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

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 (March 26, 2020), there have been over 4.9 million reported cases of the virus. 

But how does this affect pet travel?

The Coronavirus and Your Pet

If you’re planning to travel with your pet soon, your plans may need to be altered or put on hold while many countries take steps to control the spread of the virus. Here are the countries restricting pet travel at this time. (Please note, we will be updating this information as we learn more)


China: While the government offices that issue pet travel documents are open and operating, pet-safe airlines are only offering limited flights for pets at this time. 

The United Arab Emirates: Pets traveling into the UAE must have a new annex signed by an accredited veterinarian stating that the pet has not been in contact with any humans or animals infected with COVID-19.
The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has announced the embargo on the import of all pets from the following countries.

  • China
  • Hong Kong 
  • Iran 
  • South Korea 
  • Italy 

India: Beginning March 22, India has suspended all travel into India. This ban is in place until June 4th, but could be extended.

Sri Lanka: The Department of Animal Production and Health in Sri Lanka has placed a temporary ban on the importation of dogs and cats.

The Philippines: The Philippines has extended its country-wide shut down until early June, but that could be extended. 


As of March 11, there is a travel ban into the US from all European countries, this now includes the United Kingdom & Ireland.

Italy: According to our trusted Italian vendors, the entire country of Italy is under quarantine until May 3rd, 2020. No pets will be allowed to enter or leave the country until further notice.

North America 

The United States: A travel ban into the United States from Europe (including the United Kingdom and Ireland) has been put in place. Our primary airline for domestic travel, United Airlines,  has suspended its PetSafe program for both domestic and international travel until further notice. The USDA will suspend in-person endorsements of travel documents starting April 4th. This will not affect most moves but check with your coordinator or local USDA office if you are concerned. 

Canada: Canada has extended their border closing until June 21, 2020. 

South America 

Peru: The national quarantine has been suspended until May 24th. 


South Africa: pet travel into South Africa is suspended starting on March 26. The travel ban has been extended until further notice. 

Other Resources 

The following are some of our favorite resources regarding how to care for your pets during this uncertain time. 

How PetRelocation Can Help

If you are planning your move 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 so that we can assist with your future relocations or if we can be of assistance during this time. 


PetRelocation Team


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