Fish/corals in hand luggage

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  1. 459b

    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    I have taken fish and corals on the plane numerous times without any issues. Never been stopped nor questioned about it.
    While reading the inflight magazine last week (on Kulula), there was an article stating that as from 1 May no live animals may be taken as hand luggage or checked in when you get your boarding pass. It says all animals, including snakes, must be pre checked in with a proper carrier.
    Has any one else seen this or have more info?
     
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    Eish, I took hermits and cheato on a flight before. In a little Coleman Jug.

    Snakes I do understand. But corals?
     
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    It said all live animals, excluding work animals.

    Often easier to ban everything than create rules for each animal.
     
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    Tell them the corals are plants. Doubt very much they'd know the difference in Joburg.
     
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    Is that across all carriers?
    Most likely as they will stop you at the x-ray machines.
     
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    I dont know, hence me asking
     
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    :m85: Flying to Jhb on 1st May, wanted to bring back some coral... :(
     
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    Tell them it's your guide crab...;)
     
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    @459b the same applies at bid air cargo you have to phone and book in all live animals , however it does not apply to fish and coral.
     
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    Anybody has an update on this?
     
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    I heard recently that corals won't be allowed on hand luggage from May as well but as @Lord_Blackadder says, they aren't the brightest when it comes to corals.
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    I attended a Biosecurity talk yesterday on the proposed invasive plant/animal lists.
    One thing that did come up was shipping of biological material. OR Thambo has a shiny new scanner that specifically detects biological material, as well as an entire team to man in and search luggage etc. They never specified whether this machine will only be used on baggage coming from overseas or also scan domestic flights. But they did say they hope to roll out these units to all our airports.
    Guess it will be best to check all livestock through the proper routes now.
     
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    Thank you for the feedback,

    Can you elaborate more on the "proper routes"?
    How does one go about doing this?
     
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    HAHA.

    tell them corals are plants

    tell them fish are sushi

    and then laugh at them for being silly and not knowing this, people hate feeling stupid.
     
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    What is the proper channels to follow if I want to bring some Sps frags from Gauteng, considering it is a CITES listed species? Do i ask the lfs for a copy of their CITES permit of their latest shipment?
     
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    I also saw the article but I believe it refers to people travelling with pets. I often travel with my dog it has been a mess at Kulula from the start.

    They are now using Bidvest Animal Carrier with animal lounge, bookings etc. In other words if you paid to load livestock in the past, you now use a 3rd party for the same service. If you sneaked the animal in your suitcase this change will not affect you
     
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    Has anyone actually tried this yet ? Can you or can't you ?
     
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