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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.

 

International Air Travel with Jack Russell Terriers

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Lisa
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Jack Russell terriers
From: UK
To: USA

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I need help I am emigrating to the USA next year and really need to find out how to take my two small dogs. My new employees are happy for me to bring my dogs but I don't know what kind of certificates, etc. I will need or what type of vaccinations.

Thanks,

Lisa

 

Hi Lisa,

Sure, we'd be happy to offer some information. The good news is that, compared to many other countries, the United States has pretty simple and straightforward pet import rules. You can take a look at them here; essentially you'll need health certificates and proof of updated rabies vaccines.

If you've never traveled with pets before, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with a few basic good practices. It's important to choose a pet-friendly airline (we often use British Airways for pets going between the US and the UK), and you'll want to help your dogs grow accustomed to their travel crates if they're not already. Hydration is also key.

Please let us know if you have any further questions or if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services. We'd be happy to help you carry out your move.

Good luck with everything, and congrats on the new job!
 

Too Good to Be True? It's a Puppy Scam

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sally
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: English Bulldog
From: London, England, UK
To: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I want to buy a Bulldog and was quoted from the sellers that I would only have to pay $500 including the shipping, can that be right? I'm nervous about doing this transaction. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Sally

 

Hi Sally,

Thanks for the question, it sounds like you're right to be worried -- this definitely seems like a scam. Here are the red flags:

  • It's an English Bulldog. This is a popular and adorable breed, and many puppy scammers choose this type of dog to tempt people.
  • That shipping fee is way too low. In reality it would cost much more to ship a dog internationally (our rough estimate for a move like this would start at around $2500 USD).
  • It sounds like you aren't personally acquainted with the sellers, and doing business with unknown parties is inherently risky, that's all there is to it.
  • Are they asking you to wire the money? Definitely a scam.

 

Please read more about puppy scams on our blog (and check the comments, too -- you'll see you're not alone in accidentally interacting with fraudsters). Unfortunately this happens a lot, but by doing some research and checking with professionals before making any kind of payment, you're doing what it takes to avoid becoming a victim.

Hope this helps, Sally. Good luck with everything, and if you're still looking for a pet, please consider dealing locally and/or adopting a pet from your local shelter!
 

Cat Travel to Singapore

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Michelle
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Maine Coon
From: UK
To: Singapore

Hi PetRelocation,

I am moving fairly quickly to Singapore (probably moving 14/15th Aug 2014). Do I have enough time to sort out getting my cat there?

Can you please advise what I need to do?

Thanks,

Michelle

 

Hi Michelle,

Thanks for your question. Moving pets to Singapore does require several weeks of preparation, but coming from the UK (a 'Category A' country), means you'll be facing the least strict requirements.

Per the official Singapore government website, here is a link explaining what you'll need to import your cat to Singapore. There will be no quarantine for your cat if you follow the rules carefully and correctly.

Feel free to contact us if you have questions about this or if you think you'd like some professional assistance to arrange your move. We've helped many pets move to Singapore (including Sigro and Purrla) and we'd be happy to help you, too. Note that we help many pets move before or after their owners, so if the process ends up taking longer than you'd hoped and you need to move first, we can talk to you about how we could help with your cat's boarding, transportation, etc. during that transition period.

Good luck with everything, Michelle, and please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

 


 

After The Relocation: Pet Move Snapshots

Thursday, June 19, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

If you follow us on Facebook then every day you see pictures of the globetrotting pets we move, but just in case you haven't been keeping up we thought we'd show you a few of our recent relocations.

Meet some of our cute clients and find out how they're doing as they settle in to their new homes!

 

 

Walter

We don't move rabbits every day, so it was fun to help Walter complete an incredible experience from Hong Kong to LA. We made sure he had veggies and water on both ends of his trip and are happy to report he made it safely!

 

 

 

doxies

Tucker, Ricky, Pepper and Marley Mae

These four cute dachshunds went from the United States to the United Kingdom, and their owner told us that "they all arrived happy and were not stressed at all, even the older ones."

 

 

cloee

Cloee

Cloee just moved from Connecticut to Ohio and her mom says she is doing wonderfully and loves her new home (she does look pretty relaxed in this photo).

 

 

 

luci

Luci

Finally, meet Luci. We helped her move from Austin, TX to the UK. Here's what her mom wrote on our FB wall: "She's doing great, is back to chasing squirrels and likely wondering what happened to the hot weather. I think she misses BBQ. Here she is in one of her favourite parks in suburban London."

Great stuff! Keep in touch for more pet move stories, and please contact us if you're interested in hiring help with a pet relocation of your own.

Pet Move of the Month: Louis, Alfie and Halo's Move to England

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

AlfieA few weeks ago we helped three dogs, Alfie, Halo and Louis, make their way from Austin, TX to Hastings, England. They were ready for a change of pace and scenery (Austin summers are pretty brutal), and their owners worked carefully with us to make sure their pups would make it safely and smoothly across the pond.

Read on for more details about this three-dog move, and thanks to their owners for sharing the story!

What brought about your move to the UK?

We were concerned at the rate Austin was growing and fell out of love with the city. In the end I really missed being in nature and felt a bit guilty that because of the heat we were really restricted about what we could do with the dogs.

 

Have you ever moved a pet internationally before this?

We looked at moving to Uruguay two years ago and went through PetRelocation then. They were amazing from the moment we made the phone call, but our move to Uruguay fell apart and happily we decided to move to the UK. I know from living there before that they are very strict with customs and laws regarding dogs, so I knew I needed help to make sure everything was in order. One mistake can cost you quarantine time and I really did not want that, so I knew from my last experience with PetRelocation that they could get the job done and I wouldn't have to stress myself stupid.

What were some of your initial concerns?

My biggest concerns were that the dogs might die during the trip. When you look on the internet there are a lot of stories about mistakes made -- dogs dehydrating, etc. Other concerns were the expense of getting them from A to B, the paperwork being in order (as I am hopeless with paperwork), knowing the order in which the treatments are given to the dogs... The list went on.

 

 

Did anything surprise you about the pet travel process?

I wasn't surprised by the process. I really was glad that the UK relaxed their laws so we could have the opportunity to bring our guys.

How did your dogs handle the transition?

The dogs have their nose to the ground from the moment we leave the house. The weather is in the 60s and they are allowed off lead in the valleys and on the beach. They really seem to be so joyous when we walk. There is much more freedom on walks with designated off and on leash spots. There are rolling hills, sea views and cold breezes. They are so tired at night, they put themselves to bed around six. Dogs are allowed everywhere in Hastings: pubs, restaurants and coffee shops, inside and out. They're with us all day and have socialized really well. I love that I am always with them.

Is Hastings a pet-friendly place to be?

There are bespoke pet shops here, handmade jackets and hats and vets on every corner, and lots of charity shops to support vets for pets. There are dog shows in the parks in the summertime for the locals, and you will see if you come here that most people have dogs.

 

 

What advice do you have for pet owners planning a move?

If you are planning a move the preparation is stressful, and you really need to research what you need and in what order. My advice is that you use a relocating company so that you can focus on getting everything else in order. But find a good one and see whether or not you like the people you are going to use.

PetRelocation for me was exceptional. Every person I dealt with gave exceptional service, and more importantly, they are good people who were able to put me at ease through all of my freak-outs.

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Excellent story! Have questions about moving pets? Please contact us.

Importing Dogs and Cats to the United Kingdom

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sue
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: 1 dog and 1 cat
From: Norway
To: UK

Hi PetRelocation,

Do I need to do the rabies titer test on my pets before relocating back to UK?

Thanks,

Sue

 

Hi Sue,

Thank you for contacting us with your question. Good news: your pets do not titer tests for this relocation to the United Kingdom. In 2012 the UK relaxed their rules to fall more in line with the rest of the EU, and coming from Norway you'll have a much easier time entering the country than you would have before.

Here is a link going over the import requirements you'll need to meet. Essentially your pets will need to be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies and you'll need to secure a vet health certificate or EU pet passport. The rabies vaccines need to be given at least 21 days before the time of departure, and as always, we recommend booking your flight with a pet friendly airline.

Please let us know if you have any questions about additional logistics, and if you think you'd like some help arranging this move, feel free to fill out our quote form. Good luck with your upcoming pet move!
 

Pet Travel to England

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Nitika
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Long-haired House Cat
From: Oslo, Norway (Gardemoen Airport)
To: Waybridge UK, (Heathrow)

 

Hi,

I do have some questions: How much will this cost? Can the relocation be timed to match my arrival in the UK? This is to ensure minimum transit and in-crate time for the cat. How is PetRelocation different from airlines like Lufthansa and British Airways? Do you offer more options?

Best Regards
Nitika

 

Hi Nitika,

Thanks for submitting a question to us, we'd be happy to offer some guidance. First, here are the pet import requirements for the UK. Your cat will need to follow a few rules and show proof of updated vaccines, etc. in order to be admitted to the UK.

Regarding what we do: We provide door-to-door pet transportation services, which means we help plan the pre-move details (like vaccines and paperwork), we book the flight on a pet friendly airline (often British Airways or Lufthansa), oversee customs clearance and arrange transportation to and from the airport on both ends of the trip.

Usually our clients are not on the same flight as their pet, and we try to time the arrival so that it works for the pet owner (often pet parents want to travel first so that they'll have a chance to set up the new house before reuniting with their pet).

Our costs for moving one small pet internationally usually begin at around $2500, however the actual price will depend on several factors. Handling the move yourself will probably be a cheaper option but will simply take more of your time and effort. Reasons people hire us include not having the time to plan a move or feeling overwhelmed by the process and wanting to leave the details to an experienced team.

We'd be happy to chat if you have more questions for us, Nitika. Either way, good luck with everything!

 

Pet Client Story: "Thank you!!!" from Ginger and Bailey

Thursday, May 29, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Liz
Pets' Names: Ginger & Bailey
From: West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
To: York, Yorkshire, UK
 

Anna and Jon made the most nerve-racking part of our move so much easier!

We got back just before Ginger and Bailey did and we were so happy to see them! They had obviously been very well cared for during their journey and were quickly comfortable in their new home.

Thank you so much!!! Money well spent and I would use PetRelocation again. :)

xxx

 

 

 

 

 





 

Pit Bull Travel From the United States

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kurt
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pit Bull
From: Scottsdale, Arizona USA
To: Barcelona, Spain

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I cannot find any rules for pets coming from the United States, only the UK and Euro zone. I need some direction about where to look.

Thanks,

Kurt

 

Hi Kurt,

Thanks for reaching out to us. The best source of information for finding pet import requirements from the United States would be the USDA. Here is a link with an overview on how to bring pets to Spain from the US.

Please look over these requirements and let us know if you'd like some help organizing your move. In addition to showing proof that your dog has been microchipped before the rabies vaccine was administered, you'll also want to book the flight with a pet friendly airline and follow their procedures regarding crate size/style, etc.

Traveling with a pit bull sometimes presents extra challenges due to breed restrictions you may encounter, so it's worth checking out the most current rules in Spain to make sure you're in compliance. The Ministry of Agriculture, local vets and shelters are sources we often suggest, as they tend to have the most up-to-date information.

Hopefully this helps to get you started. Please let us know if you require further assistance, and good luck with your relocation.


 

Pet Move of the Month: Holly & Geoff's Trip to the UK

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

You may recognize Holly and Geoff from our Facebook page... These globetrotters clearly have cuteness and charm to spare, and we wanted to introduce you as soon as we started working with them on their move from New Jersey to the UK (via Frankfurt, but more about that later).

Luckily the dogs' owners agreed to answer a few questions for us when we asked if they'd like to be featured as the Pet Move of the Month, so read on to find out more about the adorable snubbies you've already caught a glimpse of. Thanks to the family for sharing their move with us!

What brought about your move to the UK?

After four years of working in New Jersey, it was time for us to return to family and friends in Manchester. Holly (a Boxer) and Geoff (a French Bulldog) are looking forward to the less extreme weather!

Have you ever moved a pet internationally before this?

Holly is returning home to the UK. She traveled with us to the US four years ago.

What were some of your initial concerns, and what surprised you about the process of traveling with snub-nosed breeds?

Initially we weren't too concerned -- with Holly being a veteran traveler we knew she would look after Geoff during his first experience of flying! However, our concerns became rather significant when we had contacted about eight airlines, only to be told that they would not carry Bulldogs!  We even looked into a cruise -- but that wasn't successful, as there was an 18 month wait list!  In came PetRelocation to the rescue....

 

 

Our minds were put at ease immediately when we were told that is was possible to get Geoff back the the UK -- but not without a hitch. We would need to fly them back within the next six weeks, before mid-May, as the only international airline which accepts Bulldogs -- Lufthansa -- will not carry them in the summer, when temperatures are above 80 degrees. 

When bringing Holly to the US we were able to fly directly from Manchester, but this time she would now be traveling in a crate too big for Manchester to handle. Holly and Geoff would have to be flown into London Heathrow, and then driven 3 1/2 hours to Manchester.

 

 

Our plans to relocate as a family at the beginning of July were turned upside down, but PetRelocation worked directly with our vet to help us every step of the way and ensured that Holly and Geoff and all their paperwork were ready in time. Holly and Geoff would have an adventure, as their route took them from Newark, New Jersey to Frankfurt, Germany -- where they would have some time for some rest and relaxation at the Pet Lounge -- then on to London Heathrow and finally arrive at their new home in Manchester 34 hours later. PetRelocation arranged the entire trip, door to door, and provided us updates throughout their journey. 

How did Holly and Geoff handle the transition?

Holly and Geoff seemed completely unphased by the whole experience! As soon as they arrived at their new home, they ate some food and stretched their legs and were ready for a long sleep. The following day, it was as if they had never been anywhere else! It was certainly a worrying time for us as parents (especially when the online cargo tracking stated "Cargo Missing" for 40 minutes!), but we were very happy with having them back with us.

Is Manchester a pet friendly place to be?

Soon after arriving, we took Holly and Geoff to their new vet for a checkup -- French Bulldogs seem to be a rare breed in Manchester, as heads turned and Geoff instantly became a talking point. He was even asked to pose for a couple of photos on his first outing! 

 

 

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

Moving pets is a stressful experience for the parents, and having the experienced people at PetRelocation certainly helped us feel confident that at least we wouldn't forget anything and would have all the right paperwork in place. We were initially going to arrange the move ourselves, until we realized that moving snub-nosed dogs is not easy.

We are so glad that we put our trust in PetRelocation to help us. We instantly knew that everyone there was focused on making the move as easy as possible and had Holly and Geoffs' welfare as their top priority.

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Good luck to Holly, Geoff and the rest of the family in Manchester! Moving a pet soon? Contact us if you're interested in talking to an expert about your options.

Dog Travel to New Zealand: "Which Breeds are Banned?"

Monday, May 19, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Micheal
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cavachon & Cavapoo
From: UK
To: New Zealand

Hi There,

I've just been on a website that seems to suggest you can't take Cavachons or Cavapoos to New Zealand to live (it says hybrids are not allowed); am I reading that correctly? It seems strange, as both breeds are gentle-natured and trouble-free.

Hope I'm wrong!

Many thanks,
Micheal
 

Hi Micheal,

Based on the official New Zealand pet import website, there is no indication that mixed breed dogs of this kind are banned from entry. Take a look at this document for an overview of what you'll need to do to bring your dogs into the country.

It's possible that you came across some unclear information out there -- it's always wise to double check everything you read online and go to official sources when possible. Dogs (full blood and mixes) of a certain breed are prohibited, but those are the traditionally banned breeds that include Pit bull terriers, etc.

Please contact us if you think you'd like some assistance with your move. We offer door-to-door services and assist with pre-move paperwork, flight bookings, customs clearance and quarantine arrangements. If you're looking for something like that, a Specialist would be happy to go over the process with you in more detail.

Hope this helps, and good luck with everything!

Travel Road Block: Banned Dog Breeds in Germany

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Samantha
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier
From: UK
To: Germany

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Please can you tell me if and how I can take my Staffordshire Bull Terrier with me when I move to live in Germany? (Or can you advise me on who to contact to find out?) We will be moving to either Berlin or Wuppertal.

I can't find a definitive answer online.

Thanks,

Samantha

 

Hi Samantha,

Germany has strict and particular rules when it comes to dogs, and over the years various breeds, including Staffordshire Terriers, have been banned from being imported.

That being said, current rules are admittedly confusing and vary from one city to another. It wouldn't hurt to do a little research to find out if policies have changed over the last few months and have yet to be widely discussed online. 

We've heard that Germany may allow some banned breeds (Pit Bulls specifically) as long as they are registered through your local City Hall, so that's something that's worth checking out. We'd suggest calling vets or animal shelters in the area you're thinking of moving to as well as the German Kennel Club and any official government entities, such as the Department of Agriculture. You can also find more information here about various rules and possible exceptions.

Sorry we don't have clearer answers for you at this time, Samantha. As you can see, importing pets can be tricky, and in lieu of relying on online information it's best to check with an official office directly. We did quite a bit of investigation when we moved Stan, a Pit bull, to Europe recently. His owner wanted to go to Denmark but the breed is banned there, so he ended up going to Amsterdam instead.

Good luck with everything, and please let us know if we can be of service to you in the future. Also, feel free to update us if you find out anything definitively, and all you pet travelers who might be reading this, let us know in the comments if you know something for sure that we don't!

 

 

Pet Travel to and From Australia

Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kirsty
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Miniature Fox Terrier
From: Australia
To: Europe

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I want to move to Europe for 12 months, either to Italy, Hungary or London. I am hesitant, as I have to take my 2-year-old dog and possibly a 2-year-old cat (mostly about cost and coming back in to Australia).

Can you assist me?

Thanks,

Kirsty
 

Hi Kirsty,

Thanks for your question! It's possible to do what you're proposing, but it will take quite a bit of planning, time and money. We'll go over a few of the details to give you an idea of what to expect.

First, take a look at the pet import requirements for the UK and also for Australia (you can find a full list of country requirements here). Each time you cross into a new country you'll need to follow their particular rules, even if you used to live there and only left for a few months.

Australia is stricter than going to a European country, as Australia is rabies-free and requires a quarantine for entering pets. The process to plan a pet move to Australia generally lasts about 180 days, so you'd need to be aware of all the steps and start preparing for your trip back just a few months after you leave. If you decide to make this trip with your pets, we recommend researching the above information very carefully and then building a detailed timeline to follow.

If you think you'd like some help arranging all of this, feel free to contact us to find out more about our door-to-door services. Hiring help does add to the overall cost (for us, moving one small pet internationally generally begins at around $2500 USD -- here's why), so you may decide to handle the move yourself or find local agents to assist with part of the move.

Pet owners facing temporary moves often decide it's not worth the time, effort and expense to move their pets and instead opt to leave their furry friends with a trusted family member or friend. It can be a tough decision, but sometimes it's the right thing to do (especially for pets who aren't crate trained and/or who are especially nervous travelers). It's always a good idea to talk to your vet for further enlightenment or if you have any concerns. If you do decide to bring your pets with you, here are a few things to keep in mind that will help with making the trips as safe and smooth as possible.

Please let us know if you have any questions as you go forward, and good luck!

"Should We Vacation Internationally with Our Dog?"

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Alyson
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cocker Spaniel
From: New Zealand
To: England

Hi,

We are planning to go to England for four months and wondered if it was possible to take our dog with us. We're leaving in June and returning to New Zealand in September.

Thanks,

Alyson

 

Hi Alyson,

Thanks for contacting us, we'd be happy to discuss your options with you. First, be aware that when crossing international borders with pets, you need to research and meet the stated requirements for each country. Going to England would mean meeting UK pet import rules and then following New Zealand import rules when you come back.

Both countries have very specific requirements, and New Zealand in particular (because it is a rabies-free country) asks that pet owners complete a series of strict steps. Pets moving to New Zealand generally start preparing about six months ahead of their planned arrival date (here's the checklist from the official New Zealand government site), so theoretically you would need to have started already if you were planning to enter New Zealand in September. Coming from the UK, your dog will need to spend 10 days in New Zealand quarantine upon arrival, as well.

As you can see you're facing quite a bit of paperwork and several vet visits for a four month vacation, and reconciling the UK and NZ steps would take very detail-oriented planning (not to mention a substantial amount of money to cover flights, health documents, etc.). You'll also want to think about how your dog will fare undertaking two long airplane trips and then completing the quarantine stay upon your return.

Considering all this, you'll probably decide that it's a better idea for your dog to stay with a trusted pet sitter during your trip. Domestic travel or travel within the EU is realistic for many vacationing people and their pets, but crossing back and forth over international borders like New Zealand is much more complicated and may not be a feasible option.

It's always advisable to talk to your vet when making big travel decisions, and if you'd like to speak to one of our relocation specialists, you're welcome to give our office a call at 1-877-PET-MOVE or fill out our quote form. We understand the desire to keep your pet with you all summer, but in reality it's important to think about what's possible, and most importantly, what's best for your dog.

Good luck with everything, and let us know if we can be of further assistance!