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Pet Relocation: Update to the original article


This is a short update to the original article based on my experience of relocating my kitten from India to the UK.


Before I proceed to the gist and further details of pet relocation, a few words about a particular category of people who do not really want to do anything practical about pet relocation themselves but just email me and want me to do things for them.


What I did in 2020 is describing my experience of relocating my pet from India to the UK. I did this so that other people who want to take their pets with them to the UK but can not afford the fees of agencies could do the whole process themselves if they simply followed the steps described based on my experience.


This of course does not mean that you cannot email me and ask me a few questions or guidance if you get stuck somewhere in the process of preparing for pet relocation. I am always happy to hear from people who found my experience useful and are ready to make queries, do research on their own for their particular situation and make an effort to relocate their pet. And there have been some really nice and dedicated pet owners making queries with whom I had a privilege to communicate as a result of creating this website.


What I would like some people to understand is that firstly I am not an agency that will take money from you and do everything on your behalf. Secondly, I am not an agency that will take no money from you and will do the whole relocation for you on your behalf.

Thirdly, I am not an agency at all! This website and a blog were created to share my experience and understanding of the world and life and to connect with like-minded people.


I always reply to all email queries. However, what started bothering me as described above, is some queries of certain people that do not want to do anything by themselves. For instance, below is a few examples of the emails received recently:


"Message:i would love to take my pet traditional long hair kitten now. what is the procedure? from india to UK as im planning to go for study visa."


"Message: I would like to bring my pet to UK from India (kerals) could you please help me for this"


Then I responded what steps described in the article with my experience the person had already taken and if they had done microchipping and vaccination as these 2 steps one must do in India before one proceeds with anything else. No response followed.


The point is that if you are a type of the person who does not want to make queries with airlines, read about their requirements for pet travel such as crate dimensions, weight of the pet allowed, etc. BASED ON YOUR OWN SITUATION, contact them if you have any queries, etc. and just want to get things done for you, I suggest you just pay an agency because one can never do something by himself successfully if one does not want to invest time and effort into the process. It is with every single area of our lives, not only with pet relocation...

I guess my experience and articles are only useful for those who sincerely want to take action and understand that if they don't take action, they will be left with no pets in the country where they are going.


Here are a few bits of information regarding pet relocation based on the questions I received in the emails and to which I responded over the last few months. Hope you will find this information useful. Any issues, just respond in comments to the article below so that others would be able to see responses too.


"Can microchipping and vaccination of my pet be done on the same day?"


You could call the vet before you go to them and tell them that you would like your pet to be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies. You can do both-microchipping and vaccination on the same day.


"What papers are needed when my pet is microchipped and vaccinated?"


You need to check with a vet if the vet could give you a letter saying that such and such cat was microchipped with whatever the number is on such and such date and vaccinated against rabies on such and such date(Indian rabies vaccine is the same as in any country). Also when you call them tell them that 30 days after rabies vaccination you will need to collect a blood sample and see if they can do it or you will have to go to a lab, etc. All of this you can find out when you call vets in India.


As I mentioned above, you can book microchipping and a rabbies vaccine in the vets and get a document confirming it.


"Which lab can I can the blood samples?"


You will need a UK approved lab to where you will have to send their blood samples from India. Use DHL or any reliable courier. I would also check if it is ok to send pet blood samples with that courier.

Here is the lab I used to send a sample:

There are rules for international postage of blood samples on their website. You could get in touch with them-they will advise.


"What information should be there on a vaccination record?"

This is a UK government website to use for further info and details:

You will see on there all the details you need to have on the certificates, etc.

For instance:

Vaccination record

Your pet’s vaccination record in their pet passport or health certificate must show:

  • your pet’s date of birth

  • microchip number, date it was put in or read, and where it is on your pet’s body

  • vaccination date

  • vaccine manufacturer and product name, for example Nobivac

  • vaccine batch number

  • date the vaccination is valid until

  • the vet’s signature and contact details


Here is the updated version(12th March 2021) of the guidance on pet health certificates:

You can always call DEFRA if you get stuck in terms of their paperwork: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs


Some information regarding airlines rules for pet travel


You would need to call the airlines or email them to check the requirements for the size and weight of the crates, etc.


As I transported my cat more than 6 years ago, rules and policies could have changed and you will need to deal with each airline separately on this. I guess you need to decide how you are going to travel to the UK-directly or via Europe. 6 years ago there was a rule that if you travel from India to the UK by direct flight you would need an agent to collect your pets. I described that in the original article. As I wanted to travel with my pet on board and didn't want anybody to collect her but always be with her, I was coming back from India to the UK via Europe.


Stay safe everyone and happy travelling with your pet!


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Hi, I'm planning to apply for a course in the UK (Jan 2025 intake). I don't have alot of people around me who has taken their cat from india to the UK so this post really helped. Is there a way I can contact you, because I feel like I need alot of hand holding with this process as I'm doing this against everyone's wish (family & friends). The most popular comment I'm hearing is that bringing your pet to the UK is done by people who are extremely rich.


I feel and know that there is a way around it. Could you also please let me know how has your expenses been after getting your cat to the UK?…

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usman intwala
usman intwala
Nov 01, 2023

Words cannot describe how grateful I am for this article! I keep coming back to it time and again and everytime I'm assured and inspired that I can do it. Thank you! God bless your efforts. You're so right about the agents 😭. For the titer test, they now charge 30000INR (for 2 cats)! I was stuck and couldn't find ANY courier who'd ship my samples for me. I finally got FedEx's help and was able to send them for 2500INR. The difference is so drastic! The lab in Germany will charge me 9400INR for 2 cats. Phew! It was indeed stressful! I am a student and everything is ten fold harder! Thank you thank you, really! When I had…

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Hi Usman, I have just seen your comment, sorry about a delay! I believe you would need a Schengen visa to enter EU and be able to exit the airport to board Stena Line! I would check with a solicitor before making plans. Bearing in mind that this comment is almost 6 months old, you might have already arrived to UK with your pet! Let us know:)

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usman intwala
usman intwala
Oct 06, 2023

Hey! This blog, and I'm sure many will agree with me, has been absolutely incredibly helpful. Thank you! And if you don't mind, I'll take this opportunity to ask you a question. I'll be very grateful if you could provide your advice on this. Thanks a bunch!

You said that you took your cat's sample WITH you to the UK. Did you face any complications at both airports for taking the sample? As in, can we bring animal samples with us on board? I have a relative who will be going to the UK, and to avoid the stress of customs and their uncertainty, I'd like for them to take my cats samples with me. Will they then face any…

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Administrator
Administrator
Oct 06, 2023
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Hi Usman, you can't take the sample in the hand luggage as no liquids allowed. Can be packed in the main suitcase that will not go onboard.


P.s. thank you for your kind words 🙏 😊

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Vandana Bhaskaran
Vandana Bhaskaran
Aug 31, 2023

Hello!

I am slightly confused in terms of documentation if anyone here has done this post brexit. My vet here is also not very confident on the Europe-UK travel. Listing down documents to check if I am missing something -

  1. export certificate from India

  2. EU animal health certificate signed by vet in India to be shown at the country of EU entry

  3. GB pet health certificate for UK


Are these the only exact documents?

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Vandana Bhaskaran
Vandana Bhaskaran
Aug 07, 2023

Hello,

I am figuring out the docs and the travel route for my cat from India to the UK. The 3 month wait time means I can bring her here only in December. I have a one question on the ferry line -

are they sufficiently insulated from the cold for the pets? Just want to make sure i don’t end up putting her through intense cold on this journey.

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Vandana Bhaskaran
Vandana Bhaskaran
Aug 07, 2023
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Thank you so much for the prompt response! This is super helpful just like your blog :-)

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