A Tricky Pet Travel Question

Name: Sukriti
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: English Cocker Spaniel
From: France
To: Boston

Dear PetRelocation,

I will be moving permanently from Paris to Boston in six months, but I shall be traveling to India (New Delhi) for a month in June and then returning to Paris to move to Boston.

I would like to take my dog with me to Delhi and then return to Paris and move him with me to Boston. I want to understand the pet entry requirements that I need to complete in order to smoothly enter India, come back to Paris and then finally move to Boston with my dog.




Hi Sukriti,

Thank you for your question -- you certainly have some important planning ahead of you.

Each time you travel to a country with a pet in tow, even if it's just for a few days, you must meet the import requirements for that country. That means for your proposed trip you'll need to follow the pet import requirements for India, then the pet import requirements for France, and then finally the pet import requirements for the United States.

Unfortunately traveling with pets in and out of India is fairly difficult, so in the interest of avoiding quite a bit of tricky logistics and paperwork (not to mention the financial costs involved) we'd actually suggest that you consider leaving your dog with a trusted pet sitter during the month you'll be in India.

Of course it's worth tackling complicated import rules for a permanent relocation, but since this is just a short trip you might find it's more trouble than you'd like -- in terms of money, time, and stress for your pet. Moving pets to the United States is a straightforward process in comparison (you really just need a vet health certificate and proof that your dog is up to date with the rabies vaccine).

It's your decision to make, of course, and we'd be happy to further discuss your options with you. Please contact us to speak to a specialist or fill out our free quote form for an estimate of our services. Either way, good luck with your travels!


PetRelocation Team




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