So you want to move with your bird to the US?

It can seem like a daunting and terrifying process, especially that there is a big lack of information of what goes on into importing your pet bird.

There are several routes to do so, i.e; hiring a broker / expert in importing animals or doing it yourself.

This blog post series will be dedicated to doing it yourself.

Before I go on any further, I want to put a disclaimer: There might be additional rules / documentations if you are from another country besides Finland. But as far as I know, if you are from EU this process should be the same.

Now, there are 2 ways to bring in your bird yourself: Carry on in the cabin with you or shipping it in the live animal cargo of the airplane. I will only touch on carry on in cabin, since I do not have experience with the latter.

Second disclaimer: There are rules for airline carry on in cabin depending on the airline. Not all accept birds in cabin especially from Europe. Also, not all accept large parrots in cabin (most don’t).

Now that we have the disclaimers out, let me set up the scenario:

When my husband got his job here in the US back in February, it was crunch-time to start thinking about the move. There was no set date on when the move would happen, but I assumed somewhere in June. Then I started my research on how to move my pet bird: Muffy. If you know him, then great! If not, well…he is my little sunshine. He is a very peculiar Canary bird. Under 1 oz, but very friendly and playful 🙂

The blog posts will be divided into few parts:

  1. The checklist: What you need to consider, what you need to check, where you need to call – All of this with deadlines
  2. The formalities: What documents are needed, who do you contact, the airline I used, the carrier I got
  3. Crunch-time: 2 weeks before departure, 1 week before departure and the day of departure : what to carry with you on the plane, how to take care of your feathery friend, what to expect and how to calm down your anxiety.
  4. From departure to arrival: What to expect upon arrival, how to handle being separated from your bird and more!
  5. Long month wait to get your pet back: How to contact the quarantine, what to expect then, and how to pick up your bird from quarantine
  6. Reunion day! : Finally quarantine is over! What to expect, how it went and more

I hope you stop by to check this series. I will be releasing a new post every 2-3 days.

If you happen to have any urgent questions because you are in a deadline to move (6 weeks or less), don’t hesitate to drop me a message!

Until then! 😉

Nora + Muffy