Bringing your pet to Korea

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 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!


  1. Hey there! The hardest part of getting Olive here, was convincing our boss to let us bring here. Just FYI, for those of you gearing towards doing this…find a copy of a pet contract from an apartment, customize and have it ready to go for dealing with the boss.
    I dont regret bringing Olive here at all, Korea has been good for her, she put on some weight, hair cuts are cheap and the vets super nice…but now as we begin to wrap up our stay here I have to figure out how to begin to get her home 🙂


  2. Excellent point! That is important!


  3. Also check the current quarantine regulations. For dogs, the current lax requirements are changing as of December 1st, and I believe all dogs will be required to undergo a 30 day quarantine. I brought my dog on November 1st, 2011 and we haven't had any problems. Just find a recruiter that is willing to work with you.


  4. Cici Jay says:

    Nice blog post~ and what an adorable doggie 😀 I just brought my dog from the US about a month ago. I have VERY detailed blog posts regarding bringing your furry friend to South Korea. It might be helpful to check it out!


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