The key to a successful pet relocation is to plan ahead. Preplanning will make the overall process as smooth as possible no matter which country you’re relocating to. Here are 9 Tips for Transporting Your Pets By Air when you’re preparing to move your pet:
1. Prepare early. As soon as you believe you may be embarking on an international assignment, research the destination country’s pet import requirements even before you’ve confirmed your assignment.
2. Make sure that your pet’s shots and medical records are current. All countries require up-to-date medical information on all inbound pets.
3. Microchip your pet. This simple, inexpensive procedure can help reunite you with your pet in your origin country prior to your relocation and, potentially, in your destination country.
4. Check the web. Research specific country requirements so you’ll be better informed throughout the entire process. This will also help you keep current with the requirements.
5. Will CITES apply? The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. It accords varying degrees of protection to more than 30,000 species of animals and plants. CITES works by making international trade in specimens of selected species subject to certain controls. These include a licensing system that requires the authorization of the import and export of species covered by the Convention.
7. Will you be moving back to your original country? To make it as easy on yourself and your pet as possible, plan the repatriation of your pet as carefully as you did the expatriation of your pet.
8. Understand quarantine requirements. They vary significantly by country, as does the resultant cost. Do your research ahead of time so there will be no surprises.
9. Have confidence in your provider. Cartus uses only well-vetted suppliers to handle your pet’s relocation. Our partners handle this important service from door to door and provide a wealth of advice and knowledge.
If you follow these tips, your pet will enjoy its expat experience as much as you will!