The decision to move abroad can present many tough dilemmas for an individual. The prospects of not seeing friends and family as often, moving kids to a new school away from their friends, settling into to new culture and environment. Another dynamic that can make this decision all the more complicated, is what to do with our pets! It comes down to whether you want to take your pets with you or leave them in the care of someone else. If you are like most people, the thought of departing from your beloved pet will be unthinkable. For many, its a fairly simple choice….the pets are coming! In that case there are several factors you will have to consider beforehand.

Check with your new country’s embassy

Each country has different rules regarding the transportation of pets. You will have to contact your new homelands embassy to determine if your pet will gain entry into the country with you. Some countries only let certain species of cats and dogs (or any animal for that matter!) in. You can visit the country’s official embassy page to find the requirements stipulated. 

Choose housing that accepts pets

Unless you will be residing in your own private residence, you will have to conduct some research into finding a housing that allows owners to keep pets. While you are at it, find local vets and facilities in the area to make sure they are nearby!

Follow a timeline

In order to travel with a pet, many countries will require people to follow strict medical procedures. You will have to get timely pet inoculations. If you do not get your pet vaccinated at the right time, it will cost you additional money later on. For instance, a dog must have a rabies vaccination and blood tests for some countries within a certain time period prior to arriving. In some cases you may be required to insert a microchip in your pet, prior to arrival.

Make an appointment with the vet

Schedule an appointment with your vet several months before you intend to travel. A major concern of many countries is diseases transmitted by pets. Birds can transmit Avian influenza whereas ferrets, dogs, and cats can transmit rabies (the list goes on…trust me!).

Most countries will require the owner get a their pet a rabies vaccination ate the very least. Sometimes, the country may even require you to quarantine your pet for a certain number of months to guarantee its health. You will need to show the country a health certificate by a certified vet. You can acquire the forms from the embassy’s website. The forms will detail all the medical requirements required by them for your pet. 

Get in touch with the airline

Each airline has its own specific requirements for passengers transporting their pets. You will have to talk with a representative must abide by rules, as they change from location to location the rules about travelling with your pet may be different from city to city, but the sections and reparations for violations are always pretty severe! 

Invest in an animal carrier

To ensure pet safety, you will have to invest in an animal carrier. You will need to get the airlines approval on your chosen animal carrier. If the animal carrier meets all of their requirements, they will allow you to take it with you on your travels. If the airline provides you with an option to rent an animal carrier, you should, as it will save you the trouble of shopping around for one that meets their requirements. Just bear in mind that the airline will require you to pay handling, transporting, and holding fees. 

If you are planning to take your pet(s) with you to a foreign country, make sure all of their vaccinations are up to date. It is advised that you take care of all the requirements months in advance to save you trouble at the last minute.