International Travel with a Shih Tzu

dogHow to Plan Safe International Pet Transport With a Small Dog

Dear PetRelocation,
My husband and I will be relocating to either Shanghai, China or Amsterdam, and I was wondering if I would be able to take my one-year-old Shih Tzu with me to fly overseas.
Which airlines are most friendly to fly? Would they allow her to fly? She's healthy!
Hi Lydia,
Thanks for submitting a question to us, we'd be happy to offer some advice!
Every country is different when it comes to import requirements for pets, so take a look at the specific rules for China and for the Netherlands to form an idea of what you can expect of the process. China may require a quarantine depending on your port of entry, and the Netherlands does not have a quarantine if you meet all the requirements.
As far as airlines, it's important to choose a pet friendly carrier (we often use United, KLM and Lufthansa, for example). It will also help to make sure that your dog is comfortable spending time in her travel crate, as this will make the trip less stressful for her (and for you). To learn more about the international pet travel process in general, take a look at this pet shipping guide we've put together for pet travelers who are just starting out.
If you have questions about any of this, please give our office a call or fill out our online consultation form. We arrange door-to-door pet moves and would be happy to discuss costs and logistics if you're interested in hiring some assistance.

Either way, good luck with everything and travel safely!


Pet Transport Question Details:

Name: Lydia

From: Seattle, WA

To: Shanghai, China

Pet: Lucy


Planning to move soon? Contact us to learn about your safe pet shipping options.


PetRelocation Team




United States, China


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By Aleah on December 2, 2018 at 1:40 pm

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By Maegan at PetRelocation on December 3, 2018 at 2:04 pm

Hi Aleah! We can definitely help! I know Hawaiian airlines accepts snubbies on their aircrafts. If you are looking for a company like ours to help manage this process, feel free to fill out our Arrange A Move form and consultant will reach out to you. Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

By Alpa Kaneria on October 13, 2018 at 9:32 am

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By Maegan at PetRelocation on October 18, 2018 at 2:50 pm

Hi Alpa! We'd be happy to help with your pup's relocation. I have forwarded your information over to our team and they will reach out to you soon!

By elise on September 27, 2018 at 9:33 am

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By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 28, 2018 at 1:43 pm

Hi Elise! Yes, your pup can definitely fly to Moscow! Have you tried reaching out KLM airlines? They do not have breed restrictions on shihtzus. If your pup has a short-snout, you might want to review these tips to ensure they have a safe journey. Hope this helps!

By shaik salman on August 30, 2018 at 7:37 am

i would like to travel with my shitzu puppy 9months from phillipines to india which airlines accepts my puppy to travel

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 4, 2018 at 8:54 am

Hi Shaik! KLM & Lufthansa might be great options for your puppy's travel. Check out our Airline Booking Guide for tips on booking with pet-safe airlines. Hope this helps!

By Steve on August 23, 2018 at 6:46 pm

Hello,We have a 5 year old maltese\shih Tzu cross and will be moving from New Zealand to UK in 2019.Can you recommend which airlines we should use and is it better to go through a pet shipping agent?ThanxSteve

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 4, 2018 at 8:51 am

Hi Steve! The UK requires all pets to arrive into the country as "manifest cargo" and typically airlines require you work with a pet shipping company to book your pet's flight. Check out our Airline Booking Guide for some of our preferred pet-safe carriers. Hope this helps!

By Bryan on July 30, 2018 at 1:34 pm

I simply need to relocate my Shih-Tzu from one part of Thailand to another but all of the airlines seem to have a "snubnose" dog ban in cargo and a full ban on all dogs in the cabin. I am starting to get worried here.

By Maegan at PetRelocation on August 2, 2018 at 11:59 am

Hi Bryan! Since you are moving your pet within Thailand, you might want to hire a local pet shipping company in Thailand to assist with your pup's move. Try searching this database of reputable pet shippers in Thailand here. Hope this helps!

By Merthyl Villavicencio on July 23, 2018 at 2:52 pm

Hi I would like to ask about the pup of my daughter. The pup is a shitzhu and he's 8mos. already with updated medical records and complete vaccinations and anti rabbies. My daughter will travel from Manila, Philippines to Hong Kong and stay there for 5 dys then to Armenia ( not in the USA ) and stay for 5 dys then last stop is Moscow, Russia. She will stay here for 90 dus. But she wants to bring her dog. Do you think this is possible and is it pricey. Please help us! Thank you and hope to hear from you soon! My daughter and her pup will be their 1st trip to travel.

By Maegan at PetRelocation on July 24, 2018 at 10:03 am

Hi Merthyl! Thanks for your question. Just to be transparent, this will be a very intense & expensive venture for your daughter & her pup. When moving a pet internationally, it is considered a full export from one country and import into another (even if the dog is only staying for 5 days). For example, Hong Kong is considered a "rabies free" country, and the Philippines is not. This means that her pup will be subject to 4 months of quarantine. Each of our moves are customized to fit the needs of our clients so initially it might be best if we relocate her pup from Philippines to the US or Philippines to Russia. Feel free to reach out to us directly by filling our our Arrange a Move form so our expert consultants can advise further on the options for her move. Looking forward to speaking with you!

By kimberly Call on July 11, 2018 at 9:07 pm

I have been living in Panama for 4 years and flew my 2 Shihtzus on United Airlines. I read that they will no longer fly any flat nose dogs. I do not see that any airline will fly them. Any ideas on how I can get my girls home to Texas??

By Maegan at PetRelocation on July 16, 2018 at 10:23 am

Hi Kimberly! Thanks for your question. Unfortunately the recent changes to United’s pet program has caused quite a bit of issues for pet owners overseas. There are a few pet safe options available but the exact routing will need to be determined. We have started using cargo airlines out of Panama to Miami then facilitating ground transportation to our client's final destinations (in your case, Texas). If you'd like to speak to a consultant about our services, please fill out our Arrange A Move form here. Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

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