Moving abroad with a pet

Moving Abroad with your Family Pet

Moving to another country with your pet is exciting but it can also be stressful.  There’s a lot to think about: Vaccinations, paperwork, transport, travel kennels and flights

It may seem a daunting prospect, but more than a million pets fly safely around the world each year.  As long as you allow plenty of time for the travel arrangements to be made, moving with your pet should not cause any additional worry or stress.  Here are some things to think about to ensure that your pet/s travel safely:

  • Travel kennels; all pets must travel in an IATA ( International Air Transport Association ) approved air kennels.  Each kennel must strictly adhere to design guidelines and must allow plenty of space for your pet to stand, turn & be comfy
  • Flights; pets are restricted to flying on certain flights as the aircraft must have a heated & pressurised livestock hold.  Some airlines such as Ryanair & Easyjet do not carry pets at all, always check with your chosen airline.  If the flight to your destination is non-direct, ensure that the transit airport has the facilities to look after your pet safely
  • Import regulations: every country has different import regulations that you must adhere to. If you arrive in a country with the incorrect papers for your pet, you will be delayed while the error is corrected, worst case, they may decide to send your pet back the UK

You may decide that the best way to manage your pet’s move is to employ a specialist pet relocation company.  There are several good companies within the UK, all offering various services, from just booking a flight for your pet, right through to complete door to door relocation.  Speak to at least 2 or 3 companies to get a feel for who you are comfortable with and always compare their service “like for like”.  Your chosen company should accommodate all your concerns & worries and provide you with confidence & reassurance.