How to move to London from Hong Kong with a pet

A dog is man’s best friend and no one can deny that. Also, any kind of pet is your best friend and gives you unconditional love no matter how you look or what you do. For this reason, the bond between a man and a pet is a really strong one and stronger than most friendships these days. So, when you are moving out of Hong Kong, you also will move your pet with you. Moving a pet is not a huge problem. You will need to make sure that your pet is healthy and prepare the necessary documents. There are more advantages to moving with a pet than disadvantages. For example, you won’t be alone when moving to London and until you make new friends as you will have your pet with you. Therefore, here is how you can move to London from Hong Kong with a pet.

What do you need to do when you want to move to London from Hong Kong with a pet?

International relocations are complicated enough when you are moving alone. However, it’s much harder to prepare a relocation for the whole family than with just a pet. One thing you need to keep in mind is that relocation is also stressful for pets just as for people. For this reason, you need to know how to prepare for an international relocation properly and without problems. Therefore, make sure that you are feeling well and completely sure of your decision. After you are completely sure of your decision to relocate, it’s time to start planning. First, you need to start planning in advance as you can’t prepare for relocation with a pet in a short time. Also, contact ReloSmart Movers Hong Kong and book a moving date. For your pet, you should prepare the following:

  • Check the laws of future country
  • Microchip your pet
  • Vaccinate
  • Treat any diseases
  • Prepare traveling documents
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Moving with a pet is not hard but rather rewarding

What laws does the UK have for moving pets from another country?

The UK has a couple of rules for moving pets from another country. For this reason, you first need to find out what documents the UK requires when moving from Hong Kong to London. First, you need to microchip your pet before or at the same time as your pet gets rabies vaccination. People who can microchip pets are a vet, vet nurse, student vet, or student vet nurse. The microchip will provide an important and reliable identification in case your pet gets lost or stolen. For this reason, you should remind your vet to put the microchip number in your pet’s passport or health certificate. The microchip needs to be according to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards. If your pet’s microchip can’t be read or your pet doesn’t have one, your pet will either be put into quarantine or completely deny entry.

Your pet needs to be healthy and vaccinated

A cat, dog, and parrot must be vaccinated against rabies before you can move them to London. Your pet must be at least two months old before getting a vaccine and the ideal age is three months old. No matter when you get your pet vaccinated, a booster vaccination is administered one year after the first one. However, you must wait 21 days after the initial vaccination to move to London with your pet. However, if your pet needs a booster vaccination in London, you must get an animal health certificate 10 days before you move to London. Your vet will give you this health certificate. As you have to take a few trips to the vet before your relocation, you should hire an international moving company Hong Kong to take care of your belongings.

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You will have to visit your vet before you move to London from Hong Kong with a pet

What documents do you need to prepare?

While pet movers Hong Kong will ensure the safe relocation of your pet, you will need to prepare the required documents. Therefore, you will need to prepare a vet passport or a Great Britain pet health certificate. Hong Kong belongs to countries in ‘Part 2’ which means that you will have to get a Great Britain pet health certificate. Your vet can get you this certificate and you must move your pet 10 days after you get it. It’s very important that your pet has a health certificate to prevent any diseases from spreading. Also, you shouldn’t risk it and not prepare the required documents. It’s not bad if your pet is in quarantine. However, the problem is if your pet can enter a country.

What routes can you use to move your pet to London?

You can’t use any companies or routes to move your pet to London. Also, pets can only travel to London as cargo and in-cabin are not possible right now. Some of the airlines and airports you can use are British Airways, Cathay Pacific, etc. For this reason, make sure to check available routes from Hong Kong to move your pet. Now, before the travel, your pet needs to be healthy and vaccinated. There is a special rule for dogs. Your dog must be treated against tapeworms before coming to London. This treatment must happen at least one day before the relocation and it can’t be older than 120 days. Also, the vet should record the treatment in the pet’s passport or health certificate. If you don’t do this, your dog can be in quarantine or denied entry.

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There are a couple of routes you can move your pet to London

Start preparing in an advance

It’s not hard to move to London from Hong Kong with a pet. It’s important to start early as you will need time to prepare all necessary documents and get your pet required vaccines. The first thing you need to do is to check the regulations and rules of moving a pet to the UK from another country. The rules are a little different for EU countries and countries outside the EU. So, read carefully about what you need to do and ask your vet about any doubts you might have.

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