Can A Japanese Chin Travel On A Plane

Travel Requirements for Japanese Chin

A Japanese Chin is a small, lively and playful companion dog, originating in Japan which has charmed its way into the hearts of many people. If you’re planning to take your pup on a plane, it’s important to understand the regulations and how to keep your pup happy and safe during the journey.

Any animal traveling by air requires certain paperwork, vaccinations and some special considerations to ensure their safe arrival. Veterinarians often recommend that pets traveling in cargo be sedated to reduce anxiety. But if flight regulations permit, you may be able to bring your Japanese Chin with you in the cabin of the plane, as a carry-on or in their own crate, depending on their size.

The length of the flight may also have some bearing on regulations. Long-haul flights may require additional paperwork, such as a certificate of health or health report. Veterinary examinations may also be required, and these need to be done before you fly with your pup.

Airline Regulations

Most airlines will have specific requirements for dogs of all sizes, including Japanese Chin. Typically, your pup must be able to fit in a carrier that can fit below the seat in front of you. This carrier must be of correct size and have good ventilation, drinking water and a soft bedding. Also, some airlines may specify the type of carrier that is acceptable, and these need to be checked before booking your tickets.

The cost of a flight ticket for a pup will also vary with airline. Do not forget to check which fees apply for your pup to accompany you during the flight.

Safety on Board

Ultra-sound technology is used to detect if your pup is safe during the flight and remain in its carrier during the flight. After the flight has been completed all passengers and their pets must wait for the “all clear” from the airport. It is also advisable to give your pup plenty of exercise before the flight and ensure they are well-fed and watered.

When possible, aim to select flights that have shorter layover times and fewer connections. This reduces the time your pup is in the air and in crowded airport environments, which can be stressful for some animals.

The Destination

If your destination is the US, then be sure to check the CDC website, as there may be restrictions in place on the movements and activities of pets due to the diseases they may carry. Additionally, if the country you are visiting has specific quarantine requirements for pets it is important to find out about these in advance.

For shorter trips, you may wish to consider leaving your pup at home with a pet sitter or in a boarding kennel. This will ensure they do not become stressed when traveling, and can receive proper care during your absence.

In-Flight Care

Although airlines will want you to keep your pup in their carrier, depending on the airline, they may allow you to take your pup out of its carrier/crate in the plane cabin, but they may need to remain on a leash at all times. If possible, make sure your pup has access to fresh water and take regular toilet breaks throughout the journey. Give your pup lots of cuddles and affection during the flight; this will help reduce their stress levels.

It is also important to remember that any noises they make may be excessive and distracting to those around you. Keep a soft blanket to cover your pup’s carrier/crate and use earplugs for yourself and if necessary for other passengers. Providing your pup with treats or toys may also help keep them remained calm during the flight.

Health and Training

It is essential to have your pup in excellent health before traveling by air. As a precaution, get your pup vaccinated and ensure that your pup is up to date with its flea and tick prevention. Make sure your pup is well-groomed and has good social skills.

It is also recommended to provide basic obedience training before the trip. This will help to ensure your pup is better able to handle crowded environments and loud noises, which they may experience during the flight.

Traveling with a Pet Carrier

When choosing a carrier for your pup, select one that offers plenty of ventilation and is large enough to allow them to move around and turn around. The carrier should also be comfortable as well as durable. It is important to familiarise your pup with the carrier before you go on the plane. Leaving the door of the crate open and encouraging your pup to explore and settle in the carrier with treats and toys can help them to see it as a safe space.

Before setting off to the airport, make sure the carrier is properly labelled with your details and your pup’s name in case it gets lost. When you get to the airport, make sure your pup is secured in the carrier and that the carrier is safely attached to your bag or other hold luggage when passing through security.

Packing For The Trip

Before travelling, make sure to bring along your pup’s food, water and toys to keep them both fed and entertained. A favorite toy for them to hug and keep close during the flight may also be useful.

It is also recommended to carry a few extra items in your carry-on, such as extra water, treats, a brush, some wipes, and a couple of plastic bags. Research the airline and airport policies pertaining to pets before you go and make sure you have all the necessary documents with you, such as proof of vaccinations and health certificates.

Personal Experience with Air Travel

Finally, it is important to consider your own comfort and safety when bringing your pup onboard an aircraft. If you, personally, feel uncomfortable flying with them, then consider finding either a humane pet-sitting option or a professional pet transport company that can accompany you and your pup through their plane journey.

If your pup is comfortable and constantly supervised, air travel for a Japanese Chin is a great way to get to your destination. Just remember to research all the regulations and contact the airlines you are considering to make sure your pup meets their requirements.

return Flight

When it is time to return, you must make sure you have all the appropriate paperwork with you and completed in the required time frame. Some countries may require that your pup is micro-chipped. If you have decided to have them micro-chipped; make sure the microchip works, is registered and validated and all certificates are up to date.

You should also also bring along a portable water bowl and some bottled water. Fever may develop after the return flight as the result of changes in air pressure. So make sure to keep your pup well-hydrated during the flight, and allow plenty of time for them to rest upon return.

Crate Sizes

Since size matters when it comes to traveling with pets onboard an aircraft, the airlines may specify the size of the crate/carrier that is acceptable. Generally, a crate up to 19” long x 13” wide x 9” high is accepted as a cabin size. Anything bigger can be placed in a larger cargo crate for the journey.

It is important to note that apart from a few exceptions, no live animals can enter the US, and there may be limitations on other destinations. So research the regulations of the country you are travelling to, to make sure you have an enjoyable and safe journey for you and your pup.

Seat Accommodations

If the airline and destination allow for it, you can also try securing a seat at the bulkhead area for your pup. This allows your pup to be close to you and to have more space. It is also advisable to put a nonslip mat in the carrier to prevent your pup from slipping during takeoff or landing. You may also be able to purchase a seatbelt for your pup’s carrier; this will help to keep it in place in case of turbulence.

It needs to be noted that the airplane cabin can be noisy and may cause anxiety in some animals. Unfortunately, it is not possible to request a window seat for your pup, but you can try distracting them by giving them a toy with a hidden surprise inside.

Calm Environment

It is important to try and create a calm and safe environment for your pup during the flight. Remain calm and reassuring throughout the flight, and avoid feeding your pup too close to takeoff or landing, as it could cause nausea. If your pup doesn’t seem to feel comfortable, try covering their crate with a soft blanket or scarf.

It is also recommended to purchase a shock-absorbing pet carrier, as this will help protect them should they bump against anything during takeoff or landing. Some airlines offer special pet harnesses, so do check with your airline ahead of time.


Taking your pup with you on a plane can be a rewarding experience—for both of you. By researching the rules carefully, understanding the safety and health requirements for traveling with a pup, and planning ahead, you can ensure that your pup has a safe, comfortable and enjoyable trip.

Bernice Sorrells

Bernice A. Sorrells is a freelance journalist and travel writer from the United States. She has written extensively about China, covering topics such as culture, history, politics, and economics. Bernice has traveled extensively throughout China, visiting many of its provinces and cities.

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