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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

Tips and advice from the global talent mobility community

3 Factors Impacting Pet
Travel - Plus Transition Tips
By Catie Cox
Below we share some recent changes that have
impacted pet travel, and expert tips for making
the transition a smooth one for you and your furry
family member.

1. BREXIT

Currently, there are no travel restrictions between
the U.K. and EU, but pet travel requirements will
potentially change after October. The U.K. is likely to
be treated as an unlisted country under the EU Pet
Travel Scheme if it leaves the EU without a deal. In
this scenario, pets traveling from the U.K. to the EU
would have an extended timeline, which includes
a rabies antibody blood test and a 90-day waiting
period before the pet is allowed to enter. People who
want to fly out of the EU rather than the U.K. so
that their pets can fly in-cabin will have to plan four
months in advance to take advantage of that option.
EU pet passports issued in the U.K. will no longer
be valid for the EU, and the EU will require a health
certificate for entry.

2. U.S. DOMESTIC AIRLINE RESTRICTIONS

Several airlines tightened pet regulations last year,
with fewer airlines accepting larger breeds, and
the list of what are considered snub-nosed breeds
is much longer and stricter, now including certain
breeds of cats. Temperature embargoes are also
stringent, so even nonsnub-nosed pets have limited
options for U.S. domestic air travel when it's very
cold or very hot. Good news: Pet owners traveling
with many small dog breeds or cats should not see
much disruption.

3. NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR CHINA

Earlier this year, China added new requirements
for importing pets. Although this did not significantly impact the overall timeline for bringing pets

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to China, it did add extra steps for pet owners. All
of China now requires that pets have a microchip, a
rabies vaccination within a year of departure (older
than 30 days at the time of travel), a second rabies
vaccine, and a rabies titer test. Failure to meet
the new requirements will result in a mandatory
30-day quarantine.

TIPS FOR PET TRAVEL

Here are a few not-so-obvious rules to be aware of:
The EU Five-Day Rule: Since 2014, pet owners
must travel to the U.K. and the EU within five days
either before or after their pet's arrival in order
to avoid the move being labeled as a commercial
shipment. While you can still import your pet that
way, the health certificate is different, the timeline for
completing the health certificate is much tighter, and
the import taxes are higher.
Proper Crate Sizing: Keep in mind that the internal
dimensions of the crate will be smaller than the external dimensions, so the pet will likely need a larger
kennel than you expect. Use caution when selecting
based on manufacturer sizing standards, which often
go by weight and breed. A good rule of thumb is to
make sure the crate is tall enough so your pet can
stand up naturally and does not have to duck to see
out of the crate; wide enough for your pet to turn
around comfortably; and long enough for your pet to
lie down comfortably with paws extended.
Destinations With Longer Import Timelines:
Some moves can be planned and completed in weeks.
Others can require the better part of a year. If you're
moving to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii,
Japan, Singapore, or the UAE, prepare early! M
Catie Cox is senior sales consultant for PetRelocation.
She can be reached at +1 512 362 6127 or ccox@
petrelocation.com.



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