Leaving your place of residence and moving to another country is, more often than not, a long and quite tiresome process. When you start thinking about relocating, there are numerous things you need to consider before you make the final decision, let alone start packing your boxes and set the moving date. Where exactly you want to live? Can you afford living in the city you have chosen? Which neighborhood should you choose? How can you find a job? These are just some of the questions that you start obsessing about as the moving is getting closer.
But, as you’re thinking about these, you should not forget about one more rather important question – what should/can you bring? Or, should we say, who can you bring? The real pet lovers will understand this, as you too must be thinking about your pet as a person. So, if you own a pet and you consider moving to overseas with your furry friend, you have to make peace with the fact that you’ll have to face the extra paperwork and make your relocation process even more time-consuming. However, real pet lovers will also agree with us when we say that, no matter how long and intricate the process may be, it is still worth it.
Now, if you want to start planning your overseas move with your pet, read on to find out about some crucial facts that you need to keep in mind if you want to complete this process right and in time! This is important, for many people are not really aware of how long it will take them to get everything ready to bring their pet with them, so they simply don’t start with the preparations early enough and then realize their cute little puppy will have to stay at their friend’s because they haven’t managed to ensure everything required.
The first thing you should think about is whether you are allowed to bring a pet at all. There are countries which have rather strict rules regarding the animal import, so you need to make sure your pet is accepted in the country that you want to move to before you start gathering the papers. For instance, in Australia, you can only bring a cat or a dog. Even if you own an animal that is allowed in the country in question, you also need to check if that particular species is welcome, as this can be a problem, too. In addition to this, if you’re planning to rent a house/apartment, even only temporary, you should also check whether house/apartment rentals accept pets at all.
Once you’ve made sure the country you’re moving to accepts your pet, you need to do the same with the airline company. Don’t forget that different airlines have different regulations when it comes to travelling with a pet, so it’s important to check what these are before you choose the airline company. In addition to this, if there are several stops on the travel itinerary, the original rules might change depending on the stops. Another thing that you have to think about when it comes to transportation is whether or not your pet can travel in the cabin, or you’ll have to ship it as checked baggage. This can be particularly tricky during certain times of the year, because the cargo bay temperature will be too low if the outside temperature is low. For that reason, many airline companies restrict pet transportation if the conditions are poor. You need to think about all these possibilities and save yourself some additional problems.
Furthermore, don’t forget that the main reason why so many countries are strict about animal import is the fear of potential transmission of diseases. Thus, your pet has to be healthy and you have to bring a health certificate which proves that. The health certificate has to be certified not only by the vet in your country, but also by a USDA accredited vet. In most countries, the most important is a certified rabies vaccination, especially if you own a dog or a cat. Another important thing is that your pet is parasite-free.
The next thing you have to think about is how much time your pet has to spend in quarantine. Depending on your future place of residence, this period can last up to six months. And it is not just the period of time that you need to check. You also need to check whether your pet can spend that time in a quarantine facility in your country or does it have to be in the country you’re moving to? Finally, keep in mind that these are often expensive, so you’ll have to be ready to allocate a certain amount of money for this, too.
Last but not least, your pet has to have a microchip implanted. If it doesn’t have one, check which microchip exactly corresponds to the standards required by the country in question and have it implanted, and if it already has one, you need to check the standards again in case you have to change it. A microchip is very important as it identifies the pets and makes it easier to check their health and vaccination certificates.
All things considered, bringing your dog/cat or any other animal you may keep as a pet does make your relocation process a bit more complicated, that’s true, but if you start thinking about it on time and you really can’t imagine your life without them, that trouble you might go through will pay off eventually.