Moving internationally with pets

Moving internationally with pets is not an easy task. Whether you are moving across the world or you are just shipping from Kuwait to Dubai, there will be many things to think about. Besides informing yourself about different laws and regulations, you will need to find an appropriate carrier, deal with immense paperwork, overcome different health issues, and such. But, that is not all. Maybe the most important part of moving your pet internationally is to deal with its needs. Pets could have a lot of trouble while traveling. Therefore, you will have to devote a lot of time to this aspect of the process. Here is how you should do it.

Moving internationally with pets is not easy. Learn about different laws and regulations

Every country has different laws and regulations that you will need to know about before moving overseas with pets. Therefore, your first task is to research the internet for information. If you are shipping from Kuwait to UK, for example, you will need to know about Kuwait’s laws as well as the UK’s. Unfortunately, even though there are many sources about this topic that you can find online, many of them are unreliable and can only create confusion. But what is much worse, could get you in trouble. If you like to find reliable information, the best sources are government websites that are usually updated regularly. However, maybe it is even better to find a shipping company that is doing this kind of work and ask for their advice.

The law book and a hammer
Inform yourself about different laws and regulations regarding international pet shipping

Find an experienced shipping company that will help you transport a pet overseas

Once you are well informed about all the requirements to which you will need to comply, you need to think about the shipping company that will transport your pet. Of course, it all depends on the length of your move. But if you are moving to Kuwait from the US, for example, the plain will be your only solution. If you are moving to Kuwait from Dubai, there are other ways to do it. Nevertheless, your goal is to find a reliable carrier that has experience with moving pets internationally. Once you locate such a company, you will need to learn about their guidelines and requirements on how and what to prepare. Every carrier has its own different rules regarding international pet travel. So besides the laws of the countries, you will have to learn about carrier requests too.

Figure out your schedule before you start anything

After you learn about every paper and thing that you will need to do and acquire, it would be smart to establish some schedule that you will follow. When there are so many different things to do in such a lengthy period, there is a big chance that you will forget something. And failing to do just one thing can be a disaster when moving overseas with pets. That is why, as soon as you learn all the requirements, sit down think about your timeline, and throw it all on the paper. That is the safest way to make sure that everything will be finished in time.

A schedule planner
When you are moving internationally with pets the schedule will be very important

Health requirements that you will need to take care of when moving internationally with pets

The good thing about finding reliable shipping companies in Kuwait in this early stage is that you will have an opportunity to ask and get advice from them about every law and regulation. This means that you will have a lot of time to acquire every paper and permit that you will need.  When you are moving abroad with pets, most of the papers and certificates will involve your pet’s vet. So that is probably where you will need to go next. Most of the time, your pet will need to receive certain vaccines, get blood samples, and medications. And often, you will need to do it a few weeks, or even months, before the trip.  That is why it is important to start dealing with the vet as soon as you can.

Find a suitable pet carrier as soon as you can

As soon as you get out of your vet’s practice, you need to begin searching for the right crate for your pet. Of course in compliance with your shipper’s requirements. As mentioned above, shipping companies have different rules about moving internationally with pets. So they are the only ones who can tell you which type of pet carrier you can use for transporting your friend.

When you are moving internationally with your pet it will need some time to accept the new carrier

The reason why you need to do this in the early stage of your preparation is that your pet will need time to get accustomed to the new carrier. If you give it enough time, your friend will accept the carrier as its new home. It will have a much easier time when it is in the plane’s cargo area sheltered in its familiar surroundings. That is why try to get a pet carrier at least a month before the move. Place the carrier next to your pet’s old place. Stuff it with treats and favorite toys and let the things unfold at their own pace.

A dog in a carrier
Give your pet enough time to get used to a new carrier

Final checks before packing

Moving internationally with pets is a complicated process. So, in your final days before the move, go through everything that you have done once more. Call your shipping company to confirm that everything is in order. Check your documents and paperwork. Call the vet and make sure that blood samples, chips, and vaccines are as they should be. Finally, make sure that your pet has accepted the new carrier as its new home. If everything is in order, you can start thinking about packing for the move.