In our regular column On The Move, the team from Asian Tigers Group provide different types of relocation advice for anyone coming to Hong Kong or heading off on a new assignment. Here are some tips on what to consider if you are moving a pet.
“What are the logistics of moving a pet?”
Pets aren’t just friends; they’re family members. You’ll obviously want to do everything possible to keep pets with you when you relocate. Yet pet relocation is known as a difficult task. To ease the process and help your furry friends reach their new home safely, you’ll need to do some preparation, and perhaps ask for specialist help.
Check out the regulations
A first important note is that you need to follow the rules and regulations of the country you’re moving to. Generally, most states allow dogs and cats to enter, but if you have other pets, be sure to check any restriction clauses. Second, you should search for those airlines that allow pets to travel. The best way is to contact the airlines. This can be troublesome, but your pet may not be able to board the plane if you skip this step.
Choose the right container
Choosing a comforting crate for the flight is another necessary step in the lead-up to your move. Containers should be the right size as per International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations.
Consult an expert
Too stressed or don’t have time to manage all these steps? If so, consider hiring a FAIM-certified mover like Asian Tigers. Our expert team can help you take care of things like crates, rules and regulations, documentation and more. We also offer the arrangement of pet passports, door-to-door transport and updates on your pet’s condition during transit, helping to settle your fur-kids in their new home.
Got more questions about pet relocation? Contact Asian Tigers for further assistance.
This article first appeared in the June 2020 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.