Hey /an/, I don't come here much but I had a question.
I'll soon find myself moving from Philadelphia to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Along with me I'll be bringing my cockatiel.
What are some guidelines on getting my bird ready for travel to a new country? Also, which airlines allow pets (preferably in the cabin, unless it's a better idea not to)? I don't have to leave from Philly per se, as long as I get on an airline that allows birds on board.
So I'm pretty autistic about this whole thing because this bird is literally all I have ever cared about and I want to make sure she is safe.
Pic related, my bby.
Well importing cockatiels is illegal in some countries because they're worried you're capturing them wild from Australia. So the first step would be to determine if you can get your bird through customs.
There might be a quarantine issue if they are allowed. Parrots carry psittacosis which is transmissible to humans.
Carrying the bird in the cabin is the best thing. I don't know if you can though. I remember reading a book about Alex the African Grey parrot by Irene Pepperburg. She said she had to do special paperwork to be able to carry it in the cabin. She said that because the animal was part of a science experiment she was technically allowed to carry it in the cabin.
If you do get to carry her in the cabin then you'll probably need a small cage. It be sure to have toys and food for her. It won't be pleasant being cooped up in the cage but having her with you is better than in the cargo.
So the most important things for you are to get official information from the country and official information from the airline.
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Dutchfag from Amsterdam area here. I also have cockatiels. Don't know how importing birds from the U.S. works. Tried reading into it for you OP, but couldn't find much info in the short time I have.
I do know that Cites is an important aspect (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora). Found this in a Dutch forum. If your bird is on the Cites 1 list (endangered) you're pretty much fucked and import is difficult and only possible via in terms recognised breeders.
This is however not the case for cockatiels.
Found this on a site:
The only parrots (psittacine birds) that are not listed in CITES appendices, and thus do not require CITES permits, are the:
peach-faced lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis),budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus)cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus)ring-necked parakeet (Psittacula krameri).
This might not answer your question entirely, but its a start I guess.
I found this for you OP. Seems you just need proper documentation that your bird is healthy from your vet before bringing him along. You'll want to contact customs officials, you can probably get info through an embassy, so that you have a guarantee rather than just trusting the web.
The main thing is the flight. You want them in the cabin with you, but the number of pets allowed in cabin at a time can be limited. You will want to book your flight with confirmation of pet in cabin well in advance. Actually call the airlines while making the reservation so you can talk to someone and make sure that you're good. If one flight is full as far as allocated animal space then they can find a different one for you.
Good luck OP!