Autumn makes Aliyah: Part 2

Look at all the work I needed to do and that I was able to complete. 

Preparation before the flight: Checking off the pre aliyah checklist. 

NBN gives you a pre aliyah checklist for those making aliyah with their dog from the US. If your from another country your requirements may be different But below are mine. Man was it overwhelming at first. 

Health Certificate-this is done at your vet. they do a check up and fill out the form. At my vet the check up was $86 and for them to fill out the form was over $100. 

USDA Certified vets/CFIA certified vets-after I drove to Sacramento to my local USDA office. They checked the paperwork the vet submitted, including the rabies vaccine, tither test, microchip, and health ceritifcate. for them to endorse all this they charged me $121. If the rabies wasn’t involved it would’ve been $38. Smh my dog is expensive…but she is all done. 

EL AL-Impt info that I used to dot my i’s and cross my t’s. 

Pre-Aliyah Checklist

  • Health Requirements: 
    • Rabies Vaccination: Admin w/in 1 year but no less than a month prior to arrival 
      • My plan: Aliyah in December 2016—Rabies Vaccine done in June/July I did this due to fear of a reaction of IMHA)
      • Rabies Serological (Titer Test) is done after the Rabbies vaccine. This test measures he levels of rabies antibodies in your fur baby. 
        • Positive results are required prior to the completion of the health certificate. 
        • The results of the test must be obtained from an authorized laboratory. They need to show that your pet is responding to the rabies vaccine and that it is producing a sufficient level of antibodies.
        • Obtaining the results of the rabies serological test may take anywhere from 1-3 months depending on the lab in your area.
        • If your pet fails the test, another rabies vaccine will need to be administered and your pet will need to be retested a month later.
        • Once your pet has passed the Rabies serological test it is good for life if you have the results officially documented.
      • After receiving the vaccine get a copy of International Certificate of Rabies Vaccine issued by your veterinarian. 
      • Confirm how to obtain endorsement with your regional USDA/CFIA Branch ahead.  Make appointment if necessary 
        • David Ewey, Director
        • 916‐854‐3960
        • 10365 Old Placerville Rd, Suite 210 Sacramento, CA 95827
  • MicroChip/Electronic Chip Requirements (I used this site) I bought it on July 21, Wednesday and received it in earl August—-
    • Regulations require that the chip transmits on a frequency of 134.2 Kilohertz and can be read with a chip reader that conforms to the provisions of the ISO standard No. 11784 or of Annex A of ISO Standard 11785.
      • If the chip does not conform to these standards, the importer or the importer’s representative is required to be in possession of another means to read it. This is not the standard chip used in the United States.
      • Before getting your pet chipped, verify that your veterinarian is implanting the correct model. If not, you may be required to have your pet chipped again within five days of arriving in Israel.
      • If your vet does not carry them, ask if he/she can order it, or if he/she would be comfortable implanting the chip if you order it online. The chip is available for purchase on some pet websites.
    • At least a week prior to your pet’s flight (earlier is better)
  • Kennel Restrictions
  • Cost of Flying with Pets
    • The cost of carrying a pet is based on the weight of the animal + carrying container + its food

•Prices apply to animals accompanying a passenger on the same flight

•Payment can be made at the EL AL cash desk at the airport or at any EL AL branch

•The payment for carrying pets is made separately.  In other words, it is not included as part of the permitted baggage allowance

•If there any connection flights with other airlines, payment must be arranged directly with the other airline

For an animal weighing up to 8 kg. – $100 in each direction.

For an animal weighing from 9-50 kg. – $200 in each direction.

For an animal weighing from 51-100 kg. – $400 in each direction.

Animals weighing over 100 kg. will be handled by EL AL Cargo (03-9716679).

Procedure for booking flights for animals

•All requests to carry animals accompanied by passengers in the cabin must be submitted to EL AL’s Reservations office, indicating the pet’s weight including its container and the container’s dimensions

•The Service Call Center will confirm receipt of the booking to the relevant travel agency

Required Documents

•All animals approved for carriage must have vaccination certificates and entry permits from the relevant authorities in transit and final destinations

•Carriage of animals to Israel:  dogs, cats and birds (more than 2 of each kind) and other animals, arriving with or without their owners, must have a veterinary import permit, issued by the head of the Veterinary Service

•Address: Ministry of Agriculture, POB B-12, Beit Dagan 50250, Israel

•Telephone: +972-3-9688986

•Fax: +972-3-9688963

•Ministry of Agriculture website: Veterinary Services Unit or the quarantine station in Ramla, address:  POB 63, Ramla, Israel; Fax:+972-3-9229906

•A written request for these permits, together with a valid check (rates are subject to change), must be sent no later than 10 days before the planned flight date for the animal

•The request must include:  the type of animal, sex, species, age, information about arrival in Israel, country of origin, other details

•Dogs, cats and birds (up to 2 of each type), accompanied by their owners in whose possession they have been overseas for at least 90 days, will be exempt from the need for an Israeli veterinary permit, but they must have a vaccination certificate and a health passport issued by a government veterinary official in the country of origin, declaring that the animal is healthy and free of infections or infectious diseases.  In addition, the certificate must indicate that the dog/ cat has been vaccinated against rabies, no more than one year and no less than one month before the date of arrival in Israel.  Dogs and cats under the vaccination age (three months) are not permitted to enter Israel

•When flying with animals from Israel, it is the passenger’s responsibility to ascertain the relevant documents and certificates required in transit and final destinations

Acceptance and hand ling

•The animal (pet) must be carried in a strong, closed container, purchased by its owners and approved by an EL AL representative

•The animal must not emit any bad odors

Flight Kennel preparations:

•Make sure your Flight kennel is marked according to instructions. The kennel must be recognizable for the airline staff as well as ground handlers and/or any other operator at the airports. The pet’s name, flight number, your name and phone numbers should be attached to the kennel throughout the journey.

•Remember to bring security seals in order to secure the kennel once entering the airport.

•Make sure that the kennel is clean and contains all the items your pet will need or want during the flight: Diaper, a bottle of water, a blanket or a toy etc.

•Make sure that the kennel does not contain food remainders, sharp objects or the leash.

•In case your traveling with a cat, make sure that the kennel wheels are not attached to the Flight kennel (if so, make sure you detach them before you reach the airport).

Pet Flight Documentations:

Make sure you bring all the forms necessary and that they are accessible:

•Imports/exports certifications (Import Permit, USDA etc.) and health certificates.

•Pet Passport (when traveling to/from or domestically in Europe)

•Vaccination booklet / records.

Preparing your pet for the flight:

•Do not feed your pet prior to the flight (feed him/her maximum 4 hours before the flight)

•Try to encourage your pet to drink as much as possible during the date of the flight.

•Dog owners, it is highly advised to take the dog for a very long relaxing walk before leaving towards the airport.

•Refrain from tranquilizers and all sorts of drugs that might calm your pet or put it to sleep unless a flight veterinarian advises otherwise.

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