Daughter is moving to a different country. Since there’s a big ocean between here and there, she’ll be flying. She has a cat that she really, really, really, really wants to bring along.
Some facts might be helpful:
She’s moving to Finland.
She plans to live there for about 2 years.
She will most likely fly out of MSP or DFW…which means a layover somewhere in Europe. It’s been my experience that you go through that country’s customs just to leave again in a few hours.
→ Upon further review…chances are good that she’ll fly out of ORD since they have direct flights to HEL.
→ Upon further review²…JFK is also an option.
What can you tell me about traveling internationally with a cat?
Doesn’t seem worth the hassle if the move is temporary… I had a friend move a dog with him from the US to the UK and I think it cost close to 10K for everything involved in the move that did not involve the third country customs. A cat will obviously be much cheaper, but still plan on it costing a few thousand each way.
I brought Goobs into the US but I drove her across. They should have asked me for proof of her rabies vaccine, but they didn’t… which saved me a big hassle because she was medically exempt from getting the vaccine.
Can you explain? I can imagine medical situations in which Canada might not require a Canadian cat to be vaccinated, but that those conditions would not necessarily permit such cat to enter the US unvaccinated.