We all love our pets and being away from them can be hard. So why not take them with you? Traveling with your pet internationally is a fun and memorable option. Especially if you are relocating to a new destination for an extended period of time, you may want to consider bringing your pets for your expat experience. Having a dog or cat around can make everyone feel more at home.
There are lots of hoops to jump through regarding regulations for importing a pet and it can vary from country to country. Some may require quarantine which leads to a certain degree of paperwork, vaccines, planting a microchip and even a pet passport (how cute). Depending on the rabies status of your country of origin, the requirements can also be different. Nonetheless, it is a very important process so make sure you plan ahead and research the requirements of your destination. We suggest speaking to your local vet and to visit official government websites to get accurate information.
The process is rigorous but can be worth it if your pet is friendly and well-behaved. Many of us consider our animals to be apart of the family, so take this opportunity to take lots of embarrassing family photos, sight-see and eat out where animals are welcome. The experience can be one you and your pet will never forget.
Need some inspiration while filling out that travel paperwork? Check out some extraordinary pets who travel in this great Condé Naste Article.