Moving Animals; Bringing Pets to Thailand

My Research on Moving Animals
I have researched multiple regions of the world and have researched entry requirements, dog parks and pet friendly destinations. You my readers are now benefiting from my days, weeks and endless hours of time at the computer researching entry requirements for my dog Tanner.

spring flowers and a dog
Tanner relaxing at the park

The Details
Even though we will only live in one country, I had to do my homework for many countries. This is the first in a series of articles entitled, Moving Animals. Each post will highlight a different country. Disclaimer* I am not an expert and though I have made every effort to be accurate, I recommend talking to professionals.

Dog on the beach in Thailand
Photo Credit Hanumann

Moving Animals, Bringing Pets to Thailand
Your most important task is to check with the embassy and confirm that you have the latest information available. If you are working with a pet relocation company, they will be able to clarify the latest regulations. Thai Embassy Pet Entry Requirements If you’re a dog mama like me, then you’ll want to confirm with the embassy yourself.

pet in cargo
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Though the documentation on the link above says there will be a 30 day quarantine for pets entering Thailand; I have confirmed with a friend living in Bangkok that they generally do not quarantine incoming animals. I also reconfirmed the information with a pet relocation company.

Pet Relocation Companies
I am not endorsing any particular pet relocation company, in fact I have spoken to two different pet relocation companies about moving animals abroad. I have had helpful conversations with each of them. Air Animal offers this link to Frequently Asked Questions about moving animals internationally.

One Key Tip
When moving your pet to Asia, make certain you fly your pet through either Amsterdam or Frankfurt. I know this sounds CRAZY. It did to me at first. Then I heard THE REASON. These are the two cities that offer pet rest stations. At these locations your pet will be taken out of their kennel, fed and given time to go to the bathroom before their next flight. (This requires a minimum FOUR HOUR layover, anything less is not considered enough time.) That info came straight from a pet relocation company.

Frankfurt Airport Pet Care
I personally can vouch for the pet rest station in the Frankfurt airport. My two cats flew into Frankfurt and I had the opportunity to see their pet rest area before I finished my entry paperwork. They were together in room the size of bedroom. They had food, water and were lounging on top of the crate when I arrived. The Germans are animal lovers and in my opinion your pets are in GREAT hands during their layover in Frankfurt.

Hong Kong and Taipei
If you fly via Hong Kong or Taipei, your pet WILL NOT BE ALLOWED OUT OF THE KENNEL DURING THE LAYOVER PERIOD. THE KENNEL IS SIMPLY TRANSPORTED TO A DIFFERENT AREA AND THE PET IS LEFT IN THE KENNEL WITH NO CHANCE TO EXERCISE OR POTTY. That comes straight from the pet relocation company.

IPATA
IPATA should be one of your first online research stops. They are the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association. This is a link to their list of suppliers and goods for pet travel. Their site has many resources including a page called Find A Pet Shipper. The page offers links to several areas that will help you in your research.

Moving to Thailand
Moving to Thailand is more than just moving your pet, so I have included a couple websites with helpful information about life in Thailand. Living in Thailand This link offers basic information as well as the possibility to research properties in Thailand. This next one is for Thailand’s official Tourism website.

Pet Food in Thailand
This is a direct quote taken from EuroMonitor.com, from their pet care in Thailand report.

The leading two positions in pet care in Thailand are occupied by multinational manufacturers Mars Thailand Inc and Nestlé Purina PetCare Co. With their portfolios of established and well-known brand names such as Pedigree, Whiskas, Alpo and Friskies, these companies enjoy strong reputations among Thai pet owners and have subsequently secured a high degree of trust among Thai consumers. As Thai consumers increasingly regard their pets as fully-fledged family members, they are becoming more willing to spend more money on their pets, with reliable food.

Ozono Petropolis Park
Having a place to enjoy your pet is key in a happy transition. What I know about Bangkok is that most public parks do not allow dogs. So what are your options? Thankfully you have one excellent option in Ozono, a petropolis that offers pets and their owners a fun escape (with a membership fee) within Bangkok.

Here are two CNNgo articles detailing what Ozono Pettropolis Center offers you and your pet. Think luxury, outdoor pet fun, pet friendly restaurants and grooming and boarding all within this outstanding complex. Ozono on CNNgo

Google Map Directions to Ozono in Bangkok


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Doggie Doo
Doggie Doo is another pet friendly spot where you can take your dogs to swim in a pool and socialize with other dogs. They also over boarding and grooming and owners are provided a place to enjoy the fun with their pet or have a drink near the pool and watch their pet play. As a bonus the Doggie Doo website offers links to pet friendly restaurants in Bangkok as well as pet friendly resorts. They also have a Facebook page. *I learned about Doggie Do through CNNgo.


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Insight and Comfort
I know this doesn’t answer every question about moving animals to Thailand or even about what your dogs life will be like in Thailand. I hope what it does offer is some solid insight and comfort to know that you and your pet can make this transition to a new and exciting life, in Thailand.

Last, but not least if you are moving to Thailand, Thai food and all of it’s amazing options are going to be a priority, once you and your pet are settled. Here is a link to a guide called Eating Thai Food