Help Me Move My Pet

How To Prepare For An International Pet Move: Official USDA Information

Thursday, March 22, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


Do you live in the US and have an international pet move in your future? See the official instructions from the USDA below --  included is a step-by-step preparation plan, links to FAQs, information about USDA endorsements, a sample 7001 Form, and more.

Please contact PetRelocation.com if you have any questions about moving pets. We're happy to help make sense of the process and/or assist with your move.

Happy traveling, everyone!


USDA Document: How to Prepare Animals for International Travel (2012)

Pet Travel Question: Moving Pets to Papua New Guinea

Thursday, March 22, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Graham
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Local
From: Oman
To: Papua New Guinea


What is the process? I have been told it is not possible to import dogs to Papua New Guinea.




Hi Graham,


Thank you for contacting us with your question! This is a tricky one. It may be possible to move pets here, but it's not an easy process and it's one that depends on where you're coming from. We actually moved a dog to Papua New Guinea recently and described the endeavor on our blog.

Take a look at this detailed account of moving pets to Papua New Guinea, and please let us know if you have any further questions. You're also welcome to fill out our free quote form or give our office a call if you're interested in our services. Thanks again, and good luck with everything!

Pet Travel Question: Taking a Trip to New York?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Leah
From: Tel Aviv
To: New York
Pet: Bella (Dog, Viszla, age one)

What do I need to do and how much will it cost to take her to the US and back for a month? What papers and quarantine are required? Will it hurt her to fly such a long distance, and does she get sedated? Can they go on the same plane as me? I'll probably be flying with El-Al, nonstop. She is especially sensitive to cold.

Hi Leah,
Thanks for your question! Here are the pet relocation requirements for New York (United States). Bringing Bella back into Israel will mean meeting these import requirements. Honestly we usually advise against bringing your pet along on long-distance trips when it will just be a vacation rather than a permanent or long-term move. You'll find that the costs of the endeavor, not to mention the time it will take to prepare and the stress it will place on your dog, may not be worth it for a quick trip. (The decision is up to you, of course.)
In terms of sedation, this is not recommended (actually you will probably not be allowed to fly if an airline thinks you have sedated your pet). We do recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline with established safety policies (thus her sensitivity to cold shouldn't be an issue because responsible airlines do not leave dogs on the tarmac).
Please contact us if you have any more questions, we'd be happy to be of further assistance!


Pet Travel Question: Moving from Turkey

Monday, March 26, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Cansu
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador
From: Turkey

I wanted to use a direct flight from Turkey to US to make the trip shorter for my dog. Only direct flight is with Turkish Airlines. Is Turkish Airlines a pet friendly airline? Or would it be better to use KLM or Lufthansa and make a transit somewhere in Europe.



Hi Cansu,


Thanks for contacting us. These are the pet import requirements for the United States just in case you'd like to review them. We often use KLM and Lufthansa and generally find them good options for travel, and when scheduling trips we often opt to break the journey into parts in order to allow for stretching/bathroom stops.

As far as flying out of Turkey goes, it will be important to do some research and find a trustworthy agent to help you get through customs, etc. Airport regulations aren't exactly standardized here and situations can be unpredictable. We'd be happy to help you out with any questions you have about this process!

Please contact us if you would like to speak to a Pet Relocation Specialist, and good luck with everything!

Should I Microchip My Pet? A Pet Relocation Specialist Shares Her Story

Monday, March 19, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


Pet travelers and pet owners in general often find themselves faced with a question: Should I get my pet microchipped? It's normal to feel uncertain about this matter, but we're happy to help clear things up.

Recently one of our own Pet Relocation Specialists, Katie, went through the microchipping process with her cat Leo, and she was kind enough to share her thoughts about how everything went. Read on for a firsthand account of Leo's microchipping experience told through the eyes of a caring pet owner just like yourself...


If you’ve been on our Facebook page recently, you may have seen a photo or two of my little guy, Leo.  I adopted Leo in August of 2011 when he was two years old. This sweet boy had been in a foster home and had been in and out of adoption catteries for his whole life. 

leoWhen I found him and fell in love with him, he had been one of the “kitties in the window” at my local pet store for seven weeks. I adopted him from the rescue group who had been taking care of him the very day that I met him. I am so unbelievably happy to give this sweet little guy his forever home!

Leo has become more and more brave since I got him and has started getting very curious about what is on the other side of my front door!  Leo is an indoor cat, so I don’t let him go outside. In light of his new found curiosity for the great outdoors, I decided that it was time to get him a microchip!  I really wanted the peace of mind of knowing that if little Leo slipped out the door and got lost, my contact information would follow him wherever he went and couldn’t fall off (like a break-away collar is smartly designed to do).  It took us two years to find each other – I want to be sure we don’t get separated again!

I had a lot of questions when getting him microchipped, so I thought I would share my experience in the hopes that it will be helpful to those of you who are considering getting a microchip for your pet.

How do I get my pet microchipped?
I took Leo to our local vet for his yearly vaccinations and had the microchip implanted during that visit.

How much does it cost?
Prices vary, but my vet charged $35.

How is it done?
The whole process is so quick and simple! Since the chip is so tiny (maybe the size of a grain of rice) it is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades. It is as quick and simple as giving a shot.

Does it hurt?
If it does, Leo didn’t show it!  My vet likes to put an ice pack on the area to numb it a bit before implanting the chip because the needle is a bit bigger than a regular needle (like the kind used for vaccinations). They held the ice on Leo’s back for a moment and then injected the chip. Leo didn’t even flinch!

How do I know what my pet’s microchip number is?
Right after implanting the microchip, my vet scanned Leo to make sure it worked. He then compared the number with the package that the chip came in to be sure that it was exactly the same. He then gave me the (now empty) package and some documentation, and that’s it!  

How does it work?
If little Leo ever goes on an adventure without me, the person who finds him can take him to any vet who has a microchip reader (just about all of them do now). With the wave of a funny looking wand, the chip is read and the vet can call the company who issued the chip (HomeAgain, in my case) to retrieve my contact information.

Do I need to do anything else?
Keep your microchip information up to date if you move or change your phone number! I once found a lost dog and took him to an emergency vet right away to have his chip read. Because his owner hadn’t updated her contact information on his microchip, it took a couple of days of hunting down her information to find her. Had her information been up-to-date with the microchip company, she only would have been without her sweet pup for a couple of hours instead of a couple of days.

When we got home from the vet, Leo got a treat, of course! After gobbling it up, he was back to doing his favorite things – sitting in the windows, sleeping on the couch and playing with his cat nip toys.
Now, every time I come home, I have more peace of mind knowing that if Leo slips out the door as I’m walking in, he has an unbeatable way of making sure he can get back home to me.  


Thanks for sharing  your story, Katie! Find out more about ISO Compatible microchips on our blog, and please contact PetRelocation.com if you have any questions about pet travel and microchips.

Pet Travel Question: Moving a Dog to Scotland

Monday, March 19, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Michael
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Rhodesian Ridgeback
From: Czech Republic
To: Scotland


Can you advise me about the best way to move my dog to Scotland?




Hi Michael,

Thanks for contacting us! These are the pet relocation requirements for Scotland. You can also find some information about travel crates and other pet travel details on the PetRelocation.com website.

Please let us know if you have any more questions, or fill out our free quote form if you're interested in our services. Good luck with everything, and travel safely!


Pet Move Customer Testimonial: A 2000 Mile Pet Move

Monday, March 19, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Cathie
Company: The Leona Group LLC
Pets' Names: Fritz, Sophie and MacGregor
From: Dearborn, MI
To: Gilbert, AZ


Fritz (7-month-old puppy), Sophie (11-year-old calico) and MacGregor (11-year-old tabby) traveled from our home in Michigan to our new home in Arizona. During their 2000 mile journey, I was contacted regularly on the status of their travel and those involved in taking care of my little ones did a great job.

We are all now adjusting to our new home.


Pet Travel News Links: Pet Industry Trends & Amazing Animal Stories

Friday, March 16, 2012 by Caitlin Moore



Here's what's been going on with pets and pet travel this week (if you're into that sort of  thing). Have a great weekend, everyone!

The happiest animals in the world.

Amazing photos of diving dogs.

Baby Boomers help the pet industry chug right along.

Another update regarding United's Pet policies for military members.

What's it like moving pets to Kuala Lumpur and then back to the United States?

These golden retrievers have been taught to play the piano.

Are you traveling with your pets this summer? Take our survey!




Run free this weekend!

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.

Pet Travel Question: Moving A Cat To South Africa

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Leandra
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Moggy
From: Turkey
To: South Africa


I have no idea where to start with my cat's move to South Africa and am wondering about what it will cost me - please help!




Hi Leandra,

Thanks for contacting us with your question! Here are the pet import requirements for South Africa.

It looks a bit complicated and you will need to fulfill several steps, but take comfort in knowing that we've moved many pets to this country and will be happy to offer some advice and/or assistance. If you're interested in our services, please fill out our free quote form at your convenience.

Thanks, and good luck!

Pet Travel Question: Military Pet Move to Bangladesh

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Andy
From: New Delhi, India
To: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Pet: Bosky, Dog (Boxer)
I have not been able to find out any details of the documentation required to move a dog to Bangladesh. Can you tell me about fees, customs clearances, forms, etc...?


Hi Andy,

Thanks for contacting us! These are the pet import requirements for Bangladesh. Please take a look and let us know if you have any questions. If you'd like a free quote, you can fill out this form, and to connect with your fellow pet travelers you can check out our Facebook page. Good luck with everything... We'll talk to you soon!

Pet Travel News Links: DIY Dog Toys, Pet-Friendly Travel and More

Friday, March 9, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


It's a rainy day here in Austin, but that's not dampening the excitement for SXSW! Are you in town for the festivities? Whether you are or not, have a great day and an excellent weekend (and enjoy these pet news links).


Another good one from NPR. Pet Therapy: How Animals and Humans Heal Each Other.

Abu Dhabi is becoming friendlier to pet travelers all the time.

On a budget but still want to spoil your pet? Ten DIY dog toys you can make on the cheap.

More about Dog Vacay, a service connecting pet sitters to vacationing pet owners.

The Brooklyn Mutt Show is a cool alternative to Westminster (are you surprised that Brooklyn would do something like this?).

What to do and where to begin: 5 FAQs of Pet Travel.

Cool dog video!

Continental and United have officially merged; find out what this means for pet travel.


Nope, not a cheetah. This is Xavier, an F1 Savannah.

What To Do and Where To Begin: Frequently Asked Pet Travel Questions

Thursday, March 8, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

Since moving pets can be pretty complicated and will most likely coincide with a busy, stressful time in life, we're not surprised that we receive a lot of questions from overwhelmed pet owners about the logistics, the details and the costs of pet travel.

We've been shipping pets for a while now and have pretty much heard it all... Here are a few of the most frequently asked pet travel questions (along with our basic answers). Remember, no one is alone in this!

How do I know what the requirements are for the country I'm moving to?

Making sure that a pet's journey runs smoothly begins with research. Many countries have detailed import instructions on their own official Ministry of Agriculture websites; stringent countries like Australia outline almost everything while other places may not be so forthcoming, so you may need to check another source -- like IATA  or the country pages on the PetRelocation.com -- to find out about health documents, vaccines, and possible quarantines.

Which airline should I fly with?

This is perhaps the most important decision you can make related to pet travel. It's key that you choose an airline that has established pet policies and solid safety measures in place to ensure that your pet is properly cared for, not left to sit on the tarmac, and respectfully transported overall. We have a short list of trusted airlines that include KLM, Lufthansa, Qantas and United, but check with us if you have any questions about this.


cats in a crate


How do I know my pet will be safe?

This is probably the  most common question requiring the most nuanced answer. Again, safety primarily depends on selecting trustworthy airlines and transport agents, but you can also do your best to prepare your pet physically by keeping them in good shape and properly hydrated, acclimating them to their travel crates, and setting a good example for them by remaining calm and upbeat in the days before the trip.

Remember that sedatives are strongly discouraged (and generally not even permitted). With so many moving parts it's impossible to guarantee a journey 100% free of hiccups, but by following these basic guidelines you're putting your pet in the best position possible.

Why does it cost so much to ship a pet?

We've addressed the question of pet moving costs in greater depth in the past, but essentially it comes down to the details. By the time you add up import permits, health certificates, customs clearance, delivery fees, plane tickets and a few other considerations, it simply isn't going to be a cheap endeavor. Does it end up being worth it, though? Most pet owners would say "of course."

Should I move my pet at all?

This is a tough one, and for certain people it's a question that must be asked. Relocations often make pet travel practically necessary and trips can be planned safely with the help of a professional, but there is no denying that air travel can be taxing for humans and for animals, and older pets or those in delicate health simply may not be up for it. Also, many people don't realize how much is involved with air travel and crossing borders in terms of time, stress and money, so if this is just a vacation (rather than a permanent move), it will probably be better to find a trusted pet sitter rather than jump through so many hoops unnecessarily.

Ultimately it is the safety of the pet that's the most important thing to consider, so often a conversation with your vet, your family, and your pet relocation specialist will help you figure this one out.




Still have questions? We're happy to help! Give our office a call and be sure to check out our Facebook page to connect with other pet travelers who probably have the same questions as you. Happy traveling, everyone!

Pet Travel Question: Moving to the Philippines

Friday, March 9, 2012 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Clarisse
From: New York, NY, USA
To: Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Pet: Koda, Dog (Pembroke Welsh Corgi, 9 months,18 lbs)

Is my dog going to be flying on the same flight with me or will he be on a separate flight that will allow for stops and such? It's far to travel from the US to the Philippines. I'm aware of the toll it takes for an almost daylong flight. I want to know that my dog will be safe, taken care of, and as comfortable as he's going to be while in transit.
Hi Clarisse,
Thanks for the question, we hope we can help! First, here are the pet import requirements for the Philippines. It's not necessary to be on the same flight as your pet (especially if you're hiring someone to help you clear customs or handle transportation), and we do often suggest breaking the trip into parts rather than choosing a direct route in order to allow time for rest breaks, etc. Primarily it's important to choose a pet-friendly airline with established safety policies. Your concerns are valid -- it's certainly taxing to fly internationally, so the best you can do is choose a trustworthy airline.
Please give us a call if you have any more questions, and fill out our free quote form if you're interested in our services. Good luck!


Pet Travel Question: Moving to India

Friday, March 9, 2012 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Sulakshana
From: California
To: Mumbai
Pet: Ricky, German Shepherd Mix

How do I go about bringing my dog to India? Which documents do I need ?
Hi Sulakshana,
Thanks for contacting us! Here are the pet import requirements for India. In addition to obtaining the correct health documents, you'll need an airline-approved travel crate. It's also recommended that you choose a pet-friendly airline and allow plenty of time to make your plans.
Let us know if you have more questions or need a free quote, and good luck with everything!



Pet Travel Question: Exporting Pets from New Zealand

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 by Pet Travel Center Questions

From: Tracey
From: Wellington, New Zealand
To: Tampa, Florida
Pets: Lace - dog, age 5; Chazy - cat, age 4; Rusty - Female spayed cat, age 4

Question: How much will it be to move them from NZ to Florida? What papers and quarantine is required? Will it hurt them to fly such a long distance, and do they get sedated? Would I get to see them on stops? Can they go on the same plane as us?
Hi Tracey,
Thanks for getting in touch with us about your move! Here are the pet import requirements for the United States. You'll need to secure a few basic health documents, but no quarantine is required for standard entry to the United States. International relocations definitely require serious planning, but by doing the research and allowing yourselves plenty of time, it's possible to carry out a smooth move.
We strongly advise against using sedatives, and emphasize the importance of choosing a pet-friendly airline. Long  trips can definitely be taxing, but they can also be safe if handled with care. Usually our clients are not flying on the same plane as their pets, but again, with the right airline and when the details have been attended to, this is perfectly safe. We'd be happy to further advise you, and you're also welcome to peruse our blog for more information.
Please contact us if you have any more questions, and if you're interested in our services you can fill out our free quote form. We look forward to hearing from you!


Pet Travel News Update: Continental Transitions Into The United PetSafe Program

Monday, March 5, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

As you may know, Continental Airlines and United Airlines have merged. Such a transition isn't simple to orchestrate, but step by step it is nearing completion. Today's news is that the name "Continental" has officially been phased out from online sources, etc., and United has absorbed various changes.

In terms of pet travel, the rules formerly used by Continental have been adopted by United. There will be no May-September embargo on United, but there is an embargo on English Bulldogs and there are restrictions on a few other snub-nosed breeds.

United hubs now have dedicated PetSafe staff at all major hubs, including Denver (DEN), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago (ORD) and Washington D.C. (IAD). Climate-controlled vans will be in use here, and thousands of employees will be supporting PetSafe customers as they travel. More employees have also been added to the PetSafe Call Center in Houston.

Continental is officially no more, but United has pledged to carry on the pet-friendly mission many of us have relied upon in the past. We'll continue to keep you updated regarding any new pet travel developments; please contact PetRelocation.com if you have any questions!



Pet Travel Question: IPATA Members?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Emily
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Yorkie
From: Orlando, FL
To: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


Are you a member of IPATA?


Hi Emily,

Yes, we are members of IPATA! We are active in the organization and every year attend the IPATA conference, wherever it may be (this year it was in Hong Kong). Check out some of the adventures two of our specialists had at the 2011 IPATA Conference, and please let us know if you have any more questions.


Pet Travel Question: Importing a Puppy to the United States

Monday, March 5, 2012 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Abra
From: Arusha, Tanzania
To: Columbus, OH, USA
Pet: Simba, Puppy, Mutt, will be 3-4 months old, about 14-15 lbs

What do I need to do so I can bring this puppy back to the states with me? She is a long, tall and skinny dog.
Hi Abra,
Thank you for your question! These are the pet import requirements for the United States (you'll need a few health documents and vaccine updates, most likely). Here is some information about choosing the right travel crate, too. Often the correct crate seems bigger than you think it should be, but in fact it needs to be large enough to ensure good air circulation and meet airline approval.
Please contact us if you have any more questions, and good luck!


Pet Travel Question: Moving A Dog To China

Monday, March 5, 2012 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Lynette
From: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
To: Qingdao, Shandong Province, China
Pet: Abigail, long hair miniature dachshund, 11lbs

I am concerned about moving my dog to China. What does the process entail and will she need to be quarantined? If so, what is the process and how long is it?

She is not particularly good with other animals or people outside my family. She has never bitten anyone, but the potential is there. I am really conflicted on what to do about this situation, because we have to relocate and cannot leave her with anyone here in the US. She also suffers from anxiety when she's away from us for too long.

Hello Lynette,
Thank you for contacting us, hopefully we can help you sort things out. First, these are the pet import requirements for China. It can be tricky to go into China, as different ports of entry have different requirements. Feel free to contact our office for more information about the most up-to-date rules for Qingdao.
As far as your dog's behavior, it sounds like you're facing a challenge. We always advise that you try to get pets used to their travel crate as well as you can, and you may want to talk to your vet or possibly a trainer to see if there's anything else you can do to prepare for a smooth trip. Again, you're also welcome to contact us or fill out our free quote form, and one of our specialists can take a little more time to discuss your move with you.

Thanks again for reaching out to us... Talk to you again soon!