Planning To Work Overseas? Yes, You Can Take Your Pets!

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Taking The Stress Out Of Pet Relocation

If you’re moving overseas for work, the chances are you’re excited – but what about your pets? Find out how to handle their move so it’s as comfortable as possible.

The population of Brits living abroad is higher than any other Western country, according to recent figures released by the UN. Approximately 4.97 million Brits have moved overseas, along with 4.4 million Poles, 4 million Germans, 2.9 million Italians and 2.3 million Portuguese. The reasons for Brits leaving the UK vary, but a more favourable climate along with better job opportunities are some of the top factors. Deciding to move abroad for work is a huge decision but if you’re a pet owner, then you may be worried about how to take your beloved companions with you. There’s no need to consider leaving them behind – read on to find out how easy it is to take your pets abroad.

What Type Of Pets Can You Take Abroad?

First things first, the ease at which you can relocate your pets to another country, is largely dependent on what type of animal they are. As you might expect, the regulations regarding bringing dogs and cats into another country are largely straightforward, but this is much less so if you are the owner of a reptile or a rodent for example. Each country has different restrictions about which species they’ll allow into the country, so it’s important to check out the specific regulations before planning to move. For example, if you have a pet rat or other type of rodent, then unfortunately they won’t be allowed to relocate to Australia.

Preparing Your Pet For Departure

The planning stages of moving your pet overseas begin months before your departure date. You’ll need to visit your vet at least six months beforehand to ensure that your pet is up to date with vaccinations and has been microchipped. Remember to keep all relevant documentation from your vets visit, as you may need to present it to the authorities when you travel. If you’re moving to an EU country, then your pet will require a rabies injection, which is also the case if you plan to return to the UK at some stage down the line.

Transporting Your Pet

One of the biggest concerns that owners have about pet travel, is wondering how their furry friend will actually get from A to B. In many cases, it will be necessary for your pet to fly abroad, but they won’t be allowed to accompany you in the aircraft cabin; instead they’ll be below deck in the hold area. For peace of mind, many owners prefer the idea that they’re on the same aircraft, but logistically it is much easier to navigate airport check-ins, and dropping off your pet if they travel a day or two before you. This is particularly so, if your pet will need to spend some time in quarantine before you’re reunited.

Taking your pets overseas with you is certainly possible, but there’s also quite a bit of red tape involved, particularly when it comes to selecting a transportation container that passes regulations. Therefore, it would be a good idea to seek professional assistance from a pet travel company to take the stress out of the move and to ensure that your favourite furry friend is as comfortable as possible during this adventure.