Animal Life: Traveling Abroad With Your Pet

Mar 7, 2014

My friends Joe and Karli recently relocated to Spain with their three cats in tow. As they prepared for the move, they quickly discovered that transporting pets internationally can be quite a production.

There are a few basic requirements for traveling abroad with companion animals. Your vet can provide health certificates and proof of rabies vaccinations. Some countries also require mandatory quarantine periods for animals before allowing them in.

Research and plan several months in advance of your move to ensure a smooth transition. This may seem daunting, but Joe and Karli say that in the end it was well worth it to bring their pets along for the ride. They feel more at home in a foreign country, and their cats are now fluent in Spanish. 

You can find more information on guidelines and procedures for traveling abroad with your pet here and here