Pet's Name: Josh
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 we were in Japan, she gave us details to ensure that Josh's export documents were in order.
On the day that Josh was supposed to move there were sudden changes, and I had to call Sarah at night. But everything went in order. It was never chaotic. We were never worried.
When Josh arrived in Singapore, he was so energetic and so curious about the whole new environment even after the exhausting flight. At the end of the whole procedure, we realized we worried too much when actually everything went perfectly well.
So to other pet owners out there, if you ever wondered like I did if this is a made-up blog, I can absolutely tell you, no, it is not. PetRelocation.com is a great pet transport service provider. Keep it up!
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Rat
Pet Breed: Dumbo Rat
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 to run out I am getting very stressed that there will be some sort of last minute thing that I forget!
Also, as I have never shipped a pet before, I am a little confused about how the whole process works. Do I just walk in the airport with the carrier and hand them over when I check my bags? I worry that with the stigma most people have of rats that they won't be treated as well as a larger companion animal would, but I haven't been able to find any airline that will let me take them as carry on (I'd even be willing to buy a second seat!).
I guess what I am asking is just for some idea of what to expect and what forms/ vet information I will need to have for them. Using a service such as your own also isn't out of the question. More than cost, I am just concerned about my (clearly very spoiled) rats getting home safely.
Thank you so much for your informative site. Any information that you can give me will be most appreciated.
Thanks for your question about traveling with your rats; your concerns are certainly understandable! First of all, you're right that it's important to start the process early in order to avoid being surprised about anything.
Here is some information from our site about obtaining customized rodent crates as well as how to travel with an exotic pet, and we also recommend contacting your airline directly in order to find out about their most up-to-date regulations. The good news is that the United States allows rats to be imported without much fanfare (here's a document from the Official U.S. Customs and Border Protection site that may be helpful).
Hopefully this information is helpful to you, and please let us know if you have any more questions or if you'd like a free quote for our services. Good luck with the move!
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Great Dane
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.
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 time to make sure the crate will be able to fit onto the airplane.
Here are the pet import requirements for Japan and the pet import requirements for the UK (which are scheduled to change Jan. 1, 2012, by the way). Let us know if you have any questions about these regulations, and please visit our site if you'd like a free quote for our services.
Good luck with your travels!
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Rats
Pet Breed: Fancy Rats
From: United States
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?
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 Quarantine Service, where the rules for importing rats are discussed.
Good luck with your trip, and please let us know if you have more questions or would like a free quote!
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 information to keep in mind if you're planning a trip, as the test must be done at least a month before the time of departure.
Here is what else you should know:
New Korea Import Rules
The new rules apply to all countries other than the following rabies-free countries:
Japan, Taiwan, Cyprus, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Iceland, Guam, Hawaii, Samoa, Cayman Islands, French Polynesia, Martinique, Department of Reunion, Wallis and Futuna, Albania, Dominica Republic, Macedonia, Lichtenstein, Malaysia, Switzerland
It's also necessary to have:
-An ISO compatible Microchip.
-A Rabies vaccine that is valid at the time of import and older than 30 days.
-A rabies antibody titer test completed at an internationally approved laboratory, and the test must be older than three months but less than two years. The result must be 0.5 IU/ml or greater.
-The above information must be written on a health certificate, and the validity is determined by the country of export and/or airline.
(This information comes from the National Veterinary Research & Quarantine Service (NVRQS).)
Other Travel Considerations
Although not required, PetRelocation.com strongly recommends the following vaccines:
-For dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, and Bordetella vaccines
-For cats: Feline Cat Flu-Feline Calicivirus, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Feline Enteritis- Feline Panleukopaenia/Feline Parvovirus
Contact PetRelocation.com with any questions about moving pets to Korea (or anywhere else, for that matter). Happy traveling, everyone!
-If you have a pet you know how it is -- they have a magical way of absorbing the stress in a room and they bring laughter to life without even trying. A Doctor in psychology further explores this phenomenon and also asks, is your pet the emotional "third" in your relationship?
-Sometimes pet travel isn't as structured as it should be. Find out what happened when a snake ended up taking a solo train ride in Japan.
-This story began as a heartbreaker but seems to have a happy ending - a kitten was tossed out a car window on a NYC bridge this week but managed to remain unharmed when an animal control officer spotted the cat and picked him up. The kitty is now doing well in foster care.
-In more strange NYC news, a West Village pet store recently placed restrictions on who is allowed to take pets home after a few incidents involving drunk puppy buying.
-Many people are surprised to find out how much it costs to ship a pet. Here's a breakdown of what's involved with moving a pet safely.
-In case you missed it, here's the story of an Indonesian monkey who snatched a wildlife photographer's camera and proceeded to take a series of self-portraits. Sure, it's not really "pet news," but nothing says Happy Friday like a smiling monkey face!
-Finally, we announced our Pet Move of the Month this week; Kratos the English Bulldog moved from California to Italy in order to join his loving owner Shaun, a member of the US Navy. The picture of their reunion (below) illustrates one of our favorite parts about moving pets!
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Long-Haired Daschund
From: Tokyo, Japan (Itabashi-ku)
To: Noveleta, Philippines
How can I ship my pet in the most economical, safe, fast and convenient way?
Your question certainly touches on all the most important elements of a great pet move, and we'd love to help you achieve these goals. First, here are the pet import requirements for the Philippines. You'll need to obtain a few vaccines and a microchip, and to streamline the process we suggest getting started well in advance of your move. As always, we always recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline, as well.
Give us a call if you have any particular questions or if you'd like some help. It's less expensive to handle everything yourself (check our site for information about how to do this), but we're happy to take over the door-to-door details of your move if you find that you'd rather not tackle it yourself. Good luck!
Pets Name: Minnie
I flew ahead to Tokyo in January to get settled and arranged for my 13lb Miniature Pinscher - Minnie - to join me in April.
Although I did most of the paper work ahead of time, PetRelocation.com was immensely helpful in tying up all the loose ends. Japan is very strict about proper and accurate paper work!
Minnie arrived at Narita Airport as scheduled, with staff from Tokyo calling me a few days earlier to make sure I was ready to pick up my girl.
She's been in Tokyo for nearly a month now and is adjusting very well. She will be flying with PetRelocation.com again should my work require me to move again :)
-Here's an update on pets in Japan -- including what life is like three weeks after the earthquake and how recovery efforts are taking pets into account.
-Have you ever consulted an animal behaviorist to deal with your pet's bad habits and anxiety? Many people have found this to be an expensive -- but helpful -- thing to do.
-Men's NCAA fans and four talented teams are getting ready to enjoy the season's final showdown, and most participants won't receive the same star treatment as Butler's mascot, a bulldog named Blue 2. This pup will fly to the game in a private jet, stay at a four-star hotel, and will even have his own security detail upon arrival.
-Southern California has a reputation for being pet-friendly, and San Diego resident Maggie Espinosa and her dog Marcel recently went about checking things out. Find out what this pet owner turned author learned during her pet travels.
-Before you know much about it, pet travel can seem overwhelming. Once you break it down into its individual parts, however, you'll see that it's possible to tackle it without losing your sanity. Here's a helpful article that takes a closer look at exactly what it takes to move a pet to Argentina.
-With more and more pets taking to the skies these days, it's good to know that airports are lifting their game as far as pet travel is concerned. Here's a closer look at how Boston Logan International Airport handles pets safely.
-Meet Travelin' Jack, a Bulldog with a blog and a love for adventure. He also has a new book on the shelves, whose proceeds will go to help a no-kill shelter in Jack's native New Mexico.
-We covered the topic of pet-friendly airports a few months ago and it continues to be a topic on our radar, so we were interested to run across Dog Jaunt's coverage of the Dallas airport pet areas. It's a must-read if you'll be traveling through here with a pet anytime soon.
Like Japan, Guam is rabies-free. This might make it a natural choice for Japanese citizens who want to return home at some point, as going to another rabies-free country will streamline the import process (Taiwan is also free of rabies). There are a few things to know before you go, however, so make sure you do your research.
Moving to Guam will require the following:
- An entry permit
- A microchip,
- Proof of vaccinations
- A health certificate
Take a look at the complete pet import requirements for moving to Guam, and please contact PetRelocation.com if you'd like to speak to a Specialist in greater detail about this or any other pet travel issue.
Are you a citizen of Japan who has decided to relocate? Feel free to share your story with us, and don't hesitate to let us know if you need a helping hand! Also, if you live in another part of the world and want to be a helping hand, there are plenty of ways to help the pets of Japan.
Everyone at PetRelocation.com is a pet lover, so we found ourselves wondering how we could get involved to help the pets of Japan. We've been providing assistance to pet owners in Japan all week by helping them sort out paperwork issues to get their pets to safety. Bu we still wanted to find a way to help the pets who need it the most: the ones who were stranded and separated from their owners in the aftermath.
That's why we're joining forces with Be the Change for Pets to benefit World Vets, an organization that has mobilized to be on the ground in Japan with much-needed veterinary supplies to help render aid to the pets of Japan.
A little bit about World Vets:
World Vets is a non-government organization (NGO) providing veterinary aid around the globe and is actively helping pets affected by Japan earthquakes and tsunamis. World Vets teams are already assembled in Niigata, Japan right now with a shipment of veterinary supplies and World Vets veterinarian Dr. Koji Fukumura will be arriving in Tokyo on Friday. Dr. Fukumura will be staying long-term as an in-country coordinator and to provide direct assistance to animals in need. In the meantime, World Vets is in dire need of donations to keep sending veterinary supplies and teams of veterinarians overseas.
What PetRelocation.com is Doing to Help Pets in Japan:
In participation with Be the Change for Pets and Paws for Japan Day, we will donate 10% of proceeds for every new customer who signs up with PetRelocation.com today. Through the help of our customers, we'll be donating up to $5000 toward helping World Vets and their noble mission in Japan.
What You Can Do to Help Pets in Japan:
Even if you're not moving your pet with us, you can still make a donation to World Vets using the widget below. All donations provided through the form below go directly to World Vets. Even $5 or $10 can make a difference to a suffering pet who needs a bandage or painkiller. Update: So many people have been donating to this event that ChipIn.com, the company processing the donations, is sometimes taking too long to respond. Please try reloading.
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Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Toy Poodle
Good day. I need to move my dog from Japan to Dubai. Problem - I need to have my dog in the kennels/dog sitter from June (as my visa in Japan expires) and can only leave for Dubai around the middle August (when my new visa in Dubai begins). In that time my dog will need injections done, blood tests and all the papers to get her out of Japan and to Dubai. Could you please give me any advice? I cannot take her with me to South Africa as it has rabies. Please please help. Yours sincerely, -Lana
Thanks for submitting a question to us! To start, here are the pet import requirements for the United Arab Emirates. Once you know about these necessary steps, you can plan a schedule for your vet visits and vaccinations.
If you won't be with your dog during the weeks leading up to your trip and you don't have a friend or family member to assist you, you will need to enlist some hired help. Check with IPATA for more information, check your local listings for vet assistance, etc..., or contact us for more detailed advice. One of our Pet Relocation Specialists would be happy to help you plan your move.
Good luck with everything, Lana, and keep in touch!
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Toy Poodle/Shih Tzu Mix
From: Narita, Japan
To: Quito, Ecuador
Could you please advise me about whether or not I need an export permit to take my pet out of Japan (she was born here), and about how I go about importing her to Quito, Ecuador? Your time is much appreciated. Yours sincerely, Johanna.
Thanks for the question! Start by taking a look at the Pet Import Requirements for Ecuador. Here at PetRelocation, we also encourage you to choose a pet-friendly airline and begin the crate-training process (if your dog isn't comfortable in a crate already) as soon as possible.
Please contact us if you'd like some help planning your move. One of our Pet Relocation Specialists would be happy to assist you or answer any questions you may have!
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Basenji Mix
From: Washington D.C.
To: Bangkok, Thailand
We're relocating from the Washington D.C. area to Bangkok, Thailand with a 3 to 4 hour layover in Tokyo's Narita airport. Will there be any quarantine required for her in Tokyo? Thanks, -Emily
Thanks for the question! It's generally not necessary to meet the import requirements of a country if you're only spending a layover there (as long as you're not switching airlines), but it would be a good idea to contact the Narita airport officials for the most up-to-date, relevant details.
Check out the Pet Import Requirements for Thailand to prepare for your move, and please contact us if you have any questions. Our Pet Relocation Specialists would be happy to assist you!
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Australian Shepard/Lab and Chihuahua/Dachshund
We are moving with the US Air Force and are currently stationed in Japan. We will be moving to England but they require us to fly back over the states and then over to England. Will it be possible to get the dogs on these flights following the DEFRA PETS Scheme? I know that they have to fly on specific airlines so I'm a little confused if they can start out on one and then transfer to a different air line in the different country and still manage to avoid the quarantine. Thanks for any help you can offer me. -Stephanie
Thanks for your question! Both Japan and the US are qualifying countries under the PETS Scheme, so you should be able to complete your travels without undergoing a quarantine as long as youfollow the prescribed rules and regulations. Find out more about the PETS Scheme and review the Pet Import Requirements for the UK on our site.
Good luck in your travels and please let us know if you need anything else, Stephanie! PetRelocation does offer a military discount, so please contact a Pet Relocation Specialist if you'd like to find out more about the door-to-door pet travel services that we offer.
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: dogs
Pet Breed: Miniature Poodle
From: Yokota AB, Japan (Tokyo)
To: United States
We are supposed to move sometime in September of this year. My concern is regarding the pet embargo that is imposed from around May through September. Due to high temperatures, pets aren't allowed to fly during some of this time. Is there another solution?
You're right that it's important to exercise caution when traveling with pets during the warm summer months, but it's not impossible to do it (and do it safely). Airlines with established protocol, such as Continental's PetSafe Program, have instituted policies to keep pets safe when the temperature rises.
Take a look at these summer pet travel safety tips and be sure to check in with the airline you'll be using to make sure they handle pets with care. Examine the Pet Import Requirements for the US as well, and contact our Pet Relocation Specialists if you have any more questions.
Good luck and thanks for the pet travel question!
These laws are controversial to say the least, and they arose primarily due to oftentimes inaccurate beliefs about community safety as well as (some would say unbalanced) patterns of media coverage. Pit bulls carry the stigma of being tough and aggressive, but many pet owners have pit bulls and other so-called "aggressive" breeds who are as sweet and loving as any other dog.
Here at PetRelocation.com, we love all breeds (our CEO even has a Staffordshire bull terrier - that's big Bruno giving one of our customers we relocated to Japan a ride!), but we often encounter hurdles when it comes to shipping certain kinds of dogs. Since we always try our best to stay on top of the latest rules and restrictions, feel free to contact us if you ever have any questions about a specific city or country's regulations when it comes to importing these breeds. Here are some tips on how to plan ahead if you're going to be traveling with a breed that is frequently discriminated against:
- Many countries have outright bans on the import of Pit Bulls, American Staffordshire Terriers, Cane Corsos and other types of dogs they view as "agressive", so it's important to do your research before traveling or undertaking a pet move. For example, places like Montreal and Colombia do not allow pit bull-type breeds. To research whether your destination has BSL, start with the country of import's agriculture and veterinary ministry page. You can usually find this by searching for the name of the country and the word "agriculture" until you find the governing website for the country's ministry of agriculture (sometimes called a department of agriculture). This is typically the department that oversees the import and export of live animals, including pets. If the country has breed-specific legislation, they will state it on their pet import requirements page. Understand-a-Bull also has a great list they've put together of countries that have BSL.
- Look for ways to find exemptions to breed-specific legislation. For example, Switzerland has a ban on dogs with cropped ears or tails, however will allow them to be imported if their owners can provide a signed letter stating they are moving there for work purposes. Also, pit bulls are not actually a breed, but rather a type of dog often identified by a broad set of physical characteristics - which can lead to inconsistencies in treatment and rule enforcement. Many countries that ban pit bulls will accept the dog if a DNA test is done in advance to show that the dog does not have a high percentage of pit bull terrier.
- In addition to country restrictions there are airline rules to consider, as well. These change fairly frequently and often depend on the time of year (due to temperature restrictions) so it's best to double check with your airline before you book your own flight or your pet's.
- Consider your pet's quality of life after the move. Many times owners of pit bulls and other frequently banned breeds can also have trouble finding housing that will accept these types of dogs. Also, several countries require breeds they view as being aggressive to wear muzzles when in public spaces.
If you have a pit, a staffie or another breed that tends to be discriminated against and are planning an international pet move in the future, let us know if you need any assistance -- we're always happy to help in whatever way we can in order to keep these great dogs out of shelters and in their loving homes where they belong!
For pets coming from countries not considered "rabies-free":
-Microchips will be mandatory for all cats and dogs. The microchip number should be stated on the official health certificate.
-Rabies Antibody tests are required for cats and dogs over 90 days old, and the result should be greater than 0.5IU/ml. The test should be done between three months and two years before arrival. The original test result should accompany the pets.
-Rabies vaccinations should be completed more than 30 days before departure and within the last 1 or 3 years, depending on the type of vaccine administered.
For pets coming from "rabies-free" countries (Japan, Taiwan, Cyprus, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Iceland, Guam, Hawaii, Samoa, Cayman Islands, Polynesia, Martinique , Albania, Dominica, Malaysia, Switzerland):
-Microchips will be mandatory for all cats and dogs. The microchip number should be stated on the official health certificate.
-Rabies Antibody tests are NOT REQUIRED.
-Rabies Vaccinations are NOT REQUIRED
-For the Official Health certificate, no validation date is required by the Korean government, and it depends on the export country’s regulation for the validation of the health certificate.
If these regulations are not properly met, the pet will be quarantined.
-Original Rabies Vaccination certificate
-Official Health certificate, including microchip number
-Original Rabies Antibody test result
Finally, Korea will allow four animals maximum per person/company to import.
That's all the information we have for now; we'll be sure to keep you informed of any further changes that may put into place over the next few months.
No word on whether they need us to help with any upcoming cat transport needs but we're guessing cats that end up at the kitty cafe never want to have to move away!
Ni Hao brave traveller! Whether youre moving to China for work or to facilitate a change in lifestyle, you are sure to receive a culture shock even more earth shattering then the jet lag toll on arrival at Beijing airport.
Being one of the earliest centres of human civilization has led to China having one of the most beautiful and colourful cultures in the world. Being the first country in the world to issue paper money and one of the few to develop writing independently; China has good cause to be proud of its heritage.
With dynasties rising and falling like a street performers Diablo, the collection of walls known as the Great Wall of China is still the only man made structure viewable from space by the naked eye. For an edifice that entered construction in the 5th Centaury BC that is a quite an achievement.
We can be pretty sure that today there are no hide clad MongolҒs running around China inventing less creative uses for the wonderfully colorful fireworks of the Jin Dynasty; but it is important to get a grasp on the political situation in any country you intend to emigrate to.
Believe it or not, China is currently in the midst of a civil war. Following victory and the surrender of Japan, resulting from the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear road tests, in 1947 the uncomfortably allied Nationalist and Communist parties split asunder. In a naming convention that will get a chortle from any Monty Python fan; the nationalist Republic of China was ushered off of the main land to Taiwan by the communist Peoples Republic of China, who took up claim as a successor state 1949. This war has never technically ceased and both parties still lay claim to the others territory.
For a country that houses a quarter of the worlds population, healthcare should be a major concern for the dominant Peoples Republic. A large proportion of the countryҒs population (some 1.3 billion) live in the major cities such as Shanghi and Beijing. These large cities are well equipped to deal with most medical conditions however hospitals in the desperately poor rural areas of the country are not as frequent or equipped with the modern equipment you would expect. The advice for most western travellers would be to have your jabs and stay close to the major settlements.
There is plenty to see and do in China. If you survive your travels in the notorious Beijing taxis you will be able to sample the great Chinese delicacies in the renowned Beijing restaurants or maybe enjoy a glitzy night out on the Saniltun bar strip, a favourite for most expats. For those adventurous Saturdays, visits can be made to any of the old dynasty forts and Confucian monasteries (such as the Wenamio temple) that litter the country. You could even take an inspirational hike into the beautiful and mystical mountainous terrain that gave birth to Taoism.
As for your own personal Maneki Neko (lucky cat or beckoning cat said to bring good fortune or money) things look quite good in the home of sweet and sour. Once you have your residence permit you will need to provide quarantine officials with a vaccination certificate and a health certificate. Cat owners are expected to provide certificates for Feline Panleucopania and Feline Respiratory Disease after their cat travel. The cost to import a cat or small dog is around $70 with a moderate increase for larger animals. Following arriving in China your fuzzy trusty friend will need to be kept in quarantine for 30 days. Fortunately this can be done at your new home with regular visits from officials, so your travelling companion will also be able to use this time to get used to their new surroundings after their pet travel.
So with the Olympics rising up over the horizon you better get your bags packed and your plane booked. You are undoubtedly going to find you have more friends back home then you thought when 2008 comes screeching around the corner...