This comprehensive guide contains the most current information available, but it is titled “Keeping Up” for a reason – things change in the world and in the world of pet travel. We will update this guide periodically as airlines change their policies or if key information changes regarding paperwork, vaccinations, service animals, crates, etc., found in the following chapters.
Any overseas relocation that includes family pets will be challenging. Pet travel adds considerably to your to-do list because it can be convoluted, confusing, and time-consuming. On top of that, every pet parent is naturally concerned about how your furry beloved will weather the journey. Could it get any more complicated?
Every dog who hopes to move overseas with his family needs a passport. Not a little leatherette booklet like his humans use, but documentation nonetheless. In his case, your dog’s paperwork is intended to prove his personal health as well as his identity. Some countries require fairly straight-forward paperwork, whereas others make the process more difficult because they are extra-cautious about pets they allow in.
Dogs and cats who travel on planes must be confined to a pet travel carrier, or “crate.” That makes sense, but we’re not talking about just any carrier here. Your pet’s in-transit “home away from home” must meet stringent requirements. So, one of the most important aspects of planning your furry friend’s move is getting him exactly the right carrier.
Health certification is more than a formality for pets hoping to travel overseas. That’s especially true if your dog is one of many flat-faced breeds. You want him to be physically comfortable and secure throughout his journey, but medical factors can significantly affect his fitness for travel and, as a result, his safety as well as his comfort.
Moving overseas requires more preparation than simply deciding what to take and packing it up. You have to get your family emotionally ready to go, too, and that’s not always easy – especially when your family includes a beloved pet. You cannot explain to a dog or cat what’s happening and why. And, frankly, organizing a pet for an international move involves complex choreography.