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Pet Travel to Australia from Canada

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Angela
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labradoodle
From: Canada
To: Sydney, Australia

Dear PetRelocation,

What are the rules for bringing dogs to Australia, and how old would the dog need to be before he/she can be imported to Sydney from Canada?

Thanks,

Angela

 

Hi Angela,

Thank you for the question. Moving pets to Australia is a process that takes several months (at least 190 days to be exact), and you will want to research the rules very carefully to make sure you're adequately prepared. For your reference, here are the pet import requirements for Australia.

Be aware that there is a 10-day quarantine for pets arriving into Australia, and the costs associated with with the process have recently increased. You can find out more about these governmental decisions here, and to help plan your trip, we recommend using the drop-down tool on the official Australia Department of Agriculture website.

In terms of age, your dog must be old enough to receive the rabies vaccines necessary at the beginning of the process, and from there he/she will be ready to travel internationally when it's time (in general, we recommend that dogs be at least 16 weeks old before undertaking a serious trip).

If you think you'd like some assistance with your pet move (we've helped many dogs move to Australia, including Kobe and Chicharito), please contact us for more details about our door-to-door services or fill out our free quote form.

Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck with everything!

 

 

Australia's Multi-Step Pet Import Process

Monday, June 16, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kristen
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mini Schnauzer
From: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA
To: Brisbane, Australia

Dear PetRelocation,

We are moving to Australia in three months. We are getting our dog the RNATT test this week, but from reading the information it looks like we will not be able to move him to Australia for six months after that. Is this correct? Will he need to stay in the USA three months longer than we will? What services would you provide to assist with this?

Thanks,

Kristen

 

Hi Kristen,

Thanks for your question, we are happy to assist with some guidance.

It sounds like you've already discovered and started following the pet import requirements for Australia, but for reference here they are again. And yes, you're correct that 180 days must pass after the RNATT is given before your dog can travel to Australia and fulfill the remaining 10-day quarantine.

It often happens that pet owners need to travel ahead of their pets, and if you decide to do that you'll just need to make plans to have him boarded or have him stay with a friend or family member until it's time for him to follow you. Our door-to-door services include transportation to the airport, and we are also happy to assist with locating a boarding facility if necessary and we can help to advise you and/or your dog's caretaker regarding the remaining vet requirements, etc.

Here is more information about moving pets to Australia (note that you'll be affected by the increase in quarantine fees that was recently announced). Please contact us if you have more questions or think you'd like some assistance, and either way, good luck with everything!

Pet Air Travel to China

Monday, June 16, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Yi
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Mixed
From: Berlin, Germany
To: Shanghai, China

Hello There,

I have a pet cat (three years old) that I wish to bring to China from Germany and I have a few questions that I hope you can help me answer:

1. How easy is it to bring a pet to China and will there be a quarantine period? I've read conflicting documents that there's no quarantine for animals coming from the EU, to ones that say that there's a 30-day quarantine period.

2. How easy will it be to bring the cat back to Germany from China? Is there a quarantine period? Should I get a EU pet passport before I fly to China so it's easier for the animal to come back here?

3. What will be the cost (door-to-door or airport-to-airport) to bring the cat from Berlin to Shanghai? I just need a ballpark figure so I can work out the details of the move.

Thank you so much for your help and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Cheers,

Yi

 

Hi Yi,

It's great to hear from you and we'd be happy to offer some information.

To start, take a look at the pet import requirements for China. Whether or not you face a quarantine primarily depends on the port of entry, and we highly recommend hiring some professional assistance so as to avoid any delays in helping your cat make a smooth transition into the country.

We also recommend choosing a pet friendly airline and working to help get your cat as comfortable in the travel crate as possible. Here are a few helpful pet travel tips to get you started.

If you're looking for door-to-door services we'd be happy to speak to you further and offer a cost estimate, but roughly speaking our charges for a move like this would start at around $2500 USD. If you just want help for part of the move, we recommend checking with IPATA.org or Globy Pet Relocation to find local, knowledgeable agents.

As far as returning to Germany, you can find more information here and here. China is a "third country" so the rules are a little different (and not as easy) as if you were returning from another EU country. That's not to say it's impossible, though (and there isn't a quarantine) -- you'll just need to make sure you follow the guidelines carefully.

Again, please let us know if you'd like some help with any of this, and good luck with everything!
 

Importing Dogs and Cats to the United Kingdom

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sue
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: 1 dog and 1 cat
From: Norway
To: UK

Hi PetRelocation,

Do I need to do the rabies titer test on my pets before relocating back to UK?

Thanks,

Sue

 

Hi Sue,

Thank you for contacting us with your question. Good news: your pets do not titer tests for this relocation to the United Kingdom. In 2012 the UK relaxed their rules to fall more in line with the rest of the EU, and coming from Norway you'll have a much easier time entering the country than you would have before.

Here is a link going over the import requirements you'll need to meet. Essentially your pets will need to be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies and you'll need to secure a vet health certificate or EU pet passport. The rabies vaccines need to be given at least 21 days before the time of departure, and as always, we recommend booking your flight with a pet friendly airline.

Please let us know if you have any questions about additional logistics, and if you think you'd like some help arranging this move, feel free to fill out our quote form. Good luck with your upcoming pet move!
 

Dog Travel to China: Quarantine Questions

Thursday, June 12, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Mark
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Border Collie
From: Not Moving but from USA
To: China


Hello,

I have been asked about coming to China at the end of August with one of my dogs who is actually a service dog for me, but I am going to do a Frisbee dog demonstration and help organize a competition. I have traveled numerous times to Europe and South America and I have no problems. I have done a lot of searches and get different answers --  yes there is a quarantine or no there is not a quarantine... Can you offer any guidance?

Thank you so very much for any help,

Mark
 

Hi Mark,

Thanks for checking in with us. Being an experienced pet traveler is great -- you'll face fewer surprises overall. China is a special case, though, as quarantine rules depend on the port of entry. We highly recommend working with a professional pet transporter of some kind to help you arrange the logistics and ensure that you can avoid any hold-ups.

You're welcome to give us a call or fill out our quote form, and if you want to research all your options you can search for agents via IPATA.org. There is also a service provider called Globy Pet Relocation that works out of China -- they're worth checking out, as well. For your reference, here are the pet import requirements for China.

If you decide to go to China, returning to the United States is a relatively straightforward process. Generally you'll want to double check with the airline to make sure you're doing all that they ask. Typically pets need a vet health certificate for the airline, and if your dog is traveling as a service animal different rules may be in place.

As you can see, traveling to China with a pet requires balancing a lot of variables, but we'd be happy to speak to you about your options if you have more questions. Good luck, and let us know if we can help!

 

Globetrotting with Pets in Tow

Thursday, June 12, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sienna
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Terrier mix, German Shepherd mix
From: USA
To: Australia/Japan/Hong Kong

 

Dear PetRelocation,

We are just considering a move next year that would involve living in Australia, Japan, and Hong Kong for 3 months each. Would it even be possible to bring our dogs with us or are the quarantine procedures such that it would be too difficult?

Thank you in advance!

Sienna

 

Hi Sienna,

Thanks for contacting us with your question!

Honestly, these are not the easiest countries when it comes to importing pets and going from one to the next with two dogs would be a pretty big challenge. To undertake this you'd have to spend quite a bit of time researching the details, gathering the right paperwork and making sure you have all logistics (flights, quarantines, rabies vaccines, etc.) carefully scheduled.

For example, Australia requires about 190 days of preparation to bring pets into the country, including 10 days of quarantine upon arrival. Japan and Hong Kong are also somewhat strict when it comes to importing pets, and no matter what order you're wanting to arrange these visits you'd need to find veterinarians in each place to help you obtain the necessary documents/vaccines. Your dogs would also need to be comfortable spending time in their travel crates, and you'd need to be able to spend quite a bit of money on these trips, as the cost of flights and import documents, etc. can quickly add up.

You'd also want to take into account the travel experience for your dogs -- this will be taxing for them, and often pet owners decide it may not be worth the time, stress and expense to vacation with pets (as opposed to bringing them along for a permanent relocation, which most find a much easier decision to make). When handled correctly pet travel is very safe, but in regards to taking relatively short trips, the reality may be that it's better to leave your dogs with a trusted pet sitter.

For your reference, here is more information about bringing pets to Hong Kong, bringing pets to Japan and bringing pets to Australia. Please take a look at what each country entails and let us know if you have more questions.

Hopefully this information will help you make a decision! We also recommend talking to your vet, of course.

Good luck, and please let us know if there is anything else PetRelocation can do to assist you as you move forward.
 

Importing Dogs from Rabies-Free Countries

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sonia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Chihuahua
From: Sydney, Australia
To: Austin, TX, USA

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I am a former customer and used your services when moving to Australia and brought our Chihuahua, Benicio. We are now returning to the US and see that rabies vaccination is required 30 days prior to flight unless from a non-rabies country.

Is Australia considered a non-rabies country? What are the rules for us to bring from Australia to the US?

Thank you!
Sonia

 

Hi Sonia,

Thanks for checking in with us once again!

You're right, the rules are a little different when you're bringing a pet from Australia (a rabies-free country) into the United States. According to the official government website, proof of a rabies vaccine is not necessary if you've been in Australia for at least 6 months.

That being said, many airlines do require a health certificate of some kind stating that your dog is healthy and fit to fly, so check with the airline you'll be using to find out about what, if any, paperwork they need from you.

Also, after you've arrived in the United States and have had a chance to settle in, you should research local laws regarding rabies vaccines and follow them accordingly. If you're staying in Austin (good choice!), you'll be required by law to have Benicio vaccinated against rabies every 1-3 years.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you'd like assistance with your move, and good luck with everything.
 

Flight Decisions for Cat Travel to Canada

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Chelsey
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: DMH
From: Western Australia
To: Saskatchewan, Canada

 

Hi,

I am having a difficult time getting clear quotations from pet travel companies. Nothing is clear or itemized. Is is possible to have my cat travel as cargo with me for flying from Australia to Canada (at least two stops so this complicates things) or will I have to send her separately?

I'm assuming having her as my cargo will be cheaper? Who 'prepares' the animal at the airport, do I get to drop her off or does a vet have to prepare the crate from Australia? Will this complicate the exportation/importation process, having myself or a friend having her as cargo?

Thanks!

Chelsey

 

Hi Chelsey,

Thanks for your questions! Pet travel can definitely be confusing if you've never done it before, and we'd be happy to offer some information.

First, take a look at these frequently asked pet travel questions for an idea of how things work. You have some choices to make -- you can handle the move yourself (secure the paperwork, book the flight and check her in at the airport, etc.) or you can hire some assistance, which will cost more but will also remove a lot of the time and stress from the situation. Here are a few reasons why people choose to hire professional help with a pet move.

Also important for you to look at are the pet import requirements for Canada. You will need to visit the vet before you move and secure the correct health documents.

Finally, since it sounds like you're looking for more information about the details of pricing, here is an explanation of why it costs what it does to hire a pet transportation company to help with a move.

This is a lot of information, but feel free to take your time to look over it and then let us know if you have further questions. We arrange door-to-door pet travel services and would be happy to discuss logistics with you and give you an estimate if you're interested. The pets we move travel via cargo and usually aren't on the same flight as the pet owner -- this makes things easier by allowing the pet owner to take care of their own travel details and arrive ahead of their pet if they'd like to.

Hopefully this sets you off in the right direction. Please contact us if you'd like to talk more about your cat's move, and either way good luck with everything!


 

Dog Travel from Africa to Australia

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Shari
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Fox Terrier
From: Senegal
To: Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Can this move be done? If so, how? We are looking at a role in Dakar but only prepared to consider if we have an exit strategy for our pooch. Also, if emergency evacuation was required, ( i.e. cannot provide time as would be required to return to Australia), is there a movement option?

Thanks,

Shari

 

Hi Shari,

Unfortunately it's not possible to move a dog directly to Australia from Senegal. Australia is strict about import rules because of its rabies-free status and Senegal is considered a "non-approved" country, so you'd have to bring your dog to an approved nation for a few weeks before going on to Australia. You can find an outline of the import procedure here.

Essentially if you're looking to create an evacuation plan, it would have to be to a country that allows direct pet importation from Senegal.

Please let us know if you have any more questions about moving your dog to Australia or to any other countries. You can also take a look at our country-specific pet import page to find a general idea of what to expect for each place and/or check with the Ministry of Agriculture for any country to which you're thinking of relocating.

Hope this helps, and good luck with everything.


 

How to Choose the Right Pet Travel Crate

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Catherine
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mix, Terrier/Hound
From: United States
To: Ireland

Hi PetRelocation,

My dog is about 35lbs, roughly 32" long and 24" tall. She's really not a very large dog but I'd rather get her a crate that is too big than too small. Should I get the large size crate or would that be too big? Is it bad to have too big of a crate?

Thanks so much!
Catherine
 

Hi Catherine,

That's a great question that touches on some important pet travel issues. The answer is, it's better to err on the side of caution and go with the larger crate. The more airflow and space your dog has, the safer and more comfortable the trip will likely be.

In terms of your dog's safety you can't really have a crate that's "too big," but please note that cargo rates are based on weight (this is the primary reason it costs more for large dogs to travel), and also not all airplanes are equipped to handle the largest crates. Be sure to check with the airline you'll be using to find out everything you need to know before you book your flight.

Here's a little more information about pet travel crates, including measuring tips. Please let us know if you have any more questions or if you think you'd like some help with your move, and good luck with everything!

 

Measure carefully to choose the right travel crate!

Dog Travel to Australia: How Long Is the Quarantine?

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Renee
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mixed (Lab/Sharpei)
From: Canada
To: Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I read on your site that 180 days of the 190 quarantine can be completed in the country of origin. Forgive me as I have never moved an animal before, but does that mean she has to go into a quarantine station here for 180 days?? I won't be able to have her at home with me?

Thanks,

Renee

 

Hi Renee,

Thanks for reaching out, we'd be happy to provide some information. While the process to move a dog to Australia does take 190 days when it's all said and done, your dog will only need to stay in a quarantine facility for 10 days, and that occurs at the very end, after she has arrived in Australia. She will be home with you the entire time you're still in Canada.

While you're still in Canada, you'll be preparing your dog for the move by completing various vaccines (which need to be done in a particular order and at particular times), and you'll also want to work on crate-training if necessary. Check the Australia Government website for more information about what steps you'll need to complete.

Hopefully this helps, Renee! We've moved many dogs and cats to Australia and would be happy to talk to you and/or help arrange your move. Just let us know if you're interested in finding out more, and good luck with everything!
 

Pet Travel to England

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Nitika
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Long-haired House Cat
From: Oslo, Norway (Gardemoen Airport)
To: Waybridge UK, (Heathrow)

 

Hi,

I do have some questions: How much will this cost? Can the relocation be timed to match my arrival in the UK? This is to ensure minimum transit and in-crate time for the cat. How is PetRelocation different from airlines like Lufthansa and British Airways? Do you offer more options?

Best Regards
Nitika

 

Hi Nitika,

Thanks for submitting a question to us, we'd be happy to offer some guidance. First, here are the pet import requirements for the UK. Your cat will need to follow a few rules and show proof of updated vaccines, etc. in order to be admitted to the UK.

Regarding what we do: We provide door-to-door pet transportation services, which means we help plan the pre-move details (like vaccines and paperwork), we book the flight on a pet friendly airline (often British Airways or Lufthansa), oversee customs clearance and arrange transportation to and from the airport on both ends of the trip.

Usually our clients are not on the same flight as their pet, and we try to time the arrival so that it works for the pet owner (often pet parents want to travel first so that they'll have a chance to set up the new house before reuniting with their pet).

Our costs for moving one small pet internationally usually begin at around $2500, however the actual price will depend on several factors. Handling the move yourself will probably be a cheaper option but will simply take more of your time and effort. Reasons people hire us include not having the time to plan a move or feeling overwhelmed by the process and wanting to leave the details to an experienced team.

We'd be happy to chat if you have more questions for us, Nitika. Either way, good luck with everything!

 

Pet Travel and Microchips

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sylvain
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: French Toy Puddle
From: France
To: Boston, MA

Hello,

My dog is currently tattooed (as an identifier). Some other dogs have a microchip to identify them. What is the recommendation to identify dogs in Massachusetts? Is a chip mandatory or is an ear tattoo okay?

Thank you,

Sylvain
 

Hi Sylvain,

Thank you for your question! Technically you do not need to have a microchip to import your dog to the United States or meet Massachusetts laws. Here are the requirements; essentially, to travel to the US, you need a vet health certificate and proof of an updated rabies vaccine.

That being said, we often recommend that dogs and cats receive microchips for safety's sake. In the event of a separation (though hopefully that never happens), microchips holding updated information make it more likely that a reunion will occur. Also, if you ever want to to go back to France (or to another country with stricter requirements for pet import), you will need to have your dog microchipped.

Here is more information about microchips from our blog in case you have further questions about them.

Hopefully this has been helpful, Sylvain. Good luck with everything, and please let us know if you require further assistance.

Would You Take Your Cat on Summer Vacation?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: David
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: House cat
From: Spain
To: USA

Hi,

My girlfriend lives in Spain. She wants to bring her cat to the United States for the summer vacation. Is this possible?

Thanks,

David

 

Hi David,

Thanks for your question! We often receive similar queries from pet owners wondering about the pros and cons of bringing a furry family member along for a vacation (here's a recent example from the blog). Moving a pet due to a permanent relocation makes it an easier decision (most people go with "yes"), but when it's a relatively short trip it can be tougher to decide.

First, it's important to know what this vacation would entail. In this case you would need to follow the pet import requirements for the United States, and then upon your return, meet the pet import requirements for Spain. Your cat will also need to have an airline-approve travel crate (and hopefully feel pretty comfortable spending time in it). Also, you should choose a pet friendly airline and research their particular procedures for booking a flight, etc.

It will take a significant amount of time and effort to make this round trip with your cat (not to mention the cost of the flights and vet visits), so it all depends on what your girlfriend is prepared for. Also important to consider is the cat's point of view. Will he/she transition easily and deal with two long trips without too much anxiety? Would it be better to leave her/him at home under the care of a trusted pet sitter?

So, the short answer to your question is "yes, it's possible" but as you can see there are many factors to consider here. We hope these details have been helpful in assisting with making a decision, and if you have any further questions, just let us know.

Thanks for reaching out, and good luck with everything!

Cat Travel to Indonesia

Monday, June 2, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Maria
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Short hair cats
From: USA
To: Jakarta, Indonesia

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am planning to move permanently to Jakarta, Indonesia with my three cats. I am really confused about where to begin and am uncertain about how to search the internet to find answers.

I am wondering what are the requirements and which airline allows to carry them into the cabin (I'm hoping to able to put them underneath seats). Please kindly advise.

Thank you so much and I greatly appreciate your help!

Maria

 

Hi Maria,

Thanks for your questions, we'd be happy to provide some information. First, you can take a look at the pet import requirements for Indonesia. Your cats will need a veterinary health certificate and you'll need to follow the procedures as outlined regarding the rabies titer test, etc. Here is more information from our website for you to look over.

We suggest booking a flight with a pet friendly airline -- we often use KLM for pet flights in this part of the world. You can check out their options to decide what may work best for you. Flying pets in the cargo area often sounds scary to people who have never traveled with a pet before, but when handled correctly this is a safe option. Please take a look at these frequently asked pet travel questions along with these common misconceptions about pet travel to help you better understand the process.

If you think you'd like some assistance and want to know more about our door-to-door pet transportation services, please fill out our free quote form.

Hopefully this helps to get you started! Good luck, and let us know if we can help with your cats' move.
 

Q&A: Pet Travel to Peru

Thursday, May 29, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Eileen
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Golden Retriever
From: United States
To: Lima, Peru

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I am considering taking my dog with me to Peru for a year or so. Does Peru require quarantine?

Thanks,

Eileen

 

Hi Eileen,

Thanks for your question! There is currently no quarantine required for pets traveling into Peru from the United States. Please take a look at this overview of the import requirements via the USDA for more specific information about what you'll need to do.

In addition to securing a health certificate and proof of an updated rabies vaccines (you'll find more details in the above links), you'll also want to book a flight with a pet friendly airline and make sure you have an airline-approved travel crate. When you return to the United States, you'll need to follow these pet import requirements in order to be accepted back into the country (these are pretty comparable rules and there is no quarantine here, either).

Hopefully this helps to start you on your way, Eileen. Please let us know if you're interested in finding out about our door-to-door services, and either way, good luck with everything.

 

Pit Bull Travel From the United States

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kurt
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pit Bull
From: Scottsdale, Arizona USA
To: Barcelona, Spain

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I cannot find any rules for pets coming from the United States, only the UK and Euro zone. I need some direction about where to look.

Thanks,

Kurt

 

Hi Kurt,

Thanks for reaching out to us. The best source of information for finding pet import requirements from the United States would be the USDA. Here is a link with an overview on how to bring pets to Spain from the US.

Please look over these requirements and let us know if you'd like some help organizing your move. In addition to showing proof that your dog has been microchipped before the rabies vaccine was administered, you'll also want to book the flight with a pet friendly airline and follow their procedures regarding crate size/style, etc.

Traveling with a pit bull sometimes presents extra challenges due to breed restrictions you may encounter, so it's worth checking out the most current rules in Spain to make sure you're in compliance. The Ministry of Agriculture, local vets and shelters are sources we often suggest, as they tend to have the most up-to-date information.

Hopefully this helps to get you started. Please let us know if you require further assistance, and good luck with your relocation.


 

Summer Vacation with a Dog: Is It a Good Idea?

Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Emily
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Lab/Border Collie mix
From: Los Angeles, CA, USA
To: Costa Rica

 

Dear PetRelocation,

We are traveling to Costa Rica this summer and we would like to take our dog with us. We will be there for two months so we'd like a round trip for our dog. Is that possible? We'll be traveling from mid-June to mid-August.

Thank you,

Emily
 

Hi Emily,

Thanks for the question! Bringing your dog to Costa Rica will mean meeting the pet import requirements the country abides by. You can find an overview of that information here via the USDA. As you can see, you'll need a health certificate, rabies certificate, and your dog will need to be vaccinated against Leptospirosis.

You will also need to book flights with a pet friendly airline (we often use United to fly pets from the United States to Costa Rica) and also make sure you have the correct travel crate.

To come back to the United States, you'll need to look over these pet import requirements and make sure you're in alignment with them. Most notably, you'll need to obtain a vet health certificate issued within 10 days of travel to once again show the airline your dog is healthy and fit to fly.

If you're okay with dealing with the time and expense of traveling with your dog (it will be a few hundred dollars when the two trips are all said and done) and you also think your dog will handle the experience without too much stress, it should be possible to bring him/her along with you. That being said, when facing such a relatively short trip, many pet owners decide to leave their pets at home with a trusted pet-sitter rather than deal with the effort that international travel demands.

It's up to you, of course, and if you'd like to speak to us further, we're available to talk. We also recommend talking to your vet about any concerns you may have.

Hope this helps, Emily! Again, please let us know if we can be of further service.

Questions About Chinchilla Travel

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Vonique
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Chinchilla
From: South Africa
To: New Zealand

 

Hi PetRelocation,

Can I bring my pets with me to New Zealand? Are Chinchillas allowed?

Thanks,

Vonique

 

Hi Vonique,

Thanks for contacting us with your question. According to the official New Zealand Government website, Chinchillas can only be imported to New Zealand if they're coming from the United Kingdom. You can find more information here.

As you can see, New Zealand is a strict country when it comes to importing pets due to its rabies-free status -- sorry to be the bearer of this news.

Please let us know if you have more questions, and for future reference, here is some information about how to travel with a Chinchilla.

Good luck with everything, and let us know if we can ever be of service in the future.


 

Travel Tips to Help Nervous Cats

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Veronika
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Domestic
From: Mexico City, Mexico
To: Budapest, Hungary

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My cats are very nervous, stressed and afraid when transported and I know they shouldn't be sedated during the flight. They are also too big to travel in the passenger cabin. I don't know what the best option is. I am afraid it will be too stressful (long flight plus connecting flight) to move them with me. What should I do?

Thank you,

Veronika
 

Hi Veronika,

Thanks for your questions -- you're not alone in having concerns like these! Many people think it's impossible to move a pet (especially a nervous cat), but there are ways to minimize stress.

  • First, if you decide to go forward with the move, you'll want to help your cats get used to their travel crates as much as possible. Once they can see the crate as a safe and comfortable place to be, they will be much calmer travelers. Here is an overview of our tips for how to crate train a cat.
  • Second, choose a pet friendly airline. This is an extremely important part of minimizing the risks of pet travel, and we often KLM and Lufthansa for European trips due to their pet policies and good safety records.
  • Additionally, talk to your vet, educate yourself as much as possible, and consider hiring professional assistance for your move. All of these things will help to put you into a calmer frame of mind, which will in turn help your cats to feel less anxious.

A final word: we have helped thousands of pets move safely and, again and again, we hear from our customers that the transition is much smoother than they expected it to be. Hopefully this (and the information above) helps you to start your way in the right direction.

Please let us know if you have further questions, and good luck with everything.