Answering Questions About International Ferret Travel

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 Ministry of Agriculture or other government entity of the country you'd like to know more about.

According to the Japan Animal Quarantine service, for example, ferrets are allowed into the country and do not face a quarantine. When coming back to the United Kingdom, ferrets may return without a quarantine provided you follow the rules of the Pet Travel Scheme. We recommend combing through this information carefully to answer any additional questions you may have about the process of moving pet ferrets to Japan and back again.

As for other details you'll want to research before you buy ferrets, we'd suggest checking with the airlines you're considering to find out what their procedures are for ferret travel (they would most likely need to travel via cargo in a specific airline-approved travel crate). Specific city and housing rules are worth exploring also so that you don't encounter any surprises when it comes to living in your new home with your pets.

The costs of pet travel vary depending on several factors, but you can probably expect to spend a few hundred dollars after taking into account airfare, crates, pre-export paperwork and vet visits as well as any unexpected details that may arise.

Just like with international dog and cat travel, ferret travel will require significant time and energy (but it's not impossible). Feel free to contact us for a pet travel consultation if you're interested in hiring some assistance in the future, and good luck!



Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Jessica
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Ferrets
From: United Kingdom
To: Japan


PetRelocation Team




UK, Japan


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By charne on November 20, 2017 at 9:29 am

hello, so i have a pet ferret and would love to move him to south Africa from the united states, do you know how i would go about this and what i would need to do and what the fees would be ?help would be very appreciated

By on November 20, 2017 at 10:36 am

Hello Charne,

We recommend starting at the South African government's website here for help. Also, because South Africa has a tendency to change import regulation for pets other than cats and dogs frequently, we recommend reaching out to a local pet-shipping company in South Africa to best guide you.

You can find other reputable pet-shipping companies by country on the IPATA website here.

We hope this helps and best of luck to you and your ferret!

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