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Going the Extra 1,399 Miles
B Y EV EL YN PEA R L , S EN I O R S ALES C O N S U LT AN T , AND ANAND A HOLTON, SENIOR INTERNATIONAL REL OCATION
CO O R DIN A T O R , P ETRELO C AT I O N

DEVELOP A PLAN-AND A FEW BACKUPS

Before any relocation plan begins to derail, it is
ideal to have backup plans B and C. Without
warning, our established airline issued an embargo
for Armenia and could not offer an estimate on
when the restriction would be lifted. Move plans
can often change due to airline embargoes, and a
backup plan will need to be implemented.
BE FL EX I BL E

Sometimes it is necessary to reevaluate relocation
expectations on all sides and look at the relocation
with a new perspective. In this case, both backup
plans quickly went out the window, as all other
flights to Armenia required multiple layovers or
switching between airlines-resulting in a greater
chance of pets getting stuck in a layover country
without specialized care. An unsafe flight routing
or backup plan, even if possible, is never an option.
We realized that we would need to let go of our
expectations and our " standard " routing plan-the

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U.S. to transit country, the transit country to destination. While the ultimate destination continued to
be Armenia, we knew we needed to be more flexible
and consider alternate-and still safe-routes that
required travel through nontypical countries. 
U SE Y O U R I MA GI NA TI O N 

We live in a world where almost all countries
allow some form of access for pet travel. When we
agreed that thinking more creatively was paramount in the success of this relocation, we began
to see more opportunities. We investigated importing into neighboring countries such as Azerbaijan,
Georgia, or Russia, with either added ground
transportation or a third flight. These countries
would typically never be considered for this type
of relocation, even while we were familiar with the
pet import regulations and entry requirements.
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The most important tool when facing a challenge
is maintaining constant and transparent communication with all parties involved. As collaborators,
our client and the U.S. Embassy were able to offer
additional insight that proved beneficial to the
relocation. When we initially looked at Georgia
as a possibility, our client and the U.S. Embassy
advised that there was increased civil unrest in that
region. When all plans led us to Russia, the U.S
Embassy was the first to say that if we could make
it work, so could they.
The lesson here is that relocations can always
change at the last minute, no matter how straightforward the original plan may seem. With a combination of flexibility, collaboration, communication, and
a little bit of imagination, a rewarding relocation can
result out of an otherwise impossible situation.

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hen you're moving with pets,
even a seemingly easy move can
quickly become complicated.
When we received an inquiry
from a longtime Peace Corps volunteer who planned
to move her two cats to Armenia, the relocation plan
appeared straightforward: We were using a familiar
route with an established airline, and the volunteer
enlisted the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan to assist with
customs clearance. But this move-along with many
others we have encountered over the years-is a
great example of some key lessons learned in the
field of pet relocation.


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