Are you having to move to another country and want to take your pet with you? Animals can travel too! They can travel at least to most overseas countries. Some countries require more paperwork than others. Moving animals overseas to some countries such as Jamaica will not allow a dog or cat to be imported into their country. Moving animals overseas requires you to find out all of the requirements of the designated country. If you have an exotic animal such as a snake or monkey, you may not be able to transfer the animal overseas to most countries. You will need to check with the consulate to see if the animal is permitted. Dogs, cats, and birds are much easier to travel overseas, however, there are various steps you will need to take at least several weeks before moving.
Moving animals overseas requires certain types of documentation. Your animal will need a health certificate when no matter where you are traveling to outside the country. This can be obtained from your veterinarian. This can be done days before moving, depending on how long it takes for your veterinarian to come up with the paperwork. A rabies test may be necessary no more than six months before traveling, depending on where you are moving such as Romania. A vaccination is required by other countries whether you have a test done or not.
Depending on where you are moving animals overseas will determine whether or not you need to have an entry permit. Most countries such as New Zealand and England do expect animals to be quarantined for a period of time. There are some stipulations that will prevent the animal from having to be quarantined such as if you meet the Pet Travel Scheme requirements then a quarantine is not required. Rabies vaccinations is one of the requirements listed under PETS.
Moving animals overseas will need to follow US Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements for any imported bird for example. Birds from the United States are not typically quarantined overseas, however, you will need documents from the USDA as well as the Department of Interiors US Fish and Wildlife Service before entering another country. Health certificates are endorsed by a USDA veterinarian which may also cost a fee.
Timing is Everything
It is highly recommended that when you are moving animals overseas that you make sure they are old enough to fly. They will not be allowed to fly if they are six weeks old or younger. Moving animals overseas requires kennel standards along with any vaccinations or certificates needed. For example, kennels should be strong, ventilated with at least 14 percent of wall space and leak proof with a floor lining. The animal can travel in the cargo if it is too hot for them to travel along with luggage. Airlines do not consider the animal as luggage and will charge a different fee for carrying them. For such animals as dogs, cats, or ferrets they can come onto the flight with you as long as they meet the requirements of fitting under the seats of the plane.
Moving animals overseas needs to be planned out and possibly discussed with your veterinarian. They can make further recommendations in accordance to the animal. Try avoiding tranquilizing or sedating the animal as that could lead to death. For dogs and cats it causes respiratory and cardiovascular problems in high altitudes.