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Top 3 Most Pet Friendly Countries in the World

Moving abroad can be a stressful experience and when you have a furry friend by your side, choosing the ideal location to which to move is a huge decision you need to make

Posted on

9 July 2019

Last updated on 19 January 2020
Top 3 Most Pet Friendly Countries in the World

However, you’ll be pleased to know that there are several pet-friendly countries that will enable your pet to enjoy new environments just as much as you.

Here at Santa Fe Relocation, we’re taking a closer look at the top three most pet-friendly countries in the world for the best possible experience away from home.


As a nation of dog lovers, France is the perfect place for those who are attached to their four-legged friend. With dogs permitted to enter shops and even various bars, you can take your canine almost anywhere. What’s more, it’s relatively easy to get your dog to France.

To enter the country from the UK, your pet is required to be micro-chipped and have a valid passport, which must be obtained at least three weeks prior to your move. Your dog must also have a valid rabies vaccine to prevent the spread of the disease. If you are planning to travel with your pet via the Eurotunnel Shuttle, you’ll be pleased to know that there is plenty to keep your furry friend entertained on board. From fun exercise areas that help pass the time, to the ability to keep your pet with you at all times to keep them comfortable throughout the crossing, travelling to France with your dog has never been so straightforward!

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If you want to travel with your canine but are looking to move somewhere other than France, Australia should be your next destination of choice. Brimming with beautiful beaches and numerous national parks, your pet can truly enjoy the freedom of the outdoors here. What’s more, in Australia, dogs are typically allowed on public transport.

While you must ensure that the rules are followed, this allows you to travel along Australia’s coast without limitation. However, Australia does boast strict animal-import laws in order to better manage various bio-security risks. As a result, both cats and dogs are required to be quarantined on arrival. While you are able to visit your pet in quarantine providing that all the import conditions have been met, you may not be officially reunited with your pet for 10 days.

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With the ability to take your pets to several places in the UK, it’s no surprise that an increasing number of holiday-makers are choosing to visit and it’s becoming a destination of choice for foreign expats. Whether you are moving to the United Kingdom or are visiting a family member or close friend, there is plenty for your pet to do.

From the chance to run in gorgeous gardens and parks across the country, to the ease of travelling on the London Underground free of charge, your pets will be made to feel at home.

To bring your dog, cat or ferret to the UK, you must ensure that your pet has been microchipped, has a valid pet passport and has been vaccinated against rabies. If you are travelling from an unlisted country, then your pet is required to have a blood test. Before you travel, be sure to check that the company you have arranged to travel with accepts your pet.

While there are several pet-friendly countries across the globe, France, Australia and the United Kingdom are among the top places to take your furry friend where you’re guaranteed a warm reception.

If you are moving abroad soon and require pet relocation, get in touch with a member of our friendly team to find out how we ensure a fantastic experience on 04 332 1595, today.

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