We’re sure that none of the real pet lovers would consider moving anywhere without their furry friend, so if you’re one of those people, you are at the right place. We have to warn you that you’ll have to face some extra paperwork when moving overseas with a pet, which will probably make the whole moving process even more time-consuming than you thought it would be, but, let’s face it – it’s worth it. Moving to another country with your dog or cat requires special preparation, which is why we’ve gathered some information that you need to keep in mind.
1. Check whether you’re allowed to bring your pet
The first and foremost thing to do is to learn something about the rules and regulations of the country to which you’re planning to move. You might have chosen one that has somewhat strict rules regarding the animal import. For that reason, before you get familiar with all the documents you need to bring, you need to make sure whether you’re allowed to bring your pet in the first place. Should you decide to live in Australia, for instance, you will be welcome only if you bring a cat or a dog. Another thing to check is whether that particular species is accepted.
2. Learn about your airline company rules
Furthermore, you need to remember that different airlines have different regulations when it comes to traveling with a pet, so before you pick one, learn everything about their rules. The next thing to check is whether these rules are susceptible to change if there are several stops on your travel itinerary. Once you’ve answered these two major questions, it’s time to think about the transportation alone, i.e., will your pet travel in the cabin, or you’ll have to ship it as checked baggage perhaps.
3. Bring a health certificate
Naturally, one of the main reasons why some countries are strict about animal import is the transmission of diseases. For that reason, they need to make sure that your pet is healthy enough to be imported, which will be proven by a certified health certificate. Do know that it won’t be enough to get it certified by the vet in your country, but you also need a USDA accredited vet to confirm your pet’s health. So, you will need proof that your pet has been given rabies vaccination and that it is parasite-free.
4. Think about the time spent in quarantine
As you could guess, your pet will have to spend some time in quarantine, but how long it will be there depends on your chosen destination. Most likely, this period will last for up to six months. In addition to this, you should also make sure whether your pet can spend that time in a quarantine facility in your country or it has to be in the country you’re moving to.
5. Don’t forget about the microchip
Finally, keep in mind that your pet has to have a microchip implanted. Of course, not just any, but the one that exactly corresponds to the standards required by the country to which you’re about to relocate, so check that as soon as possible in case your pet already has one, but you have to change it.
So, no matter how intricate it might be to bring your cute furry friend to a country far away, we’re sure you won’t mind going through the trouble. You just need to follow the previously mentioned steps, and you’re good to go. For more moving tips, feel free to contact I Love Moving crew whenever you want – we are here to help you out.