Live Animals

Move your pets and furry family members worry-free with us.


1. The acceptance of live animal’s shipment must be in accordance with the instructions in the IATA Live Animals Regulations (LAR) and PAL supplemented regulations, which are related to the kind of animal, type of aircraft, temperature at origin, enroute and destination.
2. The LAR covers acceptance standards, labeling, marking, general documentation and handling requirements which will be followed
3. The holds (compartments) of all aircraft are subject to temperature variations, we cannot give any guarantee to the shipper that specific temperature will be maintained.
4. Only animals, which appear to be in good health and condition and fit to travel to the final destination, shall be accepted for carriage. The shipper is required to declare when animals are pregnant or have given birth in the last 48 hours.

Advisory on Dogs for Carriage

If you are flying to the Philippines with your pet on Philippine Airlines, it is important to note that the airline has an embargo on brachycephalic or snub-nosed breeds. Brachycephalic breeds are more susceptible to over-heating during air transport because of their shortened snouts. Philippine Airlines will not fly your pet if they are one of the following breeds.


The list (including cross breeds) includes, but not limited to, the following:


Affenpinscher Cane Corso Mastiff (all breeds)
Alano Espanol / Spanish Alano / Spanish Bulldog Cavalier King Charles Norwich (Terrier)
American Bully Chihuahua (apple headed) Papillon
American Cocker Spaniel Chow Chow Pekingese
American Pitbull Coton De Tulear Pug (all breeds)
Australian Silky Dogue de Bordeaux Rottweiler
Bernese Dog English Toy Rusian Tsvetnaya
Bichon Frise French Bulldog Shar Pei
Biewer Terrier / Yorkie Griffon Bruxellois Shih Tzu
Boerboel Havanese Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Boston Terrier Japanese Chin Tibetan Spaniel
Boxer King Charles Spaniel Tosa
Brussels Griffon Lhasa Apso Valley Bulldog
Bulldog Malshi (Maltese and Shih Tzu) Yorkshire Terrier
Bullmastiff Maltese



United States / Guam Flights




Starting August 01, 2023, the temporary suspension for dogs entering the United States from high-risk countries for dog rabies has been extended. This includes dogs arriving from countries without high risk of rabies if the dogs have been in a high-risk country in the past 6 months.


The Philippines is included in the list of high-risk for rabies. These rules apply to all dogs, including puppies, and service dogs.


UPDATE: Beginning March 1, 2023, a valid CDC Rabies Vaccination and Microchip Record is needed to obtain a permit or make a reservation. CDC will NOT accept foreign-issued pet passports or any other certificates for foreign rabies vaccinations.

1. Dogs vaccinated against rabies in the United States by a US-licensed veterinarian may re-enter the United States from a high-risk country without a CDC Dog Import Permit if the dog:

2. Expired US-issued rabies vaccination certificates will not be accepted.  If the US-issued rabies vaccination certificate has expired, the dog must get a booster dose outside the United States and meet requirements for foreign-vaccinated dogs (see below).

3. Foreign-vaccinated dogs coming from high-risk countries are now required to use the CDC Rabies Vaccination and Microchip Record as proof of rabies vaccination.

Note: Use of this record is also encouraged for US-vaccinated dogs, though not required. Dogs entering the United States from high-risk countries are still required to meet all requirements of the temporary suspension (see


4. Three or more dogs coming from high-risk countries must arrive at specific ports of entry with a prior reservation at a CDC-approved animal care facility. All dogs must have a valid CDC Rabies Vaccination and Microchip Record and adequate rabies serologic titer or they will be required to complete a 28-day quarantine at the US animal care facility. This option is also available to importers of 1-2 dogs who do not have a CDC Dog Import Permit.


All dogs that have been in a high-risk country in the past 6 months may only enter arrive at one of the 18 airports in the US with a CDC quarantine station:

Anchorage (ANC), Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Detroit (DTW),Honolulu (HNL), Houston (IAH),Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), Minneapolis (MSP),New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Philadelphia (PHL),San Francisco (SFO), San Juan (SJU), Seattle (SEA), and Washington DC (IAD).


Dogs from high-risk countries may be imported only with CDC’s advance written approval (CDC Dog Import Permit),a reservation at a CDC-approved animal care facility, or a US-issued rabies vaccination certificate.  This includes dogs imported from a country NOT at high risk if the dogs have been in a high-risk country during the previous 6 months. CDC Dog Import Permit approvals may be granted for up to two foreign-vaccinated dogs per applicant during the temporary suspension. If your request for a CDC Dog Import Permit is denied, CDC’s written denial will constitute final agency action. No appeals will be allowed.


To request advance written approval, you must follow the instructions at How to Apply for a CDC Dog Import Permit at least 40 business days (8 weeks) before you intend for your dog to enter the United States. Requests cannot be made at the port of entry upon the dog’s arrival into the United States.


Dogs that arrive from high-risk countries without a valid US-issued rabies vaccination certificate, a CDC Dog Import Permit, or a reservation at a CDC-approved animal care facility will be denied entry and returned to the country of departure at the importer’s expense.


Learn more about how to apply for a CDC Dog Import Permit.


Learn more on Frequently Asked Questions on CDC Suspending Dogs from High-Risk Countries for Dog Rabies:



1. Packing must be clean, leakproof, and escape proof to allow safe handling during carriage.

2. The appropriate container type must be used as recommended by IATA LAR.

     **Note that young animals require extra space in containers. The height of their container should be

          approximately 50% greater than that of adults of the same species.

3. If applicable, an absorbent material shall be provided to absorb any liquid (drinking water and urine)

that would spill.



Container for Live Animals


Dogs/Cats (pets)


1. The container for dogs/cats should provide enough space for the animal to turn about normally while

standing, stand and sit erect, and to lie in a natural position.



Live Tropical Fish


1. The materials of the container must be water-resistant fiberboard, insulating material, plastic or wood,

expanded polystyrene or Styrofoam.


2. The outer container made of fiberboard, wood, wood products, or any plastic material, and purposebuilt

containers made of expanded polystyrene or Styrofoam must be of adequate strength.


3. Strong plastic (polyethylene) bag can be used as inner container. The bags are fastened by twisting

the top and folding the twisted part and sealed with elastic bands. Preferably each bag should be

placed in an outer bag of similar size to prevent water leakage.


4. The inner bag must be filled with water to approximately 1/3 of its capacity, while the remaining 2/3 of

the bag is to be filled with oxygen.