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Can I take my pet overseas when I teach English abroad?

Posted by International TEFL Academy on Mon, Apr 09, 2012 @ 05:15 PM

Can I take my pet with me overseas when I teach English abroad?

 teaching english abroad with pets

With more and more people going abroad to teach English, bringing a pet is becoming more common. In some cases, you can take your pet with you overseas.  However, there are several things to consider when weighing whether or not to move overseas with your pet, and the points below should be considered.


Requirements for bringing a pet into a different country 

Different countries have different requirements when admitting a pet, so be sure to check with the consulate of that country to read up on the admission process.  Click here for a full list of foreign embassies and consulates in the U.S.


What type of pet do you want to take 

What type of pet are you thinking of bringing with you when you teach English abroad?  The more exotic, the more unlikely you will be able to travel with it. Also, airlines will have different policies for transporting different animals and many nations have different restrictions for different types of animals.


Travel can be stressful on animals

International flights can often be very long and stressful for both humans and pets alike. Owners should consider whether or not they can or should sedate their pet for a long international flight.

 teaching english abroad with pets dog


Cost of travel with animals

International travel with animals will incur additional costs.  Costs will vary depending on the type of pet, length and mode of travel and the requirements of the country to which you will bring the animal when you teach English abroad.


Travel is more difficult for older pets 

How old is your pet?  The older the pet, the less likely they will adapt to the dramatic change involved in moving abroad.  On the other hand, younger pets have more energy, and require more exercise.  In the case of dogs, the opportunity to walk your dog as frequently as needed may not arise right away when starting a new job teaching English abroad. 


Will your pet be happy?

Finally, the biggest thing any pet owner needs to consider is if your pet really wants to move around the world when you teach English abroad.  The bond between a pet and its owner can be one of the strongest relationships in one’s life, but in many cases, English teachers realize that the best course of action is to find a friend or family member to care for the pet while they teach English overseas.  Considering the majority of people who teach English abroad only do so short term (1-2 years), this proves to be the best option for many English teachers. 


Check the following resources for additional information about bringing your pet with you while you teach English abroad:

US Embassies and Consulates: article on taking your pet abroad:

Expat’s manual on taking your pet abroad:

Expat’s manual on shipping pets abroad:

International Pet Import Requirements:


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