Important Things to Consider When Moving Abroad with Pets

For many of us, pets are part of the family—and if your pets are also joining you on your international relocation, then there are various things to know before they do. Below are a few steps you should take before you move with your furry friends.

Medical Qualifications

Every country has different requirements and restrictions for pets traveling abroad. The main reason for these restrictions is that they want to prevent sick pets from bringing along diseases like rabies and avian influenza. For such reasons, many countries require pet owners to obtain a health certificate that verifies your pet is in good health and free of parasites. Make sure that all vaccinations and health certificates are up to date and that you filed the required documentation to bring your pet with you.

Check Breed Restrictions

Believe it or not, many countries have restrictions on the breeds permitted into the country. Unfortunately, the breed that is frequently banned is the American pit-bull terrier. Other breeds like Cane Corso, English bulldog, and bull mastiff are also banned in some countries. When you're moving, make sure that your dog won't be subject to any new restrictions.

Countries that ban certain breeds include:

  • Australia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Norway
  • France
  • Germany
  • Singapore

Transportation Method

The species, size, and breed of your pet will most likely determine how your pet will travel. The type of airline and flight will influence whether they will travel with you in the cabin or as a checked baggage. For example, certain airlines don’t allow pets in-cabin. Some do...unless it is for a transatlantic flight. While you plan your move, obtain information from the airline on the restrictions and regulations to know how your furry friend will be traveling.

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