When moving overseas, there are so many things to remember. There are deadlines, regulations, passports, visas, things to turn off, things to turn on, accounts to cancel and new accounts to open. It truly can be a never-ending roller coaster of events and emotions. Some things will go as planned, while other things just seem to fall apart. In fact, one phone call can truly make or break your entire week…
The one thing that you don’t want to forget, however, is the re-location of your pets. Moving is stressful enough and you shouldn’t have to leave your furry pals behind. However, the rules and regulations for moving your animals vary by country, so here are some tips to consider when moving your pets overseas.
1) Plan ahead. Just like everything else with moving overseas, it takes time. Nothing moves too quickly in this process and moving your pets to a country overseas is no different. You need to find out everything you can, keep good notes and records and above all, be patient.
2) Find out rather or not your pet is allowed into your new country. Some countries won’t allow pets into their country at all. Other countries will allow it, but there are certain papers, requirements, etc. Don’t plan on moving your pet until you find out exactly what is involved in the process.
3) Find out the requirements of your new country. Every country has their own set of rules and regulations for moving pets. For example, if you move your pets to England, your pets must have a six month quarantine period, micro-chipping, blood testing and up-to-date shots. You have to take specific routes and airlines. There also has to be last minute testing for ticks and tapeworm. And all of this is just for England! So, be sure and check for your specific country. There are also some excellent websites that will give information regarding the transporting of pets to other countries.
4) See your veterinarian to get the required vaccinations, health certifications, and advice. Most countries require at least a Veterinary Import Permit or certificate from your veterinarian to prove that your pet has been vaccinated recently and is free from all parasites or infections. Also, your veterinarian is who you need to see to get a microchip implanted into your pet, which is a requirement in some countries. Be sure and get a list of every document you will need in your new country. Do not depend on your vet to know this, as something could easily be missed and the moving of your pet can be delayed.
5) Learn if there are quarantine laws in effect for incoming pets. This is probably one of the biggest factors for moving your pet that you will have to consider. The quarantine time can be up to six months, in which your pet would have to be quarantined in facilities within the country into which you are moving. This can be quite stressful for both owners and pets, so it’s important to understand your new country’s regulations on quarantining of incoming pets.
6) How will you move your pet? Most people who used to move their pets sedated them to help make the flight less stressful. However, there have been some problems with sedation and even though the move may be stressful, the majority of people agree that it’s safer than sedating them. Many pets have had breathing problems and some have even died due to the medication. These are areas that you can discuss with your veterinarian.
7) Will you be using a pet travel container? It is important to have a crate that is well ventilated and is large enough for your pet to sit, stand and lie down comfortably. Also, some air lines will allow your pet to travel in the airplane’s cabin, if the cage is small enough to fit under your seat. If not, your animal will be placed in the cargo bay, so it is important to find out about the temperature and air pressure in that area. Be sure and find out the requirements of your airlines, as they also vary in what animals they allow and the sizes of the cages.
8) Count the cost. It is pricey to ship animals overseas for many reasons. The vaccinations, certificates, quarantine costs and other unavoidable expenses can add up rather quickly. Even the airline cost for moving your pet can be expensive, depending on where the pet will be during the flight and the size of the crate.
9) Consider a pet relocation service. There are many good services that are specifically for helping you relocate your pets. Often, these services will actually save you money in the long run because they know the best deals and can lead you through the process in the right manner.
10) Your pets will be stressed too. When you finally move your pets, be sure and take along some of their favorite items, such as toys and blankets. Remember that your pet will be in a new place, so be sure and keep them in the house or fenced in so they don’t run away.
With all of these important factors, it may seem almost discouraging to consider taking your pets abroad with you as you move. However, when you consider that you would otherwise not be able to enjoy the companionship of your pet, it is worthwhile. Remembering that this is just a part of the process and that you and your pet will soon be settled in your new home will help make the move easier.