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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 observations of pet travel trends -- who goes where and why -- here's what we came up with.

1. Most obscure/challenging country to move a pet: Papua New Guinea (Runners Up: Gambia, Sierra Leone, Angola and Cancun)

2. Cat-friendliest country:  United Arab Emirates

3. Top choice for adventure-seeking pets and owners: New Zealand (Runners up: China and Brazil)

4. Top choice country for retirees: Belize (Runners up: Ecuador, Costa Rica and Hawaii)

5. Most popular winter destination: Thailand (Runner up: Russia)

6. Most popular summer destination: Singapore

7. Most tech-oriented country: Hong Kong and Japan (tie)

8. Country with the highest percentage of sweater-wearing dogs: United Kingdom

9. Country with the most dog-friendly pubs/bars: The Netherlands (Runner up: Hong Kong)

10. Overall easiest/most welcoming to pets: United States

What do you think? Did we overlook any gold medal winners? Let us know!

 

 

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!

 

How to Plan Cat Travel to Singapore

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ashley
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Domestic Shorthair
From: USA
To: Singapore

Hello,

I have been doing research on the requirements as far as exporting a cat from the US to SIngapore, but I am trying to get more details on how the flights would work for my cat.

Would I want to book her as cargo in a larger crate so that she could use the restroom and fly comfortably, or should I carry her on? How would she use the restroom during travel and in between flights? Are you able to help with this? She is fine traveling in a car. She has never been on a plane.

How could PetRelocation assist me in transporting her from US to Singapore?

Thank you,

Ashley

 

Hi Ashley,

Thanks for contacting us -- we've helped several pets move to Singapore safely and would be glad to offer some advice and assistance. It sounds like you're aware of the requirements, but just in case, here are the pet import rules for Singapore.

As far as the flight, we'd suggest using an airline like KLM for a cargo flight and scheduling an overnight layover in Amsterdam for your cat. This would make the trip more manageable for her by allowing a break in the middle, and it's how we commonly plan our moves. In this scenario you would not need to fly on the same plane as your cat (our clients rarely do, in fact).

If you decided to enlist our help, we would take care of door-to-door (or perhaps just door-to-quarantine) delivery as well as the pre-export paperwork, etc. Please find out more about our services here, and if you'd like a free quote, you can fill out this request form.

We hope to hear from you, Ashley! Moving pets internationally can be a bit stressful and confusing, but we're happy to apply our experience to help make the transition easier for you. Either way, good luck with everything.

 


 

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

 

Does Quarantine Change a Dog Forever?

Monday, December 2, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Wendy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Yorkshire Terrier
From: Phoenix, AZ
To: Taichung, Taiwan

Dear PetRelocation,

If a dog must be quarantined and isn't used to doing that, will it change the pet's personality or behavior?

Thanks,

Wendy

 

Hi Wendy,

Most pet owners feel worried about placing their pets in quarantine, but it's important to know that this is a normal part of pet travel that is very safe when handled correctly. We've assisted with many pets' quarantine stays and have talked to pet owners again and again who started out very nervous but ended up happy and relieved.

Most quarantine facilities are well-kept and offer pets plenty of attention and room to live and play during their stay. In our experience pets are not forever changed following a stint in quarantine -- rather, they quickly go back to being themselves once they're home and suffer no lasting effects.

For further comfort, please read a few stories from our blog about pets in quarantine:

 

As you can see these pets did just fine, and yours probably will, too. If you have any particular concerns please talk to your vet, talk to the quarantine facility you're considering, or you can contact us.

Thanks for your questions, and good luck with your upcoming move!

 

 



 

Cat Travel to Singapore

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Lucie
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
From: Shanghai, China
To: Singapore

Dear PetRelocation,

Is it possible to move with two cats to Singapore? What would the necessary procedures that I would need to complete? How long would the quarantine be if required?

Thanks,

Lucie

 

Hi Lucie,

Yes, it's possible to move cats to Singapore -- we've safely moved many pets there. Take a look at this overview of pet import rules for Singapore to find out about the procedure.

Coming from China the rules will be a little different, as it is a 'Category D' country. Here is a link to the rules you'll specifically need to follow as outlined by the Singapore government website. This documents states that your cats will need to fulfill a 30 day quarantine.

Please take some time to look over this information and then let us know if you'd like to find out about our door-to-door services. Again, we've helped several pets relocate to Singapore (you can read about Gyro and  Bama for a better idea), and we would be happy to assist!
 

Pet Travel Spotlight: Singapore Pet Quarantine

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Caitlin Moore

It's usually one of the first questions we hear from future clients: "Will my pet need to go to quarantine?" Not every country requires that incoming pets fulfill a quarantine period, but for those who, do it's important to know that the facilities aren't the scary places many people imagine them to be.

Take Singapore, for example. We've helped several pets move to Singapore, and the photos and stories pet owners send us during and after their pets' stays reveal green grass, clean facilities, and an overall pleasant operation. Scroll down for a few photos from Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station to see for yourself.

Note that this particular facility can be hard to get into, so it's important to reserve your space well in advance of your trip. Please contact us if you have any questions about Singapore pet quarantine, and be sure to read about Purrla, Buddy, and all the other pets we've moved to Singapore.

 

 

 

 

 

Pet Travel Question: What are the Import Requirements for Singapore?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Chandrika
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: 1 dog, 1 cat
Pet Breed: Labrador Retriever, Persian Cat
From: New Delhi, India
To: Singapore, Singapore

Is microchipping essential for the relocation of pets from India to Singapore? Do we need to prepare pet passports?

Thanks,

Chandrika

 

Hi Chandrika,

Here is an overview of the pet import requirements for Singapore. As for your question, yes, microchips are required for dogs and cats and you'll need a veterinary health certificate, among other things. Since you're coming from India, which is classified as a "Category D" country, there will be additional regulations to adhere to. Here is the official link from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore explaining these.

It's understandable that this process might seem overwhelming at first glance, so please contact us if you have questions about anything or if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services.

Good luck, and we hope to hear from you soon.

 

Pet Travel Question: Singapore Dog Travel

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Dora
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pug
From: Sydney
To: Singapore

Hi There,

My husband, my kids and I are relocating to Singapore in the next couple of months and we are taking our beloved pug with us. I wanted to know what the procedure and the costs involved are. Do pets need to be in quarantine once in Singapore? If so, for how long?

Many thanks,

Dora

 

Hi Dora,

Thanks for the question -- we certainly understand that you'd like some advice for such a long-distance move. Here are the pet import requirements for Singapore for your reference. Singapore does impose specific rabies vaccine regulations and a quarantine (often 10 days long), so you'll want to tend to those arrangements well in advance of your departure to make sure you can find space somewhere.

Take a look at our blog for more pet stories about moving to Singapore -- we've helped many dogs and cats go there, and we'd be happy to offer you some information or a quote for our services. Good luck, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Pet Travel Question: Pet Shipping to Singapore

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Leah
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Border Collie Mix
From: Denver, USA
To: Singapore

How can I transport my dog from the US to Singapore in July?

Thanks,

Leah

 

Hi Leah,


The steps for moving your dog to Singapore from the United States are outlined here. You'll need to have your dog microchipped if not already, update the required vaccines (paying close attention to the rabies vaccine procedure in particular), and secure a vet health certificate within 10 days of departure. Since Singapore imposes a quarantine, you'll also need to make those arrangements well in advance.

International pet travel can be confusing, so be sure to allow plenty of time to plan and don't hesitate to seek assistance. Many people decide to enlist professional help when moving a pet, and we'd be happy to tell you more about our door-to-door services if you're interested. Here is a link to our free quote form if you'd like a cost estimate.

Contact us if you have more questions, check out our Facebook page to meet some of the pets we've moved, and good luck with everything!

Pet Move Customer Story: Gyro's Relocation to Singapore

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Sharon
Pet's Name: Gyro
From: NYC
To: Singapore

We moved our cat Gyro from New York City to Singapore. It was a pretty complicated process, but Lenneke was incredible about guiding us through each step.

She was extremely responsive, informative, and endlessly patient. We were traveling around the time that Gyro was being transported, and Lenneke arranged for boarding for a few days with Cristina. Cristina took incredible care of Gyro, got him to the airport on time, and sent us pictures of Gyro along his journey.

When we were reunited in Asia, Gyro was happy and healthy. They did an amazing job! Here is a picture of Gyro enjoying his new home.

 

 





 

Pet Travel Question: "Can we relocate our dog to Singapore after we move there?"

Monday, March 11, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: McCarthy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mixed
From: Hong Kong
To: Singapore

 

Hi There,

We are relocating in May, and for various reasons, we prefer that our dog relocate two to three months after we arrive in Singapore. Is it possible for him to join us later?

Best regards,
McCarthy

 

Greetings,

Yes, this is possible. We often move pets after a family has already moved, and in fact we often recommend it. If your pet can stay with a friend or at a trusted boarding facility for a few days or weeks, you'll have time to deal with your own move and settle in to your new place without worrying about more than you need to. Welcoming your pet into a home that's been unpacked when you're feeling more relaxed will make the move transition much smoother.

Here are the import requirements for Singapore in case you'd like to take a look. We recommend starting the process early, and if you're interested in our door-to-door services, you can fill out our free quote form. Hope this helps! Good luck with everything, and we hope to hear from you soon.

 

Pet News Links: Pet-Friendly Trends Around The World

Friday, March 1, 2013 by Caitlin Moore

 

Happy Friday, pet lovers! Have a wonderful day and a great weekend (and check out the top pet news of the month).

Pampered pets in Singapore.

Austin does it well. Nashville, not so much. How cities can improve kill-rates and help stray animals find homes.

Something just plain cool: the future of airport architecture.

Pet-friendly workplaces (one of our favorite topics).

Top 10: Pet Travel Gear.

A Chicago hospital allows visiting hours for pets.

A news update for pets moving to Perth.

Like infographics? Here are Pet travel trends illustrated by HomeAway.

 

Pet Travel Question: Moving Cats to the United States

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Stacie
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Domestic Cat
From: Singapore
To: USA

Hi,

Can you tell me what vaccinations/check ups are required prior to relocation from Singapore to the US and in what time frame? Is quarantine required once back in the US if all necessary vaccinations and checks are done prior to relocation?

Thanks,
Stacie
 

Hello Stacie,

Thanks for getting in touch with us! Please start by taking a look at the pet import requirements for the United States. The procedures are actually pretty straightforward, and your primary concern will be to obtain a rabies vaccine at least 30 days before departure as well as an international health certificate. There is no quarantine for pets entering into the United States.

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

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: Moving Older Dogs

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Summer
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Poodle
From: Singapore
To: United States

My poodle is 16 years old. She is pretty healthy except she has asthma from time to time. Given her old age, is it okay to move to the U.S, where the climate is very different from her home country?

Thanks,

Summer

 

Hi Summer,

This is a great question. First, before planning a pet move we do recommend having an honest discussion with your vet, as he or she will be the best person to advise you about your dog's options. If you decide to go forward, you'll want to be sure to choose a pet-friendly airline and a travel crate that's nice and large so that it allows good air flow.

Know that we've moved many older dogs safely, and in fact here's a discussion from our blog about how to move older dogs. For your information, here are the pet travel requirements for the United States, as well.

Please review this information and then let us know if you have any more questions. Good luck!
 

Pet News Links: Holiday Pet Tips and World Pet Trends

Friday, December 14, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

Happy Friday, everyone! Before the weekend begins, stop to catch up with the latest pet travel news.

 

Giving gifts that aren't clutter: smart phone apps for pet owners.

Winter travel tips for dogs.

Obviously: pets do not make good Christmas gifts.

Be careful to help your pet avoid toxic treats at this time of year.

Singapore pet owners honor their pets in the newspaper.

Pinterest is a great place for pet lovers.

And so is Instagram!

 

 

Pet Travel Question: International Pet Shipping Decisions

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Noelle
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
From: Singapore
To: Alabama

Hello,

We are moving from Singapore to Alabama next year. We are Irish and will possibly return to Ireland for two months before moving to Alabama. Obviously we want to take our pet with us, so we're just wondering if we should send her from Singapore directly or bring her home to Ireland and then on to Alabama. Does it make a difference regarding quarantine?

Thanks,

Noelle

 

Hi Noelle,

Thanks for contacting us with your question. First, take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States and for Ireland. Though there is no actual quarantine you'll need to fulfill, more traveling means more time, money, and stress for you and your dog, so it will require some serious thought on your part as well as a talk with your vet to decide what will work best for you. The decision will also depend on how comfortable your dog is with traveling. Some pets would do just fine with your proposed scenario, while others would be better off spending minimal time in the air.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further with a pet relocation specialist, and good luck with the trip!

Don't Rush It: Why It's Important to Allow at Least 30 Days to Plan a Pet Move

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

 

When it comes to planning important (and complicated) things like relocations, it can feel like time is speeding by. Before you know it it's moving day and you're trying to make sure that everything is taken care of, and at this point all you can do is hope you didn't forget anything too important.

If you're moving a pet with you and haven't taken the time to investigate all the import rules and regulations that may apply, it's all too easy to discover that you've overlooked something that could cause your pet's departure to be delayed.

Some of the stress can be avoided by starting the move process early, but why exactly do you need at least a month to put together a pet move (and at least six months for some international pet moves)? Read on to find out.

 

Veterinary Requirements – Many countries require vaccinations to be at least a month old at the time of departure, and often the microchip (another requirement) must be implanted before the vaccines are administered. One mistake or omission related to these could delay a pet’s trip by weeks or even months.

Import Permits – It often takes at least 30 days to secure import permits for international moves. Australia, for example, takes three to six weeks to issue an import permit. Note also that import permits must be obtained before other arrangements can be made, so the whole chain of events depends on this important factor. Some countries also require notification of a pet’s arrival (Japan needs 40 days notice), so that’s one more thing to plan for.

Government Endorsements – Many moves require both a USDA endorsement of health documents as well as endorsements from the destination government. For instance Saudi Arabia needs both USDA and Consulate endorsements, and each of these can take about a week to secure.

Titer Tests – For rabies-free countries that require a titer test in addition to the regular rabies vaccine (these countries include Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Singapore), an additional three to four weeks should be allowed for in the planning process.

Quarantine Reservations – During busy months, such as summer travel season and during the holidays, many quarantine stations are fully booked. Waiting lists in places like Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand can be months long, so it’s important to reserve a spot well in advance of the move date. In general, moving to any destination with a quarantine (Hawaii is also included in this category) will demand extra time, so pets going to these places can’t wait until the last minute.

Crate Training – If a pet isn’t already crate-trained, owners will need to work on doing so as soon as they know they’re moving. Depending on the pet, this process can take weeks or months to accomplish.

 

Still not convinced that you’ll need a month’s head start? Here are some pitfalls that pet owners should watch out for if they’ve waited until the last minute:

Incomplete or Inaccurate Vet Records - We’ve seen it many times -- pet owners who have gone to the vet regularly over the years think they’re in good shape, but in terms of the strict standards of international travel, often this isn’t the case. Again, vaccines must often be done in a certain order beginning at least 30 days in advance, and some countries, including Japan, require they be done six months ahead of time.

Agent Availability – Waiting until the last minute means our preferred agents might already booked with other jobs, so travel dates may have to be altered to fit their schedules or second-choice agents will need to be found.

Flight Complications – Pet travel by air entails more than just buying a ticket when you need it. You have to choose a pet-safe flight on a plane with cargo doors large enough to accommodate a travel kennel (some planes are just too small), and then you have to request the booking. After that, the airline must verify that everything is in order and make contact with a destination agent, and all of this can take several days to finalize.

Time Differences - With international moves, dealing with time differences makes communicating with agents and officials more challenging, thus taking care of import permits, reserving quarantine space, and making other arrangements all becomes a little trickier.

The Stress Factor – Rushing to put together a pet move is no fun for anyone involved. Relocating is stressful enough without feeling like it’s a race against the clock, so put yourself ahead of the game by allowing plenty of time to plan your move.  

 

Please contact PetRelocation.com if you have any questions about how to move your pet, and happy well-planned traveling, everyone!

Pet Move Customer Testimonial: Chewie's Move to Singapore

Thursday, March 15, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Alicia
Pet's Name: Chewie
From: Los Angeles, CA
To: Singapore
 

My fiance was considering taking a job in Singapore with this company as a chance to give us world experience and the opportunity to travel. I told him I would go, if my dog Chewie could go as well.

Chewie is an eight pound Pomeranian Maltese and basically my child. PetRelocation.com was suggested to us by my fiance's company, and Matt & Abbey were extremely knowledgeable in local laws and policies, proactive to make sure everything stayed on time, and were quick to respond when we lost all the important documents the day we were supposed to depart.

My dog Chewie did wonderfully and is adjusting well to her new home on the other side of the world thanks to a lot of hard work by Abbey in particular.