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Cat Travel from Japan to the United States

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: David
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Scottish Fold
From: Tokyo, Japan
To: Richmond, Virginia


Dear PetRelocation,

What do I need to do to move my cat!? I've looked several places, and this kind of move seems to be quite rare.

Please help! Thank you!


Hi David,

Thanks for your question. You can start by taking a look at the pet import requirements for the United States. The primary considerations will be obtaining proof of an updated rabies vaccine and a health certificate. In...

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Who Would Win The Pet Travel Olympics (If They Existed)?

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

One of the reasons it's fun to watch the Olympics is they allow us the chance to get to know other countries a little better. In Sochi it's been fascinating to see how hockey, curling and skiing (things we don't see much of here in Austin, TX) unite and excite people from around the world, and we couldn't help but apply our own experiences as pet shippers to the idea of international competition.

If there was such a thing as the Pet Travel Olympics, who would the winners be? Based on our...

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2014 Update: Pet Travel to Korea

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

The Korean government has updated the country's pet import requirements, effectively making it easier to move pets there from several places. In the past many pet travelers were tasked with completing a rabies antibody titer test before being allowed entry, but many nations no longer need to fulfill this requirement.

Find out more about moving pets to Korea, and note that, even if a rabies titer test isn't required, several other details need to be attended to in order to complete a smooth pet...

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Year in Review: 2013 PetRelocation Pet Moves of the Month (Part 1)

Thursday, December 19, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

This has been another fun and busy year for us, and as it draws to a close, we're looking back at some of the most memorable pet moves we completed over the last 12 months.

To start, take a look at the first few Pet Moves of the Month of 2013! You'll see why we love what we do, and why we look forward to 2014 and many more happy reunions.


Bear (January)

Bear moved from New York to Kenya with his owner, who works for the United Nations. Africa moves are never simple, but with the right planning...

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Cat Travel to Japan

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ashley
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
From: England
To: Japan


Hi There,

I'm curious as to what the requirements are for allowing my cat to move to Japan with me, more specifically, Sapporo (though my options are open right now). In the near future I'll be moving to Japan permanently to teach English and I'd like to take my cat with me as he's quite attached to me. He follows me around everywhere and meows at my bedroom door relentlessly whilst I am at college (according to my parents) so I...

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Pet Quarantine in Malaysia

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Mrs. Lopez
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Basenji Mix
From: Vancouver, Canada
To: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dear PetRelocation,

There are seven quarantine days established for pets coming from the United States. Is there any similar restriction for pets coming from Canada?


Mrs. Lopez


Dear Mrs. Lopez,

Thanks, that's a great question. Malaysia imposes a quarantine on all countries not classified as "Scheduled Countries," which include the UK, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, Japan,...

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Is There a Quarantine for Cats Traveling from Japan to Australia?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Lance
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Domestic Shorthair
From: Japan
To: Australia


Dear PetRelocation,

Do all the requirements for rabies vaccinations and such still apply if I'm coming from a rabies free area with my pets?




Hi Lance,

That's a great question. Figuring out the pet import requirements for Australia can definitely be tricky (especially considering that, beginning in February 2014, the quarantine rules are set to be changed).

The best way to go about...

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Pet Move Customer Story: "Cody Moves to Japan"

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Kellie
Company: Corning
Pet's Name: Cody
From: Hampstead, NC, U.S.A.
To: Japan

PetRelocation helped us move our Jack Russell, Cody, from the US to Japan.

The process took about a year and PetRelocation helped us all the way through the long and complicated steps -- from the first part (getting a chip implanted), through the complex paperwork, through all the necessary tests and vet visits, up to the actual delivery to our apartment in Japan.

Their instructions were always very clear, and if I...

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"Can My Large Dog Fly In-Cabin?"

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Jennifer
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Soft coated Wheaton/Golden retriever mix
From: US
To: Japan-Tokyo


Desperately trying to find a way my dog can ride in the cabin of a plane to relocate to Japan. She is 40 pounds so "too large" by all standards I can find but hoping someone can give me an alternative (service dog, therapy dog, specific airline?). We are too scared for her to fly under the plane in cargo.




Hi Jennifer,

This is a common question as many pet...

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Pet Travel Question: Cat Travel to Japan

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Jennifer
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Brown Tabby
From: New York, USA
To: Sasebo, Japan

I am wondering what the process will be to relocate my cat to Japan.

Thank you,



Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for the question. Cat travel can certainly be overwhelming, so we're happy to offer some guidance. First, you'll want to look over the pet import requirements for Japan to find out about microchips, rabies vaccines, health paperwork, and all the other details. Beyond that, you'll want to...

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Pet News Round-Up: Fun Pet Facts & Pet Safety Tips

Friday, May 10, 2013 by Caitlin Moore

Pets by the numbers from CNN.

The states with the healthiest, happiest pets.

Safe pet car travel.

Dog video: take a look at what Sydney pet quarantine is like.

Our Pet Move of the Month is Mahalo, a former show cat from Japan who can sit and shake.

Flying with a pet this summer? Time to start thinking about airline embargoes.

Tips for going to the beach with your dog.


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Pet Move of the Month: Mahalo's Happy Hawaii Reunion

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Though there's something special about each and every pet move we carry out, some stories are especially memorable. Meet Mahalo the cat, our featured pet move this month. After enduring a natural disaster (the 2011 tsunami and earthquake in Japan), Mahalo's owner Marian sent her beloved cat to live with friends in Colorado while she left Japan and searched for a new place to live. When she was able to get settled in a cat friendly condo in Hawaii she knew it was time to bring him home, and of...

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Pet Travel Question: Importing a Dog to Japan

Friday, November 16, 2012 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Christian
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
To: Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Pet: Richie, Chihuahua mix, 8 years old, 12 lbs

What vaccinations, paperwork, and other miscellaneous things do I need to send the dog to Japan from San Francisco?
Hi Christian,
Thanks for your inquiry, we'd be happy to offer some advice. These are the pet import requirements for Japan (including instructions for shipping dogs unaccompanied), and we always recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline....
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Don't Rush It: Why It's Important to Allow at Least 30 Days to Plan a Pet Move

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions


When it comes to planning important (and complicated) things like relocations, it can feel like time is speeding by. Before you know it it's moving day and you're trying to make sure that everything is taken care of, and at this point all you can do is hope you didn't forget anything too important.

If you're moving a pet with you and haven't taken the time to investigate all the import rules and regulations that may apply, it's all too easy to discover that you've overlooked something that could...

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Papua New Guinea Pet Moves: A Pet Relocation Specialist Shares Her Story

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


The following post was written by Pet Relocation Specialist Sarah Smith. Find out what she had to say about a recent (and pretty complicated) pet move to Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea is an island off the Northern coast of Australia. It is culturally diverse, and over 850 languages are spoken here. With most residents making less than $1.25 US per day, it’s hardly a place I thought I would be sending any expats and their pets, but this is exactly what happened!

Sophie, a Dachshund from...

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Pet Move Customer Testimonial: Josh's Move to Singapore!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Amanda
Pet's Name: Josh
From: Japan
To: Singapore

We chose PetRelocation.com because of their home-to-home delivery service. It was our first time moving Josh and we were very paranoid about this. We read many stories online about how dogs died on the plane so we wanted to ensure that everything would go smoothly.

Our Pet Relocation Specialist, Sarah,  was a great specialist to us. She was empathetic and patient to our inquiries, and she made herself available to us at all times. Even though...Read More

Pet Travel Question: Exporting Rats from Japan

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: K.
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Rat
Pet Breed: Dumbo Rat
From: Japan
To: Maryland (though Washington, Dulles airport)

I am leaving Japan in the summer (expecting to leave in the last week of July) and want to take my two fancy rats home to the US with me. I have contacted the CDC in both countries and they have said there are no specific regulations for pet rats, however I am having a difficult time just getting a list together of everything that I am going to need at the airport. As time starts...Read More

Pet News Update: Changes to Korea's Pet Import Requirements

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 by Caitlin Moore

UPDATE: These rules were originally scheduled to change this month, but will now take effect next year. Also, it was originally stated that the titer test should be done between 90 days and 24 months before the date of departure, but the time frame has now been specified to be between 30 days and 24 months.

Nothing stays the same for too long in the world of pet travel. For example, beginning December 1, 2012, a titer test will now be required when bringing pets to Korea. This is important...Read More

Pet Travel Question: Moving a Great Dane

Thursday, December 1, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: David
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Great Dane
From: Florida
To: Either England or Japan

I may be assigned overseas and wanted to see how to go about getting my Great Dane overseas with me. He is a year old and weighs 150 Lbs.


Hi David,

Thanks for contacting us with your question. First, here is some general information about moving large dogs. You'll probably need to acquire a custom crate for your Great Dane, and it's important to check with your airline ahead of...Read More

Pet Travel Question: Can Rats Move to Japan?

Thursday, November 17, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sarah
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Rats
Pet Breed: Fancy Rats
From: United States
To: Japan

Is it possible to move my rats with me to Japan? If so, what sort of documentation do I need? How long will the process take for me to get them ready to move?


Hi Sarah,

Thank you for contacting us with your question! Japan has specific pet import requirements applicable to a variety of situations, and your best bet is to take a look the official website.

Here's a link to the Japan Animal... Read More