are not allowed on airplanes.
What is more, some companies do not allow customers to fly with aggressive breeds or crossbred animals. Similarly, some companies are against customers taking their pets in the cabin. Most of them require pets to fly as additional baggage or in cargo.
To avoid any unfortunate events that might interfere with your ability to fly to this country, you have to check the regulations that the company that you have selected imposes.
Traveling on trains with pets
One of the cheapest ways to travel in India is via train. Currently, Indian Railways only has policies regarding traveling with dogs. However, other pets can also be transported on trains.
One thing you should know is that you can keep your pet near you when traveling first class. Still, if other passengers complain about your pet, you might be asked to agree to have your pet transported to the luggage car. If you don’t plan to travel first class, you will be required to keep the pet in the luggage car.
Keep in mind that, at all times, you have to ensure that your pet is fed and given water. You can find a large variety of food for cats online. So, be sure to pre-pack all the necessary food before you leave the country.
Pets on buses and cars
Traveling with a pet on a state-run bus can be problematic, as no legislation regarding the transportation of pets exist. Also, on buses, there is significantly less space available for you to travel with your pet, and this can turn into a nuisance.
One of the best ways of transportation you can choose as a pet owner is a car. However, it should be said that, in India, traveling with a pet is not common. So, it is recommended that you keep all the documents that prove that you own the pet close by, in case you are asked to present them.
Plus, you should never leave your travel companion in the car for a long time while the window panes are rolled up, as this might cause distress to the pet.
Not all hotels in India accept travelers who are accompanied by pets. Some estimate that there are around 500 such hotels and resorts that have pet-friendly policies. In some cases, you might be required to pay extra if you bring your pet with you.
Therefore, before you make any reservations you have to do the necessary research and find out if the resort that you have selected accepts pets.