Planning Air Travel with a Persian Cat

Hi PetRelocation,

I am planning to move to the United States in a couple of months. I am thinking of taking my cat with me.

What are the necessary steps to take? I understand that an International Health Certificate is needed, along with Vaccination Certificate.

Also, I am a bit worried about my cat flying such a long way. Is it safe and comfortable? I would appreciate your feedback soon. Thank you.



Hi Jennifer,

Thank you for your inquiry! Moving pets to the United States requires fewer steps than going to some countries (Australia has a quarantine, for example, and the United States does not). For an idea of what to expect, here are the pet import requirements for the United States.

In addition to working with your vet to gather the required documents (as listed in the above link), you'll also need an airline-approved travel crate. Because your cat is a snub-nosed mix, you may want to choose a slightly larger crate than you think you need in order to allow for more air circulation and a more comfortable trip for your cat overall.

It's also very important to choose a pet-friendly airline. Here is a little more information about traveling with a snub-nosed pet.

If you're interested in finding out more about our door-to-door services, feel free to contact us for a consultation. 

If you'd like to handle the move on your own, we hope our blog and website can serve as helpful resources for you. Hopefully the stories you'll find on our blog will help to put your mind at ease regarding the safety of pet travel, and if you still have questions, we'd be happy to talk.

Good luck with everything, and thanks again for your question!


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Jennifer
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Persian Cat Mix
From: Singapore
To: Houston, TX, USA


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in October 2014 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team


Air Travel, Airlines, Ask the Experts


Cats, Snub-Nosed Breeds


United States, Singapore


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By Emma Louise on June 13, 2018 at 12:51 am

Hello,I have an exotic breed cat (persian, snub nose type). I live in Hong Kong and i am looking to move to Europe. I was told by the adoption centre that i got her from that exotic breed cannot fly. Are there certain airlines that permit it or other methods where I would be able to relocate her? I appreciate any help you can give. ThanksEmma

By Mahasna Dageer on April 22, 2018 at 1:05 am

Hai sir...I am from Cochin,kerala...i am havin a 4months old Persian cat...and i would like to take her along with me yo Qatar,Doha...i would like to know the requiremnts to take her along with me to qatar plz

By Maegan at PetRelocation on April 24, 2018 at 3:04 pm

Hi Mahasna! Here are the requirements for moving pets to Qatar. Hope this helps!

By Sherine on February 9, 2018 at 2:22 pm

Hi, I have a Persian cat of 7 plus years old . Is it safe to take her to India as we are moving back to India from Dubai? She is very sensitive, dependent one. Is it life threatening ?

By Christina at PetRelocation on February 12, 2018 at 9:09 am

Hi Sherine!

Following the steps in the above post will help ensure the safest move possible for your cat. It’s always recommended to consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about a pet’s health and fitness for travel. To bring a cat to India, you will need to meet these requirements, including providing a transfer of residency permit. If you would like to speak with a pet relocation consultant about this move, we are happy to help! Please fill out this form and someone on our team will contact you as soon as possible.

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