Among the many reasons people don’t allow themselves the adventure of teaching in Korea is: “I have a dog and/or cat.” No problem! Bring them along!
Four-legged furry pets are becoming a common sight around Korea these days. Mostly you see tiny white dogs with dyed green ears and maybe a bow in its hair being led down the sidewalk by its owner. Occasionally, you will see bigger and more familiar looking dogs around town, but mainly Korea loves lap dogs. Once, unfortunately, we witnessed a foreigner obnoxiously dragging his German Shepard through the crowded streets of Seoul during the Lantern Festival. This dog responded to everyone like a police dog responds to a criminal bearing a firearm or carrying crack. Not cool.
But if you can’t live without Fido and can’t wait to get to Korea, no worries. Here is what you need to do to get the ball rolling with your pet.
- First go to Pettravel.com. This helpful site tells you everything you need to know about flying your pet complete with all the important information on different airline policies. Prices vary with each airline so do some research. Some have a flat fee, but others charge by the kilogram. Our friends Adam and Nicole at With Eyes Wide Open found that Delta provided the cheapest service because they charge by the kilo.
- Make sure your pet is healthy and has the paperwork to prove it. Korean Airlines pet policy will help you with understanding how you need to prepare your pet for arriving in Korea. The link above will also connect you to the necessary paperwork.
- Get your pet ready to travel. Find out what immunizations are needed and what your airline of choice requires to put your pet on the plane. You might have to get a certain size kennel or you might even be able to carry your pet on with you. If your pet is small enough to fly as a carry-on then expect to pay $75-80 one-way on most airlines.
- Then get some help picking your pet up at the airport and filling out all requisite paperwork. For this employ PetAirline, a Korean company that will ease your load by taking care of everything that would make bringing your pet to Korea a hassle. Look to pay them around $400-500.
Good luck! We’ll see you and Ol’Blue in Korea real soon!