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Unaccompanied Pet Travel to the United States

Monday, January 13, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Jane
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mix
From: Germany


My dog must travel unaccompanied. :(

I am not in Germany to arrange the matter personally, nor will I be in the US to collect her upon arrival. What is the procedure when third parties are both sending her and collecting her at the beginning and end of her journey?

Thank you!


Hi Jane,

Thanks for the question. We help pets fly unaccompanied all the time (it's often much easier to do it this way, as it allows the pet owner to plan their own schedule with less stress). You will simply need to enlist help on either end, either by hiring individual agents yourself or by going through a service like ours.

We arrange pet moves from door to door and would be happy to discuss your plans with you and offer a price estimate. Feel free to call our office at your convenience or fill out our free quote form.

For your information, these are the pet import requirements for the United States. It's actually a pretty straightforward country to bring pets to compared to other places, so you won't have to worry about rabies titer tests, quarantine, etc.

Hope this helps! Again, we'd be happy to talk to you about your move, so just let us know if you have any more questions.

2014 Update: Pet Travel to Korea

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

The Korean government has updated the country's pet import requirements, effectively making it easier to move pets there from several places. In the past many pet travelers were tasked with completing a rabies antibody titer test before being allowed entry, but many nations no longer need to fulfill this requirement.

Find out more about moving pets to Korea, and note that, even if a rabies titer test isn't required, several other details need to be attended to in order to complete a smooth pet move. Please contact us if you have questions about moving pets to Korea (or anywhere else).

Now for your reference, if you're moving a pet to Korea from one of the following places, a rabies titer test is no longer necessary:


Korea-Designated Rabies Free Regions
Andorra French Polynesia Maldives
Armenia Germany Malta
Aruba Guadeloupe Island New Zealand
Australia Guam Palestine
Austria Hawaii Papua New Guinea
Barbados Hong Kong Portugal
Belgium Iceland Qatar
Brunei Italy Reunion Island
Cape Verde Jamaica Samoa
Cayman Islands Japan San Marino
Comoros Kazakhstan Sao Tome and Principe
Cyprus Kiribati Seychelles
Czech Republic Kuwait Singapore
Denmark Libya St. Vincent Grenadines
Djibouti Liechtenstein Sweden
Egypt Macedonia Switzerland
Estonia Malaysia United Arab Emirates
Fiji Martinique United Kingdom
Finland Mauritius Vanuatu
French Guyana Micronesia Wallis and Futuna


2013 in Review: 7 Highlights from a Busy Year in Pet Travel

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

The world of pets and pet travel is never a dull place. As people continue to make cats, dogs, and other animal friends a more important part of life, industries like airlines, hotels, and relocation providers are realizing that they must evolve if they want to stay relevant.

In 2013 we kept an eye on various trends as we did our best to provide top notch services to our traveling clients. We learned a lot, and will use our pet moving experiences to continue to offer pet owners the attention and care they seek when it's time to plan a move.

Here are just a few notable moments and stories from 2013 that we're sure will play a role in the future of pet travel.

1. Australia announced it will be shortening the length of its pet quarantine beginning in Feb. 2014. Long known for its serious pet import requirements and rabies-free status, Australia is taking steps to make things a little less stressful for pet owners moving there. You'll still need to follow a series of careful requirements, but a shorter post-arrival quarantine (it'll be 10 days rather than 30) should make the overall experience a bit easier to handle.

2. San Diego Airport's fancy new pet relief station. It's a trend popping up all over the place: Airports are becoming more aware of and more welcoming to pets. Don't be surprised if new and improved pet relief stations are simply commonplace within a few years.

3. Qantas reversed its travel ban affecting American Staffordshire Terriers. Breed restrictions have long been a thorn in the side of many pet owners, but many countries, government entities and businesses are beginning to show signs that they're open to reversing breed discrimination.

4. EU pet travel rules were relaxed. In 2012 the UK brought its pet import rules in line with the EU, and this year the EU made small changes to its overall policies regarding the number of pets a person can import. Standards must be researched and followed for smooth pet travel to happen, but in general it's becoming less challenging and more common for pets to travel.

5. A disaster preparedness guide for pets. Climate change means that the incidence of natural disasters is likely to increase, so it's a good idea to have a travel plan in place for your pet if you live somewhere that may be affected by extreme weather. It's a downer to think about, but it's important to have a pet evacuation plan.

6. Don't be like Justin Bieber. We saw that, when it comes to pet travel, rules are rules and everyone must comply. In the 21st century even the rich and famous (who are trying to bring a monkey into Germany without the right paperwork) aren't exempt from following the pet import requirements of various countries. Do your research before you go to avoid problems -- even if you're a pop star.

7. The dos and don'ts of bringing dogs to work. More and more businesses are realizing the benefits of allowing employees to bring their pets to work. We agree that it's pretty great, and have found that it's helpful to have a few easy rules in place to keep people productive and pets happy.

Have anything to add? Have questions? Leave your comments here or contact us.


Cat Travel from Germany to the United States

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Brigitte
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Domestic Cat
From: Duesseldorf, Germany
To: Saywer County, Wisconsin

Dear PetRelocation,

I would like to travel with my cat from Germany to Wisconsin. I would like to enter the United States via Minneapolis, Minnesota.

My cat is chipped, has her regular vaccinations, and one vaccination against rabies. It was given to her at 10/10 2013. My cat lives in my apartment only, and because of this fact she does not get in contact with other animals.

Would you please tell me if there are any more requirements to be met in order to take my pet with me on the journey? Do I need special forms to be filled out by the vet?

If so, please inform me which ones I need and where I can get them.



Hi Brigitte,

It sounds like you're off to a great start. The pet import requirements for the United States are pretty straightforward -- essentially you need to have a health certificate (issued by your vet within 10 days of departure) and proof that your cat is up to date with the rabies vaccine.

Be sure to choose a pet friendly airline and check with them in advance to make a reservation and find out about their policies, and if your cat isn't used to traveling, you can help her in the weeks before your move with these cat crate training tips.

Please contact us if you have any more questions about your move, and good luck with everything!

Cat Travel to Germany

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Melissa
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Tabby
From: Washington State, USA
To: Berlin, Germany

Dear PetRelocation,

My boyfriend and I are moving to Berlin, Germany and I want to bring my cat with me. I'd like to know what exactly I need to do to get it done, how much it will cost, and how to go about getting this started if it is a possibility.




Hi Melissa,

Thanks for your questions. Please take a look at this overview of the pet import requirements for Germany. Your cat will need a microchip, full vaccinations, and an EU health certificate. Documents will also need to be endorsed by the USDA, and you need an international health certificate issued by your vet, as well.

As you can see, you'll want to allow a few weeks to plan and carry out these steps. It's important to buy an airline-approved travel crate, as well, and also book a flight with a pet friendly airline.

If you'd like help arranging your move, please fill out our free quote form. The cost will depend on a few factors, but with more details we'll be able to give you an estimate.

Hope this helps! Let us know if you have more questions, and have a safe trip to Germany.


Dog Travel from Germany to the United States

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Bret
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Westie
From: Germany
To: Nevada, USA

Dear PetRelocation,

My dog has a current rabies vaccine, tag and certificate. We will be flying into Las Vegas with dog in cabin on Condor Airlines. Must I have a health certificate for entry in Nevada for my dog or is the current rabies sufficient?




Hi Bret,

It sounds like you're off to a great start. Take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States to see everything you'll need to consider -- note that you will need an international health certificate issued by your vet within 10 days of travel.

If you have any other questions about pet travel rules or if you need further tips or advice, feel free to contact us or check out our blog for more information.

Thanks for getting in touch with us, and have a great trip!

Travel Questions about Frequently Flying Pets

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Terri
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Beagles
From: Germany
To: United States

Dear PetRelocation,

Last year, we moved to Germany from US and had all the required paperwork.

1. What do I need in terms of paperwork to return TO the United States?
2. Can I get a "passport" so the dogs can travel between Europe and the US multiple times during the year?

Thank you,



Hi Terri,

As a seasoned traveler it sounds like you're in pretty good shape. What you'll primarily need to focus on at this point are the pet import requirements for the United States, which fortunately aren't overly strict, and if you go back to Germany, the pet import requirements for Germany.

Traveling between the US and Germany isn't quite the same as traveling within the EU, so you will need to obtain a health certificate each time you travel (this is issued by your vet within 10 days of departure). Please take a look at these links and then let us know if you have further questions or if you'd like assistance.

Good luck with your travels!

Pet Travel Question: My Dog Has a Layover in Germany

Thursday, July 25, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Susan
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Lab
From: Italy
To: Boston, USA


We are leaving to head back home--our dog is from the United States and traveled with us. She is leaving Italy and has a layover in Germany, then proceeds to Boston. What requirements does she need to enter Germany? I have microchipped her, she has her Rabies shots, and her Health Certificate, also a pet passport all up to date. She leaves in eight days.




Hi Susan,

Whether or not your dog will need to meet the import requirements of a country she is transiting through depends on the nature of her layover. You only have to worry about meeting the pet import requirements for Germany if your dog will be switching airlines or leaving the airport. If this is the case, you'll see that your dog will need full vaccinations given at least four weeks before

If not, you can just focus on the pet import requirements for the United States, which are a lot less strict. If you have any more questions about pet transport, feel free to contact us. Thanks for your question, and good luck with your relocation!

Pet Travel Question: Can My Cats Share a Crate?

Monday, July 15, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

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


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

Thank you!


Hi Kristi,

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

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

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

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


Pet Travel Question: Pet Travel to Germany

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Natalia
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Siberian Husky
From: Jakarta, Indonesia
To: Saxony-Anhalt, Germany



I need information about requirements needed for me sending my dog to his new owner at Saxony-Anhalt. What documents are needed and what is the procedure?

Please email me with some information, including what airline I should use.




Hi Natalia,

Thanks for your question, we'd be happy to help. Here are the pet import requirements for Germany. You'll need to take care of a few things, including a microchip for your dog and the required vaccinations.

We highly recommend choosing a pet friendly airline (we often choose KLM and Lufthansa for international moves -- carriers with pet friendly practices), and you'll want to make sure your travel crate is large enough and also airline-approved. If your dog is not used to being in a travel crate, you'll want to help him grow accustomed to it well before the trip (this minimizes stress and makes the trip smoother overall).

Pet travel can be confusing, so please let us know if you have any questions. We do offer door-to-door services, so you can contact us if you're interested in a price estimate.

Thanks again for reaching out to us, and good luck with everything!


Pet Travel Question: Shipping Pets to Germany

Monday, April 8, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Beth
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Main Coons
From: US
To: Germany

We are moving in a few months to Germany. Do we need both the EU Vet and International Health Certificates? Do both have to be validated and stamped by the USDA?




Hi Beth,

Thanks for your question. These are the pet import requirements for Germany -- you'll see that you need the EU Vet Health Certificate (EU 998) and the International Health Certificate (APHIS 7001). There are several steps to complete, so we advise giving yourself plenty of time to plan.

Here's more about moving pets to Germany and tips for how to prepare your pets for an international move. Thanks again for checking in, and please contact us if you have any more questions.


Friday News Links: New Pet Travel Fees, China Pet Trends, and The Great Cat Debate

Friday, February 1, 2013 by Caitlin Moore


If you're in need of a quick pet news update, take a look...


The killer habits of outdoor cats have spawned a lot of controversy this week.

Military members and anyone else going to Germany: take note of new pet import fees.

China is going to build 1,000 public restrooms for pets.

How to have a pet-friendly Super Bowl party.

Choosing a great pet hotel might mean checking out their tech skills.

On dognitaries from Furuguay: The Onion breaks out every pet pun ever.

Last but not least: the Puppy Bowl lineup!



Have a great weekend, pet lovers!


News for Military Pet Owners: New Fees for Shipping Pets to Germany

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Caitlin Moore


Beginning Feb. 1, many pets brought to Germany from outside of the European Union may be required to pay a new pet import fee.

Previously for military members, the EU fees applied towards making sure animals with rabies are not introduced to the country have been covered by Ramstein Air Force Base officials, but a new law requires that pet owners must pay the inspection fee themselves. According to Military.com News, the fee will apply for military pets entering Frankfurt International Airport (FRA), as well.

The fee will range from 35 Euro (about $47) to 55 Euro (about $74) depending on the airport and whether or not the pet is accompanied. The fee must be paid by credit card, and at this time FRA and Ramstein Air Base are the only airports slated to implement this change.

Service members moving to Germany with pets should take note of this news and contact the relevant German authorities with any questions. Please contact PetRelocation if you have any questions about moving pets to Germany or about pet travel in general.


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Pet Travel to Singapore Customer Story: "Singapore Kitty"

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Robbie
Pet's Name: Purrla
From: Clearwater, FL
To: Singapore

A year ago we found out that we might be moving to Singapore. I had been offered an opportunity with a teaching hospital, and although I was not seeking an overseas position at the time, it really looked like this was going to work out and be a great new adventure.

During the next few months a lot of decisions had to be made. Do we try to sell the house, what do we take and do we want to store some things? And the biggest question was: what do we do with Purrla?

Purrla is our orange and white female cat that our daughter got through a feral cat society in Tennessee five years ago. She was just a kitten then, and she of course immediately took our hearts. Our daughter got her and less than three months later found out that she was going to have to be traveling extensively with her job, so Purrla was offered to Mom and Dad. We knew that we would love to have her and off we went on a plane back to Florida with Purrla in a carry-on kitty carrier.

That was an awful experience. She did not like the carrier, tried to get out constantly, and was miserable the whole trip. And so our saga began. This kitty definitely was not a traveler. Just a trip in the car was traumatic, and when going to the vet she cried and she was definitely not going into a carrier. Needless to say when we considered taking her with us to Singapore it was a decision fraught with problems.

So I began doing research last summer and found the PetRelocation folks online. I know that they thought I was crazy, I had so many questions and worries. We already knew that she did not like to travel, and it turns out that coming to Singapore to live is a very complicated process. There is a ton of paperwork on the US and Singapore side along with a quarantine period that is a variable depending on when the pet had their last rabies injection.

Well, to complicate matters we did sell the house and were in temporary housing in the US for a period, and eventually got our travel date for January 9, 2013. Purrla was with us through all this, and showed that she was a trooper. We got the carrier early and followed the crate-training suggestions made by the PetRelocation staff. She learned to love her little hiding place. We would keep it open and near us when we were watching TV or reading and she would often go have a lie down on her favorite blanket.

As our travel date approached, Lenneke of PetRelocation worked with our local veterinarian to make sure that all the paperwork was complete and that Purrla was safe and ready for her big journey.

On January 12, 2013, Purrla flew from Florida to Frankfurt, Germany. She had a rest break there for several hours and on January 14 landed in Singapore. She went to The Ricted Quarantine Facility here in Singapore where she stayed for 10 days in her own little "hotel" room. We were able to visit her and she looked great and was eating well.

On January 24 she was delivered by Linus to our new apartment here in Singapore. She is healthy, adapting well to her new surroundings, and is very grateful to be home.

I want to thank the staff of PetRelocation, especially Lenneke Nieuwland and Lee Maaz for all of their help and encouragement and for assisting Purrla to her new home in Singapore.

Pet Travel Question: Pet Transport to China

Friday, January 18, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Julia
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Mixed
From: India, Mumbai; alternatively Germany, Frankfurt
To: China, Beijing

Is there any way to avoid the 30-days quarantine that has been implemented lately? I'm very worried about bringing my two dogs into China given the circumstances. What are your experiences?

I greatly appreciate any info/ advice! Thank you.

Kind regards,

Hi Julia,

Shipping pets to China is one of the tougher pet travel undertakings to attempt by yourself, which is why we advise that you seek as much assistance as possible. Our team of specialists has helped many pets move to China safely, and we'd be happy to help.

Here is some more information about moving pets to China.  Again, we'd be happy to talk to you in more detail, so feel free to contact us!

Pet Travel Question: Shipping Pets to the UK

Monday, November 19, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Alex
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mix
From: Republic of Georgia
To: United Kingdom


I currently live in the Republic of Georgia. I have a four-month-old Georgian mix breed street pup that I adopted three months ago when her mother was killed by a car. I have a pet passport, my dog has been chipped, vaccinated against rabies in very early October, and has had a blood test taken five weeks later (currently pending the titer blood test results which should arrive around the 27th of Nov; the blood samples are sent from Georgia to Germany for analysis).

She has received her three vaccines against distemper, parvo, influenza and adeno virus type 2, has been vaccinated for kennel cough, and is under milbemax (de-worming and against heartworm) and cestal plus (another de-wormer).

What else do I need to do before I can get her back to the UK (or even France)? What additional paperwork will I need from the vet and will they be accepted? How long before I can travel with her?

Thank you so much for your help!




Hi Alex,

Thanks for your question, and congrats on rescuing a pup in need of a good home.

First, here's a link to the official requirements for bringing a dog to the UK. It sounds like you're in great shape so far with all the vaccines, etc., and now you'll need to allow three months to pass from the time the blood sample was taken before you can travel. Also, the vet certificate/passport must certify the microchip, vaccination and blood test result. You must also use an approved travel route (more info about that is available in the above link).

Please let us know if you have any  more questions, and good luck with the trip!

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: 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: 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!