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Planning International Cat Travel

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Marianne
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: House Cat
From: Denmark
To: California, USA

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I would just like to know about the requirements for entering the USA. Will my cat need to be in quarantine? If so, for how long?

Thank You,

Marianne

 

Hi Marianne,

The United States does not impose a quarantine for pets entering the country (except if you're going to Hawaii), however you do need to show that your cat has an up-to-date rabies vaccine and an international health certificate issued by your vet within 10 days of departure (this is required by all airlines and states your cat is fit to fly). You can view the US requirements here.

Please take a look at our blog if you have more questions about pet travel, and let us know if you're interested in our door-to-door pet transportation services.

We'd be happy to assist you further, and either way, have a good trip!

 

"How do I move my pets to Zambia?"

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Roland
Number of Pets: 5
Pet Type: three dogs and two cats
Pet Breed: Boerboel, Jack Russel, Pit bull
From: George, South Africa
To: Ndola, Zambia

How do I go about transporting my animals to our new home in Zambia?

Thanks,

Roland

 

Hi Roland,

Moving your pets to Zambia will mean taking a look at the import requirements and also attending to basic logistics (you'll probably be flying?). Here are the pet import requirements for Zambia -- it looks like you'll need vet health certificates, import permits, and proof of updated rabies vaccines for your pets.

You'll also want to secure the correct travel crates for your pets, and check with the airline you'll be using to find out what their policies are regarding pets. As you can see, this will all take a little time and attention to detail so it's a good idea to start planning well in advance of your move.

If you have further questions and would like to find out more about our services, please fill out our free quote form. Thanks for checking in with us, and good luck with everything!

 

"What are the Pet Import Requirements for the Dominican Republic?"

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions


Name: Juliann
Number of Pets: 4
Pet Type: 2 cats 2 dogs
Pet Breed: mix breeds
From: Tomball, TX
To: Dominican Republic

What is the process for moving my pets from Texas to the Dominican Republic? I have found the info on microchipping and documentation, but will they need to be quarantined? How will they be transported?

Thanks,

Juliann

 

Hi Juliann,

Thanks for your question. Every country is different when it comes to pet import rules, so it's smart to start researching well in advance of your trip to find out what you'll need to do.

Here are the pet import requirements for the Dominican Republic according to the USDA. It sounds like you're aware of the rabies vaccine rules, etc., and no, there is currently no quarantine.

As for the travel details, you'll want to book a flight with a pet friendly airline and check with them to find out their latest preferences and regulations when it comes to bringing pets on board. We often use carriers like United, KLM and Lufthansa due to their established pet policies and safety procedures.

You'll also need to secure the correct travel crates for your pets. Check out our website for more information about choosing the right travel crates.

Hope this helps! Please contact us if you'd like a free quote for our services, and good luck with everything.
 

Figuring Out Air Travel With Birds

Monday, September 16, 2013 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Laureen
From: Beijing, PRC China
To: Unknown at this time
Pets: Fester -- a little green male parakeet, approximately 2 years old
 
 
Dear PetRelocation,
 
My husband and I are anticipating being transferred to a new assignment from our current one in Beijing, China. It can possibly be most anywhere in the world including returning to our home in Denver, Colorado. Two years ago I purchased a parakeet and of course we have grown quite fond of him. What proper documentation do I need to acquire so that I can bring him with us on our move? I really don't want to leave him behind, please help me figure out how to bring Fester with us!
 
All advice and suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and consideration.
 
Cheers,
Laureen
 
 
Hi Laureen,
 
Thanks for your question. Bird travel is indeed more tricky than moving a dog or a cat in most cases, but the good news is that we've moved many birds and would be happy to offer some guidance.
 
Here's some information about how to ship a bird. Since you're not sure where you're going yet it will be hard to prepare exactly, but it's still a smart idea to research a few things and look into securing the right travel crate for Fester.
 
If you have questions about determining your bird's CITES status and are interested in our transportation services, please contact us for a free quote. Finally, take a look at some of the birds we've moved in the past. Here is Cocoa, who moved to Italy, and here are Washington and Jefferson, who moved to France.
 
Thanks again for contacting us, and good luck with everything!
 
 
 
 
Bird travel can be tricky.
 

 
 

 

"How Should I Prepare my Dog for our Move to Louisiana?"

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Julie
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: English Cocker Spaniel
From: Newfoundland, Canada
To: Mandeville Area, Louisiana

Hi - wondered if you can help.

I have a 6-year-old male English Cocker Spaniel. He is a family pet. He moved with us from the UK to Ontario, Canada in August 2011, and then across to Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada in April 2012.

He has a valid Rabies vaccination given on 27th April 2011, which is valid until 26th April 2014. Blood tests were carried out a month later and were all in order. He has an up-to-date booster against DHPP and an up-to-date kennel cough vaccine. He is also given Advanatge Multi-55 on a monthly basis.

Can you confirm to me that these are all the requirements that he needs to access Louisiana State?

I have also read that all dogs/cats in Louisiana are to be spayed or neutered. Does this just apply to animals that are being rehomed from adoption centres or in general? Our dog is un-neutered. He is always on a leash or in the house so there has never been an issue prior to this. Can you confirm how we stand in this situation?

Also, can you recommend any good carriers to organise his transport over to Louisiana from St. Johns Airport in Newfoundland.

Hoping to hear from you soon.

Regards,

Julie

 

Hi Julie,

Thanks for your questions. It sounds like you're a savvy traveler and take great care of your dog!

First, here are the pet import requirements for the United States. Compared to the other places you've been, these are probably easier rules to follow -- the only things your dog really needs are an updated rabies vaccine (which you seem to have) and an international health certificate, which should be issued by your vet within 10 days of departure.

It looks like Louisiana has a spay/neuter law for pets from "releasing agencies" (shelters). According to our research it's not a statewide law for all dogs, but as you get settled in and locate a vet in your new town, it would be wise to double check with him or her about any local regulations you should be aware of.

Finally, if you're interested in door-to-door transportation services, please fill out our free quote form. We specialize in getting pets safely from one place to another and would love to speak to you more about your move. Thanks again, and good luck with everything!



 

Pet Travel Question: Should I Sedate My Cat for Travel?

Monday, August 19, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Anke
Number of Pets: Three
Pet Type: Dogs, Cat
Pet Breed: Mastiff, Bloodhound, Siamese mix
From: Austin, TX
To: Denver, CO

Hello,

I'm taking my cat on the plane but am super concerned about having to take him out at security. He can be aggressive when anxious. My vet prescribed 10mg Acepromazine for my 15.5Ibs cat but I feel reluctant giving it. What are your suggestions? Sedative or not?

Thanks,

Anke

 

Hi Anke,

This is an important question. Owners sometimes wrongly assume that their pet's travel will be less stressful if they are sedated. However, sedating a pet when flying is dangerous and is one of the worst things you can do for the safety of your pet.

Sedatives can interfere with regular breathing and other bodily responses, and pets may react differently and unexpectedly to medications when they are in the air. In fact, most airlines will not fly a sedated pet, as over-sedation is a frequent cause of animal death during air transport. Check out a couple of posts where we address the dangers of sedating pets during air travel, such as No Sedation when Flying Pets! and Anxieties About Pet Travel: Don't Sedate - Get a Pet Travel Crate!.

The best thing you can do to ease your cat's anxiety is to make sure that he is properly crate-trained. Check out our tips for crate-training cats. The more comfortable your cat is with his crate, the less anxious he will be during travel, and the less likely that he will show aggression at the airport.

Should you have any more pet transport queries, feel free to contact us. Thanks for your question and good luck with your move!
 

Pet Move of the Month: Milo and Joe Dirt's Move to Dublin

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

When it comes to planning a safe and successful pet move, nothing is better than working with a client who helpfully communicates with us throughout the process and even shares details about the pet-friendliness of their new city. We recently helped two great rescue cats, Joe Dirt and Milo, move with their family from California to Dublin, and their owner Charlene was kind enough to share plenty of excellent tips and observations with us about the process and about living in Dublin with cats. If you have questions about air travel with cats, read the interview below because you will surely learn something.

Thanks to Charlene for sharing her cats' adventure with us, and join us in wishing Milo and Joe Dirt good luck in Dublin and congrats for being our Pet Move of the Month!

Have you ever moved a pet internationally before?

We had the opportunity to move from San Francisco to Dublin, Ireland for a year, as the tech company where my boyfriend works is currently undergoing a European expansion. We had never moved a pet internationally before and we were really worried about how our gentle, sensitive kitties Milo and Joe Dirt would handle the move. I started researching all of the requirements for moving the cats from the States to Ireland and kept reading that it might be a good idea to hire a pet relocation company to deal with all of the logistics involved, such as health certificates, the travel component itself, and customs clearance upon arrival. PetRelocation kept coming up as a recommended company and I visited the website and was impressed with what I saw. There were several articles from well-known news organizations about the success of the company as a small business growing larger and many glowing client reviews. It was very comforting to read all of the happy move stories of past clients and see the care that was put into each move.

 

Crate training isn't so bad

 

What were some of your concerns going into the move?

We had heard a lot of negative things about the way airlines treat animal passengers and were really nervous about our cats being transported in the cargo hold of an airplane. When I spoke with Matt Kincaid and Keith Boone, they were both very helpful in walking us through the entire process and they alleviated a lot of our concerns. It was really reassuring to hear that PetRelocation.com had helped to develop the PetSafe program at United and that our babies would be traveling with an airline that had established safety procedures in place  for pets. We were very happy to hear that the cats would have a layover in one of the airports where United has a pet kennel, and that they would get to spend some time out of their crates.

Both Matt and Keith were so responsive and were great about answering my multitude of questions. I was very lucky to have Keith on standby while we were at the vet, as some issues came up where I needed expert pet relocation advice. After four years of successful microchip scanning, Milo's microchip suddenly wouldn't scan at his vaccine appointment and he had to get a new one implanted before his rabies vaccine. I was so glad to have Keith on the phone to reassure me that the timing would still work and ensure that our vet understood the whole process. Our vet was also unsure whether Joe Dirt's microchip would work with international standards, and having Keith there to verify that it would was a life saver.

 

Joe Dirt loves a lazy day


Matt and Keith were also very understanding of the fact that moving internationally is very stressful and that we needed the flexibility to make last minute decisions. We ended up having them schedule O'Brien Pet Transportation to deliver the cats to SFO instead of having one of our friends do it, and this was a great decision. Their contact knew how to package the cats together at check in to ensure they would next to each other on the flight. She also knew the man who would load them on the plane and told me that he loved animals.

We also received updates on the cats' flight information so we knew where they were at all times. Keith emailed me when they departed SFO, landed in Dulles, departed Dulles and landed in Dublin. It was great to be so informed the whole time. We decided to have the cats delivered to our residence in Dublin upon their arrival. Keith arranged this and it was a really good decision. We were exhausted upon our arrival and it was perfect to have a day to prepare for them (buy food, litter box supplies, etc.) and then have them delivered to our doorstep. A very kind Irish gentleman named Garrett rang my bell and said, "I  have two beautiful cats for delivery." I could tell he really loved animals and that our kitties had been in good hands. Joe Dirt was wide-eyed and sitting up and Milo was totally hidden under his bedding -- he had buried himself kind of like an ostrich. I signed for them and took their crates inside. They were both so happy to see us and began eating and drinking immediately.

 

Dinner time

 

Did anything surprise you about the international pet moving process?

We were really surprised at how unscathed our kitties were by the ordeal of moving, being confined to a crate, being in a loud plane, etc. We thought they would be more traumatized upon their arrival. But instead they were ready to eat and drink and be loved by us. That night when they curled up with us and purred was the best night ever. We could tell they were so happy to be with us and just wanted love.

How are your cats adjusting to the new location?

They are both doing really well. It was a little hard for them to get used to their temporary home where we stayed for two weeks, only to move again to our home where we signed a year lease. They've been a little skittish after the second move, but are still really loving and sweet. We can tell they're settling in and getting used to their new home. Soon we will be able to let them explore our back garden, a secure area where they can get a breath of fresh air!

What is life like in Dublin so far? Do you think it’s a pet friendly place to be?

Life in Dublin has been great so far. When we were still in the States, people had told us that the Irish weren't that fond of cats, which we have found to not be true. We've seen many happy, friendly kitties here and happy pets in general. It's somewhat problematic to be in the city centre without a car and to need pet supplies. We've been told that most of the large pet stores are located in the outlying suburbs. But our small neighborhood pet store has been very helpful, they're ordering the cat litter we like especially for us!

 

Hangin' around

 

What advice do you have for people who might be planning a pet move?

We didn't quite realize how stressed we would be in the final weeks before our move. We thought we'd have everything under control. Then every little thing you need to do becomes five more little things and before you know it, you're totally overwhelmed. It was just so great to be able to rely on PetRelocation's expertise during this time. It meant that we didn't have to worry about one very major component of our move, relocating the cats. And knowing that our babies were in caring hands was absolutely priceless! Milo and Joe Dirt are by far the most precious things that we moved and knowing that we made their move as safe and comfortable as possible was the most important thing in the world to us!

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Thanks again to Charlene for sharing Milo and Joe Dirt's move story with us. Please contact PetRelocation if you have questions about your upcoming pet move, and happy traveling, everyone!

Pet Travel Question: Moving a Ferret to the United States

Friday, August 16, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sandra
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Ferret
From: Copenhagen, Denmark
To: Portland, Oregon

Hi,

I'm having a hard time trying to find what all needs to be done in order for me to bring my little guy back to the States with me, please help with any advice or tips you may have! For example, do I need to have him chipped?

Thanks a million!!!

Sandra

 

Hi Sandra,

You're right to notice that there doesn't seem to be a lot of information out there about moving ferrets (but plenty about cats and dogs). According to the USDA, the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service currently has no health requirements for the importation of ferrets.

That being said, it is probably best to play it safe and meet the US pet import requirements when bringing your ferret to Portland. These requirements are relatively simple, and all you'll need is proof of a current Rabies vaccination and an International Health Certificate issued by your vet within 10 days of travel. Additionally, we always recommend that owners have their pets microchipped before traveling.

You should be sure to contact your chosen airline directly to make sure they accept ferrets and to confirm whether your pet will be traveling in-cabin or as cargo. You will also need an airline-approved crate for your ferret to be sure that he will travel safely and comfortably.

Moving a pet (especially one that isn't a cat or dog) can be confusing, so if you think you'd like the assistance of a pet shipping specialist, fill out our free quote form. And if you have any more questions about pet transport, be sure to contact us. Thanks for your question and good luck with your move!

Pet Travel Question: Should I Take My Cats With Me to the UK?

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Megan
Number of Pets: 5
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Mixed Breed/ American Shorthair and European Shorthair
From: Chicago, USA
To: London, UK

Hi,

I am moving for an initial period of six months to London and want to bring my cats with me. I have found housing for us all (my boyfriend too) but have been confronted by many people telling me about how expensive everything is and how moving is very bad for the cats. These cats have been with us since they were young and I believe they would do better moving with us than to an entirely new place with strangers for a short term.

I'm writing to ask you for your help? Is moving the cats endangering their lives? Am I being selfish in wanting them to be with us?

Thanks,

Megan

 

Hi Megan,

These are common concerns of caring pet owners who find themselves facing a long-distance relocation. Though it may seem scary, pet air travel is quite safe, especially when using a pet-friendly airline such as United, KLM, or Lufthansa. However, whether or not your cats are capable of safely traveling to England depends on their overall health and must be determined by your vet. Unless your cats are especially sick or elderly, they should be able to fly safely. We have moved many cats to places all over the world, including the UK!

Pet transport can get pretty expensive, especially when traveling with such a large number of cats. Costs will include vet visits, airline tickets, and travel crates for your cats, among other expenses. However, many owners feel that keeping their pet family intact is well worth the price of pet travel.

Ultimately, it is up to you and your vet to decide whether or not is is in your cats' best interests to move to London. It may be helpful to take a look at the pet import requirements for the UK. This will give you an idea of what pet travel to England will involve. Additionally, if you would like a free price estimate for your move, fill out our quote form to be in contact with a pet move specialist. And if you have any more questions, feel free to contact us. Thanks for your questions and good luck with everything!

Pet Travel Question: Moving a Cat from Russia to South Korea

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Anastasia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Tabby
From: Khabarovsk, Russia
To: Seoul, South Korea

Hello,

I want to move my cat from Khabarovsk, Russia to Seoul, South Korea. I would like to know what documents do I have to have? I have just moved my cat from the United States to Russia, so I already have some paper work. I just want to know the exact paper work I have to prepare before I go.

Thank You,

Anastasia

 

Hi Anastasia,

Check out the pet import requirements for South Korea. There you will find a list of required documents. Additionally, as of late 2012, South Korea now requires pets traveling from non-rabies-free countries (such as the US and Russia) to obtain a rabies antibody titer test within 24 months of traveling. This new requirement, as well as a list of internationally approved testing laboratories, can be found here. As you'll notice, all of these required documents will need to be endorsed by a local branch of Russia's veterinary authority in order for your cat to enter South Korea.

If you have any more questions about pet transport, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thanks for your question and good luck with your move!

Qantas Reverses Its Travel Ban Affecting American Staffordshire Terriers

Friday, August 2, 2013 by Caitlin Moore

Today revealed some good news for pet travelers of a certain breed. According to the Daily Telegraph, Australia's Qantas Airlines has announced it will lift its ban on flying American Staffordshire terriers, a policy many in the pet community have called discriminatory and loudly protested since its inception last year.

In response to the controversial policy, Staffie lovers used Facebook to voice their outrage, threatened to boycott the airline, and over 6,000 people signed a petition protesting the ban.

After hearing these complaints and undertaking a "successful trial" Qantas has reversed the ban, but requires that dogs of this breed fly in airline-approved guard dog cages or CR-82 wire mesh reinforced cages. Bookings also must be arranged through a pet transport agency.

Another policy has also been modified: snub-nosed breeds formerly allowed on domestic flights only may now fly internationally. These breeds include Himalayan and Persian cats, Pugs, Pekingese and British Bulldogs. Owners hoping to fly with these breeds must sign an agreement acknowledging the increased risks involved.

Read more about Qantas's decision here, and please contact PetRelocation with your questions about breed restrictions, moving pets to Australia, or anything else related to pet travel.

 

photo by Jay Lee via Flickr

Pet Travel Question: Cat Travel to the US

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Lauren
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
From: Zurich, Switzerland
To: Washington DC Metro Area

Hello,

I handle our corporate relocations and we have someone moving from Zurich to the DC Metro area who wishes to bring her cat.

I was reading through your very helpful site and noticed that people relocating pets from Europe to the US don't need to have them quarantined at this time. I just want to confirm that this is correct as I wasn't sure if anything changed.

Can you tell me what, if anything else, this employee will need in terms of paperwork besides vaccination information and a pet passport? I've read somewhere that there may be an import permit needed, but wasn't sure if this was applicable for a cat moving from Switzerland to the US. Many thanks!

Lauren

 

Hi Lauren,

Thanks for your questions. Pet transport to the United States is relatively simple, as you can see by reading the pet import requirements for the US. As you'll see there, the US does not require a quarantine for pets at this time. To enter the United States, the pet owner will need only a certificate confirming a current Rabies vaccination and an International Health Certificate issued within 10 days of departure. A veterinarian should be able to provide both of these certificates.

If you have any more questions about pet shipping, feel free to contact us. We actually have an in-house team dedicated to handling corporate relocations and would be happy to connect you to them. Good luck and let us know if you need anything else!

Pet Travel Question: Moving Cats from Canada to the UK

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Pamala
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Cats
From: Canada
To: UK

Hi,

What forms do I need and where can I get them and print them to take to the vet? And what does each cat need to have by law?

Thank you,

Pamala

 

Hi Pamala,

Thanks for your questions. Here are the pet import requirements for the United Kingdom. As you'll see there, in addition to microchips and Rabies vaccines, you'll need several health certificates for each cat which your vet should be able to give you. Additionally, you will need an EU vet health certificate (or EU 998 form) for each cat, which you can download here. You will need to have these certificates endorsed by the Canadian government veterinary authority (the CFIA). The endorsement process can be quite lengthy, so it is best to start preparing your cats for travel as soon as possible.

Thanks again for your questions. Pet transport can be a stressful process, so if you think you might like assistance with your move, fill out our free quote form to be in contact with a pet shipping specialist. Additionally, if you have any more questions about the process of moving your cats, feel free to contact us. Happy travels!

Pet Travel Question: Moving a Cat to Azerbaijan

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Charity
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Bengal
From: England
To: Azerbaijan

Hello,

I am having extreme difficulty locating any information (on the internet, with my vet, Azerbaijan Embassy, Ministry of Agriculture of Azerbaijan, etc.) that would tell me what is required for us to import our cat, Spot, into Azerbaijan. Would you be able to help?

Very much appreciated,
Charity

 

Hi Charity,

Thanks for your question. Check out our PDF listing the Pet Import Requirements for Azerbaijan. You'll see there that your cat will need several vaccinations, a microchip, and an international health certificate which has been endorsed by a local branch of the national veterinary authority (DEFRA in England). You should still try to be in contact with the Azerbaijan Embassy to ensure that these requirements are up-to-date and to make sure that Spot's move goes as smoothly as possible.

Pet transport can be complicated, especially when basic pieces of information (such as import requirements) are hard to track down. Sometimes it's easiest to hire a pet shipping specialist to handle your move. If you'd like to learn about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form. And if you have any more questions, feel free to contact us.

Thanks again for your question and good luck with your move!

Pet Travel Question: Moving a Tortoise

Monday, July 22, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kathleen
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Tortoise
From: UK
To: USA

Hello,

My daughter owns a tortoise, she now lives in the U.S. and would like to have her tortoise there with her. She is visiting the UK in August... How would she be able to take it, if possible, or have it taken?

Thank you,

Kathleen

 

Hi Kathleen,

Thanks for your question. While US import requirements for dogs and cats are pretty straightforward, relocating exotic pets such as reptiles and birds can be tricky. Check out our tips for traveling with exotic pets. You'll see there that your daughter will need to check the CITES status of her species of tortoise. She can do that at the CITES Species Database. Once she knows the status of her tortoise, she will know which permits she needs to secure in order to move her pet. She will likely need to get an import permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Services. These permits often take a long time to obtain, so it is a good idea to start planning the tortoise's trip well in advance of the travel date.

It's hard to say what the exact process will be for relocating the tortoise without knowing its species, but it's safe to say that your pet transport experience will be a lot easier with the help of pet travel experts. Fill out our free quote form to be in contact with a relocation specialist and feel free to contact us if you have any more questions. Good luck!

Pet Travel Question: Traveling to Taiwan with a Cat

Monday, July 22, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Crystal
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Domestic American Short hair
From: USA
To: Taiwan

Hi,

My boyfriend will be moving to Taiwan for a year. Due to family obligations, I will not be able to move with him for the entire year, but I was thinking of spending three months with him in Taiwan, then three months back in the USA, etc. However, I have a cat that would be traveling with me. Would my cat have to go through quarantine in both countries every time I traveled between them? If my cat requires medications (for high blood pressure), am I able to administer them while she is in quarantine, or will she simply be barred entry because she is not in perfect health?

Thanks,

Crystal

 

Hi Crystal,

Moving a pet to Taiwan requires a lot of careful planning, as you can see by looking at Taiwan's Pet Import Requirements. You'll see that there is a 21-day quarantine required whenever a pet enters Taiwan, in addition to a lengthy list of health requirements. Check out this additional resource on Moving Your Pet to Taiwan to get some useful information about what quarantine in Taipei will be like. You'll see there that you will need to provide the quarantine facility with your cat's medication and they will administer it to her as needed.

If you'll be shuttling your cat back and forth between Taiwan and the US, you'll also need to check out the (relatively short) list of US Pet Import Requirements. You'll notice that, unless she is going to Hawaii, your cat will not need to go through quarantine when she enters the US.

It is up to your vet to determine whether or not your cat is healthy enough to travel. That being said, long-distance pet transport can be stressful for a pet, so you might want to evaluate whether or not it is in your cat's best interest to be shipped and quarantined for only a three-month stay. Pet shipping is time-consuming and can be pretty expensive, so you might consider leaving your kitty behind with a close friend until you return to the US.

If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us. Thanks for your questions and good luck with your travels!

Pet Travel Question: Can My Cat Fly Alone?

Friday, July 12, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Dianne
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
From: USA
To: Australia

Hello,

Do I have to catch the same flight as my cat? I am considering spending time in China on the way to Australia. Can I send my pet ahead?

Thanks,

Dianne

 

Hi Dianne,

It's quite common for pets to fly without their owners. In fact, most of the moves we arrange are for separate pet flights. We recently answered a question about the processes involved when pets fly alone, which you can read here. Because you will be traveling separately from your cat, you will need to arrange for someone to escort your cat to the airport of departure and to pick your cat up from the airport of destination.

Your cat will also need to be transported to an approved quarantine station, where he will stay for his first 30 days in Australia. This quarantine requirement could be good news for you if you plan on sending your cat to Australia before you, as you know he will be looked after in a pet care facility prior to your arrival. Check out our feature about Dog Walks Australian quarantine facilities to get an idea of what quarantine will be like for your cat.

Moving pets to Australia can seem tricky, as there are many time-sensitive requirements. Be sure to check out all of Australia's pet import requirements well in advance of your travel, so that you have plenty of time to get the required certifications and documents for your cat.

If you'd like to learn about our door-to-door pet relocation services, please fill out our free quote form. And if you have any more questions, feel free to contact us. Thanks for your question and good luck with your move!

 

Pet Travel Question: Cat Travel to the United States

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Mark
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Domestic Short Hair
From: Philippines
To: USA

What are the requirements for flying a pet cat from the Philippines to the USA?

Thanks,

Mark

 

Hi Mark,

Thanks for checking in with us, we'd be happy to offer some guidance. Take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States to see what you'll need to do to prepare. US import procedures aren't as strict as many other countries, but you'll still want to allow adequate time to prepare.

In addition to having an updated rabies vaccine and certificate, you'll also need an International Health Certificate. A microchip is not required, but in general we do recommend them. Is your cat an experienced traveler? If not, you might want to review these crate training tips for cats as well as a few frequently asked pet travel questions.

Hopefully this is helpful, Mark. Please contact us if you have more questions and/or if you'd like to find out more about our pet transport services. Thanks again, and good luck.

 

Pet Travel Question: Pet Transport to the United States

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Richard
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
From: Aberdeen, Scotland
To: Orlando, Florida

My wife and I are emigrating to Florida and are taking our two cats with us. We are going to arrive a week in advance and they will follow with my parents into Orlando International Airport flying with Lufthansa.

What all documentation must my parents have in order that the cats clear US customs?

Thanks,

Richard

 

Hi Richard,

Please review the import requirements for the United States to find out what your parents will need in the form of paperwork, etc. Compared to other countries, the United States actually puts forward a pretty simple set of rules, and you won't have to worry about a quarantine.

Lufthansa is a good choice, as they have established pet policies (we often use them for international pet moves), so it sounds like you're off to a great start so far. Please contact us if you have any more questions, however, and good luck with the move!

 

Pets on Trains? It Could Happen if These Lawmakers Have Their Way

Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Caitlin Moore

Evidence that the world is becoming more and more pet friendly, Washington lawmakers have introduced a bill that would allow dogs and cats to travel on trains. Currently non-service animals are not allowed to travel by Amtrak, and this bill would designate that at least one car per train to be pet friendly.

Rep. Jeff Denham is the bill's main sponsor, and he introduced it for personal reasons. “My dog, Lily, is part of our family and travels with us to and from California all the time. If I can take her on a plane, why can’t I travel with her on Amtrak, too?” he said.

If the Pets on Trains Act of 2013 is approved, traveling pets would need to be kept in a kennel and they wouldn't be able to go more than 750 miles. Passengers would pay a fee for each dog or cat they want to transport.

We'll see how it goes, but as an overall trend we like that this issue is even being discussed. By the way, are you traveling with a pet anytime soon? Take our Pet Travel Survey and tell us about it!