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The Multiple Solutions for Pet Travel

Monday, November 24, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Shani
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Miniature Pinscher Mix
From: United States
To: UAE - Dubai or Abu Dhabi

 

Dear PetRelocation,

We may be moving our dog from the US to the UAE - either Abu Dhabi or Dubai. I have read that the only way dogs can enter the UAE is by cargo. I am REALLY nervous about transporting our little guy this way all the way from the US.

Is it possible to fly to Germany or some other mid-point with him in cabin and then do the last leg of the flight as cargo? If so, would it be worth having a few day layover in Germany for him to recover before shipping him as cargo? Thanks so much for your help.

Thanks,

Shani

 

Hi Shani,

Thanks for reaching out with your question. When it comes to planning pet travel there are usually many possible solutions, and we'd be happy to go over a few options with you to help you find the right one!

First, please know that pet cargo travel is safe when planned with a few guiding parameters; these include choosing a pet-friendly airline, talking to your vet about any pet health questions you have, and helping your dog to be acclimated to the travel crate. Read more about pet travel basics here

We typically use KLM when flying pets from the US to the UAE. This pet-friendly airline has trained staff and solid pet-safe procedures that help make even a long trip as comfortable as possible for furry family members (they even have a pet hotel).

After more research you may decide to choose this carrier for your dog's flight, or you may want to stick to your original idea and break up the flight. Note that if you change airlines or leave the airport, you'll most likely need to provide additional paperwork.

It often helps to read the pet travel stories of other pet owners. Take a look at a few of our recent customer stories for an idea of what the process entails and how it feels once the move is over. Additionally, you can look over the pet import requirements for the UAE, as well. 

We'd be happy to provide additional information and let you know more about our door-to-door services if you're interested. Please contact us if you'd like to speak to a Specialist to go over these options in more detail, and either way, good luck with your trip!

How to Help Pets Stay Calm during a Flight

Friday, November 21, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Spencer
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Miniature Pinscher
From: RI
To: FL

Hi PetRelocation,

When flying, what's the best way to keep my dog comfortable? She hates her carrier, and I'm not sure how to best sedate her for the flight. She's 11 lbs and 10 months old.

Thanks,

Spencer

 

Hi Spencer,

Thanks for your question! First of all, we do not recommend sedation. Instead, we have a few tips that can help a dog cope with a flight with as little drama and stress as possible.

  • Work on crate training. If your dog is used to spending time in the crate and even likes it, this will drastically reduce her anxiety level when you're flying. Start early and use these tips to help your dog acclimate to her crate.
  • Exercise! In the hours before the flight, take your dog on lots of walks and let her run around as much as possible. A tired dog handles a flight much more easily, as she'll hopefully be tempted to curl up and take a nap. Bonus: generally fit pets make better travelers.
  • Don't feed your dog too close to a flight, as this could cause an upset stomach. Feed her about three hours before departure to avoid problems, but be sure to give her plenty of water before, during (if possible), and after the flight.
  • Talk to your vet if you have any additional questions or need some advice about preparing for pet travel.

 

Finally, we'd be happy to further discuss your move with you and give you a hand with the arrangements. Please fill out our consultation form if you're interested in hearing more about our services.

Thanks for reading, and good luck with your flight!
 

Moving Pets to South Africa

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Chip
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador/Pit Bull mix
From: Chicago, USA
To: Cape Town, South Africa

Hi PetRelocation,

What is the easiest way to transport my dog to Cape Town? We are moving in early January for at least a year to Cape Town and would hate to leave our dog here. Also, I am disabled and our dog is a service dog, but only 7 months old (will be 9 months at travel date).

Thanks!
Chip
 

Hi Chip,

Thank you for submitting a question to us. We've helped several pets move to South Africa and typically use KLM for their flights, as they area a pet-friendly airline. For an idea of the preparations that will be necessary, take a look at the pet import requirements for South Africa, which you'll need to follow carefully.

Next, here are a few pet travel tips to get you started. Generally speaking, we advise that you start the pet travel process early, talk to your vet about any health concerns you may have, and work on crate-training your dog. If your dog is a certified service animal and you'd like her/him to fly in the cabin with you, contact the airline you'll be flying with to discuss the procedures (here are KLM's animal travel guidelines, for example). We recently discussed typical scenarios for service dog travel on our blog if you'd like to take a look.

If this sounds overwhelming and you think you'd like some help with your move, please fill out our online consultation form. We'd be happy to further assist you, just let us know.

Either way, good luck and have a safe trip!

Cat Travel to Indonesia

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Dawn
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
From: Greece, Santorini
To: Jakarta, Indonesia

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I need to confirm information about moving our cat from Greece to Indonesia. We will be relocating in the next two months.

Thanks!

Dawn

 

Hi Dawn,

Thank you for your question! To begin, please take a look at the pet import requirements for Indonesia (these are geared towards pets coming from the United States but will give you an idea of what to expect). Primarily you'll need a vet health certificate, up-to-date rabies vaccine and a rabies titer test. We recommend checking with the Indonesia Ministry of Agriculture to find out about the most current requirements that apply to you.

For your reference, here are a few frequently asked pet travel questions as well as a few tips for crate-training your cat (just in case your feline friend needs some help learning to love the travel crate).

Please contact us if you're interested in our door-to-door services, or check out IPATA.org if you'd like to hire an agent on your own.

Good luck, and please let us know if we can be of further assistance!

Snub-Nosed Breeds & Travel: Leaving Hawaii with a Pug

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Susan
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Pug and Bull Mastiff
From: Hawaii
To: California

 

Dear PetRelocation,

We live in a "code orange" area, which means a disaster area, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Many of our friends are fleeing from lava that is threatening our homes. I am in the process of researching airlines that will allow snub-nosed dogs. Many airlines are restricting dogs from Pit Bulls to Spaniels because their noses are too snubbed.

Can you tell me if your service can help us?

Thanks,

Susan

 

Hi Susan,

We'd be happy to discuss your move options with you -- sorry to hear you're facing such stressful circumstances. First, a little background information: many airlines restrict snub-nosed breeds because these pets are more likely to encounter problems when they fly due to breathing challenges brought about by their facial structure and hereditary issues.

Your best bet will be to consider United for your pets' flight, as they are a pet-friendly airline and, under certain conditions, will fly some snub-nosed pets. You can take a look at their various restrictions and policies here.

According to these rules, your Pug will be able to fly during the next few months (before May 15) as long as the temperature is not expected to exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit. We recommend that snub-nosed pets fly in a travel crate one size larger than usual, as this provides better air circulation.

Please let us know if you have any more questions about your possible trip, Susan. One of our Specialists would be happy to provide a consultation if you're interested in hearing about our services.

Good luck with everything!

Cat Travel to the UK from an Unlisted Country

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Evren
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Long-haired House Cat
From: Turkey / Istanbul
To: UK / London

Hi,

I have read many things but the pet travel process is still confusing. Hope you can help me.

I will be moving to London to live long term. My cat is 7 years old. I am not an EU citizen or resident of the UK yet. Am I allowed to bring my cat anyway, and will there be any quarantine for my cat as I am coming from Turkey?

How long will the transport take in total? My cat is about 7 kg; how much will this cost? Also, he is not so friendly to strangers. Is this a problem?

Thank you so much.

Regards,

Evren
 

Hi Evren,

Thanks for contacting us with your question. Moving pets to the UK certainly requires careful preparation, so it's a good idea to research carefully and start the process early.

You'll find all the official information about import requirements on the gov.uk site. Turkey is an "unlisted country" so the rules are a bit different -- your cat will need a microchip, rabies vaccination, blood test, official veterinary certificate and you must use an authorized carrier and an approved route. Three months must pass from the day the blood sample is taken to the day of departure.

Good news: if you meet all of these requirements, your cat will not need to undergo a quarantine.

The length of the trip will depend on a few factors (namely the route and airline you choose). Note that we highly recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline -- we often use Lufthasa, KLM and British Airways. These airlines have pet-oriented policies in place and will have trained staff members used to dealing with all kinds of pets with all kinds of temperaments. To promote as smooth a trip as possible, you can attach a note to your cat's travel crate stating he is wary of strangers in order to give the handlers some warning during a comfort stop.

If you have any questions about this process and think you'd like to hire some help, please fill out our consultation form online. Our costs for moving a small pet internationally generally start at up to $3500 USD, but your expenses will vary based on a few different variables.

Hopefully this helps, Evren. Let us know if we can be of further service, and good luck with your trip!

Make Sure Your Pet Travel Crate is Airline-Approved

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Rachel
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: DSH
 

Hi PetRelocation,

Can you folks recommend a US airline-approved cat carrier? I am flying on United from New Jersey to DC, but they have requirements for the crates that I cannot find here in Israel.

One cat is going to be in the cabin with me and my other two monsters will be in cargo. I see many kinds of carriers and crates online, but their pictures do not show how the two pieces are bolted together. I would appreciate any guidance!

Thank you for your time,

Rachel

 

Hi Rachel,

Thanks for your question! Please take a look at our website for some information about airline-approved cat crates. We typically use Petmate Sky Kennels and recommend them to our clients who need to order their travel carriers online.

Ideally you can have your pet "try on" a crate before buying it to make sure it's the right size, but when that's not possible you can measure carefully to make the right choice. 

Find out more about pet carriers and pet travel through our Petmate portal and our blog, and please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions about your upcoming trip.

Good luck to you and your little monsters!

Air Travel with a Medical Alert Dog

Monday, November 17, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kathy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Yorkie
From: Minnesota, USA
To: Prague, Czech Republic

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My husband and I will be relocating to Prague in early December. My husband has a Medical Alert Dog (an 11 lb Yorkie) who travels with him. What are the required forms to enter the Czech Republic?

Thank you,
Kathy
 

Hi Kathy,

Thanks for submitting a question to us, we'd be happy to help with some information.

Please take a look at the pet import requirements for the Czech Republic. Regardless of your pet's status as an assistance dog, you'll need to follow the country's import rules.

We'd also like to draw your attention to these basic pet travel tips and this overview of air travel with a service dog (this post is primarily devoted to designated service animals rather than support animals, but it may have some helpful info for you, too). 

You'll definitely want to contact the airline you're flying with to find out what their specific procedures are when it comes to in-cabin assistance dogs. Different carriers have different rules, and you don't want to encounter any surprises that could cause delays on the day of departure. Lufthansa allows Guide Dogs, Emotional Support and Psychiatric Service dogs to fly free in the cabin, for example, but their website doesn't mention Medical Alert animals (so you'll need to check with them to see if it will be possible to bring your dog in the cabin).

Please contact us if you'd like a consultation with one of our PetRelocation Specialists, and feel free to explore our blog to learn about other pet travel topics of interest.

Hope this helps to get you started, Kathy. Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck with everything!

How to Arrange Dog Travel to China

Monday, November 17, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Tai
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Welsh Corgi
From: Hauppauge, NY
To: Xi'an, China

 

Hello,

I want to bring my dog to China from Long Island, NY next month. I am wondering: what is the price and the process to go to Xi'an? What services are included with a company like yours? What should I do to get started?

Thank You,

Tai

 

Hi Tai,

Thanks for your inquiry! Moving pets from the United States to China is a process that does require quite a bit of careful preparation. You're working with a pretty tight deadline, so you'll want to get started right away.

Many people choose to hire help for all or part of the process, as clearing customs in China can be tricky. Here is more information about the pet import requirements for China from our site, and here is a checklist via the USDA. Your dog needs a microchip, rabies vaccination and certificate, and an APHIS 7001 (and the documents need to be endorsed by the USDA).

As for general travel advice, here are a few tips to help get you started. If you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our consultation form. If you were to hire us, we would work with your vet to oversee paperwork and health documents, arrange the flight on a pet-friendly airline, help your dog clear customs upon arrival and deliver him/her to your new home.

Finally, here's a customer story from our blog about a dog named Monty who we moved to China -- sometimes reading about someone else's trip makes you feel better about your own.

Good luck, and please let us know if we can be of further service!

 

Summer Pet Travel: It's Not Too Early to Start Planning

Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Linda
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Beagle and a English Cocker Spaniel
From: London, UK
To: Scottsdale, Arizona

 

Dear PetRelocation,

We may be relocating around June or July in 2015. Will my dogs be able to fly to Arizona during those months?

Thanks,

Linda

 

Hi Linda,

Thanks for your question! Summer pet travel is definitely an important topic, and it's crucial to educate yourself about the conditions and caveats well in advance.

Since this trip is still several months away and most airlines adjust their summer pet policies at least a little bit from year to year, it's too early to give you a definitive answer. That being said, we can point you in the right direction and tell you where to find the information you need.

Here are some details about summer airline embargoes from last summer, which will give you an idea of what to expect. Since your dogs are not snub-nosed breeds you probably won't face quite as many restrictions, however in the past British Airways (the airline you might be leaning towards using) has implemented flight restrictions for PHX during the summer. Many pet owners end up sending their pets earlier or later than originally planned in order to avoid embargoes like this and keep their pets safe. It may not fit your schedule ideally, but it's an option you may need to consider.

United is another one of our preferred airline carriers for pets all year round because they have solid pet-friendly policies. Even if it's hot, temperature shouldn't be a huge factor because pets are transported to the plane in an air-conditioned vehicle, given plenty of water, etc. Since pet safety is a priority, though, occasional embargoes are enacted.

We recommend checking in with the airlines directly to find out if they have any tips or predictions for you about this summer, and you can always keep an eye on pet travel blogs (like ours!) as your departure draws nearer so that you receive any updates that may be available.

Finally here, are a few safety tips for pets traveling in the summer as well as a link to our consultation page, which you can fill out if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services.

Good luck with everything!

Bird Travel: How to Transport a Cockatoo

Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Pearl
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Bird
Pet Breed: Cockatoo
From: Minneapolis, MN
To: Los Angeles, CA

 

Hi PetRelocation,

Do you transport Cockatoos?

Thanks,

Pearl

 

Hi Pearl,

Yes, we do! We move several birds each year and have helped Cockatoos move safely to places all around the world. In fact, here's a recent picture of one named Andy who is going from Miami to Peru.

For your information, here are a few tips and facts about how to move a bird. It can be a little more complicated than moving a cat or a dog so we recommend starting the process early. Bird relocations within the United States aren't as complex as international moves, but there are definitely a few key details to attend to, including arranging air travel and acquiring a safe and airline-approved travel container for your Cockatoo.

One of our domestic bird specialists would be happy to discuss your options with you if you'd like to find out more about our services. Feel free to call our office at 1-877-PET-MOVE or fill out our online consultation form at your convenience.

Thanks for reaching out, and we hope to hear from you soon!
 

Important Updates for Pets Traveling from Australia to New Zealand

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Since New Zealand is a small island country, relatively isolated, and largely free of typical pests and diseases that affect other nations, its import rules are fairly strict. Pets, even those coming from nearby Australia, must carefully follow the requirements in order to enter.

On that note, an update: The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries has proposed a few changes for pets traveling from Australia to New Zealand. These changes would go into effect beginning Dec. 1, 2014, so keep them in mind if you're planning to use this route.

Here's an overview of the new rules:

  • Veterinary animal inspections at international airports in New Zealand will now place take during the following time frames:

Auckland: 7:00 - 19:00

Wellington: 15:30 - 17:00

Christchurch: 13:00 - 17:00

These inspection times apply Monday through Friday with the exception of public holidays and the period between and around Christmas and New Year .

  • The proposal also includes a fee increase for arrival inspections -- an additional $150 for the first pet and $75 for each additional pet.

 

Please contact PetRelocation if you have questions about international pet travel, and keep following the blog for additional pet travel updates regarding New Zealand, Australia, and other parts of the world.

Video: What is Pet-Friendly Air Travel?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

If you know anything about PetRelocation, you know that we take safety very seriously and only work with pet-friendly airlines when arranging our clients' trips.

What exactly does "pet-friendly" mean, though? Essentially, it means they have a staff trained to handle pets, they use climate-controlled vehicles, and they operate with a smooth set of procedures that keep a pet's health and safety in mind at all times.

For an example, take a look at the video below. This will show you how British Airways (an airline we work with often) handles their cargo pet travel arrangements.

Have questions about pet-friendly travel or PetRelocation's door-to-door transportation services? Please contact us.

"Should We Bring Our Dog on Vacation Abroad?"

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Denise
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Lakeland Terrier
From: (Traveling internationally in general)
To: (Traveling internationally in general)

 

Hi PetRelocation,

My husband and I would like to travel abroad on vacation for two weeks to four months with our Lakeland Terrier and wonder the best source of information on how to travel with your dog. Can we take him on the plane with us under certain weight restrictions for an international flight? Do animals get passports?

Thanks,

Denise

 

Hi Denise,

Sure, we'd be happy to help with some information. For general country requirement details, take a look at our resources page or check out the USDA website (assuming you're starting in the United States). To drill down further, it's typically a good idea to contact the Ministry of Agriculture of the country you're interested in for the most up-to-date info about pet import rules there.

Here are a few answers to frequently asked pet travel questions that may help shed light on the pet travel process, as well. In summary, we recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline, asking your vet to do a health check before you go, and teaching your dog to be as comfortable as possible in the travel crate through crate acclimation.

It sounds like your dog may be too large to fly in the cabin with you (typically only small dogs have this choice), so this trip may entail cargo travel. This is a safe option when you choose a pet-friendly carrier like KLM, Lufthansa or British Airways, but it can also be expensive and taxing for your dog to experience multiple times in a short period.

Along with the paperwork and vet visits, you may find that the logistics of bringing your dog with you as you travel to several different places may be more complicated than you first imagined. It definitely makes sense to bring pets along on a permanent move, but often people find that vacationing with a pet just doesn't make sense for them. It might be better to leave your dog with a trusted sitter, instead.

It's up to you, of course, and hopefully the suggestions and links above will help you find your way to the right decision for you and your dog. Let us know if you have more questions, and good luck!

Planning Ahead for Holiday Pet Travel

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Melisa
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Dachshund
From: USA (Chicago, IL)
To: Poland

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I am traveling to Poland for the Holidays with my Dachshund. We are going from Dec. 11 to Jan. 2 and I want to know what's needed for us to safely enter Europe (Poland) and return back to the US. When I go to the vet what do I need done -- shots, vaccinations, etc.

I don't want to have any issues.

Thank you!

Melisa

 

Hi Melisa,

Great questions, we'd be happy to help. First, take a look at the pet import requirements for Poland and, for your return trip, the pet import requirements for the United States. Your dog will need to have a microchip, up-to-date rabies vaccine, and a health certificate.

We definitely recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline  (we often go with Lufthansa, KLM and United) and double checking with the carrier you choose to find out about all crate requirements, etc. For your reference, here are a few pet travel best practices.

Also very important: we recently discussed on our blog that pet travel during the holidays can be particularly challenging and hectic due to possible delays and office closures. Please take a look at our additional tips for holiday travel to help educate yourself and hopefully avoid any issues.

If you have more questions or think you'd like some assistance, please contact us to discuss your move options. Hope you have a smooth trip and a happy holiday season!

 

Understanding the New EU Pet Import Rules

Monday, November 10, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Georgina
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: 2 dogs and a cat
Pet Breed: Rottweiler, Border Collie & Staffordshire Terrier, Norwegian Forest Cat
From: Canada
To: England

 

Hi PetRelocation,

What do I need to do to prepare my animals to be relocated with me to England? Could you please send me the current requirements, as I don't want my animals to have to deal with being in quarantine.

Thanks,

Georgina

 

Hi Georgina,

Thanks for reaching out -- there are a few upcoming changes to the UK pet import process so your questions are timely.

First, take a look at the official announcement and information regarding the changes to the EU Pet Travel Scheme. Beginning in December of 2014, the rules for incoming pets will be adjusted. The primary difference involves when the pets can fly in relation to the owners (the owner must travel within five days of the pet), and a few other modifications have been made, as well.

These new rules are being closely examined by affected parties, and various pet travel companies and advocates are working hard to educate themselves and manage these new procedures. Anyone who has experience with pet travel knows that these rules could once again be adjusted, but for now it would be best to plan according to these guidelines and consult the help of experts as you move forward.

If you're interested in finding out more about our door-to-door services, please complete our free quote form. You can also keep following our blog for more updates on this matter -- changes are frequent when it comes to pet travel import rules, and we do our best to keep readers updated.

Good luck and happy traveling!
 

"Is This a Bird Scam?"

Friday, November 7, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: R
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Bird
Pet Breed: Macaw
From: USA
To: Puerto Rico

 

Hello,

I met a lady online who is willing to sell me her pet parrot. She asked me to wire her some money so she could send the parrot to Puerto Rico through a pet transport agency. The thing is that I don't know if what we're doing is legal, if we're taking the right steps or if she needs to get some permits first.

If you could help me with these issues I would appreciate it a lot.

Thanks,

R

 

Hello,

Thanks for contacting us. We can say with near certainty that this is a scam, and in fact there is no bird. This woman is trying to steal money from you (asking you to wire the money is a big red flag). You should cut off contact with her and certainly don't send her a payment.

Transporting birds internationally is a very complex process that requires quite a bit of paperwork and careful preparation. Most instances you'll find online of people selling a bird and asking the seller to pay a transportation fee are not legitimate. If you do want to add a bird to your life, proceed carefully and only deal locally.

Please read more about bird scams here and let us know if you have any questions. Pet scams are unfortunately pretty common (just take a look at this puppy scam blog post and the hundreds of comments it has gathered over the years), so it's important to educate yourself and watch out for warning signs.

Good luck!

Pet Travel to the Dominican Republic

Thursday, November 6, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Raymond
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: German Shepherd, Jack Russell Terrier
From: Nicaragua
To: Dominican Republic

 

Hello PetRelocation,

What do I need to bring my dogs into the Dominican Republic? Do I need Health certificates, etc.?

Thanks,

Raymond

 

Hi Raymond,

We'd be happy to help you with some basic information about your upcoming pet relocation. Please take a look at the pet import requirements for the Dominican Republic. You'll see that your dogs will need proof of updated rabies vaccines as well as a health certificate.

We recommend microchips for traveling pets, and strongly recommend that you take the time to choose a pet-friendly airline. You'll need airline-approved travel crates, as well, and it helps to prepare your dogs for travel through crate-training and by helping them to be at a healthy weight.

If you're interested in hiring some assistance with your move, please fill out our free quote form to find out more about our door-to-door services. Hope this helps to get you started. Good luck!

Holiday Pet Travel Tips: How to Avoid Delays and Problems

Thursday, November 6, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Many people plan to relocate internationally with their pets in November, December and early January, and each year we like to post a few tips to help ease the stress of traveling during this hectic time. Your own schedule may make this seem like a convenient time to plan a move, but be aware that office closures, weather, and abbreviated cargo hours may make smooth travel tricky to pull off.

Here are a few potential challenges that go along with holiday pet travel:

Office Closures and Backlogs

If you're flying internationally and need USDA endorsements for your pet's paperwork, take into account that holiday closures for government offices may make it harder for you to stick to your ideal schedule. You may be on the ball when it comes to planning, but if the USDA takes longer than normal to return your pet's health documents to you, your whole timeline could be thrown off.

Weather and Traffic Delays

The days and weeks surrounding Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's are a popular time to travel, and this is also a stretch known for snow, ice, and general bad weather. These factors increase the chance of hiccups, and particular days (such as the day before Thanksgiving) are known for widespread flight delays. Pets flying in cargo are often the first to be rerouted or kept behind because their safety is such a priority, so again, even if you've done everything right, conditions beyond your control could make for a longer and more frustrating journey if you take the risk of traveling during this time.

Unexpected Costs

The above mentioned delays aren't just annoying, they are also costly. Extra nights of boarding, hiring drivers to make yet another airport trip after a flight is canceled, or having to re-do any paperwork all mean you'll be spending more money than you initially planned.

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So how do you avoid these potential problems?

  • First, we suggest flying well before or after the holidays in order to avoid the rush. If you can, minimize your risks of complications from the very first step.
  • If you must go during this time, though, you might want to choose to hire professional assistance for your pet's move. Experts can't magically avoid every possible snafu, but experienced Specialists are better able to navigate the tricky world of holiday pet travel.
  • Be flexible. This is advice we give to all pet travelers, as you never know what unforeseen events may arise when moving a long distance with a pet.
  • Above all, if you're planning to move a pet in November, December or January, the most important thing to do is start the process early so that you can build a realistic timeline based on import rules and document requirements.

 

Please give us a call or fill out our quote form if you're interested in discussing your move options with a PetRelocation Specialist. The sooner you speak to us about holiday travel, the better.

Good luck, safe travels, and happy holidays!

Essential Cargo: Cat Travel to Austria

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Marjatta
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Mixed
From: California
To: Austria

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I need to move to Austria to take care of my Mum. I am planning on going in June or July next year. I have three cats who I do not want to live without and was referred to this agency, but you seem to only service England, Canada and the US.

This is a permanent move. (Also, if anyone could suggest a good, not terribly expensive overseas moving service as an addendum, any answers will be greatly appreciated.)

Thanks,

Marjatta

 

Hi Marjatta,

Thanks for your question -- we completely understand that life wouldn't be the same without your cats and we'd be happy to help you with some move options.

First, please take a look at the pet import requirements for Austria. If you'd like some help organizing the paperwork, flights, delivery, etc., please fill out our free quote form. It's true that Austria isn't one of the most common destinations for our clients, but we do have experience moving pets there safely. In fact, here's a picture of a beautiful dog named Foo who we relocated to Austria earlier this year.

Take a look at the above requirements for an idea of what to expect, review these frequently asked pet travel questions, and if your cats aren't comfortable in their travel crates, you can start to prepare them with these cat crate-training tips.

Hopefully this helps to get you started. Please let us know if you have any more questions or if you think you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services. Either way, good luck and thanks again for reaching out!

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