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Cat Air Travel to the United States: Surprisingly Straightforward

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Dee
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
From: United Kingdom
To: United States

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I am currently living in the UK. My cat moved here with me and my family about 3 years ago, in 2012. We moved here from the US. We will be moving back to the US this summer. I want to make sure that everything runs smoothly and I have done everything that needs to be done.

It appears that I only have to have a current rabies vaccine and a health certificate issued within 10 days of our arrival in the US. Are there any other requirements? Also, will my cat be able to travel in the cabin of the plane with me? Coming into the UK he had to travel as cargo.

Thanks,

Dee
 

Hi Dee,

Believe it or not, coming into the United States with a cat is a pretty clear-cut process. As you'll see outlined here, your cat will need a vet health certificate showing the airline he is fit to fly, and proof of an updated rabies vaccine is also recommended. As the Centers for Disease Control website states, though rabies vaccines for cats are not required for successful import, the state you live in may ultimately require one (and many people agree it's a good idea to vaccinate your cat against rabies either way).

Other than that, we suggest checking with the airline to find out about additional rules and regulations. We typically use British Airways or United for pets going between the United Kingdom and the United States, and these airlines both require pets on this route to fly via cargo. To prepare for this, we recommend making sure your cat is well-hydrated and as acclimated to the travel crate as possible.

You're in a great place since you've traveled before and generally know what to expect, but if you have any further questions or think you'd like some help carrying out the move, please contact us for a consultation.

Thanks for your question, good luck, and welcome back to the United States!

Dog Travel to Canada from the United Kingdom

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Ann
From: UK
To: Toronto, Canada
Pet: Mordecai: Pug/Shepherd mix (Approx, 37lbs, 3 1/2 years old)

Dear PetRelocation,
 
My daughter and her dog left Canada two years ago for Edinburgh, Scotland to go to the university there. Mordecai went through all the requirements for him to travel to the UK from Canada.
 
They now are moving back to Canada in June and I would like to know what the dog needs to come back into Canada. My daughter has a Canadian and a British passport. He is healthy.
 
Thanks,
Ann
 
Hi Ann,
 
We'd be happy to offer some guidance. For the most accurate information, please take a look at the pet import requirements for Canada via the official Canada government website. As you'll see, Mordecai will need a rabies vaccination certificate or a European Union pet passport outlining all the required information.
 
In addition to these key elements, we suggest choosing a pet-friendly airline (you can read more pet travel essentials on our blog for guidance). Since your daughter and Mordecai have traveled before and probably learned a lot from the experience, hopefully this will be a pretty smooth trip for them!
 
If you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our online consultation form. Either way, good luck to them and thanks for reaching out!
 

Q&A: Exporting Pets from Singapore

Monday, February 23, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Angela
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: English Working Cocker Spaniel
From: Singapore
To: Charlotte, NC, United States

 

Dear PetRelocation,

How easy is it to move my dog from here in Singapore to Charlotte in the United States? How long does it take? What will he require in terms of paperwork, vet checks and vaccinations, etc.?

He was originally born in the UK and moved to the Netherlands after 18 months, had a pet passport and traveled via the car across the water. He then moved again after 12 months to here in Singapore and required a flight, more paperwork etc.

He is now 5 years old and also had a metal plate inserted into his knee about 8 months ago.

Thank you kindly,
Angela

 

Hi Angela,

Thank you for your question! Please take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States. We typically recommend starting to prepare at least 30 days in advance, as you'll need to gather a vet health certificate and proof of an updated rabies vaccine.

We also recommend helping your dog to become acclimated to the travel crate if he's not already. The fact that he has a metal plate in his knee should not cause a problem, but either way we highly suggest discussing any concerns you have with your vet.

Finally, choosing a pet-friendly airline is an important part of the process, as well. We often use KLM, United, British Airways and Lufthansa, for example, as these carriers have established pet procedures and place a high priority on safety and comfort.

Please let us know if you think you'd like some help organizing your move; one of our Specialists would be happy to discuss your relocation options with you.

Hope this helps, good luck!

Incredible Experiences: Titus & Skye's British Adventure

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Rene
Pets' Names: Titus & Skye
From: Dallas, Texas, USA
To: Northampton, UK
 

When my husband, a British citizen, and me, an American citizen, were planning my move to the UK, we looked at several pet relocation services. The people at PetRelocation were by far my favorite; they took a genuine interest in our circumstances and I knew our dogs' well-being was their primary concern.

Maegan and Anna were amazing and put up with my many (many many) questions along the way. My pups are here in the UK now and settling in very nicely.

Thank you for taking great care of my babies!!

 

titus & skye

Titus

 

 

titus & skye

Skye
 

Pet Travel Rules: Moving Pets to Scotland

Friday, January 16, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

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

 

Hi,

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

Thank you,
Krystle
 

 

Hi Krystle,

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

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

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

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

 

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

Thursday, January 15, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

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

 

Hi There,

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

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

Many thanks in advance,
Jo

 

Hi Jo,

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

Incredible Experiences: Moving Two Cats from the USA to the UK

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Sharon
Pets' Names: Duke and Kimmy
From: Walnut Creek, California, USA
To: Norwich, Norfolk, UK
 

Sarah and Penney were both terrific. They responded to questions and requests without delay and implemented whatever was necessary very professionally and with care and consideration for our two cats.

We would definitely use them again (although we hope we don't need to!) and recommend them to anyone needing to take their pets overseas. Our cats are very happily with us again and were calm and clean when we picked them up.

THANK YOU!
 

Thanks to Sharon for sharing this update! Need help moving a pet internationally? Please contact PetRelocation for a consultation and read more pet travel stories here.

Incredible Experiences: Schneider's Suspenseful Move to Texas!

Monday, December 22, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Tim
Pet's Name: Schneider
From: Prague, Czech Republic
To: Dallas, Texas, USA

"Airline Strikes, Pregnant Wife, Snowy and Icy Roads… What else could go wrong?"

Two weeks ago (December 5th), PetRelocation delivered our furry boy, Schneider, back home to Texas from Prague, Czech Republic. We decided to make the move back to Texas in the early summer, so we explored our options and spoke with Matt at PetRelocation extensively. He can attest to the fact that we were full of questions about every single detail of the move. He gave us the confidence we needed to proceed with PetRelocation.

When it was time, Matt introduced us to a very patient and professional, Vanessa, who took us through the move from vet certificates to delivery. Schneider had his shots and microchip from when we lived in Dallas before and it was all still valid. The paperwork was easy. Vanessa made it clear exactly what we needed to do on our end, gave us examples, and just like Matt, answered a million questions from us.

Getting a kennel was difficult in mainland Europe, so we had to order it from the UK, which was a hassle. One week until the move, we got his fit-to-fly (health) certificate, which gave us plenty of time for his SCHEDULED flight on December 2nd.

Living in Prague, we wanted to keep his flight time to a minimum, so we decided that I would drive him to Frankfurt, Germany so Schneider would have a direct flight to Dallas.


 

On Monday morning, December 1st, my 9-MONTH-PREGNANT wife got a text from her mom that the airline went on strike Monday and Tuesday. This news was not good for stressed out soon-to-be first time parents with a million other things on their mind. The fit-to-fly certificate was at this point 7 days old. Keep in mind that 10 days is the maximum or you need a new health certificate. Knowing that I have to drive to Frankfurt that day, we are immediately on the phone with the agent in Frankfurt and they recommend that we proceed as before; to deliver him as scheduled and he will be well looked after in the Frankfurt airport animal lounge.

To be safe and on top of things, we decided to make a last minute visit to the vet to get a back-up health certificate in case there are further delays. As we return from the vet, my wife says that she needs to go to the hospital for pain. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law are luckily with us, and we head to hospital where they tell us that we will be parents within 36 hours. We needed to get Schneider to Frankfurt so that he would be on a next available flight.

My sister and I drive overnight to Frankfurt, leaving my wife and mother-in-law at the hospital. We deliver Schneider to the lounge early Tuesday morning, and start the drive back during a slight snow and ice storm in Germany assuming he will be on a flight on Wednesday. We make it back to the hospital with 45 minutes to spare before my beautiful baby girl is born.

The airline can’t book him on Wednesday and then it happens again… the airline strikes on Thursday (which would be day 10 for the original health certificate -- luckily we got the back-up). Vanessa is emailing and on the phone with me this entire week and assures me that he will be booked on Friday. His flight is confirmed but delayed. By 2:30 a.m. my time, I’m on video-chat with my mother when they safely deliver our furry child home to her in Texas.

Vanessa kept me up-to-date at every turn and I couldn't have been more grateful for her attention to every detail. If we need to move Schneider again, PetRelocation will be our first call.

Thank you Matt and Vanessa for all that you've done.

Sincerely,
Tim

Dog Travel to China & the UK

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Talia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Chihuahua
From: Los Angeles, CA
To: Guangzhou China, then London, UK

 

Hello,

Can you please provide as much information as possible. I will be moving in two months (I just accepted an offer, thus I could not begin the process until I knew where I would be going). I will only be in China six months, and then will relocate to London.

Any information you give will be greatly appreciated!

Talia

 

Hi Talia,

Thanks for your questions! To start, it will help to look over the pet import requirements for China and the pet import requirements for the UK. Both countries require lots of careful preparation, so you're smart to be starting the planning process right away (congrats on the new job!). 

Many pet owners who go to China end up hiring professional assistance, as the rules can be confusing. Quarantine requirements will depend on your port of entry, and working with an expert tends to make the process much easier. Please contact us if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services.

As far as entering the UK from China, you'll have to meet several particular requirements and also undergo a three-month waiting period because China is an "unlisted" country. Find more details here

For reference, here are a few basic pet travel tips as well as two recent client stories featuring a cat move to China and a dog move to London. As you can see, as complicated as pet travel can sound sometimes, with the right planning it's possible to carry out successful moves to countries around the world.

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance, and thanks again for reaching out!

Year in Review: Incredible Experiences of 2014 (Part 1)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

It was another fast and busy year here at PetRelocation, and we feel lucky that we had the chance to meet so many amazing pets and pet parents!

For a glimpse of what we've been up to in 2014, take a look at some of the Incredible Experiences -- specifically the Pet Moves of the Month -- that we featured during the first half of the year. (And stay tuned for Part 2 later this week.) Enjoy!

 

January: Zap & Guida

These two adorable fluffballs moved from Brazil to San Diego, and they helped us kick off the year with a great story and the cute reunion video above. Read more about their move here.

 

dottie

February: Dottie

Next up is Dottie, a cute Papillon who moved from Atlanta to Dubai with her family. It was a long trip, but thanks to smart planning that included a comfort stop at the KLM pet hotel in Amsterdam, Dottie did just fine and had plenty of energy upon her arrival. Here's the whole story

 

 

charlie

March: Charlie

This well-accessorized pup moved from the US to Hong Kong and immediately started having lots of fun adventures (we hear he loves meeting new people and chasing bubbles when the opportunity arises). Read all about his new life overseas!

 

 

sam & gretchen

April: Sam & Gretchen

Big dogs often need to travel, too, as was proven by Sam and Gretchen earlier this year. These Weimaraner BFFs went from Texas to Saudi Arabia and did a great job adjusting to their new surroundings

 

 

geoff & holly

May: Geoff & Holly

Here's another dynamic duo that we all became pretty smitten with: Holly and Geoff. These snub-nosed pals moved from New Jersey to the UK via Frankfurt, and upon arrival their owner says they seem pretty cool with the whole experience. Read more about these special clients!

 

 

alfie

June: Alfie, Halo & Louis

These three pups left our hometown of Austin to escape the mean Texas summer for cooler temperatures in England. (We understand.) Find out how they're doing post-move. Hint: their owner uses the word "joyous" to describe them.

 

Ready for more pet reunion stories? Here is Part 2 of our 2014 Year in Review Pet Move of the Month series. Bonus: if you'd care to check out the highlights of 2013, here is Part 1 and Part 2.

As always, if you have any questions about organizing an upcoming pet relocation, please contact us.

Not Your Average Pet Travel Question: International Hamster Travel

Monday, December 8, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Janice
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Hamster
Pet Breed: Syrian
From: Israel
To: UK

Hi PetRelocation,

Do I need any special paperwork to transport a little hamster from Israel to the UK? I am traveling on Wednesday and today is Monday. At the very last minute I would like to give my sister's hamster a new home, as she is struggling to take care of him properly and I would love to take him back to the UK with me.

I know that from the EU no special quarantine is required but what about Israel? Also would there be a large cost? Would the hamster be able to travel in the cabin with me in a small carry box? I am flying with EasyJet. Would it be very pricey? Would it be very stressful for him?

Many thanks,

Janice
 

Hi Janice,

Thanks for contacting us! You'll want to check with UK's official government website to find out about pet import rules. Per this site, it appears that hamsters coming from Israel must must undergo a four month quarantine under the Rabies (Dogs, Cats and other Mammals) Order 1974 and also need an import license. Read more about the process here

If moving forward, you would also want to check with the airline directly to find out about their rules regarding the transport of small animals (every airline is different), and you should check with the Israel Department of Agriculture to find out about export permits, procedures, etc.

As you can see, it sounds like moving a hamster to the UK wouldn't be an easy task (especially in such a short time frame). You're welcome to contact us for more info or use IPATA.org to seek out an alternate opinion, however. 

Thanks again for the question, and good luck with everything!

Incredible Experiences: Two Cats from the US to the UK

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Jason
Pets' Names: Simon and Margaret
From: Philadelphia, PA
To: Manchester, UK

PetRelocation did a fantastic job helping me move my two cats to the UK!

They worked with me to find the most cost effective move, and they were incredibly flexible with constantly shifting travel dates. They were so helpful with all the paperwork to the point where it was nearly effortless on my part.

My cats were provided top-notch care on the day of travel and they arrived safe and sound. Simon and Margaret are so happy to be with me again and are enjoying their new home in Britain.

Thank you so much!
 



Cat Travel to the UK from an Unlisted Country

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Evren
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Long-haired House Cat
From: Turkey / Istanbul
To: UK / London

Hi,

I have read many things but the pet travel process is still confusing. Hope you can help me.

I will be moving to London to live long term. My cat is 7 years old. I am not an EU citizen or resident of the UK yet. Am I allowed to bring my cat anyway, and will there be any quarantine for my cat as I am coming from Turkey?

How long will the transport take in total? My cat is about 7 kg; how much will this cost? Also, he is not so friendly to strangers. Is this a problem?

Thank you so much.

Regards,

Evren
 

Hi Evren,

Thanks for contacting us with your question. Moving pets to the UK certainly requires careful preparation, so it's a good idea to research carefully and start the process early.

You'll find all the official information about import requirements on the gov.uk site. Turkey is an "unlisted country" so the rules are a bit different -- your cat will need a microchip, rabies vaccination, blood test, official veterinary certificate and you must use an authorized carrier and an approved route. Three months must pass from the day the blood sample is taken to the day of departure.

Good news: if you meet all of these requirements, your cat will not need to undergo a quarantine.

The length of the trip will depend on a few factors (namely the route and airline you choose). Note that we highly recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline -- we often use Lufthasa, KLM and British Airways. These airlines have pet-oriented policies in place and will have trained staff members used to dealing with all kinds of pets with all kinds of temperaments. To promote as smooth a trip as possible, you can attach a note to your cat's travel crate stating he is wary of strangers in order to give the handlers some warning during a comfort stop.

If you have any questions about this process and think you'd like to hire some help, please fill out our consultation form online. Our costs for moving a small pet internationally generally start at up to $3500 USD, but your expenses will vary based on a few different variables.

Hopefully this helps, Evren. Let us know if we can be of further service, and good luck with your trip!

Understanding the New EU Pet Import Rules

Monday, November 10, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Georgina
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: 2 dogs and a cat
Pet Breed: Rottweiler, Border Collie & Staffordshire Terrier, Norwegian Forest Cat
From: Canada
To: England

 

Hi PetRelocation,

What do I need to do to prepare my animals to be relocated with me to England? Could you please send me the current requirements, as I don't want my animals to have to deal with being in quarantine.

Thanks,

Georgina

 

Hi Georgina,

Thanks for reaching out -- there are a few upcoming changes to the UK pet import process so your questions are timely.

First, take a look at the official announcement and information regarding the changes to the EU Pet Travel Scheme. Beginning in December of 2014, the rules for incoming pets will be adjusted. The primary difference involves when the pets can fly in relation to the owners (the owner must travel within five days of the pet), and a few other modifications have been made, as well.

These new rules are being closely examined by affected parties, and various pet travel companies and advocates are working hard to educate themselves and manage these new procedures. Anyone who has experience with pet travel knows that these rules could once again be adjusted, but for now it would be best to plan according to these guidelines and consult the help of experts as you move forward.

If you're interested in finding out more about our door-to-door services, please complete our free quote form. You can also keep following our blog for more updates on this matter -- changes are frequent when it comes to pet travel import rules, and we do our best to keep readers updated.

Good luck and happy traveling!
 

Incredible Experiences: Peach's Move to the UK

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Katy

Pet's Name: Peach

From: Boston, MA, USA

To: London, UK

We began planning Peach’s big trip about four months before our move from Boston to London. We were excited about the professional opportunities in London but very nervous about the potential risks for Peach! We needed to be sure we were taking every precaution before we committed to the move.

After consulting with several relocation agencies, we felt the most comfortable with PetRelocation. Evelyn and Linda kept us on track for every milestone (vet appointments, travel booking, crate training in the travel crate, etc.).

For travel to the U.K., there is a very tight timeline that must be followed to avoid quarantine. One part of this is a USDA form that can only be sent a few days before travel and must be certified before the trip. When Linda realized that Peach’s forms were caught in a backlog, she got in touch with the agency and made sure that we made the deadline.

Peach arrived safe and sound after her flights from Boston to Frankfurt and Frankfurt to London (the most direct route, since Lufthansa is the only carrier that will accept snub-nosed breeds for transatlantic flights). We couldn’t be happier that she is back with us!

Here she is relaxing by Regent’s Canal:

 

peach

Incredible Experiences: Pippa and Cassie's Relocation to the UK

Monday, September 22, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

We love receiving post-move updates from our clients! Here's a good one we had to share:

Hi Anna and Maegan,

I just wanted to thank you once again for bringing our two dogs from Indiana, USA to Norfolk, UK. It really took the stress out of moving back home.

The girls are thoroughly enjoying their new big garden and have been to the seaside for the first time and even been off leash!!

 

pippa and cassie

Beach Time with Pippa & Cassie

 

Pippa Cassie

Running Free!

 

 

Need help moving your pets? Please contact us to speak to a Specialist about your options.

Double Check EU Pet Travel Rules for the UK and Ireland

Thursday, September 18, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

International pet travel is all about the details, and we just learned of a new one that may affect pet travelers going to the UK or Ireland.

If you have an EU pet passport and are traveling into the UK or Ireland, the rabies vaccination must have been done by a veterinarian inside the EU for it to be accepted. In the past some EU passport holders have been allowed entry from the United States, Canada, and other third countries, but now those travelers will need to have (in addition to the pet passport) the EU Journal Annex II certificate issued and endorsed no more than 10 days before arrival.

Further, remember that any new vaccinations obtained outside the EU should not be noted on the passport, but rather on a separate certificate. You can read about this in more depth here.

Essentially the EU has begun to enforce EU regulations more strictly, and having the EU passport alone only permits travel between EU countries (no more bending the rules).

If you have questions about this requirement or pet travel in general, please contact us and one of our Specialists will clarify things and/or talk about how we may be able to help with a solution for your upcoming move.

 

posey

Posey followed the rules and made it to the UK.

 

 

Exploring The Heathrow Animal Reception Centre

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by Pet Friendly Airports

heathrowIn order to meet the import rules of the United Kingdom, all pets entering or re-entering the country must pass through one place: the Heathrow Animal Reception Center (HARC). It can be hard to know what to expect from facilities like this, but luckily there is quite a bit of information out there if you know where to look.

To save you some time, we've compiled several details about the HARC so that families going to the UK with pets will know what to expect. Hope this helps!

First, here's the process: upon arrival at Heathrow, pets are transferred to the HARC for their vet check and customs clearance -- a process that usually takes about 2-3 hours. After the check is finished, pets are released into the care of the designated pet owner or agent, who shows a photo ID.

The Centre is open every day (even holidays), but note that at busy travel times (around the winter holidays, for example), it can take longer to clear customs.

Here are a few fun facts about the HARC:

  • Around 13,000 dogs and cats pass through the Centre ever year.
  • About 2,500 birds (mostly pets) also visit.
  • 40 dogs can be held here at once.
  • The HARC employs about 30 full-time employees.
  • The Centre can also hold large animals (like horses) and exotic species (think lions and large reptiles).
  • A waiting room with sofas, TVs and vending machines is available for families waiting for their pets.

 

Here is where the HARC is located in relation to the airport (click on the map for a better look):

 

heathrow map

 

Want to know more? Take a look at a couple of videos touring the HARC:

 

 

 

For additional information, here's a list of frequently asked questions and tips relating to the HARC, and if you like cute pet reunion pictures (who doesn't?), follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Please contact us if you have more questions about moving pets to the UK (or anywhere else), and happy traveling!

Moving Pets to the UK

Monday, September 8, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Mindy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Vizsla
From: Louisiana
To: London

 

Hello,

About how much would it be to transport my 50 lb dog from the US to London? Also, what are the import requirements, and how long will our dog be quarantine?

Thanks,

Mindy
 

Hi Mindy,

Moving pets to the UK requires following the import requirements outlined here. Good news: there is no quarantine required, but you do need to carefully follow the Part A entry rules, which include having your dog microchipped and vaccinated against rabies.

We offer door-to-door services for pet moves around the world, meaning we would work closely with your dog's vet to make sure all vaccines and paperwork are in order, book the flight on a pet-friendly airline, and provide transportation to and from the airport. Our costs for one medium/large dog from the United States to the UK generally start at around $3,000. If you're interested in our services and would like a more precise estimate, please fill out our free quote form and a specialist will get back to you with more information.

Finally, please take a look at our blog for some general information about how to move pets safely, and feel free to read the move stories of some of our recent clients to find out more about what the process entails.

Hope this helps, and we hope to hear from you again!

Questions about Dog Travel to Indonesia

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sam
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador
From: Canada
To: Indonesia

 

Hello,

I am in need of help.... I need to understand the impact of a potential move. My dog is 7.5 years old. He is a British dog, with a British pet passport. He lived in UK, then came to Switzerland with us for 4 years, then to Canada for 2 years and now we have a potential move to Indonesia or back to the UK. He is key in our decision making. I worry about Indonesia, I worry about:

- The journey
- The quarantine
- The paperwork
- The cultural difference with regards to pets/dogs
- The return to the UK/EU in a couple of years

Please can you help me with any advice or information to aid our decision making process? This is a company move.

Thanking you so much,
Sam
 

Hi Sam,

Sure, we'd be happy to offer you some information and to help you make sense of your options. For your reference, here are the pet import requirements for Indonesia.

It sounds like travel isn't new to you, but here is some basic information about traveling with a pet -- choosing the right airline, knowing the country requirements, and helping your dog to be prepared (with exercise, crate-training and hydration) are all good ways to help plan a safe and smooth trip. We've helped move pets all over the world, and while the new country is often quite a change, we hear again and again that owners find their pets to be surprisingly resilient.

In terms of living with a dog in Indonesia, you can probably expect pet food to be more expensive and the brands available may be limited. Having pets isn't as common in Indonesia as it is in Canada or the EU, but as in much of the world, attitudes are becoming more welcoming.

Here is some advice we give to all future expats regarding pets: research housing/apartment options before you go in order to find something pet-friendly, check online forums and expat websites for current details and helpful tips, and be prepared to exercise respect and flexibility as you adapt to local customs and learn to follow the accepted pet etiquette in your new home.

For a firsthand account of moving a pet to Indonesia, please take a look at the story of Fattie the cat: we recently helped her relocate to Jakarta. We have moved several pets to Indonesia and would be happy to discuss the process with you in greater depth if you'd like. Note that, to return to the UK or another EU country, your dog will face more stringent requirements than if you were coming from a rabies-free country (but it is possible to do).

Hopefully this helps to get you started! Please contact us if you're interested in speaking to us further, and good luck with everything.