5 Tips for International Pet Travel


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Embarking on an international adventure with your furry friend can be an exciting and enriching experience for both of you. However, navigating the complexities of pet travel can often feel daunting, leaving you with a suitcase full of questions and concerns.

Our blog will give you the tips and tricks you need to ensure a smooth and stress-free journey for you and your pet.

Plan ahead, and get your documents ready

Start preparing for your trip well in advance, as some countries have strict regulations and require extensive paperwork. Obtain a pet passport or health certificate from your veterinarian, and ensure your pet is microchipped and up-to-date on required vaccinations.

Not only does this enable safe pet travel, but it will also save you the headache of arriving at your destination and realising you needed a certain document!

Acclimate your pet to its carrier

Once you’ve purchased your IATA-compliant pet carrier, it’s important to get your pet used to being in their crate so that they are more than happy to chill out in there throughout the journey.

Before travelling with pets, leave their crate out somewhere they can access it so they can sniff around and get comfortable with the idea of travelling in it. Never force your pet into the crate, and don’t lock them inside prior to travel! It should be a safe, quiet space for your pet.

Getting them used to travelling whilst inside the crate is also a good idea. Take them on a few short trips in the car before you jet off.

Pay your vet a visit

Visiting your vet before you travel is necessary to ensure you have all of the documents you need to travel abroad, such as your health certificate or pet ‘passport’. You can also be prescribed parasite prevention treatments for parasites and diseases that may be prevalent in your chosen destination, which is essential for safe pet travel.

Alongside treatments and medicines, visiting your vet gives you the opportunity to ask any questions and receive the best possible advice, giving you peace of mind as you embark on your adventure!

Plan your activities!

Before you and your furry friend set off on your journey, set aside some time to plan your activities while you are abroad. Not every tourist attraction will be pet-friendly, so do your research to avoid disappointment.

Remember, when travelling with pets, you must take responsibility for keeping them entertained and enriched. Look for pet-friendly beaches, parks and tourist attractions that you can visit together. Also, find some restaurants and cafes that will accommodate your pet so that you can enjoy a meal out together!

Pack the essentials

Start by assembling a pet travel kit that includes food, water, and necessary medications to cover the entire trip duration. Waste bags and portable litter boxes are also important for maintaining cleanliness and hygiene during travel. 

To help your pet feel secure and at ease, pack familiar toys, blankets, or bedding that carry the comforting scent of home. Additionally, include a copy of your pet’s health certificate, vaccination records, and identification information in case they are required at any point during the journey.

You can create a smooth and enjoyable international pet travel experience by thoughtfully packing all the essentials.


Our 5 pet travel tips will help you to enjoy a smooth, stress-free journey and create unforgettable memories with your furry companion. Whether you are after an adventurous mountain getaway or a peaceful beach retreat, follow our top tips for a fantastic holiday.

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