Contact information for key programs and services at this installation.
Policies and rules for shipping pets vary at each installation. It’s important to understand the regulations, prohibitions and laws at your new installation before moving with a pet. Below, you’ll find installation-specific details for registering, boarding and transporting your pet.
Traveling With Pets
Traveling with pets requires a lot of preplanning and may be very expensive. Communicate your needs to your sponsor, and remember, everyone's experiences are different.
We all love our pets like family, but remember that bringing pets to Italy is a privilege, not an entitlement. All costs associated with pet travel are at your expense.
As of January 1, 2024, military Service members going through a PCS within the continental United States can be reimbursed up to $550 for one household pet, either cat or dog, and up to $2,000 for moves to or from a location outside the continental United States to cover costs related to the transportation of a pet.
Pet travel documentation when traveling from another EU country
Pet travel documentation when flying from United States
Visit the USDA Pet Travelwebsite for the most up to date health requirements.
Tip: A complete Leptospirosis vaccination series is recommended for pets upon arrival in Italy. You can also vaccinate your pet prior to arrival! Leptospirosis is a bacterial zoonosis that is endemic to northern Italy which is found in resting pools of water.
Pet travel and restrictions
Breeds: Check with the airlines for guidance related to any restrictions they may have.
Kennel (checked or cargo): Pets need airline-approved, hard cages with screw-bolt closures, breathing holes on all sides, room to stand up, turn around and lie down, water and food dishes. Visit International Air Transport Association for pet size and kennel requirements. Certain breeds/sizes require custom crates. Ensure connecting flights can handle the pet crate size.
Temperature: Airlines will not allow pets to travel as checked bag or cargo if it’s too hot/cold on flight day at the location of departure as well as at the location of arrival. Have a plan B in case the airline does not allow your pet on the aircraft.
Airports and layovers: For layovers in other countries, know each country’s pet regulations before booking flights:
Animal shippers: Based on breed/size, you may have to ship your pet separately (~$2000+). See International Pet and Animal Transportation Association shippers.
Commercial travel office
Commercial airline doesn’t have pet space? Ask CTO if other U.S. flag carriers have pet space
After your CTO visit:
Additional pet travel websites
The Air Force Aid Society has a community program for those traveling overseas with pets. If you are PCS'ing to/from OCONUS, you may be eligible for a PCS pet travel grant up to $1,000. The grants are need based and must be clearly indicated when submitting your budget with an application through www.afas.org. This is not a reimbursement so this needs to be worked at your losing base within 2 months of your departure. If you have any questions or need assistance please contact AFAS Headquarters in Virginia at 703-972-2650 or afas@-afas-hq.org.
The Aviano Veterinary Clinic VTF
Building 1410 Flightline Area F. DSN 632-8485; Off Base +39 0434-30-8485
Driving within the EU may require a pet passport. Click here to download instructions provided by your Aviano Veterinary Clinic. Contact them to get the process started.
Newcomers: Owning a Dog in Italy
The Aviano Veterinary Treatment Facility is not an emergency clinic and doesn’t provide after-hours care.
Lodging and Kennels
Pets are accepted at the Mountain View Lodge, on-base temporary lodging facility, but you must request a pet room when you make your reservation. If space is available you must stay on base. You will not be issued a statement of non-availability because you have a pet and chose to stay off-base.
There are a number of boarding facilities for your pet in the local area. Communicate your boarding needs with your sponsor.