International Dog Travel: Italy to the United States

Name: Valentina
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cocker Spaniel
From: Italy
To: Virginia, USA

Dear PetRelocation,

I'll finally go to Italy to take my sweetheart and move him with me to Virginia. What certificates and vaccines would I need?

He is more or less 25 pounds and I'm flying Lufthansa. Would I be able to take him with me on the plane, or will they put him in a different space? I'm stopping in Frankfurt for a connection flight. What do I have to do?

I can't wait to have him here!!!

Thanks a lot,


Hi Valentina,

Congratulations on bringing your sweetheart home to you! Bringing pets into the United States requires a bit of preparation but it's not as exhaustive a process as it would be for many other countries (and there is no quarantine). Take a look at the pet import requirements for the US for an idea of what to expect.

In addition to having an updated rabies vaccine and health certificate issued by your vet within 10 days of departure, you'll need to contact Lufthansa to make arrangements for your dog's flight. It's important to know that you don't necessarily have to be on the same flight as your dog. In fact, most of the pet moves we arrange entail owners flying separately—it's often easier to do it this way.

Your dog will fly in the cargo area of the plane in a  temperature and pressure controlled area. Lufthansa is one of our top choices when it comes to moving pets, as they have established policies and a long record of safety. Take a look at our blog for more information about Lufthansa's Animal Lounge in Frankfurt, where your dog will most likely  have a chance to stop and take a break between flights.

If you have any more questions or are interested in finding out about out services, please contact us here for a free quote. Hopefully it won't be too long before your dog is with you where he belongs! Thanks for your message, and good luck with everything.



PetRelocation Team




United States


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By susan hefty on September 2, 2017 at 3:40 pm

We have a dog in Brindisi, Italy (could get the dog to Rome)but want to get the dog to Washington, D.C. 10 month old mutt, never been in a crate . Would like him to come in early October. How much? how safe? How difficult?

By on September 5, 2017 at 9:33 am

Hello Susan,

Thank you for reaching out to us! It sounds like your dog has a big move ahead.

Pet travel via cargo is very safe, despite some of the scary stories you may hear. If you would like to learn more about what cargo is like, please refer to this blog.

Also, moving pets to the United States is not too difficult, especially in comparison to moving pets to other countries. In case you would like to look into the import requirements, you can find those here.

As for the quote, we do need a little more information from you to provide this for your dog's move. Please fill out our online consultation form and one of our specialists will be happy to help.

I hope this helps you get started! We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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