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Incredible Experiences: Wrigley Moves to Tokyo

Monday, August 17, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

wrigley"Wrigley's Relocation to Japan"

My husband and I recently moved to Tokyo for his job. We were very excited about the new adventure, but less excited about all the work associated with moving and very nervous about figuring out how to get our dog, Wrigley, over to Japan.

I had looked into the dog import procedures for Japan ahead of time, so I knew how complicated it was going to be (the whole process takes about 6 months). I didn't want to have to worry about making mistakes on paperwork, and it...

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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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Incredible Experiences: "Fischer's Retirement to Florida"

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Linda
Pet's Name: Fischer
From: Texas, USA
To: Florida, USA

We are preparing to move to Tokyo and have 3 dogs. Since Japan is a rabies free country, we did not want to risk the quarantine procedures, so we researched pet relocation services.

Fischer with suitcase

After seeing all the great reviews for PetRelocationand the quick reply from Paul about the service and cost, we chose them to handle our move. Fischer has been the first dog to be relocated fully and the process went really well. (Fischer is 13 and he...

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Quarantine Requirements for Pet Travel to Taiwan

Thursday, May 7, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

I am traveling to Taipei, Taiwan with my dog. Will she be required to enter quarantine?

Thank You,



Hi Kate,

Thank you for your inquiry, we're happy to provide some information. First, since you're coming from a rabies-affected country the short answer to your question is "yes."

For more details, please take a look at the pet import requirements for Taiwan -- the information in this link is tailored to pets coming from rabies-affected countries. Many pet owners facing pet air...

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Sedation Questions & Pet Travel to Japan

Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

I am moving to Japan from the U.S. and we have two cats. I was planning on sedating them, but after researching a little I realized it's harmful to sedate pets during air travel.

My female is extremely nervous and stressed going anywhere, so I'm not sure how I am going to get her through a 16 hour flight. Any advice would be appreciated!




Hi Dana,

Thank you for your question! It's true, sedation is not recommended for pets traveling by air, and actually airlines...

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Incredible Experiences: Winston's Journey to Japan

Monday, March 2, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Erica
Pet's Name: Winston
From: Washington, D.C.
To: Okinawa, Japan

A few months ago my husband was offered a position in Okinawa, Japan and we were very excited. We love to travel and adopted Winston when we lived in South Korea a few years ago. We were looking forward to another exciting adventure, but quickly realized that Japan has a strict and lengthy process for bringing in pets. We were unprepared and in a panic. After researching our options, I found PetRelocation and I am incredibly...

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Update: New Pet Import Rules for the United Arab Emirates

Friday, February 27, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Environment and Water recently announced a few changes to the UAE pet import requirements. Specifically, the list of countries exempt from requiring the rabies blood test (or titer test) has changed -- some countries have been added to the list, and some (the United States and Canada, for example) have been removed.

Pets traveling from the United States and other non-exempt countries must now secure a Rabies Blood Test Certificate from an accredited lab. The...

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News Round-Up: Encouraging Pet Travel Updates

Friday, February 27, 2015 by Caitlin Moore

More news about pets on Amtrak trains.

Japan's 'Animal Islands.'

According to Department of Transportation data, pet air travel was safer in 2014 than in previous years.

Does your company want to relocate you abroad? Consider bringing your pet along for better chances of success.

It's Friday, so catch up with these cute pet travel stories.

Meet Tobi, one of our talented Client Care Specialists.



Happy Friday!


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Pet Move of the Month: Fred & Wilma's Trip to Japan

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

fred & wilmaThis month's featured pet move shines the spotlight on two very cool cats: Fred and Wilma. This charming duo has moved with us before (their mom is a busy world traveler), so they're becoming pros when it comes to relocating internationally.

Their latest trip took them from Germany to Japan, and now that they're settling in we thought we'd catch up and find out how things are going. Read on to find out more about Fred and Wilma!

What brought about your move?

Due to my job, I move every 2 to 3...

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Questions about Ferret Travel to the United States

Monday, November 24, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Stephanie
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Ferret
From: Sasebo, Japan
To: Norfolk, VA


Hi PetRelocation,

Hello, I am interested in becoming a ferret owner and I want to make sure that I will be able to transport him once I move from Japan back to the States. We are currently scheduled to move to Norfolk, VA, but not for another year. I was just trying to get an idea of how this would work and if it's possible? Any advice would be much appreciated :)

Thanks so much,



Hi Steph,

First of all, it's...

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Exotic Pet Travel to the United States

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ashley
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Sugar Glider and Hedgehog
From: Okinawa, Japan
To: The United States


My husband is in the U.S. Military and we currently live in Okinawa, Japan. We are due to be back in the states here in about 8-10 months or so. We have a hedgehog and sugar glider that we purchased out here and we really want to take them back to the States with us. Is this going to be possible? We really don't want to have to sell them.

If it is possible, are there any requirements by...

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Pet News Round-Up: Pizza Cats and Sheep Dogs

Friday, August 29, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Okay, then: this fake Pizza Hut is run by cats (in Japan).

You're on holiday. Can you/should you rescue that stray cat?

The mystery of how dogs herd sheep.

Crazy products you can buy to spoil your pet.

How to relocate your pets to a new country. How to relocate yourself to a new country.

Meet Mac and Bubba, two frequent pet travelers with lots of great tips to share.




Have a good weekend!

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Mac and Bubba's Adventures: Tips from a Pet Travel Pro

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

macMany of our clients end up hiring us more than once for help with moving their pets. Due to a particular job or just a love for adventure, they find themselves needing to relocate every few years and, of course, need to bring their pets along with them.

Mac and Bubba are getting ready to move for the second time with us (they've lived in Michigan, Mexico, and now they're off to Japan), and their owners have been amazing about passing along fun and informative pet travel details. We couldn't let...

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Can Rabbits Travel to Japan?

Monday, July 28, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Emma
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Rabbit
Pet Breed: Holland Lop
From: United States
To: Japan


Dear PetRelocation,

I can't find any information on moving my bunny from the US to Japan, including whatever regulations they may have. Please help!




Hi Emma,

Thank you for your question! When seeking out pet import requirements for various countries it's often helpful to look at official government sites such as the USDA or the Ministry of Agriculture for the country of import.

In this case it...

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Pet News Round-Up: Pet Travel Developments and Fitness Tips

Friday, July 4, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Spotting dogs in Tokyo, Japan. (You will love this blog.)

Tips for keeping pets in good shape.

Luxury pet travel options.

A petition has been launched to let dogs ride the Eurostar.

Fourth of July pet safety tips.

Pet boarding facilities around the world.


callie the red lab

Have a wonderful weekend!


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Globetrotting with Pets in Tow

Thursday, June 12, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sienna
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Terrier mix, German Shepherd mix
From: USA
To: Australia/Japan/Hong Kong


Dear PetRelocation,

We are just considering a move next year that would involve living in Australia, Japan, and Hong Kong for 3 months each. Would it even be possible to bring our dogs with us or are the quarantine procedures such that it would be too difficult?

Thank you in advance!



Hi Sienna,

Thanks for contacting us with your question!

Honestly, these are not the...

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Pet News Round-Up: Tips for Easter Pet Safety & More

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Our dogs, ourselves.

USA Today presents dog travel tips from author Kelly Carter.

The story of Dolli the cat's move to Japan.

Watch and play with your pet remotely with the successful Kickstarter project Petcube.

 Have you met the cutest baby and dog duo ever, Zoey and Jasper? Here's their Tumblr so you can catch up.

This Washington hotel is super pet friendly.

Can this man make his dog a Hollywood star?

From the archives: Tips for Easter pet travel.

Finally: Please take our pet travel survey!


two cats


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Cat Travel from Japan to the United States

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: David
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Scottish Fold
From: Tokyo, Japan
To: Richmond, Virginia


Dear PetRelocation,

What do I need to do to move my cat!? I've looked several places, and this kind of move seems to be quite rare.

Please help! Thank you!


Hi David,

Thanks for your question. You can start by taking a look at the pet import requirements for the United States. The primary considerations will be obtaining proof of an updated rabies vaccine and a health certificate. In...

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Who Would Win The Pet Travel Olympics (If They Existed)?

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

One of the reasons it's fun to watch the Olympics is they allow us the chance to get to know other countries a little better. In Sochi it's been fascinating to see how hockey, curling and skiing (things we don't see much of here in Austin, TX) unite and excite people from around the world, and we couldn't help but apply our own experiences as pet shippers to the idea of international competition.

If there was such a thing as the Pet Travel Olympics, who would the winners be? Based on our...

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Pet News Round-Up: Pet Travel Etiquette and World Pet Trends

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Famous literary pets.

An advice seeker asks: "Can I bring my four dogs with me when I visit my friends"?

More about Japan's cat cafes.

Who will win Westminster?

These were the top 10 cat names of 2013.

Homemade treats for your favorite Valentine pup.

From the New York Times: Racing to save the stray dogs of Sochi.

What's it like to relocate a dog to Singapore? Just ask Lulu.


Looking forward to a great weekend!


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