Help Me Move My Pet

Pet Travel Question: Shipping Pets to Romania

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Enrico
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Bosnian Coarse-Haired Hound
From: St.Vincent
To: Romania

I would like to move my pet (a dog) from St.Vincent and the Grenadines (in the Caribbean) to Romania. It's a long trip and I am hoping that you can help me with some information and tips on requirements etc. There is no direct flight, so my route I plan to take would be from St.Vincent and the Grenadines to Antigua to Germany then to Romania.




Hi Enrico,

Thanks for the questions. First, here is a basic rundown of the pet import requirements for Romania. It will take a little time and planning, as you can see, and it's also important that you choose a pet-friendly airline for your journey. Note that if you transit through Frankfurt using Lufthansa, you may be able to take advantage of the Animal Lounge there.

Be sure to contact us if you have any more questions, and good luck with your trip!

Pet News Links: Pet Travel Behind The Scenes, Cutting Pet Ownership Costs & Fun Pet Stories

Friday, September 28, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


Here are a few fun pet news links to brighten up your Friday. Have a great weekend, pet lovers!


This New Mexico town has only one police officer -- and it's a dog.

The Atlantic discusses service dogs for veterans with PTSD.

JFK will soon expand and improve their pet shipping facilities.

Gypsy the cat was somehow found in Scotland, almost 1,000 miles from his home in Germany.

How to cut the costs of pet ownership.

Summer is basically over, but... When do summer pet travel embargoes end?

This week we learned about Italian pet culture from an Italy expert.

Awwww. A dog nurses a struggling kitten back to health.

Pictures of the pet moving process: go behind the scenes of a cat move to Norway.


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: Moving (Again) With Cats

Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kim
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Calico
From: Germany
To: United States

We moved our cats from United States to Germany two years ago. We are now moving back to the United States. Is there any additional paperwork we need from Germany to bring the cats back into the United States?



Hi Kim,

Thanks for your question. Since you've moved before you're off to a great start -- the experience won't be as nerve-racking as it is for some people who view pet travel as a pretty mysterious endeavor. Take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States to make sure you're ready to go, however. Basically you'll need proof of updated rabies vaccines and a health certificate.

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

Pet Travel Question: Rules for Shipping Puppies

Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ethel
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Puppy
Pet Breed: Miniature Poodle
From: Germany
To: United States

What is needed and how do I get the puppy here to the US? The puppy is only a week old right now and it will need to come here to the US when it is about 6 to 8 weeks old. Can you tell me what I need to do?

Thanks for your help,


Hello Ethel,

Thanks so much for contacting us with your question. First, here are the pet import requirements for the United States. Compared to many other countries they're not too difficult -- you'll just need to follow the basic protocol.

As far as your puppy's age, we do recommend waiting until the dog is at least 16 weeks old before flying. Travel can be stressful and older pups fare better, and also the puppy will need to be old enough to receive all the vaccines.

Let us know if you have any more questions, and good luck!

Pet Travel Question: Traveling with a Dog to Europe

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Margaret
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Teacup Maltese
From: USA
To: Germany

I'm going on vacation for two weeks. I live in New York and will be traveling to Berlin,  Germany and visiting Poland also. What documents do I need? What kind of passport?

Thank you,


Hi Margaret,

Thanks for the question -- hopefully we can help! To get started, take a look at the pet import requirements for Germany.  You'll need to make sure your vaccines are up-to-date as well as your microchip information, and an EU passport is needed as well.

Take a look at the full list of requirements (which are the same as the Poland requirements) and then please let us know if you have any questions.

Have a great trip, Margaret!

Pet Travel Question: "Will My Dog Fly Safely?"

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Patricia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Spitz Pomeranian
From: India
To: Mexico

Hello, I'm traveling with my dog from New Delhi, India to New York, he will go as checked baggage in the Lufthansa flight that I will take. From India there's a stopover in Germany for three hours, and then we continue to New York. In total the travel is 20 hours on the plane plus the three hour stopover.

I chose Lufthansa because of its good reputation taking care of animals, but this is the first time I'm taking a pet with me and it worries me that he goes as checked baggage. Is it completely safe? is it really completely controlled in terms of the temperature and pressure? I would appreciate some insight on how this works. I have tried looking for pictures and for a proper description of the place where they put the pets in the plane, but I don't find much.

Two days after arriving in New York, I'm taking an American Airlines flight to Cancun, Mexico, which is the final destination. American Airlines has a temperature policy -- if the temperature exceeds a limit they will not take my pet that day, does that mean that the baggage area is not completely controlled in the temperature? Don't they have AC down there?

I would really appreciate your insight into this area of the planes. Thank you very much!



Hi Patricia,

Your questions are completely  understandable -- pet travel can definitely seem less than transparent at times. We often hear concerns about flights and safety, and our best advice is to choose a pet-friendly airline with established pet policies (we often go with United, KLM and Lufthansa).

We have discussed Lufthansa on our blog in the past: here's an interview with a Lufthansa expert as well as look at a few important things to know about them.

During the summer many airlines employ embargoes in order to minimize the time that pets are exposed to hot weather, particularly on the tarmac as they're taken on and off the plane. Airlines like United actually transport the pets in air-conditioned vehicles to and from the plane and make sure they're never left to sit in extreme temperatures -- a primary reason why we choose such airlines to begin with (here's a video that sheds light on the process).

If an airline has a temperature policy it means they might not have temperature-controlled vehicles that transport the pets, so you will probably want to double check with them to find out exactly how they do things.

If you have any questions about any of this, please contact us. We'd be happy to help you arrange your move or simply offer more advice. Good luck with everything, Patricia!

Pet Travel News Links: Pets & Shopping, "Dog Callers" and Travel Tips

Friday, August 24, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


Enjoy these pet news links from the last few days, and have a great weekend!


Here's why it takes at least a month to properly plan a pet move.

Guess who's on a diet? Bo Obama, the First Dog.

For those early autumn days when it's still a little warm outside: this dog collar texts you when the temperature is too high for your pup's comfort.

Video: how United Airlines transports pets.

Well-done photos make all the difference when it comes to helping dogs find forever homes.

IKEA stores in Germany offer "dog parking" so your pup can chill while you shop.

Meet Ivan the storage dog, who "manages" a self-storage company in the Raleigh-Durham area.



Pet Move Customer Story: A Double Dog Move From Texas to Germany

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Grace
Pets' Names: Rusty and Talon
From: Texas
To: Germany

Rusty and Talon's move from a tiny, isolated Texas town to beautiful Germany came unexpectedly in the summer of 2012. They lived with my mother for several years after I moved overseas for my job. Unfortunately, this summer while visiting, I realized my mother was no longer able to care for them properly. I had just a little over one month to get them prepared for international travel. Due to my own summer schedule, I could not ship and receive the dogs. I needed help. I searched pet travel companies and liked what I saw with PetRelocation.com. I contacted them and am so thankful I did.

Joe and Sarah began the process for me, but it was Abbey who held my hand (and eight paws) all the way through. She worked closely with my small town rural veterinarian who was uncomfortable completing the mountain of paperwork (the specific deadlines are scary!). Abbey repeatedly contacted my vet and walked him through each step in the correct order to meet German import requirements. He was so relieved! Also, Rusty and Talon are seniors and just simple country dogs who had never been crate trained, had never flown, etc. Abbey helped with all of that, too.

Rusty and Talon were picked up in the middle-of-nowhere Texas and driven to Dallas for their flight. Abbey set me up with a pet/flight tracking system so that I knew exactly where my pets were at all times...when they departed, when they landed, etc. This was so wonderful! When I saw the email that their flight had successfully landed at Frankfurt Airport, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. A few hours later my country dogs were at my door and looked glad that their adventure was over!

It's been two days, and both Rusty and Talon are settling in well. They already enjoy the walking paths so common in Germany and are glad to be out of the Texas heat. If I have one suggestion for pet owners it is to be well organized and keep all your pet records up to date. This makes your travel so much easier (I'm glad I'm organized!). I also suggest being careful about microchipping your pet. Not all microchips are accepted for international travel, and Abbey made sure I got the right kind. Some microchips are fine for the US and re-homing a lost pet. International travel requires a special kind of microchip, however, and many vets do not carry the brands that meet these specifications (and many vets don't know themselves if their chips are approved). It took a lot of research on my part to find a vet in my area that could provide the correct chip. Be careful! You don't want to have to microchip twice!

Thanks to Abbey, Sarah, Joe, Dr. Vick Burk in Rotan, Texas, his staff (Deena and Shannon), and all the nameless people who assisted stateside and here in Germany. Rusty and Talon are now world travelers in their old age! Retirement must be grand!

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!


Pet Move Customer Story: Sugar's Move to Austria

Monday, June 25, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer


Name: Julie
Pet's Name: Sugar
From: Wheaton, IL
To: Eben im Pongau, Austria

We choose PetRelocation.com from our research on the internet. PetRelocation.com completed all of the paperwork, coordinated with the vet office, and moved our 11-year old Westie, Sugar, on a Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt, Germany. Then they drove Sugar about 6 hours to her new home in the Austrian Alps.

The most surprising part of the move was how calmly Sugar entered the flight crate and laid down for a nap. She was never crate trained until two months before the flight, so I did not think she would be so cooperative. Her crate training consisted of leaving the crate in our family room and feeding her in the crate once per day. We would put favorite toys in the crate so she would have to go into the crate to get them out and play. She rarely went into the crate on her own. That's why I was surprised that she went into it easily for the pickup. We gave her a long walk before the pickup for the flight. I also included an old t-shirt of mine and a small dog bed in the crate. Sugar was fine when she arrived in Austria. She was very happy to greet my husband and run down the mountain after her first Austrian squirrel.

Sugar now gets to travel everywhere, she is welcome in most hotels, restaurants, and shops. A very different life for her. In the picture she is riding down from visiting a mountaintop castle along the Danube near Vienna, Austria.

Pet Move Customer Story: Sydney's International Pet Move

Monday, June 18, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Heather, Joe & Brittany
Company: American Axle & Manufacturing
Pet's Name: Sydney
From: Pattaya, Thailand
To: Clarkston, Michigan


This is Sydney's third country move with PetRelocation.com and it was yet again another successful journey!

Sydney is now a world traveler, having visited Germany, America, Canada, China, and Thailand. All throughout our overseas assignment, PetRelocation has supported each move and has treated Sydney with the utmost care and attention.

On behalf of Sydney and the remainder of our family, I commend the staff and service provided by PetRelocation.com!

Pet Move Customer Story: A Cat Move from Germany to Washington

Monday, June 18, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Mitzi
Pets' Names: Lars and Max
From: Munich, Germany
To: Bellevue, Washington


To be honest I was nervous about my pets traveling without us so I asked many questions. There was always an answer to every question and I knew from the moment the driver picked up our pets in Munich that they would be well-taken care of.

Max and Lars arrived six hours before our plane landed in the US and were taken to a local kennel. They arrived at our home a few hours after we landed and were in great spirits!

Max and Lars have adjusted nicely to life in the US. I think they have done so well because their travel experience was not stressful, due to care they received from the pet providers. If another relocation is in our future I would not hesitate to use PetRelocation.com again to transport Max and Lars. They took great care of our pets!

Pet Travel Question: Bringing A Dog To Germany

Monday, April 30, 2012 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Jeannine
From: San Francisco, California, USA
To: Munich, Germany
Pet: Willow, Chihuahua, 6 years, 8 pounds

Hello, I was wondering what I need to get for my dog to travel with me to Germany? We are going only to visit for 10 days. I hear conflicting information as to what she needs. She has a microchip already that has 15 digits, does she need an additional chip? She received a rabies shot exactly 30 days prior to travel, and when does the form ANNEX II form need to be filled out? I hear a lot of conflicting information and I'm trying to get everything in place for a safe, easy travel.

Hi Jeannine,
Thanks for the question! To get started, take a look at the pet import requirements for Germany. You'll see here that, among other things, you need an internationally recognized microchip and the International Health Certificate does need to be filled out within 10 days of departure. While we often move pets from the US to Germany, many people in your position may decide that the cost and stress of pet travel simply isn't worth it if it's just for a quick vacation and not a permanent move. Often pets are much happier when they're left with a trusted pet sitter, but of course the decision is up to you and we're happy to offer our advice.
Hopefully this information is helpful! Please contact us if you need further assistance or if you'd like to get a free quote for our services. Good luck!



Pet Travel Question: Transporting a Bird to Germany

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Martin Wirtz
Email: teemwirtz@me.com
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: bird
Pet Breed: cockatiel
From: USA
To: Germany

We are a military family moving to Germany. We need information on importing our pet cockatiel and how your services may help us.

Thank you,




Hi Martin,

Thanks for the question. Here is some info about moving birds to Germany to get you started.

If you have any other questions about moving pets to Germany  you can check our website or contact us for a free quote. We'd be happy to help you sort everything out!


Pet Travel Question: Traveling from Ireland to Germany

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Rob
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
From: Northern Ireland
To: Frankfurt, Germany


I'm looking to move my cat from Northern Ireland to Frankfurt and keep reading contradictory info. I'm just looking for some help on the best airline to travel with and what my cat should have as far as passports or vaccinations.




Hi Rob,

These are the pet import requirements for Germany. You'll need to visit the vet and secure a few basic documents, and as far as airlines we recommend a pet-friendly carrier like KLM or Lufthansa.

Please let us know if you're interested in a free quote or simply more information -- we'd be happy to help. Good luck!

Pet Travel Question: Moving to Germany

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Lory
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Toy Pomeranian
From: Savannah, GA
To: Germany


Hello. I am totally new to this whole pet traveling abroad, and have been getting a complete runaround with what is needed for my dog to come into Germany. If you could please help me, that would be great. Step by step would help a lot -- we are military, and are PCSing into Germany.




Hi Lory,

Thanks for contacting us! It's definitely normal to feel overwhelmed at the beginning of the pet moving process -- none of this is exactly intuitive. Here are the pet relocation requirements for Germany, and if you'd like to find out more about the services we offer, you can take advantage of our free quote form and we'll get back to you with an estimate.

If you decide to handle the move yourself, we advise that you look over these requirements carefully, allow plenty of time to carry out the process, and be sure to choose a pet-friendly airline.

Good luck and let us know if you have more questions!

Pet Travel Question: A Pet Vacation to the United States?

Monday, January 30, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Doreen
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Shih Tzu
From: Germany

We recently moved to Germany from the US. We would like to travel back with our two dogs to the US for vacation. What do I require to bring my dogs back to Germany? We will only be gone for 10 days.


Hi Doreen,

Thanks for contacting us with your question. These are the pet import requirements for the United States and the pet import requirements for Germany. Make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date, and you'll need to once again have the correct health documents signed and verified within 10 days of departure.

While it sounds like you're experienced travelers, we normally suggest that pet owners avoid booking long flights for their dogs if possible (it may not be worth the time, effort and stress to go through the experience of flying if it's for a quick vacation rather than a permanent relocation).

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

Pet Travel Question: Moving Cats to the Canary Islands

Friday, January 20, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Silvia
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cat
From: Dublin
To: Canary Islands

I am considering moving for eight months  to a year from Dublin, Ireland to Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain. Aerlingus does not accept any pets in cabin, nor in cargo. I was thinking about taking a longer route and going through Germany with two or three stops, but that sounds too long for the cats to be comfortable. What would be my options? Also, they are Irish cats, would they suffer too much in the hot weather?


Hi Silvia,

Thanks for your question! First, there are a few pet travel misconceptions it may be helpful to address. It's easy to assume that cabin travel is always preferable to cargo travel, but in fact this isn't the case. Cabin travel can be noisy and stressful for pets, while being placed in the temperature-controlled cargo area run by a pet-friendly airline tends to offer a less confusing experience. Also, it's often assumed that direct flights are best, but in fact we often schedule a few shorter flights so that pets have a chance to take breaks at pet-relief areas.

In terms of the climate in the Canary Islands, that's an issue that's best to discuss with your vet.

Good luck with whatever decisions you make, Silvia! You're certainly welcome to contact us with more questions, and we also have a free quote form if you're interested in finding out more about the cost of our services.

Pet Travel Question: A Military Move to the US

Monday, January 16, 2012 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Clifford
From: Frankfurt, Germany
To: Seattle, WA
Pet: Chole - miniature schnauzer - 13 months old - 9 pounds

How much would it cost for the shipment of my pet from Frankfurt airport to Seattle WA airport? (My dog has a European passport and has traveled to the states three times from Germany.)

Hi Clifford,

Thank you for contacting us with your question. It sounds like you have some good travel experience, but just in case here are the pet import requirements for the US for your review. Also, we'd be happy to offer you an estimate for our door-to-door services -- simply fill out our free quote form and we'll get back to you soon.

Thanks again, and good luck with everything!