Moving Pets to India?  Be Prepared to Be Patient

Dear PetRelocation,

Its a possibility that I may be thinking of relocating to Goa, India for a few years from the UK. However, I would only do this if it were possible to bring my animals with me without going through lengthy quarantine processes. I own cats, a dog and Sugar Gliders (a possum).





For the past two years, I primarily handled relocations to and from the Asia-Pacific, including moving pets to India.  Because many companies are now expanding in places like Pune, Bangalore and Mumbai, a lot of pet owners find themselves having to tackle the prospect of taking a job in a country that is the most populous democracy in the world.

This doesn't make traveling into India with pets any easier, however.  Over the last year, in its attempt to cut down on animal diseases traveling in and out of the country, India has significantly limited the ability for expats & Indian nationals alike to bring pets into the country.

To answer Roxy's question, I can say with certainty that if she were to fulfill all of the necessary import requirements for both her cats and dog, she should not have any problem importing them.  Those requirements can be found on our India Pet Import Requirements page.

As for the sugar gliders, India currently only allows people to move personal pets that are dogs and cats into the country.  All other animals are treated as commercial importations, meaning that while it may not be possible, you will have to fulfill quite a few import requirements, tests, obtain permits, etc. in order to enter the country.

Good luck with your decision and we are always happy to help you with your pet move!

Contact PetRelocation for help with safe pet transport to India.


PetRelocation Team






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By Jason on November 20, 2018 at 6:59 am

We went through all of this insane hassle.Spent a crazy amount of money of immunizations. Sending documents back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. Got the NOCs.When we arrived at the Delhi Airport, we had the dogs on leashes. The customs guy stamped out passport/visa and we were on our way.He didn't ask a single question about the dogs or ask for any documents.Strange country.....

By Maegan at PetRelocation on November 27, 2018 at 3:36 pm

Hi Jason! Thanks for sharing your experience! Sometimes you never know who will be having a good day or a bad day at the customs office :) At least you guys were well-prepared! Happy travels to your fam.

By Patti Ross on July 31, 2018 at 8:10 am

Hello, Can my pet dog be flown directly into any Indian airport ie Goa or are there only certain points of entry originally as is the case in the U.K.The purpose is for an extended holiday from November 2018 to March 2019. All heath & passport issues are in place.Regards

By Maegan at PetRelocation on August 2, 2018 at 4:10 pm

Hi Patti! In order to obtain the import permit or N.O.C., you must either be sponsored by an employer, show the receipt from the shipment of your household goods, or show a copy of your Indian mortgage/lease. If you’re a citizen, you must submit proof that you’ve been out of the country for at least 2 years. The N.O.C. must be obtained by Animal Quarantine Centre and these are only in the larger ports (BLR, DEL, MAA, etc.). Hope this helps!

By Charithra Sathyanarayanan on May 4, 2018 at 9:17 am

Hi I currently live in the USA(Savannah) and I am relocating to India. I have two pet rabbits and I am trying to relocate them as well. I desperately need help with their relocation process. Date and time anytime in June. They are about a year old, the breed is lion head cross rex, I have an international pet carrier for them aswell.

By Maegan at PetRelocation on May 4, 2018 at 8:51 pm

Hi Charithra! Unfortunately at this time, only dogs and cats are able to be imported into India.

By Apa itu SERP ? on November 15, 2009 at 8:56 am

Were you able to move your dog to India without that NOC stuff ??

Please let me know where you stand, as my friend is stuck with a dog in Muscat and we are confused whether NOC is required or not to India.



By vikramckumarath on April 1, 2011 at 10:52 am

i would like to take 4 sugar glider. What would be the rate for one piece.& what all other things do u have?

By chris on January 15, 2010 at 1:34 am


Did anyone ever contact Jet Airways to tell them they're information was out of date and wrong.... I'd hate to think of anmials being destroyed on arrival because they've read bad information on Jet's website.

They're generally a good airline so perhaps if petrelocation sent them an email they might change the info.



By Ali on December 20, 2010 at 1:44 am

Hi,All can any one help me bringing my 2 Persian cats along with me to Hyderabad India..they r 2 years old.Fully Vaccinated,Microchip-ed and have that vet certificate as well..i don't want to leave them alone in Dubai wile i am on vacation.

By Pet Relocation on January 18, 2010 at 9:14 am

Thanks Chris!  We did send them feedback using their online feedback form to let them know their information was out of date.


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