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Answering Questions About International Ferret Travel

Monday, May 25, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

My partner and I are looking at getting two ferrets, but we are very conscious that we are hoping to move to Japan for a year or so in the next few years.

Could you tell me if it is possible to take ferrets with you to Japan from the UK and vice versa? And also what kinds of costs are involved if this is possible?

Many thanks,



Hi Jess,

Thank you for your question. When researching international pet travel, it's usually a good idea to start the process by checking in with the...

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Approved Routes for Pet Travel to Scotland

Thursday, May 7, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

I need help. I have no idea where to begin in getting my cat to my new home. I really just need specific advice on what airlines I can use that will fly straight to Aberdeen. On the airport website it says they accept animals but from everything else I've been reading the only one I can find is in Edinburgh.

I'm so confused! I want this to be as stress free as possible but it's not really working.


Hi Amy,

Thank you for your question -- most pet owners feel stressed out at the...

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Cat Travel to the United Kingdom

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kate
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: N/A
From: Cambodia
To: UK


Hi PetRelocation,

I would like to find out how I can take my cats home when I move back to the UK - no date set yet but just finding out information now for the future. What are the requirements before leaving Cambodia and upon arrival in the UK?

Also, I've seen that some airlines allow pets in the cabin as long as their carriers can fit under the seat. How does that work in terms of them going to the toilet, on a 10+ hour...

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Pet Travel Rules: Moving Pets to Scotland

Friday, January 16, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

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



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

Thank you,


Hi Krystle,

Sure, we'd be happy to point you in the right direction. The USDA is a good source of official information; take a look here for an overview of pet...

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Pet News Round-Up: Happy New Year!

Friday, January 2, 2015 by Caitlin Moore

Reminder: changes to the pet travel scheme have been introduced.

New Year's resolutions for cat owners.

Winter outdoor safety tips for dogs.

Read the latest true stories of traveling dogs and cats.

Do you have questions about pet travel? We offer answers to common queries here.

Catch up with a few incredible pet move experiences from 2014.



Happy 2015!

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Understanding the New EU Pet Import Rules

Monday, November 10, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

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


Hi PetRelocation,

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




Hi Georgina,

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

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Pet News Round-Up: Pet Health & Pet Travel

Friday, October 10, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

On thinking of your pets as children.

Health tips for dog owners.

How to tell if your cat is overweight.

Changes to the EU Pet Travel Scheme will go into effect Dec. 29, 2014.

Should dogs be vegetarians?

Cute video alert: Watch a French Bulldog frolic with a deer.




Have a great weekend, pet lovers!

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Changes to the EU Pet Travel Scheme Beginning Dec. 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Planning to travel to the EU with a pet in the next few months? This news update is for you. It has been announced that on Dec. 29, 2014, a few changes to the EU Pet Travel Scheme will go into effect.

It looks like the primary requirements will stay the same and if you already have a pet passport you don't need a new one, but among other adjustments, there is now a new minimum age for rabies vaccinations and pet owners must travel into the country within five days of their pet's arrival.

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Pet Import Rules for the UK

Monday, November 4, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Diana
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Bichon-Westie Mix
From: Romania
To: United Kingdom

Dear PetRelocation,

Is there any need to put my dog in quarantine if I come from Romania to the UK? Do I need to test my dog for rabies 6 months before moving to UK? If I move to UK in 4 weeks' time, will I be able to take my dog with me right away?

Thanks a lot for your reply.

Best regards,



Hi Diana,

Thanks for your question. Since Romania is an EU country, your dog will not have to go to...

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"Does My Poodle Have to Go to Quarantine in The UK?"

Monday, September 9, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Chantelle
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Toy Poodle
From: US
To: UK

Dear PetRelocation,

My question is, if I have all documentation required to move my pet to the UK, will I still have to put my pet in quarantine? He has very bad anxiety issues.

Thank you,



Hi Chantelle,

Thanks for your question -- it's a good one. Many people assume their pets will have to stay in quarantine for a few days after moving from one country to another, but most of the time that's not the case.


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Pet Travel News Update: Virgin Australia's New Frequent Flyer Pet Program

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 by Caitlin Moore

Many people will be traveling with pets this summer, and overall the pet industry is booming. It's no surprise, then, to read news like this: Virgin Australia has launched a new frequent flyer program specifically for pets.

Called the Velocity scheme, this program allows its four-legged participants to earn points each time they fly in the Virgin Australia domestic network. Virgin Australia says they fly almost 30,000 pets per year around the country, so this program aims to reward those...

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Pet-Friendly Holidays: UK Pet Owners Love The Eurotunnel

Thursday, January 10, 2013 by Caitlin Moore


According to the Daily Mail, a record number of people are bringing their pets along with them when using the Eurotunnel to travel between the UK and France. About 1,000 pets traversed the tunnel using the service Le Shuttle last weekend, which is a 20 percent increase over their previously all-time busiest weekend.

As long as pets meet the requirements of the Pet Travel Scheme they can be re-admitted to the UK, so for pet owners up to speed with microchips and rabies vaccines it's pretty easy...

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Pet Travel News: Edinburgh Airport Can Receive Pets Directly

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

A new policy is about to make life easier for a number of travelers by allowing pet owners to fly their pets directly into Scotland. Previously, animals going to the UK could only be received through London or Manchester, but now dogs, cats, and ferrets flying under the EU Pet Travel Scheme can land in in Edinburgh directly.

Extrordinair, a freight forwarding company, is the group behind this expansion. Here's what the managing director had to say:

"Our new facility at Edinburgh Airport means...

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Pet Travel News Update: United Approved for Pet Flights to Edinburgh

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


Pet travelers going to Edinburgh, Scotland now have more airline options. Until now, Lufthansa has been the only airline authorized to ship pets directly to EDI under the Pet Passport Scheme, but the Edinburgh Animal Reception Centre has just announced that United is approved to do so as well.

This news further illustrates United's pet-friendliness as an airline; they also have a PetSafe program and recently reversed a decision that banned certain dog breeds from flying. It is expected that...

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A Year in Pet Travel: PetRelocation.com's Top 10 from 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 by Caitlin Moore

Lists! In addition to celebrating, shopping, baking, eating and doing whatever else you like to do during the holiday season, don't forget that, thanks to the Internet, there are plenty of "Best of 2011" lists to peruse and enjoy.

We didn't want to be left out of this year-end ritual, so we've gathered up our most popular, informative and helpful blog posts from 2011. Take a look -- hopefully these articles have helped you make sense of the exciting and ever-changing world of pet travel.

From the...
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Continuing our Pet Travel Education: Lessons from the 2011 IPATA Conference

Friday, December 2, 2011 by Caitlin Moore

The 2011 IPATA Conference offered a great chance for Cara and Matt, two of our senior PetRelocation.com employees, to meet other pet shipping pros, brush up on the latest industry trends, and get some hands on experience, as well (check out Kika's Hong Kong/China border crossing story). They even got to host a pet party at Pet World for some of our past and present clients, and overall found Hong Kong to be a welcoming and enriching place.

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Pet Move Spotlight: Navigating the New UK Pet Travel Scheme

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 by Caitlin Moore

In light of the upcoming changes to the pet import rules for the UK, we've received several questions from people planning moves there within the next few months. Currently the UK pet import rules state that animals must face a pretty strict set of requirements (including a 180 day quarantine) before they're allowed into the UK, but beginning on Jan. 1 2012, those requirements are set to be relaxed.

Because it'll be much easier to bring pets here in just a few weeks, many people are thinking...Read More

Pet News Round-Up: Storm watch, luxury pet travel, and (of course) puppies

Friday, July 29, 2011 by Caitlin Moore

For your consideration, here are the top pet news stories from the past few days. Have a great Friday and a happy weekend, everyone!

-There's a storm headed towards the coast of Texas. Keep an eye on the path of Tropical Storm Don to make sure your pet travel plans won't be affected.

-Attention UK travelers: here's more information about the updated Pet Travel Scheme.

-Makes sense to us. War veterans and shelter dogs can make each other's lives immeasurably brighter.

-Some states mandate... Read More

Pet Travel News: Happy Fourth of July!

Friday, July 1, 2011 by Caitlin Moore

Before the festivites of the weekend begin, take a look at the top pet travel news of the last week. Happy 4th, everyone!

-Why do dogs bark so much? It could have something to do with how human interactions have shaped them over the years. Find out more about our best friends' (sometimes annoying) behavior.

-San Francisco tends to march to the beat of a different drummer in terms of legislation, and now it seems they're considering a ban on pet sales in the city.

-We often hear about travel...Read More

Pet Travel Update: Big Changes to the UK Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)

Thursday, June 30, 2011 by Caitlin Moore

It was just announced that the current 180-day quarantine in place for dogs, cats and ferrets traveling from the US to the UK will no longer be in effect starting the first of next year -- big news that will make life much easier for many pet travelers.

Pets traveling from the US and other approved non-EU member states will still need to meet basic travel requirements, such as the microchip implantation, rabies vaccination and a 21-day waiting period following the vaccination, however the...Read More