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Pet Travel Question: Traveling With A Dog To Italy

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions


Name: Boris
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Wirehaired Dachshund
From: Russia
To: Italy


Hello! What documents are needed for a dog for a trip to Italy? What are the requirements for vaccinations?

Thank you very much!



Hi Boris,

Thanks for your question! Here are the pet import requirements for Italy. You'll need to take care of a few basics involving vaccinations and paperwork, and also make sure you have an airline-approved travel crate.

Let us know if you have any more questions, and if you'd like some assistance with your trip, you can fill out our free quote form.

Thanks again, and good luck!

Pet Travel Question: Importing Pets to the United States

Monday, July 16, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Winston
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Teacup Poodle
From: Taiwan
To: 美國 USA


What are the paperwork details required to enter the USA?




Hello Winston,

Thanks for reaching out to us with your question! It's not as tough to bring pets into the US as some countries, but there are a few details to attend to. Here are the pet import requirements for bringing pets to the United States.

Take a look and let us know if you have any more questions, and if you'd like some assistance carrying out the move you can fill out our free quote form and one of our Specialists will get back to you with an estimate.

Thanks again, and good luck with your travels!


Pet Travel Question: How To Ship A Dog To Pakistan

Monday, July 16, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Annalyn
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
From: Cyprus
To: Sialkot, Pakistan

I have a dog and I want to send it to my friend in Pakistan as present. What shall I do? What are the necessary documents or procedures I need to know about so my dog will surely and safely reach my friend in Pakistan?




Hi Annalyn,

To start, take a look at the pet import requirements for Pakistan. Essentially you'll need to make sure your dog is up-to-date on a few vaccinations, and the necessary paperwork needs to be in order. It's also important to choose a pet-friendly airline and secure an airline-approved crate.

You can find more information about all of this on our website, and you're welcome to contact us if you'd like further assistance. Thanks for the question, and good luck with everything!

Pet Travel Question: Summer Pet Travel Restrictions

Friday, July 13, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Jaya
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador Retriever
From: Sacramento
To: Austin


I read that airlines don't accept dogs as cargo in the summer. We would like to move by the end of the month - what are our options?




Hi Jaya,

Thanks for your question. It's true that summer airline schedules are more restrictive, but it's not altogether impossible to fly. Pet-friendly airlines are equipped to move pets safely throughout the year, so choose a carrier (we often go with United) that will take the process seriously by providing air-conditioned vehicles on the tarmac, etc. Check with individual carriers to find out more about your options.

Here's a little more information about summer pet travel summer embargoes from our blog, and you're welcome to contact us with any questions you have.

Good luck with your trip and we hope to hear from you!

Pet Travel News Links: Virgin America, Emotional Support Animals & More

Friday, July 13, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


Happy Friday! Take a look at the week's top pet news in case you missed anything, and then have a great weekend...


To help show off its pet-friendly features, Virgin America has hired Boo, also known as "the cutest dog in the world," as its new spokesperson/dog.

A new study has found that growing up with dogs and cats in the house leads children to have stronger immune systems.

The language of dogs.

Think it's important to identify your dog's breed? This study shows that looks can be deceiving.

New airline rules could allow emotional support animals like pigs and miniature horses on flights.

Traveling with animals in hot weather.

Finally, meet Sugar, the PetRelocation.com Pet Move of the Month!


Stay outta trouble this weekend.

Pet Travel Question: Moving Birds to the UK

Friday, July 13, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Imran
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cockatiel
Pet Breed: Ring Neck
From: Netherlands
To: United Kingdom

Can you let me know what is the correct procedure for bringing in pets from the Netherlands? What documents will I need, etc.?

Thank You,



Hi Imran,

Thanks for contacting us with your question. Moving birds is a little trickier than moving other dogs and cats, so it's important to research carefully and double check the information you find.

Here are a few resources that may help you -- the pet import requirements for the UK as well as bird-specific information. Finally, take a look at our blog to find more bird shipping tips.

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

Pet Airline Travel News: Can Pigs (And Monkeys and Horses) Fly?

Thursday, July 12, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


If you follow pet travel news you may have come across a few provocative headlines lately (Will you really have to sit next to a pig on a plane?) regarding "emotional support" animals and airline travel.

What's the story? The US Department of Transportation has proposed a few new guidelines aimed at helping disabled people have a better travel experience, and the rules would allow service animals such as potbellied pigs and miniature horses to ride alongside the passengers they are assisting.

Certain restrictions are attached to these scenarios of course -- overly large or disruptive animals won't be allowed to board, and the animals must have "relief areas" available them. Transportation officers will also run through a checklist to determine if the animal truly qualifies as an emotional or psychological support.

Ultimately, in each situation the airline still has final say over whether or not the support animals can fly so it's unlikely that planes are going to start resembling farmyards anytime soon, but don't be too surprised if you see a more diverse array of critters making their way through airport security in the future.

Read more about the proposed emotional support animal airline procedures, and contact PetRelocation.com with any questions you have flying with pets or service animals.


photo by stevendepolo via Flickr

Pet Travel Question: Dog Travel to Costa Rica

Thursday, July 12, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Richard
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: One Shih Tzu/Poodle mix, one Yorkie
From: New Jersey, USA
To: San Jose, Costa Rica



I am relocating to San Jose, Costa Rica. I have two medium-sized dogs (a Shih tzu/Poodle mix and a Yorkie). This will be our first trip and I have no idea as to the requirements for transporting them.Can you help me??



Hi Richard,

Thanks for your question. Here are the pet import requirements for Costa Rica (also another site that may help), and we recommend starting the process as soon as you can in order to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Feel free to peruse our website for more information about pet travel, and if you have any more questions you're welcome to contact us.

Good luck with your travels!

Pet Travel Question: Taking a Road Trip... With Birds?

Thursday, July 12, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Margaret
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Bird
Pet Breed: Parakeet
From: Squaw Valley, CA
To: Tucson, AZ


I am driving to Tucson, AZ, and I would like to know if I may bring in my parakeets. They are young, healthy adults. They have traveled with me throughout CA. This will be our first road trip outside of CA.




Hi Margaret,

In terms of rules and regulations, there should be no reason why you can't travel with your birds between US states. It's a good idea to keep their health documentation with you, though.

As for their health and comfort, it would be up to you to ensure that their travel carrier is safe and secure, that the temperature is kept at the proper level, and you'll want to make sure they have plenty of food and fresh water for the journey. Ultimately this is something to talk to your vet about before you decide to go, but if you have any other questions we might be able to help with you're welcome to contact us.

Good luck with everything, and thanks for the question!

Pet Travel Question: Microchips & Relocating Dogs to India

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Vaidehi
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: dog
Pet Breed: Labrador
From: USA
To: India


I have a couple of questions about moving my dog to India. How do they put in the microchip? Is there any quarantine period in India?

I'm concerned about my dog's safety and want to do everything as safely as possible.




Hello Vaidehi,

Thanks for your questions -- they (and your concerns) are totally understandable. First, the microchip (which is very small) is inserted under your dog's skin between the shoulder blades. The procedure is very minor and requires no anesthesia, etc. Read more about pet microchips on our blog; hopefully you'll see that they're not such a big deal!

Here are the pet import requirements for India. There is no quarantine if you follow these rules, but it's advised that you start preparing early in order to get everything in order. We actually recently discussed pet-friendly India on our blog... It sounds like this is a country that's becoming more and more welcoming to furry family members, and we hope you find this to be true for yourself.

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

Pet Travel Question: Choosing the Right Travel Crate

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions


Name: Jameele
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Puppy
Pet Breed: Maltese
From: Utah
To: Detroit


What type of crate do my dogs have to be in, and how much will it cost for them to fly?




Hi Jameele,

Choosing the right crate is a very important part of the travel process -- it needs to be the right size and also airline-approved. Take a look at our website to find out how to choose the right travel crate, and let us know if you have any more questions.

The cost will depend on a few factors, particularly the airline you choose. Check with them directly to find out more, and if you'd like a free estimate for our services you can fill out our quote form.

Thanks for your question, and good luck with your trip!

Pet Travel Question: Transiting Through Russia

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Liliia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: cat
Pet Breed: Peterbald
From: Israel
To: New York

My flight is via a Kiev connection, and I want to know if the US-required vet documents are applicable in Kiev or if there are additional documents I should bring?




Hi Liliia,

When transiting through another country on your way to the United States, there should be no need to meet any separate Russia requirements unless you're leaving the airport or switching airlines. Find out more about transiting with pets, and please contact us if you have any further questions.

Thanks for the question and good luck with your move!


Pet Travel Question: Transporting Cats to Cyprus

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Lilia
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Kitties
Pet Breed: Scottish Ford
From: Ukraine
To: Cyprus



I would like to bring my beautiful kitties to Cyprus, but I can't find any information about papers, costs, etc. What is the safest and cheapest way to do this?

Thank you in advance,


Hi Lilia,

Thanks for your question. Pet travel can definitely be complicated, and it's often tough to track down the correct information. Here's a link outlining the pet import requirements for Cyprus. Hopefully you'll find this useful, and if you're interested in speaking to a relocation specialist about your move, you're welcome to contact us at your convenience.

Thanks again, and good luck with everything!

Pet Travel Question: How to Move Pets to Australia

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sheryl
Number of Pets: one
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: No particular breed
From: Thailand
To: New Zealand


We are currently living in Thailand but in the future wish to return to Australia. Australia doesn't accept animals directly from Thailand, so I wondered if going to New Zealand for six months may be the answer as I am originally from there. Any information you could give me about this future move would be very helpful.




Hello Sheryl,

That's a great question. Yes, in order to work around Australia's strict rules, you can move your cat to an approved country for six months prior to the move, but unfortunately New Zealand also imposes a quarantine upon entry so you'll need to choose another country to spend that time.

Check Australia's import requirements to see about the options you have, and please contact us if you have any more questions. We're also happy to provide a free quote if you're interested in hiring some help with your move.

Good luck with your travels, and we hope to hear from you!

Pet Travel Question: Shipping Pets to New Zealand

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions


Name: Rakhi
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Lab
From: Delhi, India
To: Auckland, New Zealand

Please suggest how can I relocate my pet to New Zealand. I'm moving to Auckland and am wondering about costs, timing, etc...





Hi Rakhi,

Thanks for the questions! Here's a link to the pet import requirements for New Zealand. In addition to meeting these requirements, you'll also want to make sure your dog has an approved travel crate, and it's important to choose a pet-friendly airline.

Take a look at our blog for more information about moving pets to New Zealand, and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any more questions or if you'd like a free quote for your move. Good luck with everything!

Pet Travel News Links: Airline Pet Restrictions, Pet Travel Safety & Moving Pets to Costa Rica

Friday, July 6, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


What's going on this week in the land of pet travel? Plenty, of course. Take a look before you head off into a great weekend.


A lost dog is reunited with his owner thanks to the help of Twitter.

Delta is adding more restrictions on pet travel.

More about Delta restrictions and government efforts to make pet travel safer.

A rundown of pet-friendly cars.

Hotel chain Best Western has installed a Pet Hotline for travelers staying with their pets.

How to travel with pets to Costa Rica.

The workplace benefits of having dogs around.

On that note -- you can still vote for Aussie, our office pup, in this photo contest!


Happy weekend, pet lovers!


Shipping Pets: Airlines Keep Pet Travelers On Their Toes

Thursday, July 5, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


Summer is a busy time for pet shipping and heat embargoes can make things even more complicated, but it seems like things have been especially busy lately for those of us trying to keep up with the world of pet travel.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Delta has recently begun restricting its pet flights. As of last month, it's been reported that Delta will no longer carry pets as checked baggage or cargo on Boeing 767s due to space limitations on international flights. Previously Delta also stopped flying in-cabin pets in business class on international flights, and due to safety concerns, no longer flies snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats as checked baggage.

Another bit of news: last week the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed new rules requiring an expansion when it comes to airlines reporting pet transportation rates as well as all incidents and mishaps. Currently only the 15 top airlines are required to report these numbers, but under the new rules about 36 airlines would be held accountable. IPATA and the Humane Society view the proposal as a positive step that will make flying pets a safer endeavor.

What does it all mean? In some ways pet travel seems to be getting easier and in some ways it's becoming more complicated. Hopefully there's a common theme underlying all these recent changes, though -- pet safety. If we all keep our pets best interests in mind, we'll be heading in the right direction no matter what news the headlines bring.

As always, it's a good idea to start researching your pet's travel details well in advance, talk to your vet about what you can do to help make everything go smoothly, and contact PetRelocation.com with any questions about shipping your pets. Stay tuned for more pet news updates. We're doing our best to keep up!


Pet Move Customer Story: Chiku's Move to Dubai

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Smitha
Pet's Name: Chiku
From: Bangalore, India
To: Dubai, UAE

When we decided that we were going to move to Dubai, UAE I was looking forward to it with excitement and apprehension. My pet-baby was 8 months at the time and is a Pug. When I started researching the movement process for dogs out of India, I found out that apart from all the tests that were required for importing pets to the UAE, it was going to be extremely difficult to move a snub-nosed breed between countries.

After going through two other pet relocation companies that could not give me possible options to move him out of the country and turning up empty handed with most airlines refusing to move snub nosed breeds around, I finally found PetRelocation.com. The whole process was very positive, starting from being assigned a direct point of contact. Our relocation manager Abbey looked into and presented us with a couple of options of moving him.

Although two days before the move the airline suddenly cancelled on us, Abbey and her team were at it again and immediately managed to find another option for his move. She was always available and helpful answering all our questions (despite the time difference), and brought in as many options as possible keeping Chiku’s safety as the top most priority. What looked like an almost impossible move at the beginning was made possible with the help of Abbey and her team. Thank you!

When they delivered him to my door, he jumped out of the travel box, happy to see us, and immediately started sniffing around and checking out his new home. He wasn't stressed at all, though he does get uncomfortable when he doesn’t see us around for more than a few hours. I attribute much of that to the professional and friendly treatment he got along the way. Thanks to PetRelocation.com for making his move a safe and happy one. I know if I have move again, I will be calling you to handle the trip. Thanks for everything!!

Friday Pet Travel News Links: Pet Safety Tips for Hurricane Season

Friday, June 29, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


It was a busy news week all around, including in the realm of pet travel. Catch up now just in case you missed anything, and happy Friday!


Relevant to heat waves: recipes for frozen dog treats.

Happy Fourth of July Weekend! Tips for keeping pets safe.

Hurricane season is upon us -- here are some pet safety tips from NOLA.com.

Hmmmm, okay. A lavish wedding FOR a dog.

Interns learn about the pet shipping business.

Oscar-winner Hilary Swank cares about homeless pets in Romania.

Obviously. More talk about the positive effects of bringing pets to work.

Behavioral problems in dogs and the treatments available.

Pets on Instagram.


Have a beautiful weekend!


What Are Your Plans? Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips for Everyone

Thursday, June 28, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


Whether you're planning a lot of noisy festivities or are using the day off to take care of the business of moving, all pet owners should prepare for the Fourth of July Holiday.  Remember that the Fourth falls on a Wednesday this year so you'll likely hear booms and blasts this weekend as well as next week; do your pets a kindness and prepare them for the chaos that's to come by considering the behaviors that may cause trouble and doing what you can to keep things as normal and calm as possible.

Escape Artists - The biggest danger this week is a dog or cat escaping when they hear fireworks or when a guest accidentally leaves a door open, so in addition to giving gates and fences a good once-over, be sure that tags are up-to-date and microchip information is correct just in case there's a getaway.

Snack Seekers - Barbeques and parties can invite all kinds of temptations. If you're against feeding pets table scraps, lay down rules for visitors, and no matter what don't let your pets overdo it. Also, beware that the remnants of fireworks (paper, fuses, etc...) might look oddly appetizing to your pets. Clean up debris to protect them from what they don't quite understand.

Scaredy Cats (and Dogs) - Again, loud fireworks are fun for us but possibly terrifying for our furry friends. Leave them at home during big displays and tuck them away in a bedroom or travel kennel if you live in a noisy area. Some people recommend thundershirts during anxious times, as well.

Also: If you're traveling this week, note that airport and freight facilities may have modified hours of operation on Wednesday, July 4. Double check with your airline or with your pet relocation specialist if you have any questions.

Have a safe and happy holiday, pet lovers!