Pup and away: The guide to moving pets out of the UAE

Relocating a beloved animal can spell angst for pets and their owners. Here’s how to avoid the fear of fur flying.

On the many UAE Facebook animal community pages, the most commonly posted query is how to successfully, and cheaply, take a pet out of the country when relocating.

Despite efforts by the authorities and several airlines to make everything much simpler, there is still confusion about how the process works. Many fear the whole experience will prove expensive, traumatic, and even dangerous for their cherished furry family member.

Lindsey Davies, the owner of Dubai relocation and boarding service Snoopy Pets, advises people to plan well ahead and research the nitty-gritty.

“In most cases people do have options on whether they can take their pets with them as excess baggage or cargo,” she says. “Excess baggage is the most cost-effective way if the destination country allows it as you simply pay by weight of the animal.

The cargo question

“However, in countries such as the UK, Ireland and Australia this is not allowed. Therefore pets have to arrive as cargo. As with most things nowadays, moving pets is not a cheap process as there are many factors to consider such as the health certificates, airline charges and veterinary fees — if they are employing a pet relocation agent there will be their charges as well,” she adds.

“It is possible to move your pets yourself especially if you have time to research what is needed and arrange everything. But generally, people come to us to ensure everything goes smoothly and because they don’t have the time to do the paperwork and so on themselves.”