Help Me Move My Pet

Pet Travel Question: Moving a Ferret to the United States

Friday, August 16, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sandra
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Ferret
From: Copenhagen, Denmark
To: Portland, Oregon


I'm having a hard time trying to find what all needs to be done in order for me to bring my little guy back to the States with me, please help with any advice or tips you may have! For example, do I need to have him chipped?

Thanks a million!!!



Hi Sandra,

You're right to notice that there doesn't seem to be a lot of information out there about moving ferrets (but plenty about cats and dogs). According to the USDA, the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service currently has no health requirements for the importation of ferrets.

That being said, it is probably best to play it safe and meet the US pet import requirements when bringing your ferret to Portland. These requirements are relatively simple, and all you'll need is proof of a current Rabies vaccination and an International Health Certificate issued by your vet within 10 days of travel. Additionally, we always recommend that owners have their pets microchipped before traveling.

You should be sure to contact your chosen airline directly to make sure they accept ferrets and to confirm whether your pet will be traveling in-cabin or as cargo. You will also need an airline-approved crate for your ferret to be sure that he will travel safely and comfortably.

Moving a pet (especially one that isn't a cat or dog) can be confusing, so if you think you'd like the assistance of a pet shipping specialist, fill out our free quote form. And if you have any more questions about pet transport, be sure to contact us. Thanks for your question and good luck with your move!

Pet News Round-Up: New Developments in Pet Air Travel

Friday, August 9, 2013 by Caitlin Moore


Air Canada has been ordered to ensure a five-row buffer zone between pets in the cabin and passengers with pet allergies.

A third of British pet owners now take their pets along on holiday.

Empty nesters are becoming increasingly likely to be pet owners.

Take a look at San Diego Airport's fancy new pet relief station.

Oh good, this exists: a "private-jet, ride-along vet, concierge pet service."

The end of summer pet air travel embargoes is in sight.

A look at pet travel statistics: Only a very small percentage of pets have a negative experience when they fly.

10 pets who inspired songs.


Happy Friday, one and all.

Pet Travel Question: Can I Bring More Than One Dog to the US?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Apisama
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Yorkie
From: Thailand


Am I allowed to bring both of my small Yorkie dogs to the USA with me or am I only allowed to bring just one?

Thank you,



Hi Apisama,

Thanks for your question. You are allowed to bring both of your dogs with you to the United States. That being said, both your dogs might not be able to fly in the cabin of the plane, as many airlines allow only one in-cabin pet per passenger or have limits on how many total pets can fly in-cabin. It's best to contact your airline directly to ask about their pet air travel policies. Luckily, pets can travel safely and comfortably as cargo, so it shouldn't be a problem if they cannot both ride in-cabin.

While you're here, be sure to check out the pet import requirements for the United States. You'll notice that, because Thailand is a country affected by screwworm, your dogs will need health certificates declaring that they were inspected and found free of screwworm within five days of departure. This is in addition to the standard requirements of Rabies vaccine certifications and international health certificates.

If you have any more questions about pet transport, feel free to contact us. Thanks again for your question and good luck with your move!

Pet Travel Question: Finding a Flight for My Pug

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Mike
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pug & Shih Tzu
From: Ohio
To: Hawaii


I'm having a really tough time trying to find a flight for my Pug. The Shih Tzu weighs under 25 lbs so I can fly her in the cabin. As for the Pug, he's closer to 50, and I cant take the chance of having him ride cargo. The Pug is my life, and I'd do whatever I can to move us out there to Hawaii.

Thank you!


Hi Mike,

Flying with Pugs (and other brachycephalic breeds) can be especially challenging, as many airlines have restrictions concerning those breeds. This is due to the delicate nature of snub-nosed breeds' respiratory systems, which can easily become problematic if the dog is stressed or overheated. Because of the risk of breathing difficulties, many airlines won't fly snub-nosed breeds, especially during the summer months.

Because your flight will be domestic, we would normally recommend flying with United Airlines, as they are what we consider to be a pet-friendly airline. However, out of concern for the safety of pets, United has an embargo on flying adult Pugs between May 15 - September 15. The safest option is to wait until the weather gets cooler so that your Pug may safely ride as cargo. However, if you do plan on traveling during the summer, you should call your airline directly to ask about their pet transport policies concerning warm weather and Pugs.

If you think you'd like help moving your dogs to Hawaii and want to learn more about our door-to-door pet shipping services, fill out our free quote form. Additionally, if you have any more questions, don't hesitate to contact us. Thanks for your question and good luck with your move!

Pet Travel Question: Can My Cats Share a Crate?

Monday, July 15, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kristi
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Domestic
From: Germany
To: Washington, USA


We will be traveling with out fur babies next month as we relocate back to the States. I was hoping to have them in the cabin with us, but I think that they need to be under the plane simply because they seem a little too cramped in the cabin sized crate. Is there a way for them to fly in the same crate together? I am very worried about them stressing and I think that if they were together it may help a bit.

Thank you!


Hi Kristi,

Few things are set in stone when it comes to pet air travel, including regulations about shipping two pets in the same crate. Check out this post where we answer the question: Can two pets travel in one crate when flying?. You'll see that it is possible (but not advisable) for your cats to fly in the same crate, assuming that they are of comparable size and weigh less than 30 pounds (14 kg) each.

That being said, many airlines do not allow pets to share a crate. Ultimately, the airline has final say over whether or not your cats will be able to fly together, so call your airline directly and ask them what they allow.

During the summer months especially, airlines' number one concern should be the safety of your pets. Having multiple pets in one crate reduces free space, which means that your kitties might not have enough room for proper ventilation. Because of this and other safety and comfort concerns, we generally avoid shipping multiple pets in a single crate.

Thanks for your question! Should you have any more, feel free to contact us. Good luck with your move!


Pet Travel Question: Can My Dogs Fly in the Plane Cabin?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Doreen
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Wire Fox Terrier
From: Canada
To: Australia


Is there any way I can travel with my dogs in the cabin of an airplane from Canada to Australia?




Hi Doreen,

Thanks for your question. The general rule for pet air travel is that only pets who are small enough to fit into a carrier which can fit under the seat in front of you on a plane are able to fly in the cabin. Only tiny pets (toy dogs, kittens, etc.) meet this size requirement, and the majority of pets end up flying as cargo. Based on the average size of Wire Fox Terriers, it is pretty safe to assume that your dogs will need to ride as cargo, but you should contact your airline just to be certain.

That being said, riding as cargo is quite safe and comfortable for pets, as cargo holds are generally pressurized and climate-controlled just like the cabin. Additionally, flying with a pet-friendly airline (we often use KLM, Lufthansa, and United) ensures that your pets will be handled by specialized professionals and will be loaded onto the plane last and taken off first. Check out our post where we answer questions about flying pets in cargo.

If you have any more questions about moving your dogs to Australia, feel free to contact us. And if you want to learn about our door-to-door pet transport services, be sure to fill out our free quote form. Thanks again for your question and good luck with your move!

Independence Day Pet Travel: United Airlines Holiday Hours

Friday, June 28, 2013 by Caitlin Moore

We know that many of you will be traveling with your pet this summer, and when flying it's always a good idea to double check a few things before you go. Case in point: some cargo facilities will be closed or will be operating with shorter hours on Thursday, July 4, so if your pet is scheduled to fly that day (not in the cabin) you'll need to note these changes.

According to United Airlines, for example, their cargo facilities at the following airports will be closed on July 4, 2013:

ABQ (Albuquerque, NM)

BDL (Hartford, CT)

BNA (Nashville, TN)

BOI (Boise, ID)

DTW (Detroit, MI)

GEG (Spokane, WA)

IND (Indianapolis, IN)

MKE (Milwaukee, WI)

OMA (Omaha, NE)

ONT (Ontario, CA)

PVD (Providence, RI)

STL (St. Louis, MO)

TPA (Tampa, FL)


Cargo facilities at other airports may be operating with shortened hours, so be sure to contact United or your pet travel specialist if you think you may be affected and have any questions. No matter what airline you're flying (or what day, for that matter), it's always smart to confirm your pet's reservations are in order before leaving home.

Whether you're traveling or not, have a safe and happy week, everyone!






Pet Travel Question: What is Required for Domestic Cat Travel?

Monday, June 24, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Donna
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Domestic Short hair
From: San Diego
To: Ohio

The kitty will be traveling via plane with me, in the cabin. I'm not sure what I will need to do or have in terms of paperwork for this. What does Ohio require? Google is failing me so I'm hoping you can help.




Hi Donna,

Sorry to hear you're having some trouble -- we'd be happy to help. Essentially you'll want to to check with the airline directly to find out what they require (it will probably just be a health certificate issued by your vet within 10 days of departure stating that your cat is fit to fly). Generally it's a pretty simple process.

As far as Ohio, you won't need to prepare (with paperwork) the same way you would if you were crossing an international border, but it wouldn't hurt to check the Ohio laws to find out about rabies requirements. Different states have different laws, and once you're settled in you'll probably want to make sure your kitty is in compliance with local rules.

Hopefully this helps! Please let us know if you have any more questions, and good luck with your relocation.


Pet Travel Question: Choosing A Pet-Friendly Airline for a Large Dog

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Courtney
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Weimaraner
From: California
To: Texas

What airlines allow dogs to fly in the cargo area? When looking online many only outline rules for pets traveling in the cabin, but my 100lb dog is obviously too big. How do I find out if/what airlines will fly a dog that size?




Hi Courtney,

Thanks for your question, it's a great one -- deciding on the right airline is one of the most important parts of planning a safe journey for your pet.

Some airlines are definitely  more pet-friendly than others, and we have a few that we regularly book flights with. United is who we typically choose when flying domestically (for international flights we often go with KLM and Lufthansa). United's PetSafe program entails certain procedures, such as making sure pets are the last to board the plane and the first to be removed. And, contrary to what many people assume, the cargo area is pressure and temperature controlled and pets are not simply "treated like luggage."

Because not all airplanes are equipped to hold large pet crates (which your dog will need), it's important to call the airline and check ahead of time to make sure you'll be accommodated. We have flown large dogs with United, but again, check with them before booking your flight because it all depends on the size of the plane they're using for your chosen route.

It's worth mentioning that you don't necessarily need to be on the same flight as your dog. Most of our customers end up flying separately from their pets, which just means you might need to enlist some help on one or both ends of your trip. (If you're interested in our services, here's a link to our free quote form.)

Please contact us if you have any questions about choosing a pet-friendly airline, crate-training your dog, or anything else related to pet travel. Good luck!


Pet Travel Question: Exporting a Cat From France

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ratto
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
From: Paris, France
To: Denver, CO, US

What do I need to do to move in three months with my cat from Paris to Colorado? What vaccines, health certificate, etc., will I need? My cat doesn't sleep when traveling even with pills, so I am not sure I can travel with her in the cabin because she will cry the whole time. It will be a long flight... Will she travel safely in the hold of the plane? Will she be traumatized ?

Thanks a lot for your answer,



Hi Ratto,

Thanks for your question -- your concerns are certainly understandable. Most cats will not love the experience of flying, but you can do a few things to make everything go as smoothly as possible. Here are a few tips for crate-training a cat, and please note that you should not sedate your pet during flight. Sedation can be dangerous and many airlines will not accept a pet that shows signs of being sedated.

Also, there are many misconceptions about flying with pets, especially related to cabin vs. cargo. We've seen that the temperature and pressure-controlled cargo area is actually often better for pets, as there is less commotion. Many people find it comforting to read the customer testimonials we publish on our blog, as they tell the stories of real life pet travelers who have landed safely and found that their pets are able to adjust to their new environments pretty easily.

Now that you know more about that, here are the cat import requirements for the United States. Please contact us if you have any questions about what is needed, and good luck with your trip!

Pet Travel Question: Dog Travel to Holland

Monday, November 12, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Margaretha
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cocker Mix
From: Israel
To: Holland

I shall be traveling from Israel to Holland with my dog. Can you please tell me what documents,shots, etc. I'll need? Also up to what weight can a dog travel in the cabin?




Hi Margaretha,

Thanks for your question. First, these are the pet import requirements for Holland. You'll need to meet a few basic requirements and also spend some time choosing a pet-friendly airline. Note that it's up to the airline to make size specifications regarding dogs in the cabin, so you should check with them once you make a decision.

Hopefully this is helpful! Please let us know if you're wondering about anything else, and good luck with the trip.


Pet Travel Question: How to Fly with a Cat to the Czech Republic

Friday, November 9, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Tomas
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: American
From: USA
To: Czech Republic


Can a cat be taken onboard an airplane for a transatlantic flight? What is needed as far as paperwork?

Thank you,



Hi Tomas,

Yes, many airlines allow pets, including cats, to fly on board the plane either in the cabin or in the climate-controlled cargo area. To figure out what you need to do to arrange this cat move, take a look at the pet import requirements for the Czech Republic and do a little research into your airline choices to find out who your best choice is and what they require. Finally, be sure your cat is well-acquainted with the travel carrier.

If you have any more questions please contact us, and good luck with the trip!

Pet Move Customer Story: A Cat Move to Denmark

Thursday, November 8, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Nancy
Pet's Name: Bandit
From: New York
To: Denmark

My pet cat, Bandit, has just arrived in Denmark, safe and sound! I'd like to share our story...

My fiance is Danish and lives in Denmark. After a couple of years of traveling back and forth, we decided that my cat Bandit and I would move to Denmark.

I was pretty overwhelmed when I started to look into ways to move pets abroad. The main obstacle was that Bandit simply weighed too much (17 lbs) to go in-cabin on the flight. The other option, flying as cargo, seemed unappealing and I had read a lot of horror stories.

A friend recommended that I look into a pet relocation service, as that was how she moved her dog from Australia to England. I did a web search and found PetRelocation.com, among others.

All of my interactions with PetRelocation.com were extremely positive. They really know the ins and outs of pet relocation. I initially spent about 30 minutes on the phone asking a lot of questions and learned about the process. I felt that PetRelocation.com had a lot of experience and connections with certain airlines that made me feel better about transporting my cat.

They also took care of all the details. All that I really needed to do was buy the crate and do a little crate training. I also had to bring the cat to the vet as well, but PetRelocation had already handled filling in the paperwork. My vet was really appreciative of this.

I opted for door-to-door service, which went flawlessly. Our move happened right after Hurricane Sandy, which was pretty nerve-wracking, but our relocation consultant monitored the situation closely and everything went on according to plan.

On the day of the move, I received constant email updates and also was able to track my cat all through the journey. The notifications were timely and extremely helpful. In Denmark, my fiance received calls when the plane landed and also right before the cat and agent arrived at his doorstep.

My cat took the trip pretty well. He explored the apartment and is all settled in. I arrived the next day and he came out to greet me. We are very pleased with the services from PetRelocation.com. It was everything that they said it would be and I would definitely recommend them or use them if we ever move again!

Pet Travel Question: Transiting through Tokyo

Thursday, November 1, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sara
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed:
From: NE
To: Guam

My two dogs will be traveling in the cabin with me. We will have a five hour layover at Tokyo/Narita International Airport on our way to Guam. I know the requirements for Guam, but will Japan also require anything due to the layover? We are flying on the same airline for the entire trip.




Hi Sara,

Thanks for the question. When transiting through an airport on the way to your final destination, it's not necessary to meet the layover country's requirements unless you're leaving the airport or switching airlines so it sounds like you're in good shape.

Please let us know if any other questions arise, and have a great trip!

Pet Move of the Month: Boris & Mia's Globetrotting Adventures to the UK and Back

Thursday, October 4, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

About a year and a half ago we helped Boris and Mia move to the UK with their family, and when life beckoned everyone back to the United States recently, we once again assisted with the relocation. Both moves required careful attention to detail and time to adjust, but the pups did well and the whole family learned a lot from the experience.

The dogs' owner Adrian was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about their relocations, so read on to find some great information about moving pets.

Congrats to Boris and Mia, we're so glad they chose us to help them travel the world safely!


What were some of your concerns going into moving your dogs internationally? 

First and foremost our dog’s well being, there are stories floating around about the side effects of flying animals. For example, stress related to the entire moving process, risk of heat stroke (time of year, origin and destination applies), pressure variations within the cabin, and possible injuries due to handling. An additional concern was being able to meet the regulatory requirements (i.e., having all paperwork in order and certified upon arrival).

Did anything surprise you about the international pet moving process?

The most surprising part of the pet move was the genuine help and positive coaching we received from Scotty. We did our homework and researched what it was going to be like for our dogs. However, the constant questions we had and quick response from Scotty helped ease our apprehensions.

How have your dogs adjusted to moving to a new place each time?

When they arrived in England (a year and a half ago), they were very sleepy and could barely keep their eyes open. Their internal clocks were off so it took them a couple of days to adjust to the new feeding, walking, and sleeping schedule.  They also had to get used to new food. Upon their return to Texas this last month they once again had to adjust to the time zone. Thus far, we encountered some minor issues with Mia’s breathing as it was heavier than normal and Boris was salivating more than prior to the move. Of course the vast temperature changes may have played a major roll considering they were used to a much cooler temperature. It took a few days to work out but they are back to their normal barking selves.    

What is life like in the US compared to the UK? What adjustments have you made, if any?

The original relocation to the UK took more adjusting from our part (vs. from Mia and Boris).  For Mia and Boris the climate changed from three digit summer temperatures to a below freezing wet winter. This meant more indoor living for them, which they did not mind at all due to the extra attention. For us, because dog owners are common in the UK, and they like to frequently walk their dogs without a leash, we had to constantly coach Mia and Boris not to mind free roaming dogs approaching them. It was a learning curve for all of us. Eventually they got used to seeing other dogs walking by and in one occasion Boris happened to lean in and give a big kiss to another dog passing on a walk.

Additionally, in Chester where they lived, there were many dog parks. This meant that most of the residents were comfortable around dogs. We would have a few people stopping us to pet the dogs and learn about them. Eventually they had a few people in the neighborhood asking for them if we were spotted walking without them.

There were several veterinarians and plenty of pet stores. A charming aspect of living in the UK is that some of the pubs allow you to bring your dog in. So when the bitter cold air is creeping around and the fire is crackling away in a pub, you don’t have to feel guilty for leaving the dogs at home. Some would even provide a doggy bowl of fresh water for them.

The move back to the USA has taken a little bit more time for the dogs to acclimate. They were provided with plenty of fresh water, shade, exercise and rest to help allow them to adjust faster. After a few days they were back to their normal trotting, fence protecting, happy-go-lucky ways. It is obvious they missed being able bask in the sun and run freely in a big yard.

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

Find out what regulatory agencies come into play and their requirements. Understand lead times for the required paperwork to be processed in order to follow the sequence of requirements carefully. Ensure crates/kennels are large enough for the breed to have room to move freely. Do not feed pets prior to move and exercise them prior to move. Groom them according to destination. Lastly, relax as pets can “pick-up” the emotional state of their owner. That being said, I would like to leave you with a somewhat comical story.

The Sunday before the dogs’ big move back to the States we woke up to what could have been a disaster. We had meticulously put together a packet to include all necessary documentation for their arrival. That packet was laid down on the kitchen table along with several other miscellaneous items (some of which contained food). Not to mention it was placed under some of those items as well. I am sure you guessed it, the only packet that was found on the floor, torn apart and with bite marks all over was their relocation packet.  The food and rest of items were unscathed. Of course neither Mia nor Boris confessed to the mishap (although Boris is our prime suspect). In some way I think this was their way of saying “We know what is going on!” Dogs are smart heart warming creatures and sensitive to their surroundings. The best ending to this story, they didn’t ruin their pet passports.


Excellent stuff! Please contact PetRelocation.com if you have any questions about moving your own pets, and keep in touch for more great pet travel stories.

Pet Travel Question: Shipping a Pet and Transiting Through Germany

Monday, September 10, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Amy
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed:
From: Serbia
To: Mississippi, USA

What forms are necessary to travel with my pets? They are from Serbia and will be moving to the USA. Normally the flight has a layover in Germany. If they travel in the cabin with us, will they need import forms for Germany as well?




Hi Amy,

Thank you for your question! Moving your cats from Serbia to the United States will require meeting the US pet import requirements. Generally it's not necessary to meet the requirements for the country you're simply transiting through unless you're leaving the airport or switching airlines. You can read more about transiting with pets here.

We do advise choosing a pet-friendly airline such as KLM or Lufthansa, and it would probably be a good idea to speak to them directly to find out what directions they may have for you.

Feel free to contact us if you have any more questions, and good luck with everything!

Pet Travel Question: Choosing a Pet-Friendly Airline

Monday, August 6, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Silvana
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Miniature Schnauzer
From: Charleston, SC
To: Santiago, Chile

We have a miniature Schnauzer (3 years, 15 pounds). From the information that we already read, he is too big for travel in the cabin with us and we are terrified of the safety issues surrounding pet cargo travel. What is the safest option for traveling with our dog? How do we choose an airline?

Thank You,



Hi Silvana,

Thank you for contacting us -- you're not the first person to have such concerns. Choosing a pet-friendly airline is one of the most important parts of safe pet travel, and you're right to focus on this decision.

Many people are initially terrified at the thought of their pet traveling in the cargo area of the plane, but when handled correctly this is a safe option. United has a Pet Safe program, for example, and other airlines are following suit in order to minimize the risk of incident.

We often choose United for our own flights as well as international carriers like Lufthansa or KLM. Check out the carriers with routes that will work for you, and then call to ask about pet policies, as well. You're welcome to fill out our free quote form or give our office a call for more advice, but ultimately it comes down to choosing an airline that values pet safety and has provisions in place for various situations.

Good luck and thanks again for reaching out to us!

Pet Travel Question: Dog Air Travel to Amsterdam

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kerry
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
From: USA
To: Amsterdam

My dog is traveling in the cabin with me. What documentation is required with Amsterdam customs?




Hi Kerry,

Here are the pet import requirements for the Netherlands. As you can see, it's important to allow plenty of time before you go to arrange the vet visits, document certifications, etc. We also recommend double-checking with the airline you're using to find out about their rules, and be sure your travel carrier is airline-approved, as well.

Good luck with your trip, thanks for the question, and please let us know if you need anything else!


Shipping Pets: Airlines Keep Pet Travelers On Their Toes

Thursday, July 5, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


Summer is a busy time for pet shipping and heat embargoes can make things even more complicated, but it seems like things have been especially busy lately for those of us trying to keep up with the world of pet travel.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Delta has recently begun restricting its pet flights. As of last month, it's been reported that Delta will no longer carry pets as checked baggage or cargo on Boeing 767s due to space limitations on international flights. Previously Delta also stopped flying in-cabin pets in business class on international flights, and due to safety concerns, no longer flies snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats as checked baggage.

Another bit of news: last week the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed new rules requiring an expansion when it comes to airlines reporting pet transportation rates as well as all incidents and mishaps. Currently only the 15 top airlines are required to report these numbers, but under the new rules about 36 airlines would be held accountable. IPATA and the Humane Society view the proposal as a positive step that will make flying pets a safer endeavor.

What does it all mean? In some ways pet travel seems to be getting easier and in some ways it's becoming more complicated. Hopefully there's a common theme underlying all these recent changes, though -- pet safety. If we all keep our pets best interests in mind, we'll be heading in the right direction no matter what news the headlines bring.

As always, it's a good idea to start researching your pet's travel details well in advance, talk to your vet about what you can do to help make everything go smoothly, and contact PetRelocation.com with any questions about shipping your pets. Stay tuned for more pet news updates. We're doing our best to keep up!


Pet Travel Question: EU Passports and Microchips for Pet Shipping

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Asher
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Toyger
From: Italy


Hi, I am moving back to the USA this August after many years abroad and taking our 3-year old toyger with with us. I have already arranged to fly with Lufthansa and to have the cat with me in the cabin, Rome to Charlotte via Munich.

I just got him an updated rabies vaccination and we will of course go to the vet a few days before leaving for a health certificate.

There seems to be some confusion between different sources as to what else is or is not needed. It seems reasonably clear that since he will be traveling with me in the cabin he does not need the Italy export certificate. Both the breeder and the vet said he should need to get the microchip and EU pet passport, however Lufthansa said it was not required, only "recommended" and neither the USDA nor the CDC say anything about the chips and EU passports on their websites.

I understand the point of the chip, but do not want to subject the cat (an myself) to complicated and unnecessary procedures.

Do you know if there is any reason the EU passport and/or microchip would be needed for a cat traveling from Italy to the USA changing planes in Germany?

Thanks Much,



Hi Asher,

Thanks for the questions --  pet travel can definitely be confusing, especially when you're flying internationally. It sounds like you're on the right track so far (here are the pet import requirements for the US just in case). For your situation, an EU certificate is NOT required, and a microchip is not technically required but we do recommend it.

Read more about microchips on our blog (including the implantation procedure from the point of view of a pet specialist and owner), and please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any more questions. You can also talk to your vet if you're still on the fence about a microchip.

Thanks again for reaching out to us, and good luck with your pet travels!