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Can You Rent a Dog Travel Crate?

Monday, August 25, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Nicolae
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Medium Size Dog
Pet Breed: Mixed Breed
From: Romania
To: USA

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I've never flown internationally with my dog before. Does Lufthansa Airlines rent dog crates?

Thanks,

Nicolae
 

Hi Nicolae,

Thanks for your question! First, here are a few basic international pet travel tips that may come in handy, and here are the pet import requirements for the United States.

To answer your question, no, Lufthansa does not currently rent crates (and neither does any airline, to our knowledge). You'll need to buy your own airline-approved travel crate at a pet store or online. Since many pet travelers use a crate just once and then sell them, it may be possible to buy a used one and save a little money. We'd recommend checking out eBay or another online marketplace to locate one, or you can ask your vet if they have any advice.

Hope this helps! Please contact us if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services, and good luck with your travels.

 

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!
 

Air Travel with American Staffordshire Terriers

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sonja
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: American Staffordshire Terriers
From: Aberdeen, NC
To: Rio Rancho, NM

Hello,

I'm super nervous about this... what are the guarantees that my dogs will be safe? How long will the trip take? Can you recommend any other companies if you can not accommodate my dates?

Thanks,

Sonja

 

Hi Sonja,

Just about every pet owner we talk to is pretty nervous in the beginning stages of moving a pet. No one likes separating from their furry family members and dealing with a system that's unknown to them, but the good news is that, when the right steps are taken, pet travel can be very safe and streamlined.

Here are a few tips and bits of information that will help you on your way:

  • The domestic travel requirements for dogs are pretty simple, and you'll primarily just need to have them up-to-date on their rabies vaccines and secure a vet health certificate stating your dogs are healthy and fit to fly (as required by the airline).
  • Choose a pet-friendly airline -- we often use United for domestic flights because of their well-established PetSafe program.
  • Because it sounds like you're traveling with bigger dogs and they are Staffies, double check the crate requirements with the airline. United does require this breed to use a reinforced travel crate, and not all routes can accommodate oversize crates.
  • In the weeks before the move, it's important to help your dogs to get used to their travel crates if they are not already, talk to your vet about any health questions you have, keep them as fit as possible, and finally, before, during and after the flight they should be well-hydrated.

 

We would be happy to discuss your move with you and tell you more about our door-to-door services if you'd like. The length of the trip will depend on a few factors, but with a few more details one of our specialists will be able to tell you more about your options and work to fit the move into your desired schedule. Let us know, and either way, good luck with your trip!

 


 

Cat Travel from Egypt to the United States

Monday, August 4, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Baher
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Persian Doll Face
From: Egypt
To: United States

Dear PetRelocation,

My wife and I have two twin Persian doll face cats, weighing 6.6 and 9 pounds. We're in Egypt and will be moving permanently to the United States next year. We've never transported pets before and don't know the first thing about it.

What are we supposed to do? I am very anxious about this and am desperate for any information. How do I transport them and do I take them with me on the plane like cabin baggage? Also, what is the necessary paperwork?

Thanks a lot,
Baher
 

 

Hi Baher,

Thank you for your inquiry. First, please take a look a these frequently asked pet travel questions as well as the import requirements for the United States. The information found here will give you a basic understanding of what to expect regarding your cats' move.

To summarize, you'll need to make sure your cats have up-do-date rabies vaccines (and the documents to prove it), airline-approved travel crates, and you'll want to book the flights on a pet-friendly airline. Helping your cats to get used to their crates beforehand will be a big help. Most likely your cats will fly in the cargo area of the plane, which is pressure and temperature-controlled.

If you're interested in hiring some door-to-door assistance with your move (we help with pre-move paperwork, flight booking and transportation to and from the airport), you're welcome to fill out our free quote form.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if we can be of further assistance, and good luck with everything.

Pet Move of the Month: Tessa's Journey to Brunei

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

tessaOur latest Pet Move of the Month qualifies as a true relocation adventure -- an exciting location, a long but ultimately smooth journey, a happy release from quarantine, and of course, an adorable and well-loved dog.

Meet Tessa, who we helped move from Houston to Brunei, and thanks to her owner Joe for kindly answering our questions!

What brought about your move?

My work transferred me to Brunei. 

Have you ever moved a pet internationally before this?

No.

What were some of your initial concerns?

My foremost concern was how Tessa would do in a crate on the long flight (food, water, exercise, comfort, maintaining a clean crate, etc.).  Another concern included how she would react to strangers handling her crate.  

What surprised you about the pet travel process? Anything notable about Brunei and the quarantine process there?

No real ‘surprises’ with the travel process itself, that was explained in great detail before Tessa traveled.  I just had a heightened sense of anticipation from the time she departed the States until I saw her again in Brunei.  The only hiccup came when she got delayed in Amsterdam due to local holidays on her onward travel route.  I was very happy I was provided daily updates on her from Amsterdam and every arrival and departure along the way.      

 

tessa

Tessa and her impressive digs

 

Brunei is very strict about pet importation. Travelers coming to Brunei with pets must obtain a permit prior to importation of the animal by requesting entry from the Department of Agriculture Veterinary Office.  Brunei law requires a 6 month quarantine for all animals entering the country.  That rule may fluctuate depending on status of the owner (diplomatic personnel, military personnel, etc.).

In any case, pet owners can apply for early release from the quarantine facility, but the pet is required to serve the remainder of quarantine time in ‘home confinement’.  A colleague of mine whose pet arrived in Brunei just before Tessa applied for early release and had his pet home in one week.  I applied as soon as Tessa arrived, limiting her time in the quarantine facility to just over a week.  

How has Tessa handled the transition so far?

Tessa has been great throughout this entire process.  She has remained friendly and very inquisitive about her new environment.  As soon as she got to her new house, she checked the whole place out then found a spot on the bed for a nap.  Our pets really are more resilient than we give them credit for.  

Is Brunei a pet-friendly place to be?

Being a predominantly Muslim country, dogs are usually not kept as pets in Brunei.  The locals do understand, though, and accept that Westerners will have dogs in and around their homes.  Strict local Muslims will not enter a home where a dog resides.  However, there are enough local places for her to run and play and there is a growing expat community of people who also have dogs, so Tessa will have playmates.   

 

omar ali saifuddien mosque with stone boat and lagoon at night

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

 

As Brunei is mostly jungle, there are still many wild animals in close proximity to homes that can cause serious injury or death to pets. Most common are monkeys and monitor lizards. Monkeys may be scared of dogs, but the monitor lizards are known to be aggressive when hunting food.

I thought about that one night as she and I were on a walk on a road near the house. All of the sudden the trees seemed to come alive with screaming monkeys. They didn't like having Tess around. When she got close to the trees they climbed higher but followed us and stayed vocal the whole time we were in the area. Kinda cool actually, and Tess stayed calm and didn't see what the big deal was all about.

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

Be sure to do research on the country where you intend to take your pet, including social norms/customs, support network (i.e. veterinarian, boarding facilities, etc.) and the type of food available locally.  I have traveled extensively and seen many times where the host government may approve or allow the importation of animals but the reaction from the community may not always be welcoming.  This can strain relations with neighbors and acquaintances and limit the experiences you can share with your pet.      

 

tessa

Making herself at home

 

What made you decide to hire PetRelocation to assist you?

I contacted several transport services when I learned I was going to move, including transport services recommended by my employer.  These companies could not provide detailed answers regarding the shipping process or their support network to ensure Tessa arrived safely and on time.  PetRelocation was able to provide all these answers and followed up with calls and emails to ensure I was up-to-date and comfortable with the entire process. 

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Great story and excellent advice! Want to know more? Read about other pets we've moved and please contact us if you'd like some assistance making your own relocation an incredible experience.

The Costs and Procedures of Air Travel with Dogs

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Jacy
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Mutts (40 & 50 lbs)
From: Austin, TX, USA
To: San Francisco, CA, USA

 

Hey There,

My boyfriend and I are heading to San Francisco from Austin for work for 3 weeks. We want to bring our dogs but are a little nervous about checking them on an airline. Are some airlines better than others for this? What are your thoughts on this? Is it safe? Is there a better option?

Thank you for your help!
Jacy
 

Hi Jacy,

Thanks for your question, we'd be happy to offer some advice. First, take a look at the pet import requirements for bringing pets to California and then back to Texas. To fly, your dogs will need to have updated rabies vaccines and a health certificate issued by your vet within 10 days of departure (this is to tell the airline your dogs are healthy and fit to fly).

We certainly recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline (we often use United for domestic flights) and making sure you have travel crates that are airline-approved and the correct size. Allow some time to research the airline rules so that you understand all procedures, fees, etc. and to adequately prepare your dogs for the trip (here are some quick tips that will help).

Honestly you may find that taking two medium/large dogs on such a short trip may require more time and effort than you expected. You'll end up spending several hundred dollars when it's all said and done. It's up to you, of course, but in our experience we've found that leaving pets with a trusted sitter is often a better solution.

Please contact us if you have more questions, and good luck with whatever you decide!

Questions about Traveling with a Large Dog

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Casandra
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Great Dane
From: Alaska, USA
To: Pennsylvania, USA

Dear PetRelocation,

I teach and live in Alaska for most of the year, but during the summer, when school is out, I travel back home to Pennsylvania. Samson is a new addition to my life. He is a Great Dane and only 8 weeks old right now. Traveling across the country with him at the moment is fairly simple and hassle-free because he is still small. However, next summer, he won't be so tiny anymore and flights may deny travel due to his size.

Is there a way I can prepare to travel with him across the country when he is full-grown?

Thanks,

Casandra

 

Hi Casandra,

Thanks, that's a good question. Traveling with larger dogs definitely presents particular challenges, and doing early research is a smart move.

First, it will be important to have the right airline-approved travel crate for Samson that's also large enough for him when he's fully grown. Keeping him acclimated to his crate even when you're not traveling for a while is a good idea, as it will make the travel process less stressful for him.

Be aware that the cost of airline travel is dependent on the size of the crate -- the more space Samson requires, the more expensive it will be. Also, not all airplanes are equipped to handle oversize crates, so when it's time to buy the ticket you'll need to call the airline ahead of time to find out which routes will be able to accommodate Samson. In short, it will probably be possible to travel with him, but you need to prepare yourself for a few extra steps and fees.

In addition to these size considerations, you'll also just need to keep Samson up-to-date on his rabies vaccine and, whether you're traveling or not, keep him at a healthy weight, be sure he gets plenty of exercise and stimulation, and check with your vet if you ever have any questions or concerns. Here are a few general pet travel tips that may help you clear up any remaining questions you might have.

We have found that many pet owners ultimately decide that taking their pets on shorter vacations isn't ideal. The cost and stress involved can outweigh the benefits, and in reality leaving pets with a trusted friend or sitter is often better for the pet. It's up to you, of course, and we'd be happy to discuss this with you further if you'd like.

Please contact us if you think you'd like some assistance, and good luck with your future travels!

Microchip Questions for EU Pet Travel

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kerstin
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Toy Poodle
From: Alabama
To: Netherlands

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I am traveling in August, first to the Netherlands and then to Germany. I had my 5 1/2 month old dog microchipped last week and he had a rabies vaccination in May. There seems to be confusion online and I am not sure now if everything is in order -- does he need to be re-vaccinated for rabies or is the vaccination in May enough?

Some comments lead me to believe that he needs a new vaccination now and that I have to wait 21 days after that before we can travel. I have read the German authorities website and it is nowhere stated that the rabies vaccination is only accepted if it happened after microchipping the dog. Can you please clarify that for me?

Thanks,

Kerstin

 

Hi Kerstin,

Sure, we'd be happy to provide some information. The USDA website states that pets going to the Netherlands must be microchipped first, then given a rabies vaccine, and then a waiting period of at least 21 days must elapse. (The same is true for Germany.)

In terms of general pet travel advice, we recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline and making sure your dog is comfortable spending time in his travel crate in the weeks before departure. Hydration is also very important.

Please feel free to peruse our blog for more information regarding international pet travel, and let us know if you're interested in finding out about our door-to-door services.

Good luck with everything, and thanks for your question!
 

Dog Travel from Australia to Canada

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Keiran
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: American Blue Staffy
From: Sydney, Australia
To: Banff, Alberta

Hey there,

I'm moving from Sydney, Australia to Banff, Alberta on the 15th of October 2014. I would love to take my American Blue Staffy over to live with me. I was just wondering what I need to do to get him over there and also would like to know how much it will cost?

Any help would be appreciated.

Kind Regards,
Keiran
 

Hi Keiran,

Sure, we'd be happy to offer some information.

First, take a look at the pet import requirements for Canada. Via the official government website, you'll see that you'll need a rabies vaccination certificate or a vet health certificate. Be sure to look over these details carefully to avoid any problems or delays.

In terms of additional pet travel information and tips, you're welcome to take a look at our blog. We recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline and finding out what their particular requirements are, helping your dog to be well-acclimated to his travel crate, and discussing any health-related questions with your vet.

One further thing to note: some airlines (including Air Canada) require that American Staffordshire Terriers and other "strong breeds" travel in reinforced crates, so you'll want to double check with the airline you're planning to use to find out if they impose this rule.

Hopefully this helps to get you started! If you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form. Generally our international moves begin at around $2500 USD, but with more details will be able to give you a more precise estimate.

Thanks for reaching out, and good luck!

Cat Travel to Australia from Non-Approved Countries

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kariem
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Persian
From: Saudi Arabia
To: Australia

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I am in Saudi Arabia and planning to bring my cat to Bahrain. Could you offer some guidance about how to export her to Australia?

Thanks,

Kariem

 

Hi Kariem,

This is a good question, as Australia is a rabies-free country and moving pets here requires following particular processes very carefully.

It sounds like you know that cats can't move directly to Australia from Saudi Arabia -- here is more information about moving from a non-approved country. If you choose Bahrain as your country of departure, you'll need to follow the rules as outlined and complete all rabies vaccines, examinations, etc. in Bahrain.

The official Australia Government website also offers detailed instructions and a planning tool that will help you arrange the steps punctually and correctly. There have been a few recent rule changes regarding pet imports to Australia, and we've been hearing reports that some people have been encountering delays and extra fees due to not following procedures carefully enough.

Other than that, we can offer a few basic pet travel tips: choose a pet-friendly airline, help your cat to become acclimated to her crate, make sure she's well-hydrated before, during and after flight, and consider hiring professional assistance if you're unsure of anything.

If you'd like to find out more about our services, please fill out our free quote form.

Thanks for the question, and good luck with your move!

Pet Move of the Month: Wednesday's Journey to New Zealand

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

wednesday the catThis month's featured pet move is Wednesday, a cool cat we assisted with a move to New Zealand. We featured her several weeks ago in a post about cat crate-training techniques and were also happy to discover that her owners have a blog for her, too.

They were kind enough to share a few more details about what it's like to move a pet to New Zealand (hint: it can be tricky), and now the incredible experience is complete and they're one happy family again -- ready to explore their new home!

What brought about your move to New Zealand?

A great job offer working on Linux computers (and the largest super computer in the Southern Hemisphere) prompted our move, and...it's New Zealand!  We both always hoped to at least visit New Zealand, so when the opportunity came up to move here we just had to take it.

Have you ever moved a pet internationally before this?

No, this was our first time and we were absolutely terrified!

What were some of your initial concerns?

Our move was a bit complicated, we didn't know we were moving until two months before we were scheduled to be on a plane.  Because of waiting periods between shots and when she could be cleared to travel internationally, Wednesday had to stay behind in the States for five months after we had already relocated to New Zealand.  This lead to our biggest concern being if she would remember us at all.  Other fairly large concerns were, "Is this what's best for her?" and "Will the long flight scar her for life?"

What surprised you about the pet travel process?

We were both shocked to discover that the hardest part isn't the move itself, it's getting your pet's paperwork in order prior to the move. The move itself was very smooth, and after they picked her up PetRelocation kept us apprised of where Wednesday was and how she was doing every step of the way. 

 

wednesday with crate

 

How did Wednesday handle the transition?

Honestly, she adjusted more quickly than we did.  I work from home, so the first week she spent glued to my side, cuddling up next to me any time I was sitting down.  After some much needed time together after so many months apart, she easily fell back into her usual routine.  Also, those fears we had about her forgetting us were simply foolish, when Wednesday finally arrived in New Zealand she was purring before we could even get her out of the crate.  She knew exactly who we were and that she was home.

Is New Zealand a pet friendly place to be?

New Zealand is very pet friendly, but in a different way than the States.  Here there are no screens in windows and doors are often left open.  It is not uncommon for a cat to wander into a shop and make themselves at home.  We even had a late night break-in of the feline variety when we first arrived, a neighbour cat sneaked in through an open window and then couldn't figure out how to get back out.  Wednesday is strictly an indoor cat, so this aspect of Kiwi life is something we wish we had known about prior to moving.

It may be different in more remote areas of New Zealand, but here in the city pet shops seem to be in good supply and are often paired with vet and grooming services.  Pet food and cat litter can be awfully pricy, though most stores offer their own home brand for significantly less than Purina or Friskies.

wednesday hiding

 

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

First of all, don't panic. The moment you think you might be moving abroad, start looking into what might be required to move your fluffy family member.  Every country has different requirements for importing animals and some of them have lengthy quarantine times, so definitely begin preparing at least six months in advance.

What made you decide to hire help with your move?

Because it is such a long journey, New Zealand actually requires you to use a relocation service to move your pet.  We found out about PetRelocation online and when we contacted them for more information, Heather was friendly and informative; she even stayed on the phone with us when we took Wednesday to her first vet appointment, and we hadn't even officially signed up with PetRelocation.com yet. After that, we knew we didn't need to look any further for relocation services, and we were right.

wednesday sleeping

 

One more thing: you all sent us a photo of Wednesday when she touched down in California and had an overnight stay before continuing on through the journey. That really put us at ease, and something that really wasn't something you had to do.

You just did it, and it made a WORLD of difference.

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Thanks to Wednesday's caring owners for sharing this story with us! Have an international move coming up? Please contact us if you think you'd like some help.

 

Preparing Pets to Relocate to Australia

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Tyler
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador, Shar-pei
From: United States
To: Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My wife and I are planning on moving to Australia this fall and want to take our two dogs with us on the trip. We recently lived in Korea for a year with the two dogs (the dogs are from USA originally) so they have had the rabies blood work (summer 2013), microchip, and all of that good stuff. Are we going to have any major problems moving them to Australia with us?

Thanks,

Tyler

 

Hi Tyler,

Thanks for your question. Moving pets to Australia is a process that takes several weeks and it requires carrying out a series of steps very carefully. It sounds like you may be in good shape (especially because your dogs are used to traveling in general), but you'll want to visit the official Australia Government website and use the information and planning tools they provide to make sure everything is in order to meet your desired departure date. Take a look here.

Also, in case you weren't aware, Australia recently increased the costs associated with importing pets. Here is more information about the new price structure.

Aside from that we can offer the standard advice: choose a pet-friendly airline, make sure you have the correctly-sized travel crates (and if they've been in storage make sure they are still in good shape), and help your pets to be as healthy and hydrated as possible before the trip. If you think you'd like to hire some assistance, you're welcome to contact us for a free quote for our door-to-door services.

Hope this helps, Tyler. Let us know if you have further questions, and good luck!

French Bulldog Travel Tips

Thursday, July 10, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Diane
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: French bulldog
From: USA
To: South Africa

Hi,

I was wondering... my dog is up to date with all shots and is healthy. I need to go to South Africa for a month -- will my dog be quarantined when entering South Africa? When we come back to the USA will he be quarantined?

Thanks,

Diane
 

Hi Diane,

There is currently no quarantine requirement for pets entering either of these two countries. You will need to follow each country's entry guidelines, however; here are the pet import requirements for South Africa and here are the pet import requirements for the United States.

When taking a short back-and-forth trip like this, it's important to do your research carefully and help prepare your dog as much as possible. Find out exactly what the airline requires, procure the right travel crate, and plan out all the details regarding health paperwork and vaccines.

Be aware that French Bulldogs are sensitive travelers due to their higher susceptibility to breathing issues caused by stress and high altitudes, so you'll want to talk to your vet about any concerns you have and take every precaution possible to avoid any issues. You can read more about traveling with snub-nosed breeds on our blog. In general we suggest choosing roomy travel crates for snub-nosed pets and helping them to be be as healthy and hydrated beforehand as possible. Be aware that many airlines do not fly snub-nosed breeds.

To be honest, many people who initially plan to bring a pet on an international vacation (especially one who faces particular challenges) soon realize that the financial costs and time demands make it much less simple than they initially thought, and it actually makes more sense to leave the pet at home with a trusted friend or pet sitter. This is a decision to make after speaking to your vet and doing some research about the process.

Hopefully this gives you a few things to think about, Diane. Please let us know if you have any further questions, and good luck with whatever you decide!

 

Are There Breed Restrictions for Dogs Traveling to the United States?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Henry
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Rottweiler
From: Venezuela
To: Miami, FL

Hi,

I would like to know if i need any specific paperwork to bring my Rottweilers into the United States. Also I just need the screwworm proof, rabies vaccination, and a veterinary certificate, right?

Thanks,

Henry

 

Hi Henry,

Thanks for your question, it sounds like you're on the right track. In addition to the items you mentioned, you will not need any kind of breed-specific paperwork. The United States does not make distinctions between breeds when it comes to importing pets, and in general it's one of the more straightforward countries when it comes to pet travel.

Flying with large dogs may require you to seek out custom crates -- here is more information about pet travel crates as well as the answers to a few basic pet travel questions. We recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline and researching their policies well in advance so as to avoid any surprises.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you think you'd like to enlist some help with your relocation, and either way good luck with everything.
 

How to Start the International Pet Travel Process

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ashley
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Lab Mix
From: San Diego, CA.
To: Sicily, Italy

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I am so lost about where to even begin to plan travel for my four-legged baby. Any help you can provide would be wonderful!

Thanks,

Ashley

 

Hi Ashley,

Thanks for contacting us with your question! We'd be happy to offer some assistance -- most people begin the pet travel process feeling pretty anxious but the more information you have, the easier it becomes to put together a safe trip.

To start, here are the pet import requirements for Italy. You can also check the USDA website for additional details. Your dog will need to be microchipped and then receive the basic vaccines as listed. You'll also want to choose a pet-friendly airline, help your dog grow accustomed to the travel crate, and possibly hire an agent or pet relocation professional to help you.

For your reference, here are a few frequently asked pet travel questions and answers. Hopefully this will help to get you started, and if you have more questions or would like to find out more about our services, you're welcome to contact us.

Good luck with the trip!!
 

Pet Shipping: Questions About Eating and Drinking During Flight

Monday, June 30, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Jennifer
From: Bangkok, Thailand
To: LAX, USA
Pet: Mixed breed, 9 years old, 40 pounds.

Dear PetRelocation,
 
You moved my dog when we left for Bangkok. We were very happy with the services with PetRelo. Now, he is moving back to the US. My question is, is he supposed to have food in his food tray while on his flight? (The mover told me to fill the food tray with food, and I disagree with that.) How many hours ahead of time should he be eating or not eating? They also said to fill up a water bottle with water... Is this right?
 
Thanks,
Jennifer
 
Hi Jennifer,
 
It's great to hear from you again! To answer your question, no, food should not be available to pets during flight and we recommend feeding them at least 2-3 hours before they travel to give their food time to settle and help prevent any stomach discomfort.
 
If you're stopping for an extended/overnight layover you can feed your dog during that time. It is important to provide water, however (cups should be attached to the inside of the crate as you can see in the picture below). Hydration is crucial -- read more about pet hydration during travel.
 
Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any more questions, and if you think you'd like to enlist our help once again, we'd be happy to talk. Good luck with your move!
 

 
 

International Air Travel with Older Dogs

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Anoek
From: New York, NY
To: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Pets: Trusty, mini-poodle, 15 pounds, 15 years old; Roamer, mini-poodle, 16 pounds, 9 years old

Hi PetRelocation,
 
What do I need to know to move my pets to the Netherlands? Also, one of my dogs is pretty old and I have concerns about his health. Any information you can provide would be appreciated.
 
Thanks,
Anoek
 
 
Hi Anoek,

Thank you for submitting a question to us! We'd be happy to offer some advice.
 
To begin, take a look at the pet import requirements for the Netherlands. Your dogs will need microchips and basic vaccines as well as a vet health certificate filled out by an accredited veterinarian.
 
We also suggest choosing a pet friendly airline (we often use Lufthansa, KLM and United for our clients' pet moves), and if your dogs don't spend much time in a travel crate, help them become acclimated to their airline-approved crate in the weeks before you move. For your reference, here are a few frequently asked pet travel questions (and answers) that should shed light on the entire process.
 
In regards to your dog's age, please review this information containing tips for flying with older dogs. It would be a good idea to discuss your concerns with a vet, of course, and there are other things to do and think about before your relocation. Be aware that we have flown many elderly dogs safely, but it's a decision you'll want to think carefully about and prepare for as best you can.
 
We hope this helps! Please contact us if you have more questions and think you'd like to hire some assistance with your move. Either way, good luck with everything.
 

Pet Air Travel to China

Monday, June 16, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Yi
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Mixed
From: Berlin, Germany
To: Shanghai, China

Hello There,

I have a pet cat (three years old) that I wish to bring to China from Germany and I have a few questions that I hope you can help me answer:

1. How easy is it to bring a pet to China and will there be a quarantine period? I've read conflicting documents that there's no quarantine for animals coming from the EU, to ones that say that there's a 30-day quarantine period.

2. How easy will it be to bring the cat back to Germany from China? Is there a quarantine period? Should I get a EU pet passport before I fly to China so it's easier for the animal to come back here?

3. What will be the cost (door-to-door or airport-to-airport) to bring the cat from Berlin to Shanghai? I just need a ballpark figure so I can work out the details of the move.

Thank you so much for your help and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Cheers,

Yi

 

Hi Yi,

It's great to hear from you and we'd be happy to offer some information.

To start, take a look at the pet import requirements for China. Whether or not you face a quarantine primarily depends on the port of entry, and we highly recommend hiring some professional assistance so as to avoid any delays in helping your cat make a smooth transition into the country.

We also recommend choosing a pet friendly airline and working to help get your cat as comfortable in the travel crate as possible. Here are a few helpful pet travel tips to get you started.

If you're looking for door-to-door services we'd be happy to speak to you further and offer a cost estimate, but roughly speaking our charges for a move like this would start at around $2500 USD. If you just want help for part of the move, we recommend checking with IPATA.org or Globy Pet Relocation to find local, knowledgeable agents.

As far as returning to Germany, you can find more information here and here. China is a "third country" so the rules are a little different (and not as easy) as if you were returning from another EU country. That's not to say it's impossible, though (and there isn't a quarantine) -- you'll just need to make sure you follow the guidelines carefully.

Again, please let us know if you'd like some help with any of this, and good luck with everything!
 

Dog Travel to South Africa

Thursday, June 19, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Linda
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Poodle and Mix
From: Texas, United States
To: Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Hi PetRelocation,

What is involved in moving my pets with me to Johannesburg from Texas?

Thanks,

Linda

 

Hi Linda,

Thank you for your message -- international pet travel can certainly be challenging to figure out and we'd be happy to offer you some guidance.

Take a look at the pet import requirements for South Africa for an idea of what you'll need to do. Also, here is a link to the USDA website with information about the health certificate and vaccine requirements.

In terms of general pet travel procedures, you'll want to book a flight on a pet friendly airline and make sure your dogs are as acclimated to their travel crates as possible. Here are a few frequently asked pet travel questions and answers for further information about what to do to prepare your dogs for a move.

Hope this helps to get you started! If you're feeling overwhelmed and think you'd like some help, feel free to contact us to talk more about our services and the estimated costs for a move like yours. Good luck with everything.