A Guide to Moving Overseas with Pets
Moving abroad is a task in itself, but moving overseas with pets requires a check-list specifically for them. We’ve done just that to ensure your move abroad with your furry family members goes smoothly because the last thing you and your pet need is unexpected things coming up like long quarantine times, missing vaccination requirements and unneeded stress on the both of you!
Let’s get right to it!
1. Check to see if your pet is allowed in your host country.
Some breeds of dogs and cats are simply not allowed. For instance, some states in Germany consider Pit Bulls too dangerous and bringing them here is banned. Spend a little time doing some research on moving overseas with pets and whether or not yours is allowed.
2. Know the pet regulations of your host country.
When moving overseas with pets, make sure you understand what regulations you’ll need to meet. A number of countries require that you microchip your pet for identification, as well as staying up to date on vaccinations and shots. On top of this, some countries require that you quarantine your pet for a number of time (find out how long this is depending on where you are going and if your pet (mostly you because it can be so incredibly lonely without our furry friends) can handle that.
3. Visit your veterinarian before the move.
While at your visit, ensure your pet is up to date on shots, passed any requirements for your given country and most importantly, if your pet is up for the move.
4. Plan out your timeline.
When it comes to importing pets, you’ve probably noticed that there is a timeline of medical tests and vaccinations that have to happen within a certain number of days and in order. If you’re moving a pet to Japan, it takes at least six months to plan for the move. It involved microchipping, rabies vaccinations, blood tests at prescribed stages along with an 180-day waiting period after the blood tests before your pet is allowed entry without quarantine (some cost as much as $100 US a day!).
5. Contact your airline.
Different airlines have different rules in place for transporting pets. Skip the hassle of searching online and call your airline to find out what to expect.
6. Consider ways to make your pet comfortable for travel.
This will save you too because the stress of our furry babies stressed in a foreign place is hard on us too! If your pet is small and can fit in a carrier under the seat of the plane, you won’t have to pay extra shipping but larger animals will have to be stored in the storage area of the plane plus you’ll have to plan ahead for this.
There you have it! While we know moving with your pet isn’t exactly the easiest thing, we know how much these furry animals feel like family and leaving them behind is just too much! The trick is to simply plan ahead and prepare for whatever hurdles are ahead in order to get your pet safely to your new home.