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 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 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 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 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!

By Irwin Aarons on June 18, 2018 at 6:14 am

Hi guys,My name is Irwin Aarons and I plan to relocate to New Zealand from Bahrain (Middle East)I have a Shitzu now 7 yr and in perfect health but I have mixed feeling "IF" she could make this long haul flight to NZ.I have a second option to take her to Bombay, but again I am not pretty sure how Dazzle will adapt to the new surroundings.Been a bit confused request your kind advise if you have experienced relocating from the ME to NZRegards Irwin Aarons

By on June 18, 2018 at 10:41 am

Hi Irwin! As you may know, New Zealand requires all pets to arrive as manifest cargo. When done correctly, cargo travel is perfectly safe,as long as your pet is healthy. Since your pup is shih tzu, we suggest reviewing our tips for relocating a snub-nosed breed. Feel free to let us know what specific questions you have by filling out our Contact Us form here. Thanks!

By Kalishtah shah on June 8, 2018 at 9:58 am

Hi , I’m from India and I want to get settled in Los Angeles but the only problem is that how I’m going to take my 2 shihtzus to LA from India .. I’m really concerned about how Will I go ? One of my shihtzu is 1 and1/2 year’s old and second is 6 months and perfectly healthy.... Can I take them in cabin because I don’t want them to cargo and One of my dog is 8 kgs and 2nd is 4kg ... Can you tell me which airlines allow shihtzus in cabin and how will I travel overseas with my two shihtzus???Thanks , Kalishtah

By on June 11, 2018 at 9:59 am

Hi Kalishtah! Thanks for your question. Each airline has their own rules & restrictions regarding in-cabin travel for pets. We only specialize in pets traveling as "manifest cargo" or unaccompanied travel. Feel free to reference our US Import Guide here as well as our DIY Airline Booking Guide here. Please let us know if we can help!

By Raika Melo on August 10, 2017 at 1:33 pm

Hi I would like to take my dog,a Shih Tzu, from London to Rio De Janeiro.She is 5 years old and healthy.We are looking to travel with Britsh airway.I have few concerns.Is it safe for her to travel as a live animal with baggages?Is the heatted tempeture right for the animal?Can you help me, please? I would really appreciate, I am so worried! Kind regardsRaika Melo

By on August 10, 2017 at 3:43 pm

Hi Raika, thanks for your question!

Pet travel via cargo is very safe -- we've flown thousands of pets safely, including in and out of the UK. Please read more about cargo travel here.

If you'd like some assistance carrying out your move, you're welcome to contact us here for a consultation. Hope this helps! Have a safe trip and let us know if you have more questions.


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