Pet Relocation

It might not be scheduled yet, but in a country like the UAE it is wise to be prepared. Well how much will it cost me to take my pet back to my country?

The truth is, it’s dependent on a whole lot of factors and owners should get an exact quote for their pet.

The most important thing to check is the health & quarantine regulations of the country you will be going to, and ensuring your pet has the appropriate up-to-date vaccination recorded in the Health Passport.

Some countries will only accept your pets Health Passport if it is micro-chipped and the vaccinations were administered after the micro-chip was implanted in your pet - again, please check the regulations.

Most countries have post-arrival quarantine regulations, which can be anything from 10-30 days depending on the country. The same applies for the rabies vaccination, where many countries require the vaccination to be administered at least 6 months before departure. For example, when travelling to Australia, the rabies test must be completed at least 6-7 months before travel date, which would allow for a minimum quarantine time in Australia (10 days) - at time of publishing, please check if there are any updates on this requirement.

An example of a recent (2015) cat relocation quotes from Dubai to Sydney is as follows:

This included:

*Not included in lower range of quote 

If you are willing to do some of your own groundwork, including delivery to and from the airport, purchasing your own carrier etc., you can bring the costs down. Costs will always depend on how much you do yourself.

Below are some approximate relocation costs for a number of destinations (based on the same cat - 2015):

The above prices are purely a guide and pet parents should always take into consideration pet travel out of normal working hours, public holidays, as well as insurance and of course countries quarantine and import rules/cost.

It’s also worth noting, some airlines allow you to take your pet as excess baggage (and travel with you), which will cut costs dramatically (however note not all countries & airline carriers allow this).

Therefore, setting up a ‘Travel Fund’, putting a little bit of money aside each month or even working out which furniture or household items you will sell to fund your pet’s travel is a worthwhile consideration for taking your furry ball with you once you leave the country.

We also recommend keeping up-to-date on vaccinations (which of course is important for your pets health) and any tests required for export - even if you are not planning to travel.  Whilst expensive, it does mean that should you need to leave the country 'now', you are prepared.

Lastly, if your cat is a snubbed nosed breed (pure breed Persian), many airlines will not allow them to travel in the summer months (around April to October). To find a list of prohibited cats, contact your preferred airline or  pet relocation company.

From Dubai to...

Cost (AED)