Coronavirus: Will It Affect Your Pet’s Travel Plans?

At PetRelocation, our number one priority is moving pets safely around the world—a task that requires us to keep a constant pulse on the changes affecting pet travel. Sometimes these changes are weather embargoes, airline strikes, or regulatory changes. In this case, we are monitoring some changes in government closures and airline routing that could impact pet travel for clients going to and from China and Hong Kong. 

On December 30th, 2019, the first recorded case of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified in Wuhan, China as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness. As of today (January 30th, 2020), there have been over 7,500 confirmed cases of the virus. Most have been within China, but with confirmed cases in other countries, some governments are taking measures to prevent the virus from spreading from person-to-person.

But how does this affect pet travel?

The Coronavirus and Your Pet

If you're planning to relocate your pet to or from China or Hong Kong your plans may be interrupted. 

Several international airlines are restricting or canceling flights to China. This includes several of our trusted pet safe airlines like United, Cathay, KLM, Lufthansa, and British Airways. We are expecting these embargoes to continue until mid-March. 

As of now, Hong Kong's department that handles pet import and export services, AFCD, is operational. In China, while the government bodies that handle import and export of live animals are functioning, most are operating under limited hours. 

How PetRelocation Can Help

If you are planning your move to China and your pet’s relocation is being affected, we can help! 

PetRelocation stays constantly informed of both country and airline updates by partnering with a network of service partners throughout China, Hong Kong and all over the world. We can provide up-to-date information on what is or is not possible for your pet at this time. We can also offer logistical solutions and plans for your pet if you and your family must travel before pet restrictions are lifted. 

PetRelocation will be keeping this information current as the situation evolves. Our dedicated team of consultants are here to help. Contact us today if you and your pet need assistance with your upcoming move to China or Hong  Kong


PetRelocation Team


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