Moving your pets can present a number of challenges, especially when you are relocating internationally, or coming to Thailand.
At Asia Pet Move we understand that your pets are a huge part of your family, and will take good care of them during your move. Our team will customize and build a solution to take care of everything you need to move your pet overseas, so you can relax while your pet enjoys a hassle free relocation.
When you’re moving your pet internationally, planning every step of the process can be a time consuming task. Asia Pet Move specialize in animal relocations, keeping your favorite members of the family calm and relaxed so you can have a stress-free move. Let us sort out all of the details.
Here’s how we can help
The technical documentation and requirements that need to be followed in moving your pet overseas can be a lengthy process.
- We specialize in everything your pet needs for a comfortable flight, door to door, or airport to airport
- We’re up to date with the latest regulations to ensure safe and smooth travel for your pet
- We arrange every piece of documentation, to manage the entire relocation process from start to finish
We follow an effective set of procedures and regulations in arranging travel for your pet, and are experts in our field. Our network enables us to manage international relocation efficiently and with care – wherever you are moving to.
- We can assist with all import documentation, wherever you are travelling to
- We can arrange for airport pick up or delivery for your pet
- We can take care of any quarantine requirements
- We can manage the boarding of your pet at either end of the journey
Critical for your pets travel
These are the most important aspects to consider when planning your pets travel, to ensure it all goes to plan.
- You need to pre-plan all of your pets travel at least 3 months in advance, and have prepared all vaccinations and travel documents well in advance.
- You pay for your pets flight when you check them in to the airport
- You will get a cheaper flight for your pet if they are accompanying you on the same flight.
- When your pet travels in the cargo area, the cost will be based on the dimensions and weight of the pet in their travel kennel.
- Allow your pet to get used to the kennel before the flight. Five days is generally enough for an animal to get used to a kennel.
- Do not give your animal anything to drink at least 4 hours prior to departure.
- Attach a label with the animal’s name and feeding instructions to the side of the kennel.
- There are many regulations that surround bringing your pet on a flight. You need a specialist to make sure that all is in order, because pets can be turned away at check in when:
- The travel kennel is the wrong size, or a brand that is not allowed
- Any of the documents are not in order
- There are too many connections on your flight, or the connections are too long or too short (typically a pet flight cannot have more than one connection)
- If your pet appears sedated, aggressive or ill
- If your pet is too young or doesn’t have the required vaccinations
- If your pet isn’t checked in on time
- Or if there are any weather restrictions
- During extreme weather (hot or cold) you may find a flight is restricted for pet acceptance.
- Snub-nosed animals like pugs, boxers and bulldogs, pekinese as well as Persian cats face additional restrictions on most flights. They can have trouble breathing due to stress, the changes in temperature and the altitude, and many flights won’t accept certain snub-nosed breeds. Get in touch with us to find out more, and your options.
Moving your pet internationally requires many documents and vaccinations, a high attention to detail and lots of forward planning, which is where we come in. Just because people can fly on an airplane – doesn’t mean all companies let pets fly too, so talk to one of our experts and find out how we can make your pets international move hassle free.
Safety tips for travelling with your pet
- Let your pet spend the night in their travel kennel before a flight so they get used to it, but if you can let them get accustomed to it for up to 5 days before your flight its even better
- Do your best to keep your pet calm – before, during and after the flight
- If your pet is older they will be fine travelling so long as they are healthy, comfortable with their travel kennel and have comfortable bedding in with them
- Make sure they have water before, during and after the flight
- Don’t sedate your pet, even if your vet tells you to. Many airlines have policies against accepting sedated pets, and will refuse your pet shipment
- Take your dog out for some exercise before you go to the airport, but don’t feed them immediately before the flight
- Check that the travel kennel is in good condition, and do not use if there are cracks in the plastic, or missing bolts and hardware.
- Don’t place any hard objects in with your pet in the travel kennel, but a favorite soft toy can help to keep them calm.
- Allow yourself plenty of time to reach the airport and check in. If you’re late the airline can refuse to accept your pet
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
What pets do you ship?
Our specialty is household pets, like dogs and cats.
What do I need to ship my pet in?
You need a travel kennel to ensure your pets safety during the flight.
What size travel kennel does my pet need?
You need to follow international regulations for the travel kennel sizes. Generally, your pet must be able to stand, turn around, and easily lie down without any restrictions. We’ll give you the exact dimensions you need, for your pet to be happy and relaxed on their next move.
Can I rent a travel kennel?
No. Typically it’s yours to keep once you have bought it.
Why can’t I just organize it myself?
Flying domestically with a small pet that fits under your seat can be very easy. However if your shipping multiple pets or need them to travel unaccompanied then it can be very complex. Our experience in pet relocation ensures that it’s both as easy as possible for you, and as safe as possible for your pet. Especially when shipping your pet internationally, some airlines do not let your pets travel unless they are being handled through a pet relocation specialist. This is so that every important document and process is followed, and ensuring your family pet reaches its final destination without any problems.
Do you handle pets coming in and out of Bangkok?
Yes we do, give us a call today and find out how we can help.
Can you do just a pet move, without moving everything else?
Yes we can, and we would be happy to help.
How far ahead should I start planning?
You should start planning with as much lead time as possible, because depending on the country you are moving to the procedures and requirements can take up to three months to complete.
Is there any certain breeds that are bad travelers?
You shouldn’t transport any snub nosed breeds during the hot season (or summer) because they have difficulty maintaining their body temperature in a hot climate. This includes boxers, pugs, bulldogs and pekinese.
How many animals can be in a single travel kennel?
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Welfare Act (AWA) states that “no
more than two live puppies or kittens, 8 weeks to 6 months of age, that are of comparable size and weighing 20 lb. (9 kg) or less each, may be transported in the same primary enclosure via air carrier.” This is a good practice to follow for all animal shipments, no matter what country they are traveling in.
What day should I plan to fly?
It’s best to coordinate your pets move on a week day, during normal working hours. This will mean all staff are working, and the liaison through checkpoints and border controls will go much faster. You should also give advance notice to the airline and confirm their ability to take your pet on your preferred flight.