Pet Transportation

Air Moldova accepts for transportation only dogs and cats and only with prior agreement of the air company. Pets are carried in special cages only in the aircraft cabin.

Air Moldova doesn’t accept for transportation big animals in the aircraft cabin.

Pet Transportation

Pets are not accepted for transportation on Air Moldova flights to/ from Great Britain, Ireland, Portugal and United Arab Emirates  due to restrictive local legislation and conditions.

The passenger shall declare to the ticket sales agent his/her intention to transport pets when buying the ticket. The animal weight and weight of the cage and of their meal are not included in the standard free of charge baggage transportation. It is applied a fee of 40 euro for transportation of the pets. Allowed weight of the cage shall not exceed 8 kg, and the total size shall be of 115 cm (25 x 40 x 50).

Acceptance for transportation of pets is done only with the condition that the passenger assumes full responsibility for them signing a special declaration at departure. The air company shall not be liable for injury, loss, or death of the transported pet, as well as non-acceptance to transport to the destination point or through the transit point to the destination point.

If the passenger intends to transport the above mentioned pets:

1. He/she shall provide the following documents and comply with the following condition:

  • Pet passport
  • Health certificate
  • Vaccination certificate
  • Export / import / transit permit
  • Animal shall have an electronic identification system (transponder) or a visible tattoo.

    Traveling with pets to EU countries


    Passengers, traveling with their pets to EU countries from a non-EU country, shall fulfill the EU requirements for pets transportation in accordance with Regulation EC Nr.998/2003, which includes:

    • Identification: The animal shall be identified by an electronic identification system, a microchip complying with ISO standard 11784 or be readable by a reading device compliant with ISO standard 11785. If the microchip is not complying, the owner/authorized person shall provide the means necessary for reading that microchip at time of any verification. The identification shall be performed before the anti-rabies vaccination.
    • Health Certificate and Declaration, model compliant with Annex IV, EU Regulation nr: 577/2013: The animal shall be accompanied by a veterinary certificate issued by an official veterinarian, authorized by the competent authority of the country, or by an EU type passport in the case of a re-entry of the pet in EU, which will certify the anti-rabies vaccination or revaccination in compliance with this regulation. The health certificate is considered valid for 10 days from the date of the issue. The certificate must also be accompanied by a declaration statement signed by the owner (model compliant with Annex IV, sections A and B, EU Regulation No 577/2013) confirming that the movement of the animal is of a non-commercial nature.
    • Anti-rabies Vaccination: The pet animal must have undergone anti-rabies vaccination no more than 1 year and no less than 30 days prior to arrival. It also must have undergone a blood test to determine the antibody titration confirming the efficiency of anti-rabies vaccination. This test can be carried out at least 30 days after vaccination and 3 months before the journey, in one of the authorized EU laboratory. The pet can travel to EU only if the result of the rabies antibody level test is at least 0,5 IU/ml. Details about EU authorized laboratories can be found: http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/approval_en.htm

      Note: The three months period shall not apply for the re-entry of a pet animal in EU, whose passport certifies that vaccination and titration was carried before the animal left the territory of EU.
    • Pets that have not undergone the anti-rabies vaccination and a rabies titer blood test and which are less than 7 months old will not be accepted for transportation.
    • If the animal fails to meet the entry requirements of EU, the animal may be confiscated by the Border Veterinary Service and immediately returned to its country of origin at the expense of the owner who has brought the animal to EU.
    • Certain dog/cat breeds may be declared dangerous or even forbidden for import to certain countries of EU, therefore it is recommended that a passenger shall consult the legislation with regard to the list of forbidden animal breeds before travelling with a pet to EU.
    • For additional information concerning Non-Commercial Movement of pets to EU countries can be found: http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/nocomm_third_en.print.htm
    • PETs travelling to Switzerland (airport of Geneva): All above mentioned EU requirements for pet transportation shall be followed. Additionally, the passenger, who intends to travel or re-enter with an animal to Switzerland will have to apply for an import permit from the Swiss Federal Veterinary Office (FSVO). The application shall be sent to FSVO by mail: infobew@blv.admin.ch, at least 3 weeks before the travel. The application form available here.

      Details regarding importing cats and dogs to Switzerland can be found on FSVO web site: https://www.blv.admin.ch/blv/en/home.html.

      In general, it is prohibited to import to Switzerland dogs with docked ears and/or cropped tail.

    Traveling with pets to Israel / TLV airport:
    • Importing and/or bringing pets to Israel is conditional on approval from the Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture. The owner must send a notification containing the name of the owner, animal breed, flight number (Annex B from attached below “Information Sheet”) and copies of the veterinary health certificates of the animal to the Veterinary Services of Ben Gurion Airport /Tel Aviv by mail: vs-airport@moag.gov.il, at least 2 working days before the departure. Veterinary Services of Ben Gurion Airport / Tel Aviv , contact: +972 39792240
    • Animal shall be accompanied by a veterinary health certificate issued not more that 10 days prior departure, signed by a government veterinarian of the country of origin. The health certificate shall follow the certificate model from Annex A, of the “Information Sheet”, attached below. The certificate shall be also accompanied by the declaration of the owner that the animal was in their possession during the last 90 days before the journey (annex C from attached below “Information Sheet”).
    • Animal health conditions applicable to the non-commercial movement of animals to Israel:
      1. Animal must be healthy, without signs of contagious diseases, and the veterinarian shall confirm it in the health certificate.
      2. Animal must be identified with an electronic chip that transmits on a frequency of 134.2 KH (kilohertz), complying with ISO standard 11784 or be readable by a reading device compliant with ISO standard 11785.
      3. Animal must be vaccinated against rabies no more than 1 year and no less 30 days prior to arrival in Israel.
      4. Animal must have undergone blood test not less 30 days after vaccination in an OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) approved laboratory, which states that the neutralizing antibody titer is equal to or greater than 0,5 IU//ml
      5. Animal shall be older than 4 months old upon arrival to Israel.
    • “Information Sheet” with all details on guidelines regarding importing cats and dogs to Israel (with all annexes), available here.
    • Certain dog/cat breeds may be declared dangerous or even forbidden for import, therefore it is recommended that a passenger shall consult the legislation with regard to the list of forbidden animal breeds before travelling with a pet to Israel.
    • If all above conditions are not followed, the animal may be refused for transport or entry to Israel, placed in quarantine and/or returned back to country of origin at the expenses of the owner.

2. Shall take into account the following conditions:

The animal:

  • shall be clean, healthy, harmless;
  • shall not be pregnant;
  • shall not annoy passengers;
  • shall be booked at least with 24 hours before the flight departure with a special code PETC, its weight and size;
  • shall have a suitable cage, i.e. the animal can stay in a natural position, turn around and lie down (except guide dogs);
  • shall be transported in the cabin only and never in the hold.

The cage:

  • shall not be placed on the seat;
  • the maximum weight of the pet, including the cage shall not be more than 8 kg;
  • the maximum sum of dimensions shall not be more than 115 cm (25 x 40 x 50);
  • shall be procured by the passenger;
  • shall be well ventilated, securely fastened and made of a strong material that is leak-proof and cannot be easily destroyed by the animal inside it. Cardboard cat boxes are NOT suitable for air transport.
  • it is important for the passenger to purchase the right sized cage for the animal, according to the following indications:

Guide animals are: service animals that accompany a passenger with reduced mobility, especially persons with hearing impairment. Passengers travelling accompanied by guide dogs shall notify us thereon upon booking. Passengers travelling accompanied by guide dogs are accepted on the board free of charge taking into account the following conditions:

  • Their weight and seize can be restricted depending on the type of the aircraft;
  • The passenger shall hold a certificate that proves the status "guide animal";
  • They are not allowed to move around the aircraft;
  • They do not occupy a seat;
  • They are not carried in cages;
  • They shall be muzzled and have a lead;

In case you intend to transport pets, it is recommended to contact Chisinau Airport veterinary service before the flight: + 373 22 52-54-89