Bringing Bailey and Howl to Korea: The Process Starts

They are cute sometimes.

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:

Not happy at all.

To assuage my guilt, I persuaded Jesse to adopt Howl from a former coworker so that Bailey could have someone to bother her.

August 17, 2012

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:

  1. The requirements for bringing pets to Korea changed on December 1st, 2012. Now, in addition to the prior requirements, pets are required to have:
    1. An ISO Microchip
    2. A Blood Titer Test
  2. Well, we now must deal with two cats instead of one.
  3. 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)
  4. 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:

They must…

  1. Be spayed/neutered.
  2. Have an ISO Microchip that is implanted before or on the same day as a rabies vaccination.
  3. Be vaccinated for rabies (must be performed within a year of entry to Korea).
  4. 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. 
  5. 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.


My interview with the Office of Education (Jeollabuk-do) went well. I start on July 20th, though I cannot bring Bailey. :-(

I will just try to figure out how to get her to Korea by the time Jesse joins me. :-)

Anyway, even though they have hired me for this job, I am still on my toes anxiously hoping that nothing else goes wrong. I will not be happy until I receive my visa number. (However, I have read on forums that EPIK once cancelled 150 contracts after those teachers had their visas and tickets bought.)

Currently, I am planning our (Jesse, me, and Jesse’s best friend Craig) trip to Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure in Orlando, FL for next week. We had the hotel booked a long time ago, but now that I have finally attempted to buy the 2-day tickets/Express passes – it seems that Universal’s ordering/ticketing system is down. I will have to wait until tomorrow so that I can call customer service.  This trip is extremely important to me since Jesse and I could not go last year due to a certain hiccup with his coworker.

On July 4th, we will leave Orlando and head down to Miami to visit Craig’s mum. After we return to Michigan, I will have a little over a week left before I am in Korea.

I have been consumed with sadness this entire week knowing that I will not get to see Jesse again for quite awhile. It is not so much that I will miss him (I will miss him greatly), but I do not like experiencing wonderful things without him. I am not sure why this is my case. I suppose I do not like keeping memories to myself. I used to love going on solo trips (I suppose in a way that going to Korea initially solo still shows that I still have that bug in me) because I liked connecting with the random people I meet. But I do not keep in touch with these people. I am not that kind of person, I guess.  A lot of folks have pointed out this characteristic as a fault. I am not sure why I should. I just want to live my life around the world… with Jesse. Though that is a post for another time. 😉