Help Me Move My Pet

Planning Pet Travel to Australia

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions


I'm looking at moving to Canada next year, and I'd love to take my 2-year-old Pug with me. Been trying to get all the information but it's a bit overwhelming! Essentially, I'd be looking at something like the following:

-Fly over in April
-Organise for my dog to come over a couple of months later

Where it gets a bit confusing, is if I wanted to come back within two years, what would the process be then? Can I get him vaccinated against Rabies before he leaves AU? Anything I could do to...

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UK Pet Travel: When Should a Dog's Microchip Be Implanted?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

My boxer is current on rabies but may need other shots to meet requirements, I'm not sure. Is there a link of current requirements to transport a dog from the USA to UK?

I read they need to be microchipped before the rabies shot? Does that mean I need to get her chipped and then she has to have another rabies shot? Just trying to figure out exactly what is needed so we can start the process as we plan to move in about 6-8 months back to UK. My boxer is from the USA.





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Is Pet Travel Tax Deductible?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

I have a question regarding pet moving tax write-offs.

Someone told me that you can write-off the pet travel expenses and I wanted to confirm that with you guys.

I recently bought an apartment a little less than two years ago here in New York City, and I have two dogs currently in the Philippines (both are 10 months old) living with my wife. My wife will be flying here at the end of this year along with the two dogs and I'm planning on using a pet travel service.

It's so...

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Traveling to and From Australia with Pets

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

Could you advise me of the requirements for bringing my dog on my holiday to Colombia and then back to Australia?? My dog is 3 years old.




Hi Henry,

Thank you for submitting a question to us. Because Australia has particularly strict pet import rules, it is probably not advisable that you take your dog out of the country just for a holiday.

Australia is rabies free, and all pets must fulfill a 10-day quarantine upon arrival (even if you started there originally)....

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Q&A: Understanding Australia Pet Quarantine

Thursday, October 8, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Dear PetRelocation,

I'm moving to Australia with my cat. I saw that there will be 180 days of quarantine that the cat can do in the country of origin, but does that mean I can have her at our house? Or does she have to be at a vet for 6 months?

Once in Australia, where does my cat spend the 10 days quarantine required?





Hi Silvia,

Thank you for your question, we can certainly offer some guidance. Here's the quick answer to your question: the only part of the quarantine that must be...

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Q&A: Pet Travel to New Zealand From Non-Approved Countries

Thursday, October 1, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

I'm planning to move to New Zealand in 2016 with my cat but I don't know New Zealand's rules about importing pets. Can you inform me of what I need to do?

Many Thanks,



Hi Asli,

Thank you for your inquiry. New Zealand is a rabies-free country, which means its rules for importing pets can be somewhat challenging to follow. That doesn't mean it can't be done, but you'll need to spend significant time and effort (and money, to be honest), to get your pets there.

Please refer to the...

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Choosing a Pet Safe Airline for International Cat Travel

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

We purchased tickets on Singapore Airlines thinking that we could put our cats in approved carriers in the cargo hold during the duration of our flight. Unfortunately, we've just discovered that Singapore Airlines will not transport the cats for us.

What airlines will fly cats in the cargo hold from USA to France or Germany? We're having trouble finding the answers online and we don't want to make the mistake of booking another flight where the airline will not allow the...

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Pet Travel Q&A: Rules for EU Pet Travel

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi There,

I was wondering if there is a limit on how many animals we can bring into Germany. We have three small dogs and would like to bring all three. I'm assuming we would be able to bring all three but just want to make sure.




Hi Madison,

Thank you for your question! According to the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, up to five pets may be imported into Germany per person, so yes, you will be able to bring your three dogs with you.

We advise following the link above...

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Tips for Planning Pet Air Travel Within the United States

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi There!

This December we'll be (temporarily) flying from California to Georgia to visit my parents for the holidays. Are there any special requirements I should know about for flying into the state of Georgia with a pet dog? Thanks for your help!



Hi Wyatt,

Thanks for your questions! It's a great idea to start preparing for pet travel well in advance of your departure date.

For pet travel within the United States, your dog will need an up-to-date rabies vaccine and a vet health certificate...

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Can Pit Bulls Travel to Australia?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hello PetRelocation,

I am originally from the Gold Coast and currently live in New York. We are looking into moving back to Australia but I now have two adopted pups, both Pit Bull mixes (one is mixed with what we think is a Weimaraner and the other a Lab). Online it looks like they will need to undergo a temperament test. I am wondering where I can find out more information and whether we can do this in New York?

Our dogs are very well behaved and we have never had any aggression problems but I...

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Pet Travel From South Africa to England

Thursday, September 17, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Good Day,

Would you be able to give me a rough indication of what it would cost to take our dogs with us to England? What are the requirements and is there a quarantine period?




Hi Marco,

Thank you for your inquiry, we'd be happy to help!

As we note in our recent UK Pet Travel Spotlight Series, one of the first things you'll want to do is get acquainted with the pet import requirements for pets coming from South Africa. According to the official UK government website, South Africa is an...

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Q&A: Pet Travel with English Staffies

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions


I am moving to Fiji in a few months and want to take my dog, a 13-year-old desexed female English Staffy. I have heard they are considered a Pit Bull breed in Fiji and are therefore restricted although I am having trouble finding reliable information. Are you able to help with this query?

Thank you.


Hi Maia,

Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately Fiji does prohibit a few breeds from entering the country, including Pit Bull Terriers.

Since English Staffordshire Terriers are in the Pit...

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Pet Travel to Sarawak, Malaysia (It's Tricky)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Dear PetRelocation,

Hey there! I'm thinking of buying a Pembroke Welsh Corgi from a friend but am quite confused with the shipment details. Is it possible to ship a pet to Sarawak? What are the requirements? And which air carrier should we use?




Hi Paula,

Thank you for your question! We specialize in handling complicated pet moves and would be happy to offer some advice.

A few years ago we safely moved a family's pets to Sarawak and would like to share this overview of the pet import...

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Are Natural Sedatives Okay for Pet Air Travel?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation team,

We will be relocating from New York to Hong Kong in about a month with our year old Mini Australian Shepherd. He's rather calm in normal situations, but gets a little anxious when he is away from us and in new environments.

Apart from getting him used to his crate before the move, do you recommend any natural calmers that would help keep him relaxed? I know they don't recommend sedating with any actual drugs, but we are looking into Rescue Remedy or something similar.


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Traveling With a Dog From Kenya to the United States

Monday, August 31, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions


I am travelling with my pet for the first time. My husband and I are headed back to America after living in Kenya for some time, we will be bringing back our miniature maltpom (cross between a miniature maltase and Pomeranian )

I have never travelled with a pet before, let alone on such a long journey. A flight from Kenya to California is long for a human, and I can only imagine it for such a small dog.

My questions are as follows...
Does he fly in the cabin with us or with the luggage...

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Pet Travel Between the United States and England

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Dear PetRelocation,

I am planning to move with my dogs from England to Arizona in mid-September. My dogs have passports and they have recently been vaccinated against rabies. I am planning to have then tested for tapeworm before flying.

I would appreciate any advice you could give on any other medical preparation needed or any suggestions for the most animal-friendly airlines.

Warm Regards,


Hi Natalie,

Thank you for your inquiry! Traveling with pets to the United States is a pretty...

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"When Should I Start Planning for My Pet's Move?"

Monday, August 24, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

How much time in advance should I contact you guys and start working with you? Also, how much is it to move my 2-year-old, 11 lb dog from the USA to Australia?

I am planning on moving in March 2017.




Hi Alexandra,

Thanks, these are great questions.

Generally speaking, we advise starting to plan a pet move at least 30 days ahead of time, but since you're going to Australia we'd say to contact us at least 6 months before you're planning to move.

Australia pet import...

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Pet Travel Q&A: Flying Pets Unaccompanied Via Cargo

Thursday, August 20, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi Dear Expert,

I have two Yorkies that I am planning to move to Taiwan to my sister. I have done every inspection and requirements, but I am having a hard time finding an airline that would ship them.

They all require the owner to fly with them, but I cannot fly with them. My sister will be picking them up in Taiwan. I am wondering if is there any way that I can ship them to Taiwan without me going with them?




Hi Min,

Thank you for your question. Choosing the right airline for your pet...

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Dog Travel to New Zealand From Fiji

Monday, August 17, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

I'm interested in the price and biosecurity requirements involved with taking my dog from Fiji to New Zealand for 6 months and then return her to Fiji.




Hi Alison,

Thank you for your question! Traveling with a pet to New Zealand from Fiji is relatively easier than it would be to travel there from the United States or the EU, for example, but you'll still need to take a few steps to ensure a smooth move.

To start, please review the pet import requirements for New...

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Traveling With Pets to the United Kingdom

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions


I would like to get more information about assistance in moving our dogs abroad with us.

My wife and I may be relocating to London, UK sometime in the mid-spring of 2016 for her work and so I can attend law school. We will me moving with two dogs, a corgi and a German shepherd. I have been trying to read the import requirements for pets and quite honestly have become overwhelmed with what to do as far as taking the pups with us!

I want to make sure they arrive safe and sound and have...

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