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 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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