Help Me Move My Pet

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


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!!!



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


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?




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


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,



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


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!



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


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,



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


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,


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


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,



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


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?




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


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?




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

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




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?




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!


Summer Pet Travel Update: Embargo Information from United Airlines and Delta Airlines

Monday, May 13, 2013 by Caitlin Moore

Continuing our coverage of summer pet air travel embargoes and restrictions, today we have news that Delta Cargo has begun its Summer Live Animal Program. This means that during the summer months (specifically May 13 through Sept. 29, 2013) select stations will provide "additional care and protection" for pets and will fly certain breeds during warmer temperatures. Normally Delta will not fly pets if the temperature exceeds 85F/29C.

Please contact us to find out about the qualifying airports, and note that Delta Cargo will not accept any snub-nosed dog or cat if the temperature exceeds 75F/24C for any city. To qualify for these special summer allowances, all cities the pet is being routed through must qualify.

Delta may end up being the best choice for some people, but based on our experience, it's preferable to fly with an airline that operates with pet safe procedures all year (United Airlines drives pets out to the airplane in a temperature-controlled vehicle, for example, so the weather outside is not as big a factor). That being said, because English Bulldogs, Olde English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and mixed varieties of these breeds are especially susceptible to the stress of travel, United has released some breed-specific adjustments recently. See the full Bulldog update here.

Also regarding United, Boston Terrier puppies, American Bulldog puppies and Pug puppies may fly any time of the year without restriction, but adults of these breeds are completely embargoed from May 15 to Sept. 15. To provide extra safety, snub-nosed breeds should use travel kennels that are one size larger than normally required.

All these rules can certainly sound confusing and this is just a quick overview, so don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions about the specifics of these summer regulations for pet travel. It's our job to see pets transported safely, and our team of specialists is happy to discuss your options and concerns.

Please stay in touch for more summer pet travel news, and travel safely everyone!



Transporting Horses: Darla's Upcoming Move

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Caitlin Moore

"What's the largest pet you've moved?"  That's a question we often receive from people who are curious about our business or worried that we won't be able to help them with their oversized precious cargo. Well, horses are pretty big, and we've moved several of those!

For example, we're getting ready to move an American Saddlebred named Darla (also known as Lookin' Ready when she's in show mode) from Kentucky to Ohio. As is the case for the typical pet owner who contacts us, Darla is a member of her family, and they feel that bringing her along with them when they relocate in a few weeks is an absolute must.

Take a look at the stunning picture below, and find out more information about transporting  horses. Remember, we're happy to assist pets of many shapes and sizes, so if you have a horse, a bird, a rabbit or another pet that's not a dog or cat, don't hesitate to contact us with your questions.


Darla, also know as Lookin' Ready, & owner Kaitlin at a show last year


Pet Move Customer Story: Gyro's Relocation to Singapore

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Sharon
Pet's Name: Gyro
From: NYC
To: Singapore

We moved our cat Gyro from New York City to Singapore. It was a pretty complicated process, but Lenneke was incredible about guiding us through each step.

She was extremely responsive, informative, and endlessly patient. We were traveling around the time that Gyro was being transported, and Lenneke arranged for boarding for a few days with Cristina. Cristina took incredible care of Gyro, got him to the airport on time, and sent us pictures of Gyro along his journey.

When we were reunited in Asia, Gyro was happy and healthy. They did an amazing job! Here is a picture of Gyro enjoying his new home.




Pet Move Customer Story: Flan's Big Journey

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Daniel
Pet's Name: Flan
From: Portland
To: Oxford

When it was time to move to Oxford, we knew we'd be taking our cat, Flan, with us. We didn't know that the process would be so complicated! Fortunately, we found PetRelocation, and everything worked out fine.

Bringing a cat to England is complicated—transport companies, vaccinations, certifications—and it was a big relief to have professionals handling it for us. It was especially great to have them when we ran into unexpected visa delays, had to delay the move for four months, and Flan got sick a week before the move; PetRelocation stuck with us, kept things moving, and were generally lifesavers (thanks Matt and Jeana!)

Now, Flan is settled happily in Oxford. She has lots more room to play, and especially likes sitting over the heater by the window to watch the birds and foot traffic outside our flat. She doesn't have a British accent yet, but we'll see what the future holds!

Pet Move Customer Story: Boris and Natasha's Grand Adventure

Monday, February 4, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer


Name: Kathleen
Pets' Names: Boris and Natasha
From: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
To: Phoenix, Arizona

We are so very pleased with the caring, compassionate representatives who helped us move our cats. The professionalism was outstanding.

From the first email and telephone contact, we felt completely comfortable entrusting our beloved pets to PetRelocation. Transporting from Milwaukee to Phoenix, all persons we dealt with kept us informed and confident in the process. We will highly recommend this wonderful service to others.


Bill and Kathy

Pet Travel Question: Exporting Pets From Cyprus

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: James
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Persian
From: Cyprus
To: United States

We need all the info about how to transport our cat from Cyprus to the United States.




Hi James,

Sure, we'd be happy to advise you. These are the pet import requirements for the United States—take a look for an idea of the steps you'll need to complete. We also advise that you choose a pet-friendly airline when you travel, as not all carriers follow the same safety procedures. Finally, here are a few frequently asked pet travel questions to help address some things you may be wondering about.

Please let us know if you have any more questions. Pet travel can certainly be confusing, and we're happy to help!


Pet Move Customer Story: Update on a Cat Move to India!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Miranda
Pets' Names: Buddy and Xena
From: Rochester, NY
To: Bangalore, India

It has been over a year since we moved out cats, Buddy and Xena, to Bangalore. Prior to the move, I had been struggling with what to do with our cats. I didn't want to return them to a shelter, and my family lived too far away and already had too many pets to take them in. So in the end, we decided to bring them with us.

I am so glad that we did! PetRelocation.com was so helpful in guiding us through all the veterinary visits and paperwork required. Their agents were always easily accessible any time of day when I had questions. All employees that I encountered during the transportation of our cats (by car to New York city, two flights on Lufthansa, by car again from Chennai to Bangalore), whether in person or via email messages, reassured me that our cats would be well taken care of. I quickly realized that all of their employees were doing this work because they love animals.

Today our cats are doing great! I was cautious about letting them roam outside at first, but after having them get out a couple of times without incident, we decided to let them be outdoor cats. We have found a great veterinary clinic close by who have helped us with a couple of illnesses/injuries. One word of caution to those moving to India - be aware of what floor cleaner is being used when mopping the floor. Phenol-based cleaner made one of our cats sick. After a week or so (and a couple of trips to the vet) he was all better.

If you are struggling with the decision to move your pets, please consider this service. It is well worth it to have your pets follow you on your journey!