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Travel tips for you and your dog if he/she is neither an ESA nor a PSD

Many people visit our pages who do not only think about certifying their dog as ESA or training as a PSD. Travelling with dogs generally requires certain knowledge and information. Whenever we come across such articles, we plan to publish them on our blog.

Today we start with a very interesting and extensive article by
Scarlett Gold,
who edits the blog
FluentWoof – WOOFWoof.

Her following article deals with tips for traveling and seems interesting enough to us to present the link of this article here. Scarlett has given us her consent to do so.

Link to travel with your darlings:

Planning On Traveling With Your Dog? – Start Here-

Greetings and take care of you in these difficult times

Burkhard
Team ESAeurope

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emergency flight to Canada

Airline: Air Canada
Destination: Vancouver

Flight: December 2021

Emergency to Canada

Hi Burkhard – yes we made it! It turned out to be a longer time in flight / plane as expected (~12 hours) – but B… did great. A lot of people commented how well he’s done and behaved.

The process after getting through the Air Canada Meda team was quite straightforward.
Today, we have gained also admittance into the hospital where my …. is – and it can be they ask us to bring him to other patients to visit. I will let you know how this turns out.
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I am also happy to provide some feedback, but overall I can’t say anything other than you have been exceptional!
I greatly appreciate you both going over and above to help us out as our situation changed and needed to fly over here early. You put everything together as I needed it, and it would have been much more difficult for myself alone to get things straightened away as you have presented them!!!
Cheers,
J….

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With Dalmatian to USA

Airline: TAP
Destination: New York

Flight: December 2021

Via New York to Houston

Hello Beate and Burkhard,

in the meantime we are almost in Houston; not only the flight worked out very well, but also the handling with border control, customs etc. was with and for J…. thanks to the ‘blue vest’. And the actually not insignificant pressure for us bipeds was really better to manage by his presence. ‘Psychiatric Service’ in the truest sense of the word! By the way, the muzzle was visibly hanging on the blue backpack the whole time (with blanket, emergency diaper pants – which we didn’t need – water bottle, etc.), but was not ‘requested’ by anyone. J… also behaved really well – I had the impression that he had grown a lot with his tasks, so to speak, and that he sensed very precisely what was important. We send a few first pictures enclosed, film sequences we cut then surely soon.

As you can see in the pictures, we added the PSD fabric patch to a blue harness. It looks neat for now, but the quality of the dishes suggests we’ll have to get a ‘backup’ soon.

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In any case, once again a big thank you from me for your commitment to this cause; we are always happy to contribute in whatever way we can to support your work!

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Travel Information – Stopover USA

Dear ESAeurope Community

Due to the fact that almost all American airlines accept the PSD according to US DoT standards and many other airlines, especially to South America and Central America, still lag a bit behind, the consideration is reasonable to book with your PSD dog in transit via USA.

Due to Corona and the associated travel restrictions, however, there are special conditions for transit flights, which we outline in the following. A good suggestion in this context is to fly with Air Canada, as transit through Canada is easier and also accepted by Air Canada PSD’s according to the US DoT standards.

STOPOVER USA

Who is not looking forward to a long-awaited holiday? The trip has been booked, e.B. to Cancun, Mexico or Vancouver, Canada. There is a small stopover of a few hours in the USA, because the flight takes you e.B. via Los Angeles or New York. Meanwhile, the holiday planning for your trip is in full swing: Which hotel should we choose? Which beachwear makes it into the suitcase? Stop! Before you continue to indulge in holiday anticipation, you should pay attention to transit through the United States. Because the supposed stopover has it all. What transit means to you and what you need to consider can be read here.

What is considered transit or transit?

Even if your main destination is not the United States of America, a short transit stay of a few minutes, a few hours or more means de facto entry into the United States. Therefore, you must ensure that you comply with the US entry requirements and that you are not denied onward travel due to a lack of careful preparation and, in the worst case, you have to return home at the American transit desk.

Visa or Visa Waiver Program with ESTA?

Basically, all people who do not have an American passport need either a visa or a valid ESTA entry permit to enter the United States, even for transit of a few minutes or hours. In principle, the following residence permits can be considered:

ESTA

ESTA (as part of the Visa Waiver Program, VWP) is available to most Europeans and many other nationalities. For this purpose, the traveler only needs to be in possession of a current ESTA permit. This ESTA approval can be obtained online in a matter of minutes.

Attention: ESTA no longer valid after travel to the following countries: Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Syria. Persons who actually qualify for the ESTA procedure (e.B German, Austrian or Swiss citizens), but who have travelled to the above-mentioned countries since 1 March 2011, are excluded from the ESTA procedure. Inevitably, these individuals will need to apply for a U.S. visa, even if they are in transit for less than an hour.

C-VISA

If you come from a country or have a passport from a country that is not approved for the ESTA procedure (e.B. Turkey or Ukraine) or you do not get an ESTA entry permit for any other reason, you will definitely need a US visa. The right visa for transit is the so-called C visa. To do this, you must apply for a visa and attend an interview appointment at the U.S. Consulate in your home country. Ship passengers who travel with a ship to a destination not in the USA and whose ship arrives at a US port without docking there also often need a transit visa issued as a combination C-1/D visa (for crew members). We advise you to submit the application in good time, i.e. at least four to six weeks before the planned trip.

The following requirements must be met:

  • It is an immediate or continuing transit through the United States.
  • You must be in possession of a regular ticket or proof of destination.
  • They have sufficient financial resources for the transit journey.
  • You have permission to enter another country after leaving the United States.

B-1 / B-2 VISA

Persons who are excluded from the ESTA procedure and travel to the USA for transit purposes, but who intend to travel to the USA in the future, have the option of a

to apply. If approved, you would have the authority to travel to the United States for transit, business, and tourism purposes for the duration of the visa. In this respect, we would recommend the B-1 / B-2 variant to our customers, because this is more extensive than the C visa. By the way, the fee is identical, i.e. whether C-1, B-1, B-2 or B-1 / B-2, the consular fee is always the same. The current visa fees can be found on our cost page.

The B visa is also usually applied for as part of a personal interview in one of the responsible US consulates. Plan for around four to six weeks of lead time.

HOLDERS OF A WORK VISA (Z.B. E, L OR H)

For example, people who have an E, L, or H visa are allowed to enter the United States for work purposes. However, if you are planning a US transit for purely private reasons, e.B. to go on holiday in Mexico, you will need either a valid ESTA entry permit, a C visa or a B visa.

In practice, travelers have often not been turned away with a work visa for pure transits or transit. However, there are also border officials who are very strict and, in the worst case, do not recognize transit by work visa.

Transit from Travel Ban countries

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, entry into the U.S. has been severely restricted. As a result of the US entry ban, entry into the United States from certain regions (including the Schengen area) is currently prohibited until further notice. This affects visa holders, persons with valid ESTA authorisations and persons with other valid travel documents – including vaccinated or recovered persons.

Currently, entry into the USA is only possible in a few exceptional cases. Exceptions apply, among other things, to close family members of US citizens and Green Card holders as well as to persons whose entry is in the national interest of the USA (= National Interest Exception,NIE).

Important: Since a transit stay in the USA is considered an entry by the US authorities, transit travellers are also affected by the so-called Corona Travel Ban. This means that transit travelers who fall under the Corona Travel Ban will be denied entry to the United States. The decisive factor here is the country in which you have stayed within 14 days before your planned transit through the USA.

Typically, transit travel through the United States does not entitle you to obtain an NIE exemption. This means that transit travelers who have stayed in one of the Travel Ban countries within 14 days of the planned transit through the United States are normally not allowed to enter the United States without further ado.

Transit travelers who believe that their transit through the U.S. is of urgent need should contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

Our conclusion

Even with transit trips, the US entry requirements must be complied with in any case, so that the dream holiday or a business trip does not become a nightmare.

Source: The American Dream

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Travelling through Europe with your four-legged friend (promotional video EU)

A great video of the European Union

Source: European Union)

The EU regulations for travelling with your pet (please select the language on the page)

https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/carry/animal-plant/index_en.htm

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Airline Links – Transport of ESA’s + PSD’s

For our customers we have created a new page which contains links to the different airlines and the respective regulations for the transport of ESA’s and PSD’s of the airline concerned.

We will continuously add to this page. You can find the page in our homepage menu. Since the regulations are constantly changing, we can not guarantee the content. Please do not book before you have confirmed everything from the side of the chosen airline. If you have problems checking in at the airport it is definitely too late for a good response.

Your team from ESAeurope

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ESA-Newsletter 01/2021 – Review of the year (what happened?)

Dear ESA Members – We are celebrating our 1st anniversary!

• Events in retrospect
• We’ve done it
• Thanks
• Targets 2021 💚 🌏 🐾

One year ago, we took over the ESA movement from founder Andreas Winkel, who laid the foundation for the official European base for establishing emotional support in the EU. For personal reasons, Andreas was unable to pursue the project at that time.
Thus, the takeover of ESA-Europe turned out to be a wonderful “coincidence” for all of us, especially since we have been committed to the human-animal relationship for a long time and wanted to deepen our heart’s concerns.
Now, after an intense but also successful year, we would like to give you, dear ESAs, whether you are already part of our family or are interested in the matter, a little review of the year.

Conceptual work – what is the ESAeurope Membershipcard: 💚 🌏 🐾
The ESAeurope Membershipcard confirms and replaces all documents according to which the person named on the card urgently needs the animal named on the card for his or her well-being due to diagnosed mental health problems. ESAeurope also confirms the close bond and the risk of destabilisation for humans and animals in the event of separation.
The ESAeurope Membershipcard is used for presentation in all situations – where animals are prohibited for taking them with them – for example for the performance of life tasks or for leisure activities.
Examples: flight bookings, rental residence permits, government procedures, executions and purchases, coping with daily challenges.
The background and assumption is the scientific knowledge that animals perform many positive functions for humans – their presence gives us human emotional stabilization, security and the feeling of being loved and needed. Animals are ready to enter into a trusting, intimate and genuine bond with their human being. To do this, they, like the human being, need constant conditions, such as not being separated from humans. ESAeurope confirms this need.

Growth of the members – in the first year of our activity we have increased the membership tenfold!
The feedback we receive encourages us to go further along this path, to develop and offer targeted products. We will work on this in 2021.

We thank you for your trust, thank you for the many positive feedback and information about the successful experiences you had with the ESAeurope Membershipcard. This exchange of experience is important on the way to universal recognition and tolerance of our cause!
Voice and exchange – In a short time we will open a comment function for you on the ESAeurope homepage which can also be used to present personal experiences.
Lost&Found – An innovation introduced last year is the NFC-based ESA Lost&Found Chip. The chip not only looks good, but helps in case of losing our favorite. We have created a data-safe procedure to bring humans and animals back together unbureaucratically and safely! The basic principle is the automatic forwarding to an individual website, which contains the essential information about the ESA human/animal partner team. The corresponding information is also stored on the chip.

NEW: Doctor’s letter confirmation via online service:
We found that in the currently very challenging times, those interested in the ESAeurope Membershipcard are not able to obtain their own doctor or therapist confirmation. We have therefore decided to offer an online therapy session that corresponds to external confirmation. This makes it possible to purchase the basis for the ESAeurope Membershipcard online. In order to acquire required documents and medical confirmations, we have created a networking service due to many requests. The online therapy session can be booked by all registered members. The corresponding note can be found on the homepage. You can book the online session via the following link. http://myways.at/produkt/online-therapie-sitzung-emotional-support-animal/

EU petition:
Thanks to Guido from Italy for his commitment to the EU. He has launched a petition in Brussels to put the status of “Emotional Support Animal” on a legally equal footing with US law in Europe. This step is a first important step on the way to broad recognition of emotional support animal. The road is long but the first steps are set. In 2021, we will try to get closer to general recognition.

Plans for 2021: 💚 🌏 🐾
Newsletter: First of all, we would like to be in more contact with you. Regular small newsletters should be the first step!
Work objective: EU wide official recognition that ESA animals must promote the well-being and health of people with emotional deficits and not be separated from their human beings! For this purpose, it will be possible to prove in dogs that they can behave inconspicuously and can be led impeccably by humans. After consultation with the relevant EU bodies, basic training will probably be required. As a first step in the right direction, we are working on an online training program to promote relationships and good leadership. An online certificate can then be purchased and meets the requirements of the European Parliament.
Short video clips about good dog guidance will be the first step towards this. The exam can also be done online!
Background: Dogs need guidance! They have the same feelings as we humans – and trust us. They want clarity and a proper relationship with their human being. They want to do the “job” that they have for us human beings. In addition to loving care, attitude, fun and play, this also requires regular practice and learning of correct behaviour – especially in the situations in which they then support and accompany us. This is not always easy. That’s why learning and practicing is essential for “use”! To make this easy, easy to train at home at any time and without stress, we plan to create small special videos in cooperation with the largest organisation for animal support measures, the TAT-WAZ, Austria, which show important everyday scenes for ESAs as a learning video. Keep our fingers crossed that this important project is successful!!

Networking:
ESAeurope wants to achieve general awareness throughout the EU! So we need your active support. Please post and then, if you are on social media, also via ESAeuropa one or the other sentence, link the ESA page e.B. With an e-mail signature – or tell your friends and acquaintances about us.
Because: EVERY STIMME ZÄHLT!

Blog – Posts:
Write us everything that is interesting and important in connection with ESA or that pleases you. We put the information about sharing with the whole ESA family on the blog page and grow on it!! 🥇

Gallery:
We are happy if you allow us to take photos of your ESA in our gallery and share them via social media! You have such great companions who deserve to be shown! 🔆

It’s been a good first year – there’s a lot of work waiting for our good cause – we’ll tackle it together. For our animal darlings, who delight us so much, who help us and accompany us faithfully through ups and downs, we do everything that strengthens the bond of love. 💝

We wish you all, humans and animals, health and a loving start to a new exciting year! ✨

Your Beate & Burkhard 💚 🌏 🐾
Team ESAeurope
www.esa-europe.eu