Moving Cat from UK to Germany

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There were a few topics on this but they all seem very old and regulations may well have changed.

 

I am hoping to be able to move my cat from the UK (Southampton) to Germany (Singen) in January and I wanted to get advice form anyone who might have made a move in the same direction with a pet. I seem to get conflicting information regarding whether it is possible to bring a cat on a flight leaving the UK, so if anyone has done this and can recommend an airline and route I would greatly appreciate it! I can get information on what vaccines, paperwork, etc are needed online, but not airlines, prices, routes, etc.

 

For example, is it possible to have a pet in the cabin in its carrier when leaving the UK (I have heard the UK are stupidly strict with this)? If so, which airlines? Is this typically cheaper than the cargo? Is there anything you felt didn't go well that you could advise me to look out for?

 

My company initially said they would look after the relocation of my belongings and pets, but now it seems I'm not getting as much support on the pet side of things, so hence my need for advice.

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If you Google ( Airlines Europe pets in cabin), you will find  quite a bit of information.  BA only allows service animals in cabin, but it seems Aer Lingus will allow it. So  you may have to search each airline and check their policy.

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Cheers for the speedy replies guys.

 

RM, the trouble is the UK seems to make it more difficult, so the Europe search won't be specific enough. An old post from seven years ago suggested Lufthansa so I'm starting with them.

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2 minutes ago, cjmason said:

 suggested Lufthansa so I'm starting with them.

 

Ein Hund oder eine Katze darf in einer selbst mitgeführten Box (Maximalmaße: 55 x 40 x 23 cm, wasserundurchlässig, bissfest) in der Kabine transportiert werden (max. Gewicht Tier + Box: acht Kilogramm). In der Kabine dürfen ausschließlich Hunde und Katzen transportiert werden, die Mitnahme anderer Tiere ist nicht möglich.

 

Cat or dog in up to 55 x 40 x 23 cm box and total weight of up to 8 Kgs is allowed in the Cabin.

 

Full policy (in german): http://www.lufthansa.com/mediapool/pdf/00/media_1208737900.pdf

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None of the cheap airlines ie; Ryanair, Easy jet carry pets, most major airlines carry pets subject to their T&C and you will have to fly from either Heathrow or Gatwick.

 

I know this might not be an option but the easiest and least stressful in my opinion is with the Eurotunnel and driving. Pets must stay in the car and are only charged £18.00 each way for a 35 minute journey.

 

 

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 I have had friends who have travelled with pets in cargo hold ( from South Africa to UK, from UK to Canada) and the pets have been fine . The staff were great, and pets were fine.

But, I understand your concern and wish to keep your pet close at hand.  I asked where Singen was, as I also thought train/driving might be your best option.

 

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In Baden Wurttemberg, near Konstanz.

 

I was using similar but not the same terms and I was only getting hits from pre 2009 with any hyperlinks no longer working.

 

I was anticipating flying from Heathrow anyway, as few operators fly from the smaller south east airports to BW or Zurich. Probably Heathrow to Stuttgart as I don't want to have to have to consider importing to Switzerland and then Germany!

 

Eurotunnel is not a bad shout, I'm trying to weigh up which would be more stressful to her. I thought a flight would be due to shorter travel time and she wouldn't know she'd be flying, but travel to Heathrow and from Stuttgart makes it almost as long.

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It's not even keeping her close to hand, I just thought it would be cheaper to have her in the cabin as they don't need a specialised area and person with her (and other animals) and far less hassle when not needing to hand her over and collect her on either end.

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I would consider hiring a car from Stuttgart -> Singen.  I'm not sure what the rules are about a cat on a train but it'd probably be faster and more comfortable with a car.  There are some shuttle services in the area but I'm guessing it'd be way cheaper to rent than use these service.

 

Welcome to the area!

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Not sure if you're allowed to enter Germany with an animal anywhere other than Frankfurt...

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Lufthansa allow it and it would be following normal EU rules, but they would need me to fly Heathrow to Stuttgart via Frankfurt as you have suggested. They suggested I contact Eurowings to see if I can fly direct to Stuttgart with a cat.

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Cats are allowed on the train in a  normal cat box.    Kitty had a cat harness  and a leash on  in the box.

Stuttgart arrival :  U-bahn to mainstation   and then 2 hours train ride  to Singen

Frankfurt arrival: Train station adjacent to airport (Frankfurt flughafen) 4 hours to Singen,   both with train changes.

 

Rental car  is a good idea -  can compare price to train tickets here:

 

https://www.bahn.de/p/view/angebot/index.shtml?dbkanal_007=L01_S01_D001_KIN0004_top-navi_berater_LZ01

 

Longest we have done is 2.5  hours with cat lightly sedated.   Can't remember if cat needed a child's train  ticket. 

Try to avoid heavy travel times like Friday or Sunday evenings and note that Jan 6-8 is a long weekend so lots of people on train.

 

Good question about where one can fly into  Germany,  Perhaps  within  EU is  easier ?

 

Ours have an EU chip and are registered with Tasso ( for free) with  contact details in Germany. Perhaps you could give phone number of Pet Clinic in Singen  and then update data once you have a phone here?    Peace  of mind if somehow cat gets lost.

 

Good luck!

 

 

 

 

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In the end I will be flying from Heathrow to Zurich with Swissair, I heard recently from a colleague who made the journey from Manchester to Singen via Zurich with two cats (one in hold and one in cabin) that this was no problem for her (apart from carrying two cats and luggage!).

 

SBB and DB are both fine with pets, as long as they can be stored in a non-obstructive manner and do not stink. (If you travel with a dog over a certain size you may need to pay a half fare though.)

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I recently moved our cat from Weymouth to Germany.

i came across on the ferry from Dover, and the cat just sat on my lap the whole way. She had to stay in the van for the crossing. 

No paper work was asked for or checked in relation to the cat, but I did pay a £30 charge on DFDS ferries for the privilege. 

To be safe though, you can always get a pet passport from your local vet. This doesn't take any time at all, but for no obvious reason (given the UK is rabies free) it involves giving your cat a rabies vaccination.  

 

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