Pets are integral family members for many people. So when the call comes to move country, how do you make sure that all your family members can relocate?
Preparation for pet relocation
Firstly, you need to research what (if any) quarantine requirements are in place for your new country for the pets that you want to relocate. This is crucially important – you don’t want to be following in the footsteps of the misinformed or the careless. Lack of knowledge of the laws is no excuse for breaking them.
Some countries (most particularly – but not exclusively – the UK and EU member states) will require that your pet have a ‘pet passport’ in order to travel. This is a document that is in accordance with the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) and will list your animal’s microchip or tattoo number and confirmation of the vaccinations that they have received. If you are in the UK or EU, you can obtain a pet passport from an authorised veterinarian.
Other countries have their own rules and regulations – and the application of these can differ depending on where you are relocating from.
If you are relocating your dog to Australia from the UK for example, this is approximately a seven (7) month process. You will need to ensure that you complete all the necessary paperwork, have your pet microchipped, vaccinated and have all the required vet checks done. Then once your pet arrives in Australia it will need to spend a period of time in quarantine before you are able to collect it.
As you can see, it really is worthwhile starting your research and enquiries as soon as possible to ensure your pets’ relocation is as easy as possible.
Logistics of pet relocation
When it comes to finding a logistics company to actually transport your pet you can review a list of accredited pets shipping and associated service companies on the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association’s website.
If your pet will be travelling internationally by air, they must travel in the hold in an appropriate kennel or container. Details are available on the International Air Transport Association’s website and within this .PDF document available on the IATA site.
If you and your family are planning to relocate internationally, Parental Choice and Parental Choice Asia can help. We provide detailed and individualised relocation and orientation assistance throughout the APAC and EMEA regions directly to families, and through employers.