Moving to India with a Cat

#1 Apr 17th, 2017, 08:44
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Hi people,

I am moving to India from the US in a couple of months. I will be moving along with my wife and our cat, Alexander. We are planning to stay in India for a couple of years and return back to the US. The main purpose of my trip is to spend time with my aging parents.

I am concerned about bringing my cat to India. My wife and I are very attached to Alexander and cannot stay away from him. We are concerned that he might be quarantined in India when we arrive there. Is this something to worry about?

Also, we are debating between Bangalore and Chennai as our port of entry. Any suggestions on which is more pet friendly?

We started talking to a few agents to obtain the NOC for Alexander. I would appreciate if anyone could share their recommendations.

Also, how difficult is it to fly move back to US along with my cat? I've seen a few threads where people suggested it is a nightmare to export a dog from India.

Thanks for your suggestions in advance.

Sasi
#2 Apr 18th, 2017, 09:26
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Hey there,

I have been keeping a "brain dump" document of information from here and other places re issues relevant to moving my dogs. The two companies I saw recommended for help with moving pets/getting relevant docs are below. I remember that I got the impression that when dealing with these co's you should get a list of all services offered, then choose those you wanted and get a price for those specific ones (ie, you can get services a la carte rather than as a package.)

Also, I'd be happy to send you a copy of my notes (they are a bit higgledy piggledy, though), if you want, just let me know your email.
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Companies that handle all paperwork:

http://fuzzywuzzy.in/pet-transportation/ both in and out. Also crates, etc for going out if nec. Contact info: Cell:+91 984 515 8080; Direct line: +91 988 631 2691

also:

http://www.furryflyers.com/contact_us.html
1. Consultancy & advice on documentation
2. NOC / Import permit
3. Flurry Flyer staff at the Airport on your arrival
4. Completion of the Quarantine paperwork
5. Pet-friendly taxi service at the Airport
To avail our pet import services email us on: import@furryflyers.com
#3 Apr 19th, 2017, 00:51
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Hi,

I tried posted my email id yesterday, but my post was deleted for sharing personal information. Anyways, I could PM you after 10 days to share it.

I contacted a few agents myself as well.
If you are looking into Chennai, I figured Abu Backer from Universal Relocations has some good reviews. Here's the link: https://www.trustpilot.com/review/un...elocations.com

You would want to get a company that has its office in the port of entry, ideally. You will only have a scanned copy of the NOC and sometimes customs could ask you for the original. So having the company man outside the airport waiting to receive you would help. From my research Furry Flyers is based out of Mumbai. Its good that their service includes receiving your pet at the airport. I will try reaching out to them as well.

If you decide on a particular company please post let me know.
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Hi Sasi, just saw this after reading your reply to my other post. Will def. update you on any responses I get (I emailed 8 in total, I think), although it hard to imagine any reputable agency beating the price you found. And the duty-free bottle offer stands as well!
#5 May 9th, 2017, 01:38
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Did you do your move yet? How did it go, if so?

I have finally pinned down my dates. I was planning on traveling right after our exchange on the pet forum b/c my dad had had a stroke, but he has recovered amazingly well. So I had a little more time to get my OCI and travel with the dogs instead of going, coming back and then making a trip just to take them.

Anyway, I did have a specific question, who did you end up using as a pet relocator? I went back and checked my notes, I know you recommended using Universal/Abu Backer, and had said that he quoted $15k INR for the NOC for your kitty; when I wrote to him he quoted $350 USD (which works out to about 22.5K INR) for each dog.

I was wondering if he had stayed with the original quote to you, or if maybe he had misquoted with me (since I assume it is the same amount of work for cats and dogs), or if it was just more for dogs for some reason. I will probably use him regardless, it is still cheaper than other quotes and based on your post, they still provide more services than the other co's.

Anyway, I would really appreciate any insight on/information about your experience on this, it was so helpful before. I tried to pm you about this as did not want to bog the forum down if it seemed like we were the only people who were interested, but got a message saying that you were not taking PMs, so here I am gumming things up again! Thanks, Sasi.

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#6 Jun 14th, 2017, 19:07
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Hello!

It might be too late for a reply, but I wanted to let you know that we successfully moved our two cats to India in October 2015. It went better than we could have hoped! We flew on Lufthansa and the cats rode in the cabin with us. Lufthansa was AMAZING and very helpful and easy to deal with. The last leg of the flight our cats came out of their bags at the request of the cabin crew. They wanted to meet the cats! I HIGHLY recommend flying the cats in the cabin and using Lufthansa. We flew from LA to Bangalore. The Frankfurt airport was LOVELY and kind during the layover. Cannot say enough about how easy they made a stressful trip! And the cats were great with it. No "Accidents" and no noise, except once when we were landing which scared the crap out of our seat neighbors. They had no idea we even had cats on the plane!

We did have "help" getting through customs in BLR, but honestly it did not seem like it would have been a big deal. They were more confused we had cats at all than interested in stopping us. No issues with quarantine! I do not think that is a thing here and have never read of anyone having to do that.

They have also settled in well here. Amazon has okay selection on quality cat food and litter and supplies. We do always bring more back with us from trips abroad. We did get our windows completely screened to ensure the cats safety here. Please, please do that! In any part of the world, indoor cats live longer, healthier lives, but especially in India! They LOVE being here and have had no health problems or any issues settling in.

As for getting the NOC, we DIYed that with the help of a friend. You have to have someone in India to submit the paperwork at the airport you are flying into. The paperwork was onerous, but not impossible. It was not easy, the usual hassle for no apparent reason to the point we almost did not get it. We did have to have the NOC before boarding with Lufthansa, so don't even think of trying that. In hindsight, I would have much preferred to hire a service to help us with the NOC and move. It would have saved a lot of stress. The quotes we got were too much for us, but if you can possibly afford a service, go with that.

Good luck! Give Alexander a chin scratch for me.
#7 Jun 14th, 2017, 20:33
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we successfully moved our two cats to India in October 2015.
That's great. And it looks as if all the top cats fly Lufthansa, or should do.

I'm in two minds about indoor cats. For us, it is not really a possibility, as all our cats here have come to us from the outside. Our current cat[s] (we are not sure if number two has another home or not) spend nearly all their time outside.

But, in India, the street risks for a cat are much higher. If your animals are content to be inside, then I'm sure they'll live a lot longer. Also, as foreign cats, they'll have less climate shock to face.

Glad to know that you and your cats reached here safely and are settling in well. Belated Welcome!
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