Unfortunately, no one can fly DIRECTLY into Venice with a pet. This is because there is no dedicated veterinarian on duty there. Every pet must have a vet check their paperwork and admit them to Europe. Therefore, if you don’t have a layover in an EU airport with a vet on staff, you have to fly into Milan to go through theirs.
Pets CAN fly into Venice, but there are certain requirements that must be met. Large breeds may not be able to fly into Venice simply because the little airport can’t accommodate such large pet crates. This can change though, so you may want to check for specifics.
How does flying into Milan affect my pickup from the Pet Project?
We CAN arrange pickups from Milan, but they’re tricky. There is a shuttle between Venice and Vicenza, and one can be arranged from Aviano as well. (Note: Arranging a shuttle from Aviano to Vicenza is the duty of the incoming family.) We use these shuttles to help transport luggage and family members that can’t fit in our volunteer’s vehicle.
However, there is NO shuttle between Milan and Vicenza, so fitting an entire family, all their luggage, and their pets and pet crates does not always work. It costs us roughly €140 for a single Milan pickup. As always, donations are much appreciated and will help us continue to help families coming to Vicenza.
How can I fly into Aviano?
Flying into Aviano is a GREAT option if you can swing it. Flying with Space A/AMC/Patriot Express (same thing, different names) is a firt-come, first-serve basis, but those PCSing have priority. It’s also cheaper and much easier to fly pets via Space A.
Unfortunately, it must be said that not all SATO offices are equal. If your SATO office won’t help you fly Space A, you can do it on your own! We have more information on this option in our blog entry “Getting your Pet to Italy without SATO.”