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 Are you looking to move abroad with your furry friends? In this article, we will go through everything you need to know about moving abroad from the United States with pets.  


 Are you looking to move abroad with your furry friends?

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Moving abroad is a big decision that requires a lot of planning and forethought. The work required to prepare yourself doubles if you have pets that you’re planning to bring along. 

Moving pets abroad isn’t as easy as moving them within the country. 

And, no, it’s not something you can do last-minute. Each country has stringent pet-import laws that require you to cross the t’s and dot the i’s. 

In this article, we will go through everything you need to know about moving abroad from the United States with pets.  


Moving Abroad With Pets? Here Are Some Tips

  • Check the Pet Import Laws
  • Check the Airline Requirements
  • Keep the Timeline in Mind
  • Ensure Your Pet is Comfortable
  • Summing Up

Moving Abroad With Pets? Here Are Some Tips

In this section of the blog post, I will go over some tips that’ll guide you through the hoops you need to jump through when moving abroad with your furry friends. 

Take a look. 

Check the Pet Import Laws 

Each country has its own set of pet import laws that were created to curb the transmission of disease. 

Try to determine if you can bring your pet along–some countries don’t allow importing pets 

Ensure that your pet isn’t a restricted breed in the country 

Keep your pet’s health certificate handy–you can get one from a USDA certified vet 

Some countries require pets to be fitted with microchip transponders. You’ll have to get one if that’s the case 

Ensure that all of your pets’ vaccines are up to date 

Check the Airline Requirements 

Different airlines have different regulations for international transportation of pets. You’ll need to contact them to understand their policies. Some airlines even allow pets in the cabin if the cage can fit under your seat. 

If you have a connecting flight with a different service provider, you’ll have to ensure you meet their requirements as well. 

Keep the Timeline in Mind 

Some countries have strict laws and need a sequence of tests to be done before they give you the green light. So, you have to time each stage precisely and adhere to it. 

For example, if you’re looking to import your pet to Japan, the tests required take at least six months to be completed!

Ensure Your Pet is Comfortable 

Get a comfortable and cozy pet carrier for your furry friend–especially if it’s going to be a long flight. You can line the inside of the carrier with puppy urine pads to soak up anything if your pet has an accident. 

Ensure that the carrier is approved by the International Air Transport Association. 

Summing Up 

Moving abroad with your pet needs a lot of research on your side to ensure everything goes smoothly. You’ll have to spend a lot of time trying to make sure you meet all of the requirements. 

Of course, it’ll be worth it in the end when you have your pet at your side in this new adventure!

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I’m Jackie O., editor of the  international travel and lifestyle blog, The Jackie O. Life, serial entrepreneur, globetrotting Mama, Black digital nomad and overall badass.

I’m a former attorney, technology executive and model turned digital content provider and travel and lifestyle consultant.  I help Black women live magical lives all over the globe.

I’ve been featured in media outlets such as Travel Noire, American Express Essentials, Gorgeous Globe,  Flourish in the Foreign, Sorella, BizBash and more. Originally from the United States, I currently travel the world full-time with my toddler daughter, Ruth

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