Help Me Move My Pet

Microchip Questions & Pet Travel to the UK

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Denise
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: West Highland Terrier
From: Canada
To: England


Dear PetRelocation,

I read last year that the microchip used for the United Kingdom has to be a specific type or it might not read once in the United Kingdom. Is this correct, and what type of microchip do I need to use from Canada?




Hi Denise,

Thanks for the question! The microchip is an important part of the process so it's smart to double check the details before you get too far.

First, here's more information about the UK pet import rules as a whole. Canada is an approved non-EU country, so that means you'll be following the Part A requirements as listed. As far as the microchip, per www.gov.uk you should have a microchip that meets ISO standards, and if you have one that isn't ISO-compatible, you need to provide your own microchip reader.

Here's all you need to know about pet microchips and the UK. Also, here is more information from our blog about various types of microchips and which ones are ISO-compatible.

Hopefully this helps, Denise. Please let us know if you have any more questions about your upcoming move, and good luck with everything!



Are There Dog Breed Restrictions for Flying to the United States?

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Blakley
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Alaskan Malamute and Staffordshire Terrier
From: England

Dear PetRelocation,

Is there any reason why my breed of dog could not come into the United States? We're military.




Hi Blakley,

The United States does not have any dog breed restrictions, and in fact it's one of the easier places to bring a pet. In summary, you'll need an International Health Certificate issued within 10 days of departure and a rabies vaccination and certificate. Here's an overview of the requirements.

Other considerations include obtaining an airline-approved travel crate (it sounds like your dog might be pretty big so you  may need a custom travel crate), and we highly recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline.

If you have any further questions about the process and think you might like to find out more about our door-to-door services, feel free to fill out our quote form.

Hope this helps to get you started. Have a great move!

Dog Travel to The Dominican Republic

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Marcus
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Akita
From: England
To: Dominican Republic


Dear PetRelocation,

Do I need an import certificate for this move? Once I have this info then I can proceed to the vet for a full vaccination, including rabies jab. I am applying for the export travel certificate, too.




Hi Marcus,

To move your dog to the Dominican Republic you'll need a health certificate signed by your vet and proof of an up-to-date rabies vaccine. The rabies vaccine should be administered at least 30 days before your day of departure, and the health certificate should be issued not more than 15 days before departure. Here is more information about moving pets to the Dominican Republic.

We recommend taking the time to choose a pet friendly airline, and you'll also want to make sure your travel crate is airline approved. Here is more information about how to choose the right travel crate for your dog.

Please contact us if you have questions or if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services. Good luck with your trip!



Cat Travel to Japan

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ashley
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
From: England
To: Japan


Hi There,

I'm curious as to what the requirements are for allowing my cat to move to Japan with me, more specifically, Sapporo (though my options are open right now). In the near future I'll be moving to Japan permanently to teach English and I'd like to take my cat with me as he's quite attached to me. He follows me around everywhere and meows at my bedroom door relentlessly whilst I am at college (according to my parents) so I feel like I can't just leave him behind.

I've heard a lot about a possible six months in quarantine but no concrete answers so far so I've decided to ask. I honestly couldn't bare the guilt of leaving him in quarantine for six months, and not to mention the stress from the travel could do some damage as well. If that's the case I think it may be a better idea to not take him with me, but of course that is also something I hate to imagine doing.

In addition to this, I know that a lot of places do not accept animals so my search for a place to live would be that much harder but if I can take him with me then I'm willing to give myself that restriction.

So yeah, any information would be appreciated.




Hi Ashley,

Thanks for your question -- we understand that pets are part of the family and it sounds like your kitty loves you very much! Here is some information about how you can bring her to Japan with you.

First, take a look at these pet import requirements via the Animal Quarantine Service of Japan. If planned correctly, you should be able to avoid a long quarantine. The process is very particular, as you can see, but we've helped many pets move to Japan and they've been able to go home to their families pretty quickly.

For general information about moving pets internationally, please take a look at these frequently asked pet travel questions. Your cat may not love the traveling experience but there are ways of preparing him as best you can (including by following these cat crate training tips).

The bottom line is to begin planning early, talk to your vet for help and advice, and continue to reach out to pet travel experts when necessary. If you're interested in finding out about our door-to-door services, you can fill out our free quote form.

Thanks again, and good luck with everything!




Pet Move Story: Naboo's Move to the UK

Monday, October 14, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Here's a note from a recent customer... We love post-move updates like this!

Good morning Keith,

Yes, we all arrived safely on Friday. I can't tell you how overjoyed we were when Naboo arrived at my Father's house. Naboo seemed pretty pleased to see us, too!!

The flight over was fairly turbulent, which was worrying for me at times, but when Naboo arrived he seemed calm and quite relaxed. He appeared very well indeed!! He was very tired on that day, as were we all, but has since returned to his normal self and is certainly enjoying the cooler and wetter English weather!!

I cannot thank you enough for the fantastic service that you and your colleagues have provided!! You have always responded immediately with any queries I have had and managed to put my mind at ease from our very first conversation. Both the agent who collected Naboo and the agent who delivered him were so nice and Naboo 'took' to them straight away, which was very reassuring. Obviously fellow 'doggy people' :-)


So, I just want to say another huge thank you!! I would most definitely recommend your service to others in our situation and of course, if we need to travel again in the future, we would not hesitate to contact you!

I've attached a couple of 'before & after' pics of Naboo. The third one with the orange ball in his mouth was pretty much immediately as he arrived. Then the following one is during his first walk in England.

Thank you once again!!

Kind regards,

Laura & Chris... and of course Naboo!!


Cat Travel to the UK -- "Is There a Quarantine?"

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Carrie
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Orange Tabby
From: USA
To: London, England

Hi there, and thank you in advance for your time.

I am not doing this yet, but I want to look into it as there is a possibility my office may relocate me to London, England. Someone recently told me that in order to migrate my cats they would need to be quarantined for six months first before I could take them into what would be my new home abroad. Is that true?

Many thanks,



Hi Carrie,

You will need to prepare your cats for the trip by following a few import requirements, but there is no longer a six month quarantine in place for pets going to the UK. Since the beginning of 2012, the UK has been in line with the rest of the EU, making it much easier for most people to travel into the country with their pets.

Here are the pet import requirements for the UK. Please take a look at them and let us know if you'd like some help planning out your vet visits, securing the correct paperwork and getting your cats from  your old home to your new one.

Thanks for checking in with us, and good luck with everything!

Dog Travel from Canada to The UK

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Connie
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Miniature Pinscher Parsons Terrier Sharpei
From: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
To: London, England

Dear PetRelocation,

What are the travel requirements for my dog if we go from Canada to London?

Thank you,


Hi Connie,

Thanks for the question, we'd be glad to offer a few tips. First, take a look at the pet import requirements for the UK. As you can see, they used to be pretty strict (there was a 180-day quarantine in place) but now they are more relaxed. You still need to attend to several important details, but you won't need to worry about a quarantine.

Canada is an approved non-EU country, so your dog needs a microchip, a rabies vaccine (administered after the microchip is implanted), a vet health certificate, and you must wait at least 21 days from the day of vaccination before traveling.

If you have questions about these requirements and would like some help with your move, please contact us for a free quote. We also invite you to check out our Facebook to meet some of the pets we've moved recently. Lots of dogs and cats go to the UK!

Thanks again for submitting a question, and good luck with everything.



Pet Travel Question: Should I Take My Cats With Me to the UK?

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Megan
Number of Pets: 5
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Mixed Breed/ American Shorthair and European Shorthair
From: Chicago, USA
To: London, UK


I am moving for an initial period of six months to London and want to bring my cats with me. I have found housing for us all (my boyfriend too) but have been confronted by many people telling me about how expensive everything is and how moving is very bad for the cats. These cats have been with us since they were young and I believe they would do better moving with us than to an entirely new place with strangers for a short term.

I'm writing to ask you for your help? Is moving the cats endangering their lives? Am I being selfish in wanting them to be with us?




Hi Megan,

These are common concerns of caring pet owners who find themselves facing a long-distance relocation. Though it may seem scary, pet air travel is quite safe, especially when using a pet-friendly airline such as United, KLM, or Lufthansa. However, whether or not your cats are capable of safely traveling to England depends on their overall health and must be determined by your vet. Unless your cats are especially sick or elderly, they should be able to fly safely. We have moved many cats to places all over the world, including the UK!

Pet transport can get pretty expensive, especially when traveling with such a large number of cats. Costs will include vet visits, airline tickets, and travel crates for your cats, among other expenses. However, many owners feel that keeping their pet family intact is well worth the price of pet travel.

Ultimately, it is up to you and your vet to decide whether or not is is in your cats' best interests to move to London. It may be helpful to take a look at the pet import requirements for the UK. This will give you an idea of what pet travel to England will involve. Additionally, if you would like a free price estimate for your move, fill out our quote form to be in contact with a pet move specialist. And if you have any more questions, feel free to contact us. Thanks for your questions and good luck with everything!

Pet Travel Question: Moving a Cat to Azerbaijan

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Charity
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Bengal
From: England
To: Azerbaijan


I am having extreme difficulty locating any information (on the internet, with my vet, Azerbaijan Embassy, Ministry of Agriculture of Azerbaijan, etc.) that would tell me what is required for us to import our cat, Spot, into Azerbaijan. Would you be able to help?

Very much appreciated,


Hi Charity,

Thanks for your question. Check out our PDF listing the Pet Import Requirements for Azerbaijan. You'll see there that your cat will need several vaccinations, a microchip, and an international health certificate which has been endorsed by a local branch of the national veterinary authority (DEFRA in England). You should still try to be in contact with the Azerbaijan Embassy to ensure that these requirements are up-to-date and to make sure that Spot's move goes as smoothly as possible.

Pet transport can be complicated, especially when basic pieces of information (such as import requirements) are hard to track down. Sometimes it's easiest to hire a pet shipping specialist to handle your move. If you'd like to learn about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form. And if you have any more questions, feel free to contact us.

Thanks again for your question and good luck with your move!

Pet Travel Question: Moving Back to the UK With a Cat

Monday, July 8, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kelly
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: British Short hair Blue
From: Goa, India
To: United Kingdom


My cat came over with me to live in Goa three years ago, and we are now returning home. I still have his crate and plan on getting paperwork from his vet, but I don't know what paperwork I need to take him on the flight or to get him back into the UK or where to get it from. Can you help? I will be traveling with Qatar in October.

Many Thanks,


Hi Kelly,

These are good questions, and it's great that you still have your cat's travel crate. Check out the Pet Import Requirements for the United Kingdom to find out what paperwork you will need in order to bring your cat to the UK. As you can see, most of this documentation is available through your vet, but some of it will need to be endorsed by the Indian government veterinary authority. In addition to these various certificates, your cat will also need to have a microchip implanted if he does not already have one.

Getting all of these documents will take some time, so it is best to get started as soon as possible if you plan on traveling with your cat in October. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us. Additionally, if you think you might be interested in our door-to-door pet relocation services, please fill out our free quote form.

Thanks for your question, and good luck with your move back to England!

Pet Travel Question: Moving Cats from England to the United States

Thursday, June 27, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Carol
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Domestic Short Hair
From: England, UK
To: Houston, TX

Will my cats need to go into quarantine on arrival in Houston, Texas?




Hi Carol,

Thanks for your question. Luckily, the United States does not require a quarantine for pets. Check out the United States Pet Import Requirements to see what documentation you will need for your cats. In addition to securing necessary documents, it's also a good idea to start crate-training your cats as soon as possible, so that they are more comfortable during travel.

Feel free to contact us if you have any more questions. If you think you'd like help moving your cats overseas, fill out our free quote form to find out about our door-to-door services.

Thanks again for your question and good luck with your move!


Pet Air Travel Question: Can Pets Fly Unaccompanied?

Thursday, June 6, 2013 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Misa
Pet: Cat
From: Birmingham, England
To: Florida, USA

Hi, I'm hoping to move my cat next year after I finish studying, from the UK to Florida, and I'd like to know about how much this would cost and what the best option for her traveling alone is?

I won't be able to travel back to the UK, so she'll have to be taken alone, and I'm not sure how much that would cost, and if it would be bad for her to fly there?
Hi Misa,
Thanks for your question, we'd be happy to advise. These are the (pretty straightforward) pet import requirements for the United States.
It's common for pets to travel separately from their owners, in fact this is the case for most of the moves that we handle. You'll need assistance, either from a friend or from a hired pet agent, to bring your cat to the airport and meet her on the other end, but again, many people choose to do it this way. (It makes it easier for you to take care of your own move, flight, etc.)
It sounds like you  may be interested in the kind of door-to-door service that PetRelocation provides, so we welcome you to contact us at your convenience. Good luck with the trip, and hope to hear from you soon!



Happy Valentine's Day From The Pets of PetRelocation!

Thursday, February 14, 2013 by Caitlin Moore


The employees of PetRelocation love getting to know our clients' pets as we help them travel the world safely, and most of us have adorable pets of our own who we're happy to show off anytime.

In honor of the sweetest holiday, here's a look at some of the cute faces we come home to each night. Happy Valentine's Day, pet lovers!


Reba! This Muppet look-alike belongs to Sarah S.



Marissa's dog Rocky lives with her parents in England (where it's been snowing like crazy)



Claire has worked with the German Shepherd Rescue of Central Texas over the last few years, and here she is with her own two pups, Zuri And Banjo



Tucker is a Schnoodle and belongs to Daniel



Marissa also has a cat named Rhett



Keith & Sherlock



Vivian belongs to (and is adored by) Jeana



Maegan & Benni (and a giant squirrel)



Tucker belongs to Matt K.



Ashley has three pups in her crew: George, Riley & Aston



Bethany & Gilligan



Lenneke & Oakley



Rachel's boy Charlie



Mandy's doggie Jackson



Tyler & Alex



Sarah R.'s dogs, Jack & Duna




Kitty & Sasha are Lauren's two gals




Raef belongs to Caitlin



Ramesses is Tyler's #1 kitty




Amber & Copano



And these pups are actually just friends of Amber's, but this pic was too perfect not to share!


Thanks for getting to know our pets a little better, and feel free to share your own V-Day pet pictures with us on Facebook or Twitter!


Pet Travel Question: Pet Travel to England

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Louise
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: 1 dog & 2 cats
From: Shanghai, China
To: UK

Can you clarify the requirements for relocating pets from China to the UK?




Hi Louise,

Sure, we'd be happy to assist you. Here's a rundown of the pet import requirements for the UK. The good news is this will be an easier process than it used to be, however you'll still need to spend some time making sure your pets are up to date on their rabies vaccines, have all the correct paperwork in order, and are comfortable in their travel crates (among other things).

Pet travel can seem complicated at first glance, so please contact us if you have any more questions or if you'd like a quote for our services. Thanks, and good luck!


Pet Travel Question: Is There A UK Pet Quarantine?

Friday, February 8, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Jamie
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador
From: Atlanta, GA
To: London

Will my dog have to be quarantined in England for any period of time?




Hi Jamie,

Though it used to be the case, pets coming to the UK from the US no longer face a six month quarantine. It's still necessary to meet a few requirements including a microchip and rabies vaccination, so do allow plenty of time to prepare for the trip.

Take a look at this link for more details about importing your dog to the United Kingdom, and please contact us if you have any questions.

Have a great trip!

Pet Move Customer Story: Fido's Move to London

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Shasanka
Pet’s Name: Fido
From: Houston, TX, USA
To: London, England

After going through the formalities needed to move pets to the UK, we were convinced that we needed professional help to relocate our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Fido) from Houston to London.

One of my colleagues who already moved his pet from Houston to Perth through PetRelocation recommended them to us, and approaching PetRelocation proved to be the best decision that we made for Fido's journey across the Atlantic. Initially we spoke to Lee, and later Tyler took over the responsiblilty of moving Fido.

Tyler was very supportive and assuring and was always available to answer any queries. The process was quite stressful in the sense that we had to cancel his flight booking once and postpone his travel by three weeks. But, the way PetRelocation handled the situation made the whole process smooth and easy.

Fido is finally in London with us and enjoying his stay to the fullest in his new home!! I would certainly go with them again and would highly recommend them to anyone else in a moving situation!




Pet Travel Question: Returning to the United States with Dogs

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: DaNeil
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Dachshund/ Jack Russell cross
From: Lakenheath, Suffollk, England
To: St Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.

I plan on moving back to the States later on in the year and I want to take my dog with me. I have no idea of how to go about it. Any information you can give me, including an approximate cost, would be appreciated. Thank you,



Hi DaNeil,

Shipping dogs to the United States requires a bit of preparation, but ultimately it's not as complicated a process as going to many other countries would be. You'll need to follow a few basic procedures (here are the full pet import requirements for the United States), book a flight with a pet-friendly airline, and buy an airline-approved travel crate if you don't already have one.

Many pet owners choose to enlist help with arranging all of this, and if you're interested in our services we'd be happy to offer a price estimate. We look forward to hearing from you!


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: Importing a Dog to the United States

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Oliver
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Shar Pei
From: England
To: Miami, Florida

What do I need for my dog to move with me to Miami, Florida?




Hello Oliver,

Thanks for contacting us. First, here are the pet import requirements for the United States. They're actually pretty straightforward compared to many other countries, but if you have any questions, you're welcome to get in touch with us. Right now you'll probably want to start planning your timeline and researching airlines to ensure you make the safest and pet-friendliest choices possible.

Again, let us know if you have any questions, and good luck with everything!

Pet Move Customer Story: Kelsey's Move to Panama

Thursday, October 11, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Lauren
Pet's Name: Kelsey
From: New Hampshire
To: Panama

I'd like to offer a GIGANTIC thank you and shout out to PetRelocation.com for helping me move my 12-year-old best friend from her home in New Hampshire to sunny Panama.

I accepted a position in Panama City only after confirming Kelsey would be able to accompany me. It wasn't until after I set the ground work for my move that I realized how traumatic the experience would be for me and likely also for her. She has lived in New England her whole life, is skittish, and doesn't handle new situations very well. The concept of turning her over to someone else, putting her in a crate and on a plane, and acclimating her to a tropic city was insanely stressful.

PetRelocation helped me understand the process and maintained vigilant communication with me throughout her travel day. She arrived safely in Panama and this picture was taken the following morning! All of the PetRelocation agents were incredibly knowledgeable and patient with me!