Your pet is an important part of your family. When you’re relocating abroad, there's no doubt that they’re moving with you.
However, the process of taking a pet with you abroad is complicated. To avoid last-minute hassles, you need to start preparing months in advance.
To make the process simpler, it is best to enquire with your relocation agency if they offer pet relocation services. It’s best to opt for one that does. It’ll save you the trouble of co-ordinating with multiple moving companies.
Just like each country has different custom rules and regulations, they also have their own laws when it comes to the entry of pets.
When enquiring with your movers about the migration laws, don’t forget to ask these 5 important questions
1. Are pets allowed in the country you’re moving to?
Some countries have laws that do not allow certain pets to be brought into the country. Along with doing your own research, double-check with your moving company if you’ll be allowed to take your pet along.
2. What are the documents you’d need in order to import your pet?
Depending on the country you’re moving into, you’ll require certain documents. Ask your movers and get a detailed list of everything you’ll need. Some of these things may take time. Running around at the last moment getting things done wouldn’t help much.
3. Will you be required to vaccinate your pet?
Specific countries have specific vaccination requirements. Be sure to check what the requirements for your destination are.
4. Will your pet be quarantined?
A lot of people worry unnecessarily about this. Here’s an article that should clear all your doubts.
In some countries, this is a pre-requisite for clearing customs. Enquire if the place you are moving to offer quarantine services. If not, what are your alternatives? And if they do, is it available on the day of your arrival. Also ask about any extra charges that you might have to pay.
5. Do you have to be present for your pet to clear customs?
Some countries require you to be present for your pet to clear customs. Some don’t. Ask your movers clearly about this.
Moving internationally with your pets requires proper planning and preparations. But if executed efficiently, it’s sure to be a stress-free process.
To make the move simple and hassle-free for you and your pets, keep in mind these 5 things
1. Choose a pet-friendly airline
Ideally, your movers and packers will assist you with finding an airline that would be comfortable for you and your pet. Before booking your tickets, check if they will transport your pet on the same flight that you’re on. Also enquire about how the will be handling your pets.
2. Take your pet for a medical check-up
In order to move internationally, there is a list of health requirements and documents that your pet will need. We advise that you visit a veterinarian well in advance. In case you run into any complications, you should have enough time to sort it. Make sure the veterinarian is qualified and provides you with the International Health Documents.
3. Make your pet feel comfortable
The crate your pet is going to travel in must meet the standards of your airline. When booking your tickets, ask them about this. The crate must be big enough for your pet to sleep in, turn around, stand comfortably etc. It must have proper ventilation. Make sure the crate has big and clearly visible stickers saying 'live animal inside' and ‘this side up.’ Also write down your name, mobile number, and address.
To make sure pet can be fed if there is a delay in the flight or otherwise, attach two bowls on the doors of the crate filled with dry food and hydration gel.
4. Double-check all the documents
Make sure you double and triple check all the documents that your pet requires so that you don't run into any last moment complications. You don't want your pet to be detained at the airport because you overlooked minor details, right?
5. Enquire with your flight attendant about your pet
As soon as you enter the flight, talk to the flight attendant and ask whether your pet has made it on the plane. If there has been an error, this will give you and the airline staff enough time to do something about it right now, rather than tearing your hair after reaching the destination.
Choose Writer Relocations for stress-free international pet relocations.
Whether you’re moving abroad for work, or returning back to your home-town, taking your pet along isn’t a problem. For 63 years, Writer Relocations has been helping people move safely and without stress.That simply means that with our move planning, specialty moving services, and packing acumen, you are assured fuss-free moves.
You and your pet deserves the experience and expertise of professional International Movers. Why settle for less? Speak to an International moving expert from Writer Relocations or call us @022-334-91787.