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Hedgehog Travel to the United States

Thursday, January 22, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ethan
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Hedgehog
Pet Breed: African Pygmy Hedgehog
From: Taipei, Taiwan
To: Louisiana, USA

 

Hello,

I'm currently an exchange student from the States in Taiwan right now, and for Christmas my host family got me a hedgehog -- kinda weird, but they don't celebrate Christmas here so I guess they didn't know a hedgehog is that out of the norm for a gift, haha!

Anyway, my mom back in America freaked out because she's convinced I won't be able to take Murphy (hedgehog's name) back home, that there's some regulation that's going to stop me.

Well I did some research, and as far as I can tell I should be OK as long as a fill out some form or contact the airport -- it was all pretty unclear.

So my question is: Could you guys lay out the exact steps I need to take and explain them a bit? I really love my hedgehog and definitely wanna take him home (in about 5 months)!!!

Thanks,

Ethan

 

Hi Ethan,

Thanks for the question! The United States is a pretty straightforward country when it comes to importing pets, and there are no particular restrictions for hedgehogs (no import permit is required, for example).

You will need to check with the airline, however, to find out what their requirements are (usually this consists of a health certificate from your vet stating the pet is healthy and fit to fly, and it should be issued within 10 days of travel). You'll also need an airline-approved travel crate. We also advise talking to a vet for travel tips, however in general we can say that hydration is extremely important. 

Please contact us for a consultation if you're interested in hiring some help with this move, and either way, good luck!
 

Dog Travel from Texas to California

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Michelle
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier
From: San Antonio, TX
To: Fontana, CA

 

Hello,

I wanted to know if there is anyway to get a rough estimate on how much it will be to transport my dog. At the moment I am currently stationed in Korea and Dom is with a friend in San Antonio, Texas. She has recently moved and I don't have her new address so I can't put it on the request sheet. If you could please let me know at your earliest convenience it would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
Michelle

 

Hi Michelle,

Thanks for your inquiry. Typically our costs for moving a small pet domestically (door-to-door) start at around $1200, but costs vary depending on the circumstances. Usually larger breeds like yours are a bit more expensive to move, as a large or custom travel kennel and the plane ticket will likely cost more than those required for a smaller pet.

You're welcome to give our office a call (1-877-PET-MOVE) or fill out our consultation form if you'd like to discuss your move options with one of our Specialists. If you decide to try to handle the move on your own, please take a look at a few resources on our blog for guidance; here are several frequently asked pet travel questions along with the pet travel requirements for domestic moves.

We'd be happy to talk to you more about Dom's move and possibly give you a hand -- just let us know! Either way, thanks for reaching out and good luck with everything.


 

Pet Travel from Barbados to the United States

Monday, January 19, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: David
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Akita
From: Barbados
To: Fort Lauderdale

 

Hi PetRelocation,

We want to move our dog from the Island of Barbados to the United States -- Fort Lauderdale or Miami. Can you please advise us of the steps required?

Thanks,

David

 

Hi David,

Thanks for your question! To start, we'd suggest taking a look at these pet travel basics in order to acquaint yourself with the general process. It's also important to understand the pet import requirements for the United States.

The United States is one of the more clear and easy countries when it comes to importing pets; you'll need to have proof of an updated rabies vaccine and a health certificate showing the airline your dog is healthy and fit to fly. As you'll see when you follow the links above, we also recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline and making sure you're in line with whatever regulations/procedures that carrier has in place.

If you're interested in hiring some assistance with your move, please fill out our online consultation form to find out more about our services.

Thanks for contacting us, and good luck with everything!
 

Pet Travel Rules: Moving Pets to Scotland

Friday, January 16, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Krystle
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Bichon Frise
From: United States
To: Scotland

 

Hi,

I was hoping to get a detailed list of the export requirements from the USA and import requirements of Scotland. I'm considering using your services and I just want to know exactly what all of the requirements are.

Thank you,
Krystle
 

 

Hi Krystle,

Sure, we'd be happy to point you in the right direction. The USDA is a good source of official information; take a look here for an overview of pet import requirements to the UK (including a link to the new health certificate). As of December 2014, pet import rules to the UK have changed a bit -- please read more about those EU Pet Travel Scheme changes on our blog.

In addition to meeting these paperwork and vaccine requirements, you'll also want to prepare your dog for travel by helping him/her with travel crate acclimation. Choosing a pet-friendly airline and acquainting yourself with all travel procedures is also important. To dive deeper, please read over these frequently asked pet travel questions.

If you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services and speak to a Specialist about your move options, you're welcome to fill out our online consultation form at your convenience or give our office a call. We've helped many pets move to Scotland (including Bella, for example) and would be happy to help with your dog's move, as well.

Hope this helps to get you started! Please let us know if/when we can be of further assistance, and good luck with everything.

 

It's True: Barbados Has New (Easier) Pet Import Rules

Thursday, January 15, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Joanne
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Rhodesian Ridgeback
From: South Africa
To: Barbados

 

Hi There,

I recently read somewhere that from 1st January 2015, Barbados will accept pets from most countries so long as they have conformed with the necessary tests and protocol.

Could you confirm if this is correct or do we still have to go via the UK?

Many thanks in advance,
Jo

 

Hi Jo,

Thanks for your question! We're happy to report that yes, Barbados has relaxed its pet import rules and there is no longer a need to route through the United Kingdom (provided you meet the necessary requirements).

We recently discussed the new Barbados pet import rules on our blog and would be happy to answer any further questions you have. Additionally, here is a video from the Barbados Ministry of Agriculture that goes over the process:

 

New Dog Cat Promo from Ministry of Agriculture Barbados on Vimeo.

 

If you'd like to find out more about hiring some assistance with this move, please fill out our online consultation form.

Hopefully this helps you to start the planning process, Jo. Feel free to peruse our blog for more pet travel tips and pet travel stories, and good luck with everything!

Using EU Pet Passports for Pet Imports to Canada

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Adam
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mini Schnauzer
From: Netherlands
To: Canada

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I live in the Netherlands and I want to bring my dog with me to Canada on vacation. The dog was originally from Canada, so I was wondering if I can bring him back into the country with his European pet passport?

Thanks,

Adam

 

Hi Adam,

In order to bring your dog into Canada, you'll need to follow the guidelines as outlined on the official Canada government website. The fact that your dog is originally from Canada will not really affect the import requirements, but according to this site a European Union pet passport is an acceptable alternative to the required rabies certificate provided that all the details are complete and correct as outlined here.

There is no quarantine for pets entering Canada (as long as all requirements are met), and a microchip is not required (though PetRelocation does recommend microchips for all traveling pets). Finally, it's also important to check with the airline you'll be traveling with to find out about any additional requirements, and when you return to the Netherlands, you'll need to make sure you meet those airline/country import requirements, as well.

If you have any general questions about the logistics of pet travel, these frequently asked pet travel questions will provide some basic information. If you think you'd like some assistance with your dog's journey, please fill out our online consultation form. Thanks for submitting a question to us, and good luck with everything!

 

The Basics: Dog Travel to the United States

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Julia
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Chihuahuas
From: Monaco
To: Houston, TX

 

Hi,

My husband and I are relocation from Monaco to Houston, TX in March and I need to make sure my dogs can enter without quarantine and/or problems. Can you inform me what paperwork I need, etc.?

Thank you!

Julia

 

Hi Julia,

Sure, we'd be happy to help with some information. First, please take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States. This is one of the more straightforward countries when it comes to importing pets, and essentially you'll need a vet health certificate and proof of updated rabies vaccines. There is no quarantine for pets entering the United States.

If you're new to pet travel, it may also help to look over these basic pet travel tips. As you'll see by perusing our blog, though it can often be complicated, pet travel is a safe endeavor when undertaken with the proper planning and attention to detail.

If you think you'd like some help with your move, you're welcome to fill out our online consultation form or give our office a call. Just let us know if you think we can be of further assistance, and good luck with everything!

How Do Pets Handle Long International Flights?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Laura
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Eurasier
From: Europe
To: Boston

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I have never had a dog flown before and I wonder if there are calming medicines that are administered? How are their basic needs cared for (thinking here about the intake of food and water as well as the excretion of the same)? What are the conditions in the hold (thinking temperature, light, presence of other animals)? What happens during layovers if there is no direct flight to be had (Copenhagen-Boston)?

Thanks,

Laura
 

 

Hi Laura,

These are all great questions. The idea of putting your pet onto a long international flight can definitely feel daunting at first, but we find that the more that a pet owner learns about the process, the more confident they can begin to feel about planning a successful trip. We have helped thousands of pets move safely and would be happy to share a few tips and facts with you.

First, please know that sedation is not allowed or recommended during pet flights. Crate training is a better way to help your dog feel calm during a flight and it's a practice we do highly recommend. Helping your dog to see the crate as a comfortable and safe place is very important -- please read more about crate-training here (these tips apply to both dogs and cats).

It's also important to choose a pet-friendly airline with dedicated staff and pet safe practices. We often use KLM, Lufthansa, United and British Airways for our clients' pets due to their level of attention to their pet passengers.The cargo area of the plane is pressure and temperature controlled and, with pet-friendly airlines pets are the last to be loaded and the first to be removed upon arrival. They are situated securely and carefully with the pet's safety and comfort in mind.

Layovers can be a good thing for pets, as this will allow for a bathroom/stretch break that makes a long journey more comfortable. We often schedule our clients' flights so that they can stop at an animal hotel for a few hours or even overnight where they are tended to by professionals. The layover situation will depend on the route you ultimately choose, and we'd be happy to further discuss your options with you if you'd like.

Please fill out our online consultation form if you'd like to find out more about our services, and in the meantime you can also read over these basic pet travel tips and these recent pet move stories from our clients. Again, hopefully the more you learn the better you'll feel about your pet's travel experience.

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

Pet Travel Requirements for Norway

Friday, January 9, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Tracey
Number of Pets: 4
Pet Type: 2 dogs and 2 cats
Pet Breed: Golden Retrievers and domestic cats
From: USA
To: Norway

 

Hi PetRelocation,

Do we need to have the rabies titer testing of the animals prior to the move? Are there any other tests required other than the health check and tapeworm treatment??

Thanks,

Tracey

 

Hi Tracey,

Moving pets to Norway does not require a titer test. Your dogs and cats will need microchips, rabies vaccines administered at least 21 days before departure, and the dogs will need a tapeworm treatment within one to five days of departure. As you mentioned, you'll also need a health certificate.

Take a look at an overview of the Norway pet import requirements via the USDA website, and it may also help to take a look at a few typical pet travel questions and answers to find out more about crate-training, cargo travel, and choosing a pet-friendly airline.

Finally, if you're interested in hiring some assistance with your pet move, you're welcome to fill out our online consultation form.

Hopefully this helps to point you in the right direction, Tracey. Thanks for submitting a question to us, and good luck with everything!

Pet Travel Update: Barbados Relaxes its Pet Import Rules

Thursday, January 8, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

dog chillinThe pet import requirements for Barbados have been relatively strict in the past, but as of January 1, 2015, pets from all countries can now be imported directly into the country without quarantine provided that all import requirements are met.

Import requirements vary depending on the country of origin, but certain standards apply to all pets. All dogs and cats will need to have an ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to standard 11785 microchip and must be vaccinated with rabies after the microchip has been implanted. An Import Permit is also required; this is obtained from the Barbados Ministry of Agriculture and applications are available here. Dogs and cats also need an Export Permit endorsed by the Official Veterinary Services from their country of origin.

Per the Barbados Ministry of Agriculture, pets coming from rabies-free or low-rabies countries (these 'Category 1' countries include the United States, EU countries and Australia, for example) must meet the following requirements:

1. The pets must be microchipped;
2. The pets must be vaccinated against rabies after the microchip has been implanted;
3. Thirty-five (35) days must pass after the rabies vaccination before the pets are eligible to enter Barbados;
4. Within seven (7) days of travel, dogs must be treated against ticks and tapeworms;
5. For countries where the following diseases are endemic, the pets must be tested for heartworm, leishmaniasis, nipah virus and/or hendra virus and found to be negative;
6. Within seven (7) days of travel, the pets must undergo a veterinary examination and be issued with an Official Veterinary Export Health Certificate.

For pets coming from 'Category 2' countries (all those not considered low-rabies or rabies-free), these are the health requirements:

1. The pets must be microchipped;
2. The pets must be vaccinated against rabies after the microchip has been implanted;
3. Thirty (30) days after rabies vaccination, the pets must have a blood test (FAVN rabies antibody titre test) carried out by an approved laboratory, with a result of at least 0.5 IU/ml
4. Ninety (90) days must pass after the successful blood sample was taken before the pets are eligible to enter Barbados
5. Within seven (7) days of travel, dogs must be treated against ticks and tapeworms;
6. For countries where the following diseases are endemic, the pets must be tested for heartworm, leishmaniasis, nipah virus and/or hendra virus and found negative;
7. Within seven (7) days of travel, the pets must undergo a veterinary examination and be issued with an Official Veterinary Export Health Certificate.

All pets traveling via commercial airline must arrive in Barbados via cargo and clear customs upon arrival with the help of a customs broker. Arriving without proper notice or outside of regular business hours may incur extra fees or delays. For a full overview of the requirements as well as a list of Category 1 and Category 2 countries, please refer to the Barbados Ministry of Agriculture website.

As you can see, though the Barbados import process is now more inclusive, it still requires several careful steps and precise attention to detail. Feel free to contact PetRelocation if you have questions and would like more information about enlisting door-to-door assistance with your move.

How Long is Australia's Pet Quarantine?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Diogo
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: French Bulldog
From: Luxembourg
To: Adelaide, Australia

 

Hello,

I'm thinking about moving from Luxembourg to Adelaide and I wanted to know how long my French Bulldog must rest in quarantine in Adelaide.

Thank you,

Diogo

 

Hi Diogo,

Thanks for your inquiry! The standard quarantine for pets traveling to Australia is 10 days. Please review the pet import requirements for Australia for more detailed information about preparing for this relocation, as this process is fairly complex and will take several weeks to complete.

We recommend using the official Australian Government Department of Agriculture website for more information and assistance about vaccine timelines and quarantine details. For example, the quarantine will need to be fulfilled at one of two official facilities: one is in Sydney and one is in Melbourne.

Feel free to contact us if you think you'd like some assistance with this move. We have helped many pets relocate safely to Australia and would be happy to discuss your options with you. For further reference, here is a video of our client's dog Monty at the Spotswood Quarantine Station in Melbourne.

Hopefully this helps to get you started. Good luck and please let us know if we can be of further assistance!

Planning Cat Travel to New Zealand

Monday, January 5, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Andrea
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Siamese
From: Oregon, USA
To: Auckland, New Zealand

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Where can I find an accurate guideline for bringing my cat to Auckland with me in March?

Thanks,

Andrea

 

Hi Andrea,

Thanks for the question! Please take a look at the New Zealand pet import requirements on our website and also on the official New Zealand government website. As a rabies-free island nation, New Zealand does require quite a bit of planning to bring a pet into the country, so it's a good idea to start the process early.

Because it's a multi-step process, many pet owners decide to hire assistance with their moves. If you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services, you're welcome to fill out our online consultation form. You can also read true stories of recent pet moves to find out what you might be able to expect; if you'd like a New Zealand story, here is one about Wednesday the cat, whose move we planned a few months ago.

This should help you get started, but we certainly understand if you have more questions! Let us know if we can be of further assistance, and good luck with your cat's relocation to Auckland.


 

Exploring the Option of Air Cargo Travel for Pets

Friday, January 2, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Tiffany
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Poodle
From: China
To: United States

 

Hi PetRelocation,

My mom is going to visit me in January and she wants to bring three small poodles with her, but the airline only allows one dog per person. I did some research and found you guys, so now I'm just wondering how this works and how much will it cost to move these three dogs from China?

Thank you,

Tiffany

 

Hi Tiffany,

Great question! It sounds like your mom will need to move the dogs via cargo, and we would recommend doing so on a pet-friendly airline (we often use United, KLM and Lufthansa, for example). If this idea is new to you, please read more about cargo pet travel and crate-training on our blog.

Still have questions and think you'd like to hire some assistance with this trip? You're welcome to fill out our consultation form to hear from a Specialist. Please note that we provide door-to-door services for relocating pets, and our costs for moving one small pet internationally usually start at around $3500 USD.

If this is just a vacation and not a permanent move, your mom may find that the costs (not to mention the time, energy and possible stress) required here may not be worth it. Finding a trusted dog sitter or boarding facility isn't always easy, either, but it would probably be simpler than bringing three dogs across the world and back in such a short amount of time (particularly because China's import requirements are stricter than those for the United States, and the dogs would have to meet those upon their return).

Again, we're happy to discuss our services with you if you're interested, so just let us know if you think we can be of further assistance.

Either way, good luck with everything!


 

Dog Import Question: Does the United States Have Breed Restrictions?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Hila
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pit Bull
From: Israel
To: California, USA

 

Hi PetRelocation,

Are there any special requirements for bringing my dog from Israel to the United States?

Thanks,

Hila

 

Hi Hila,

Thank you for your question! The United States is pretty straightforward when it comes to pet import requirements. Your dog will need an up-to-date rabies vaccine, a vet health certificate, and you'll also need an airline-approved travel crate. We recommend flying with a pet-friendly airline such as United, KLM or Lufthansa, and pre-travel crate-training is very important. Please read more about these basic pet travel tips on our blog.

The United States does not impose breed restrictions, but you may need to have a reinforced travel crate for your pit bull (this ultimately depends on the airline's preferences). Either way, we recommend doing this research well before you plan to travel so as to avoid any surprises or delays.

If you think you'd like some assistance with your move and want to find out more about our door-to-door pet transportation services, please fill out our online consultation form. Thanks again for getting in touch with us, and just let us know if you think we can be of further assistance to you.

Good luck and have a great trip!

Planning Dog Travel to Hawaii

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: LaVonne
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Great Dane
From: United States
To: Hawaii

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I'd like to know how this works and how much it costs to have my dog sent to Hawaii, and also what your company includes as far as shipping my dog (basically all information).

Thanks,

LaVonne
 

Hi LaVonne,

Thank you for reaching out to us with your question! These frequently asked pet travel questions will help to give you an overview of what to expect when relocating with a pet, and for your specific situation, you'll also want to read about what is required to move a pet to Hawaii. Since Hawaii is considered rabies-free, there are a few extra steps you must take before your dog can be accepted into the state, and the process takes a few weeks to carry out correctly and smoothly.

If you're interested in door-to-door pet transportation services like ours, you can take a look at a summary of what we do and can fill out our consultation form if you'd like to hear from a Specialist to start discussing your move options. Essentially, if you sign up with us we will help you through every step of the move (vet visits, airline booking, paperwork, etc.) and help you obtain the right travel crate (a custom crate is probably needed here). Our services aren't right for everyone, but we'd be happy to talk to you further if you'd like to find out more. For fastest service, you're welcome to give our office a call at 1-877-PET-MOVE.

Typically our costs for moving a pet domestically start at around $1200, but since you're going to Hawaii with a large dog, you can probably expect to pay more than that (the more space a pet takes up in the cargo area, the more the airline charges).

Hopefully this helps to get you started, and we hope to hear from you soon!

Tips for Safe Pet Air Travel

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Janeth
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador Retriever
From: Tampa, FL
To: Los Angeles, CA

Hi PetRelocation,

I've been reading some horrible stories about animals dying when they fly, and it doesn't give me any peace of mind about flying anywhere with my pet. I have to fly to California because I'm moving there, but I want to find at least five top airlines that I can trust with my pet. She will be in the cargo area since she is 60 pounds.

What airlines are the best? What things could I do so my dog gets there safely with me?

Thanks,

Janeth

 

Hi Janeth,

Excellent questions! First of all, read this. Though it's common to come across news stories about pet travel mistakes and mishaps, the fact of the matter is that most pets fly safely. When you look at the numbers and realize that there are things you can do to minimize the risks of pet travel, hopefully you'll begin to see the situation a little differently (which will help you start to breathe a little easier).

What are the things you can do to help your dog travel safely? First, work on crate-training. If your dog is comfortable with her crate and even enjoys spending time in it, you'll be off to a great start. Here are a few tips for helping this to become a reality (they apply to both dogs and cats). Second, it's important to choose a pet-friendly airline. We have helped thousands of pets fly safely, and our most frequently-selected airlines include United, KLM and Lufthansa.

It usually helps to read the stories of pet travelers who have gone through this all before, so we recommend taking a look at these PetRelocation client experiences for some insight and education. Finally, here are a few frequently asked pet travel questions that might help you pick up a few tips, as well.

If you think you'd like some expert help carrying out your move, feel free to fill out our online consultation form. We'd be happy to assist you!

Thanks again for reaching out. Hopefully this information sheds light on the more positive realities of pet travel and helps you to plan a safe and low-stress trip. Good luck with everything and let us know if we can be of further assistance!
 

Pet Travel to Australia Requires Careful Planning

Friday, December 26, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sonya
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Hound Mix, Silky Terrier
From: United States
To: Australia

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I have two dogs that I would like to take with me to relocate to Australia in January (end of January). Do I follow the instructions as suggested and then board the dogs when we arrive in Australia?

Please advise.

Sonya

 

Hi Sonya,

Moving pets to Australia requires that you follow a series of specific steps and pay close attention to timing. Please take a look at the official information about importing pets via the Australia Government Department of Agriculture website. Pets must undergo a 10-day quarantine upon arrival after all vaccine and health document requirements have correctly been fulfilled, and the process usually takes 190 days altogether. 

Unless you have already started this process (microchip implantation, titer test, etc.) and are well on your way to completion, your dogs likely won't be able to travel at the end of next month. There's no need to panic, though; one of our Specialists would be happy to talk to you about your move options, so please fill out our consultation form or give our office a call if you'd like.

Many people end up flying before or after their pets when quarantine and import requirements make timing tricky to manage. Feel free to read some of our recent customer stories for an idea of the diverse array of scenarios that pet travel tends to bring about. Often things aren't as simple as you first imagined them to be, but multiple solutions are available and it's all about finding the one that works best for you and your pets.

Please review the Australia pet import rules and timelines closely and then let us know if we can be of further assistance. Thanks for reaching out, and good luck with everything!


 

What Kind of Pet Travel Assistance Do You Need?

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Daniel
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Mix breed
From: Dallas, Texas
To: Prague Czech Republic

 

Hello,


Can you help me transport my two pets? I want to arrange all vet documentation, travel crates, etc. on my own, I just need someone to book my flight. Can you do this for me, please ?

Thank for your time.

Best Regards,

Daniel
 

Hi Daniel,

Thanks for contacting us! To start, here's a little background about what we do: PetRelocation provides door-to-door transportation services for pets internationally. We work closely with vets to oversee pre-move paperwork and arrange pick-up and delivery to and from the airport. We also book pet flights on pet-friendly airlines and handle customs clearance upon arrival.

It sounds like you're not looking for comprehensive services like ours, but if you change your mind you're welcome to fill out our consultation form. If you simply do just need help booking a flight, perhaps we can offer some advice that may help. 

It's important to choose a pet-friendly airline, and we often use United, Lufthansa and KLM due to their pet safe policies. Research possible carriers well before you need to travel so that you're acquainted with their booking and flight procedures for pets. Crate-training is also an important part of making sure your dogs enjoy as safe and low-stress a flight as possible.

For your reference, here are the pet import requirements for the Czech Republic along with a few basic pet travel tips. You may decide that you do want to hire the help of pet travel experts to handle your move, but if you don't we certainly understand! Hopefully this information can help you start to sort out the process a bit, and we're here if you need further assistance.

Good luck with everything and thanks again for your questions!

Can Bengal Cats Travel to Australia?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Yudha
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Bengal
From: Medellin, Colombia
To: Sydney, Australia

 

Hi,

We have a Bengal and we are currently living in Colombia. We have plans to move to Sydney, Australia around April 2015. We understand that we cannot transport our cat directly to Australia from Colombia. However, we are planning to stop by Los Angeles for one week.

Is there a possibility of bringing our cat to Australia from Colombia via USA? If yes, what will be the procedure and cost?

Regards,
Yudha
 

Hi Yudha,

Thanks, great question! First of all, Bengal cats may not be imported into Australia unless they are at least five generations removed from their purebred, non-domestic ancestors. Please read more details about import restrictions regarding breed here

If you can proceed, then we'll continue: yes, moving pets to Australia from a non-approved country will require first spending time in a second, approved country, and the United States does qualify. You'll need to follow the pet import requirements for the United States to move your cat there, and then you'll need to follow the Australia pet import requirements from the United States. You can find the overview of steps on the Australia Department of Agriculture website.

Unfortunately you will need to arrange your schedule so that you are in the United States for more than a week. You have a couple of options -- you can either go to the US for the initial rabies vaccine and testing, go back to Colombia, then go to the US again before moving on to Australia, or you can just move to the US for the full vaccine preparation process and then go to Australia.

Typically the entire pet import process to Australia takes 190 days from the start to the finish (including the 10-day quarantine upon arrival). Finally, the costs of a pet move to Australia vary from one instance to another and are significant; you can probably expect to spend at least $3500.

If you think you'd like some assistance with this move and want to find out more about our services, please fill out our online consultation form. You're also welcome to take a look at our blog for more information about international pet travel

Hopefully this helps to get you started. Good luck with everything!

 

Dog Travel to the United Arab Emirates

Friday, December 19, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Iulia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Yorkshire Terrier
From: EU
To: UAE

 

Greetings,

1. Some say that the Rabies antibody test must be done 3 months before entering UAE (I do not have this kind of time). Is that true?
2. Also some say that the pet needs to be chipped before or on the day of the rabies vaccination but definitely not after. Is that true?
3. And last but not least, how can I prearrange the pet taxi for myself and my pet (if we successfully make it out of the airport in Dubai)?

Best Regards,

Iulia
 

Hi Iulia,

Thanks for your questions! Moving pets to the UAE is a process that requires careful attention to detail, and you're right to double check everything early on.

Please take a look at this overview of pet import requirements for the UAE. Yes, the microchip needs to be implanted before the rabies vaccine is administered, but as you're coming from the EU, the rabies vaccine only has to be done 21 days before applying for the import permit (a titer test isn't necessary when coming from designated countries with a low incidence of rabies). Feel free to contact us or the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water if you'd like to verify this information.

In our experience, pet services in the UAE are pretty plentiful, and doing a Google search should reveal several choices. It's also a good idea to search online expat forums or IPATA.org for additional ideas and suggestions.

Hope this helps! Again, you're welcome to contact us if you think you'd like some help arranging this move and/or take a look at our blog for some basic pet travel advice. Good luck and have a great trip!