International Customs

Jessica TeasdaleJessica Teasdale Member Posts: 13
edited 13 August, 2006 in Cats & Travel
My mum is taking me to her home, way over the ocean in Canada. I was born in Turkey, and I hear that I will have to meet with strange people called Customs. Has anyone else ever met these people before? Mum says our flight will go from Istanbul to Toronto, but we need to go through New York on the way... wherever that is. I\'m very nervous about meeting these people. Are they scary? Do they make it difficult for kitties to go with their mums? My mum seems very nervous and keeps talking about the paperwork she needs for me. Is there anything I can do to help her?


  • Melissa FordMelissa Ford Santa CruzMember Posts: 3,914
    edited 1 June, 2006
    Make sure you have health certificate, copy of vaccines. Not sure if there is a quarintine period in Canada, so you may want to go to thier website. For The US: Good Luck with your trip.
  • Krissy CoteKrissy Cote CalgaryMember Posts: 1,879
    edited 1 June, 2006
    sorry hector.. i dont know anything about that... but im sure you will need all your paper work.. and book of vaccinations. Wish i could help you out!!! and good luck on your move. Canada ia a great country! trust me.. i live there! MOL Let us know how everything turns out!! ill keep my paws croosed for ya!! your such a cuite!
  • Donna LenzDonna Lenz BethelMember Posts: 4,600 ✭✭✭
    edited 1 June, 2006
    Nawh - customs guys are way cool. Before we fly from San Juan, we have to go through an Agriculture Scanner - in case we have an pidgeon peas or wierd stuff in our crates. They we get checked by Security, to make sure our crates don't have any bombs. Mom says the most gorgeous men do Security in San Juan. And they are all really really nice! Just tell Mom to make sure she has all of your papers, plus an extra copy. Put ice cubes in your water bowl, they last longer than water. Make sure she also tapes some food to your crate. She may be able to visit you in NY depending on how long you are there for.
  • Jessica TeasdaleJessica Teasdale Member Posts: 13
    edited 3 June, 2006
    Thanks for the advice guys! I went to visit the vet today. Icky! They poked me with a needle and put stinky stuff on the back of my head. I'm not talking to Mum at the moment. I did see she got a "Vaccination Passport" but the vet says that I need to visit a few more times. I hope that doesn't mean more needles! There's lots of information in the little booklet about me and the yicky stuff they did to me today, but I don't know if it's enough. My Turkish is better than my Mum's and the vet said it was International. I hope this is what Mum needs to bring me home with her.
  • Rosie TrentaRosie Trenta LövestadMember Posts: 190
    edited 8 June, 2006
    Hi, Hektor! I'm familiar with customs myself. I was born and lived in Italy for three years, before my family decided to move to Sweden. My mummy was soooooo very nervous about the trip, but everything turned out fine for all us (there were also two doggies!). I don't know what are the requirements for entering Canada, but in my case, I had to have the anti-rabies shot, blood test, vaccines, deworming certificate and a pet passport. We flew to Copenhagen (Denmark) first, and that's where the customs people asked mummy for the documents. Then we drove into Sweden and no one asked us for anything there. Tell you mum not to worry too much (like mine did!), because as long as you have all that is needed, those people at customs could not harm you in any way or send you back. Sweden used to have quarantine, but not anymore, hence all the documents required. I'm sure your mummy will be super-informed of procedures and will provide the paperwork required to enter Canada. Good luck, anyway! Love, Loki & her mum Rosie xxx P.S. I had no problem on the planes. We had to take two, but I slept in my carrier bag, at mummy's feet in the cabin!
  • Jessica TeasdaleJessica Teasdale Member Posts: 13
    edited 29 July, 2006
    Just wanted to let everyone know that I survived my big international travelling adventure just fine. My Auntie Evrim helped Mum get all my papers and we had no trouble leaving Turkey. I slept nearly the entire flight from Istanbul to New York and dosed from New York to Toronto. The Customs Inspector had a quick look at my vaccination documents, filled out a form and played with me while Mum paid the examination fee. We were in and out of customs in about 10 minutes. When we got to another of my new Auntie's house I had two other cats to play with and I bounced around the house for about 36 hours straight. I was just so happy to be out of my carrier! Thanks to everyone who gave my Mum advice. She's so glad that I was able to come home with her with almost no troubles. Everyone along the way was super helpful and I charmed the socks off everyone!
  • BruceTheBossBruceTheBoss Winslow, BuckinghamshireMember Posts: 37,079 ✭✭✭
    edited 31 July, 2006
    Aaawww Hekuba, you are a star travelling all that way and being so good. I hope you settle in really well in your new home. Keep us posted!!!

    Bruce The Boss

  • Jessica TeasdaleJessica Teasdale Member Posts: 13
    edited 4 August, 2006
    Thanks Boss. I'm doing well here at Gramma's house. I'll be moving one more time in a few weeks and then I'll be staying put for a good while. Mum says I'm a very good traveller, but she's sick of hauling me around. I am now ruler of the house... okay, Unkie Darv is, but I am more dominant than any of the others here. Everything is going well and I'm having so much fun exploring! It's my first time with a whole house to explore.
  • Jennifer SimpsonJennifer Simpson Member Posts: 1
    edited 6 August, 2006
    Oh, I've flown from the USA to Germany and back again several times. I've even had layovers in New York. They are nice. They didn't even want to see all that paper work my mom had to get! They only checked that in Germany before we got on the plane. There was no problems at all. I had to get out of my kennel one time, while they scanned it under this big machine, but I didnt mind because I got to snuggle on my mom while they did that!
  • BruceTheBossBruceTheBoss Winslow, BuckinghamshireMember Posts: 37,079 ✭✭✭
    edited 13 August, 2006
    Great news to hear you are doing well Hekuba. I hope you are soon settled in your new forever home. Keep us updated.

    Bruce The Boss

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