Come on board with PetAir
You have always dreamt of a trip to South Africa, but you don't want to leave your beloved pet at home? No problem, with PetAir you have the opportunity to fly to South Africa with your pet. We offer you cross-haul flights to Johannesburg, Namibia, Cape Town and Nairobi. Our partner airline Lufthansa is just as careful in dealing with people and animals as we are. We therefore accompany you on your cross-country flight to South Africa from check-in to the destination airport in South Africa.
The most important thing? Your animal travels safely and arrives safely at its destination in South Africa. Whether Namibia, Cape Town, Nairobi or Johannesburg - on the cross-country flight to South Africa or back to Frankfurt, your pet's health is our top priority.
PetAir is your global expert for safe animal transport around the globe. Every animal, whether dog, cat, mouse and co., arrives safely and unharmed at the desired destination and back on our national and international long-distance flights. In doing so, we make sure that your animal experiences as little stress and as much comfort as possible. Entrust us with the journey of your beloved pet to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Nairobi or Namibia. Book cross-country flights with PetAir and discover South Africa together!
> Are your pet's vaccinations (especially rabies) regular and up to date?
> Do you have a positive blood test for rabies antibodies in your animal?
> Has your dog/cat been microchipped?
> Do you have a European pet passport for your animal?
> Have you already booked a flight for your pet? Is it a direct flight?
> Can you bring your pet into the passenger cabin? Is there a special carry bag or cargo box?
> Have you applied for an import permit for your pet at the Veterinary Office in South Africa?
> Have you received the vet import permit for animals?
> Have you taken your animal to the official veterinarian?
.. No more than 3 days prior to the flight!
> Have you prepared the bag for the transport?
.. dog waste bags or similar, (fleece) blanket, water & food bowl and everything else!
> Did you check in on time?
.. 3 hours before departure is ideal!
> Do you have the import permit from the veterinary office and the pet ID card ready at hand?
.. Important for immigration and customs!
> Have you planned a visit to the veterinary office in South Africa (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Nairobi, Namibia)?
What you should know before you travel to South Africa
What should you consider if you want to travel to South Africa with your pet?
In order to be allowed to travel to cities in South Africa (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Namibia, Nairobi) with your pet, you need an import permit. This can be requested from an appropriate Director of Veterinary Services. Depending on your destination in South Africa, find out in advance which veterinary office is responsible.
You must also present an international health certificate to the veterinary authority upon arrival in South Africa, certifying that your animal is healthy, free of parasites and has all the necessary vaccinations. When vaccinating against rabies, care must be taken to ensure that it was carried out at least 30 days before entering Namibia, Nairobi, Johannesburg or Cape Town and was not older than eleven months. Make sure that your animal's health certificate is not older than three days at the time of entry.
Why travel to the different cities of South Africa?
Immerse yourself in a completely different world! The continent of Africa invites you to an adventure with breathtaking landscapes, vast savannas and a fascinating animal world: Discover the different facets of South Africa with your pet: In Johannesburg, Cape Town, Nairobi and Namibia, contrasting aspects such as modern sections mixed with untouched nature.
With around 60 million inhabitants, South Africa is a place full of culture, tradition and nature. The best time to travel is between May and September. It is a comfortable 24°C, which is particularly beneficial for active travelers who want to explore the individual cities of South Africa. An exciting safari or extensive hikes with your pet through the beautiful landscapes of South Africa are ideal in this climate - not too hot, full water bodies and only rarely rainy days.
If you plan to explore Johannesburg, Cape Town, Nairobi and Namibia by car, remember that South Africa drives on the left. It is recommended not to drive at night as many local wildlife are nocturnal and often run across roads at night.
Which animals are native to South Africa?
There are numerous national parks in South Africa and the surrounding area where you can observe the native wild animals in their natural environment. A recommendation is the Etosha National Park, which every animal lover should visit.
Open and wide areas of land and savannas allow you to observe the animals undisturbed. South Africa has the largest cheetah population in the world. Here you can also experience giants such as giraffes and elephants up close. Lions, zebras and various species of antelope (impala and oryx) may also cross your path. Jackals and black rhinos are also native to South Africa. The latter are threatened with extinction.
Are you and your pet about to move within the EU? Or are you making your long-awaited trip to New Zealand a reality? Whether you want to take your pet on holiday or even emigrate to a foreign country - PetAir is at your side with professional animal transport. So that your darling can travel safely with you everywhere!
If you are interested, you can use our online price request form to get a non-binding price proposal. We would be happy to make you an individual offer for the animal transport of your favorite animal.
Our inquiry form guides you step-by-step through individual questions that help us to prepare an offer. We will then contact you as soon as possible.
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