I intended to bring Bailey last year with me to Korea. However, at the last minute, the school’s director gave the nay. It was decided then that it was okay to let Bailey stay with Jesse, since she would be staying in the same apartment after all.
I still feel guilty because she sat by the door for over a week, waiting for my return when I had left for Korea. You can tell from this photo, that she was not happy with me:
To assuage my guilt, I persuaded Jesse to adopt Howl from a former coworker so that Bailey could have someone to bother her.
This year, we are definitely bringing the cats. During my time here in Korea, I have learned the lay of the pet-land, and have dubbed it safe and doable to bring the cats over.
However, this year, the process is more complicated. Here is why:
- The requirements for bringing pets to Korea changed on December 1st, 2012. Now, in addition to the prior requirements, pets are required to have:
- An ISO Microchip
- A Blood Titer Test
- Well, we now must deal with two cats instead of one.
- Bailey has gained weight (appropriately), so it is unlikely we can take her with us on the plane. This means we have to worry about the temperature of cargo hold of a plane (if it is too hot, pets are not allowed of course – we will be taking them in August)
- I am not there in the U.S. to oversee everything (though it appears Bailey and Howl’s vet knows what he is doing)
When everything is finished and Bailey and Howl are in Korea, I will make a page dedicated to How to Bring Your Pet to Korea.
The requirements for pet-entry to Korea break down like this:
- Be spayed/neutered.
- Have an ISO Microchip that is implanted before or on the same day as a rabies vaccination.
- Be vaccinated for rabies (must be performed within a year of entry to Korea).
- Have a Blood Titer Test performed at least 21 days after the rabies vaccination. Keep in mind that your veterinarian takes a blood sample from your pet, and then must ship the sample to a facility in Kansas, which has a turnaround time of 3-4 weeks. The test must be performed between 30 days and 24 months of arrival in Korea.
- Have an APHIS Form 7001 filled out by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian, for each pet, as close to the departure date as possible. Especially considering that many airlines require a separate health certificate that must be filled out within 10 days of travel.
An additional note: If you are just traveling to Korea with your pet, your pet can stay for up to four months. If you are moving to Korea, you must register your pet in Korea.
Bailey and Howl are scheduled for their ISO Microchips and new Rabies vaccinations on February 11, 2013. 😀
I estimate that it will cost roughly 1000 USD – not including their “airline tickets” – for everything that needs to be done to get the cats ready for Korea.