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How to relocate your pet to EU, USA, UK, China, Australia, NZ. 

If you move or travel often, this position will interest you. Our pets are part of our family and will accompany us to the end of the world if necessary. One of the biggest headaches when moving to a new country is how to transport our pets with us and which requirements are needed. Here you can find the most interesting tips to know about what documentation your pet will need in case of travelling. 

We will find different requirements depending on the destination. Also the requirements will change depending if our pet is a cat or a dog. 


━ Table of contents

› Bringing your pet to the UK?
› Bringing your pet to Europe?
› Bringing your pet to USA?
› Bringing your pet to China?
› Bringing your pet to Australia?
› Bringing your pet to New Zealand?
› More information

Bringing your pet to the UK? 🇬🇧

While there is no quarantine for cats and dogs in the UK if the import steps are followed correctly, building a safe and smooth move plan for your pet can be a delicate process. These are the requirements you will need in order to relocate your pet to the UK. 

Because the UK is considered a rabies-free country, we recommend that you complete all the steps we have outlined to avoid quarantine on arrival. 

– In the event that you move to the UK your pet must have a microchip implanted and scanned.
– You will also need Rabies Vaccination and Certificate (must be at least 21 days old prior to travel)
Rabies Antibody Titer Test (if you’re coming from an “unlisted country”) will be required to enter the UK. You must wait 90 days after the blood draw (assuming a passing result) before completing export paperwork.
EU Health Certificate (Annex IV)
Tapeworm Treatment (for dogs only)
– It is suggested that all pets have full vaccinations, as well:
Dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHLPP) and Bordetella.
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP

Due to regulations set by commercial airlines approved to fly animals to the UK, pets must arrive as manifest (air) cargo on an approved airline unless they are medically certified service animals or documented emotional support animals and your airline has a program that supports the transport of these animals in the cabin.

Bringing your pet to Europe? 🇪🇺

Are you planning to move to Spain, France or Italy? Check below the necessary tests to avoid unnecessary and very expensive quarantines on arrival.

– Your pet should have a microchip implanted and scanned.
– You will also need Rabies Vaccination and Certificate (must be at least 21 days old prior to travel)
– Rabies Antibody Titer Test (if you’re coming from an “unlisted country”) You must wait 90 days after the blood draw (assuming a passing result) before completing export paperwork
EU Health Certificate (Annex IV)
Tapeworm treatment within 5 days prior to travel for dogs
– It is suggested that all pets have full vaccinations, as well:
Dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHLPP) and Bordetella.
Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP).

Bringing your pet to USA? 🇺🇸

Unlike most European countries, the USA is not considered a rabies-free country so rabies serology will not be required to enter the country.

– A microchip is required to enter most states.
– You will also need a Rabies Vaccination and Certificate (must be at least 21 days old prior to travel)
– It is suggested that all pets have full vaccinations, as well:
Dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHLPP) and Bordetella.
Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP).

Bringing your pet to China? 🇨🇳

China is a country that requires a lot of documentation to import our pet. A complete vaccination and a serological test for rabies will be mandatory to enter the country.

– Your pet must have a microchip implanted and scanned.
– You will also need Rabies Vaccination and Certificate. Two Rabies Certificates.
Rabies Antibody Titer Test. Your pet will need a rabies vaccine that is valid and under one year old at time of travel. Once that vaccine is 30 days old, your pet can get their second rabies vaccine.
After the second rabies vaccination, your pet can receive a rabies antibody test by an accredited veterinarian to ensure that the vaccination has provided adequate rabies antibody levels. The sample must be tested at a facility approved by the Government of China. Once these results have been returned to either yourself or the vet, you can move forward with planning your pet’s travel to China.
Tapeworm Treatment
– It is suggested that all pets have full vaccinations, as well:
Dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHLPP) and Bordetella.
Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP).

Your pet should be able to avoid quarantine in China. If your pet does not meet the above requirements upon entry to China, you must complete 30 days of quarantine through an approved port. 

Bringing your pet to Australia? 🇦🇺

Australia is one of the strictest countries for relocating your pet. It is very important to understand and follow all the steps to obtain all the necessary documentation and pass all the laboratory tests.

– Your pet must have a microchip implanted and scanned. (microchip must be implanted prior to the rabies vaccine)
– You will also need Rabies Vaccination and Certificate.
– Mandatory vaccines for Dogs:
Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHLPP) and Bordetella.
Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP).
Rabies Antibody Titer Test will be required to enter Australia. You must wait 180 days after the blood draw (assuming a passing result) before completing export paperwork.
– An external parasite treatment must be administered at least 21 days before a blood sample to detect Ehrlichia canis is taken. (dogs and cats)
Testing for Brucella canis (Brucellosis), Leishmaniosis, and Leptospirosis (if not fully vaccinated) within 45 days of departure.
Internal parasite treatments against nematodes and cestodes (dogs and cats)
Quarantine. A mandatory 10-night stay is required for all pets.

Bringing your pet to New Zealand? 🇳🇿 

Like Australia, New Zealand is quite strict on the issue of animal imports, claiming to protect its wildlife from outside infectious agents.

– Your pet must have a microchip implanted and scanned. (microchip must be implanted prior to the rabies vaccine)
– You will also need Rabies Vaccination and Certificate. After a primary rabies vaccination, the pet must receive a booster. You will then need to wait 2-3 weeks to obtain a Rabies Antibody test, also known as a Rabies Titer test, to ensure that your pet has adequate antibody levels.
Mandatory vaccines for Dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHLPP) and Bordetella. Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP).
Rabies Antibody Titer Test will be required to enter Australia. You must wait 180 days after the blood draw (assuming a passing result) before completing export paperwork. The date the blood was drawn should be at least three months and within 24 months of entry in order for the pet to serve the minimum 10-day quarantine.
– Additional tests for dogs include: Erlichiosis, Brucellosis, Leptospirosis, Heartworm.
– An external and internal parasite treatment must be administered prior to departure. (dogs and cats)
Quarantine. A mandatory 10-night stay is required for all pets.

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