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Because of the distance from the UK to countries in Western Europe is the shortest, we can offer the best value for your money. If you planning a move to Germany, France, Belgium or Netherlands MyCheapRemovals can offer you the cheapest service.

We also have a number of years of experience and our customer service is the top priority. Check our “Instant Removal Quote” for the best price or give as a call on 01942 387 042 or 01942 387 041 to discuss available options

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This article is only a guide – MyCheapRemovals don’t provide pet shipping services

How to move to Germany with pets

If you are planning on moving from the UK to another European country with your pet for the first time, you may wonder where to start. Some steps need to be taken to make the removal with your pet straightforward and hassle-free.

Among the main arrangements, we can indicate making official health certificates for your pet, choosing the right airline, understanding the German rules and regulations regarding transporting pets, and choosing the most convenient and safe kennel for your fur child.

But do not worry, in this article we will guide you on how to move to Germany with pets. We are mainly focusing on dogs as they are the most common pets that are taken along.

Tips on moving to Germany with dogs

  1. Prepare for travelling with a pet

    If you are about to travel abroad with your pet, remember it should have:

    • up-to-date vaccination records against rabies (you must wait 21 days from the date of the rabies vaccination before travelling),
    • up-to-date veterinary health certificates, (clinical examination, deworming, deticking) taking into account the regulations of the country of departure, the country of destination, and any transit airports,
    • special passport (issued by a vet) with a description of colour, race, and sex of the animal together with a microchip number or tattoo,
    • microchip implant,
    • suitable container

    When travelling with your pooch, cat, or ferret, you must take into consideration the regulations that might be different for certain countries. Understanding both the international and German transportation rules and regulations is the essential step. Next, you should visit the accredited veterinarian where you can receive a pet passport (the passport stays valid as long as you continue to meet the entry requirements) and other certificates necessary for exporting your furry friend. Moreover, your transport company may need a statement from your vet confirming that your pet is fit enough to travel a long distance. Any carelessness in this step can result in the cancellation of your air ticket, so make sure you have it under control.

  2. Taking the pet onboard

    You do not have to drop a bundle to make air travel with your pet possible. Nevertheless, good organizational skills are essential, as you need to make some arrangements even before you buy a ticket for yourself.
    First, do your research and find out which airlines accept pets in the cabin or in the cargo hold.
    When you will find one, please remember, that for your and other passengers’ comfort the airlines can only take a limited number of pets in the cabin, so making a phone reservation for your pet is obligatory. The airlines usually advise you to do so at the latest within 24 hours after you have booked your ticket, but at least 24 hours before departure.
    Usually, there are three travel options for animals:

    • in the cabin,
    • in the baggage hold,
    • in the baggage hold as cargo.

    Bear in mind that the travel option depends on the weight and size of your pet as well as the regulations of the country of delivery. It is also worth mentioning, that the airlines may reserve the right to refuse carriage of the pet in case of reaching the limit of the number of pets carried on a given flight – both in the cabin and as cargo.

  3. Choose a suitable container

    Once you have selected the right airline, the next step is to think about the portable kennel. They are a great way to safely travel with your pooch, whether in the air or on the road. You should go through the requirements of the airline for the crate size, but it is also important to spend considerable time finding the best temporary home possible. With so many varieties, it might be difficult to decide which kennel to buy.
    The type of crate to buy will depend mostly on the type of travel you intend to do, with some additional considerations for your dog’s size.

    • Hard-sided Carriers:
      This kind of kennel is associated with travel craters by most people. These are traditional plastic, hard carriers that provide great protection for your dog, especially if it is about to travel in the cargo hold of an airplane. It is especially suitable for large dogs, but the owners of smaller dogs will definitely appreciate its durability and protective function.
    • Soft-Sided Carriers:
      This sort of carrier has become more popular in recent years, especially amongst owners of small and medium-sized dogs. It is particularly lightweight and easy to take along. Moreover, a soft-sided kennel can be stored under an airline seat. However, this kind of kennel is not good for large and heavy dogs, or for nervous travellers who may attempt to chew through mesh panelling.
    • Wheeled Carriers:
      Both hard and soft carriers can come with wheels. These are great options for heavy dogs, older dogs who shouldn’t be jostled too much, or owners who find it difficult to carry their dog for an extended period.
    • Reinforced Crates: Reinforced crates are a special type of hard-sided carrier made from metal or reinforced synthetic materials. These types of carriers are designed for certain breeds that may be able to chew through a standard hard-sided carrier.
      Many airlines have restrictions on what breeds of dogs they will transport or the conditions upon which they will transport them. For breeds designated by the airline as “dangerous,” they may require you to use one of these special crates that have an IATA CR82 certification.
    • Wearable Carriers:
      Wearable dog carriers are similar to baby carriers, and they are becoming increasingly popular among owners with small dogs. They’re great when walking through airports, but be aware that most airlines still require your dogs to be stowed under the seat during the flight, which isn’t possible with a wearable carrier.
  4. Check Whether Your Pet Is Carry-on or Cargo Baggage?

    Obviously, your pet would not tell you its preferred option.
    Undeniably, cargo is the more dangerous option for pet travel. The safest way for any animal to fly is in the cabin as carry-on luggage, provided that’s an option.
    Here you should keep in mind that if you want to take your dog as checked Baggage. It will be on a first-come and first-serve basis. It obviously works for only one or two pets that are small enough to fit beneath the seat such as a cat, a rabbit, or a small dog. Hence, if you have a family of three to five or even more pets, you should book all your pets in Cargo.

Wrapping Up

You may face some challenges while moving your pet from the UK or any other European country to Germany, so bring a dose of patience with you.
Don’t panic if things don’t go as planned. By focusing on the above-mentioned tips you can ensure a safe and relaxing journey for both you and your beloved pet.

 


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Many people living in the UK were looking at a move to Germany and are now wanting to know what has changed regarding removals to Germany after a Brexit.

Removals to Germany after the Brexit transition period is closed. You will probably find the entire process of removals to Germany will become more complicated and costly to complete.

It also becomes slightly more complicated to gain resident status and to be able to work in Germany after Brexit. You will need a work visa or resident status. This makes a move to Germany from the UK a bit more complicated in 2021 onwards,  however, moving to Germany from the UK is still achievable with MyCheapRemovals help.


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Removals to Paris – price guide.

If you moving to Paris from the UK, here at MyCheapRemovals you can get instant removal quote, however, as we are always honest about prices we prepared a small price guide. It helps you with planning your budget well in advance and also we can guarantee that we won’t be beaten on price. There are three main reasons why we can offer the most competitive prices:

  1. All goods are pre-packed by a customer – it saves a lot of costs in manpower, usually calculated based on hours and total volume.
  2. Predefined volumes – small removals – which is equivalent of 5 or 10 cubic meters or large removals – 15 or 30 cubic meters. The last option is also called “dedicated service” which guarantees the fastest delivery time.
  3. No middle man – MyCheapRemovals has a fleet of more than 40 vans and lorries, so we don’t have to pay any fees or commissions.

There is actually another factor – as we frequently crossing the English Channel we managed to get a very good deal with ferries operators, so we get discounted prices.


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Cost of living

Sometimes the decision of moving to a different country is not dictated by life events such as the promotion of one of the spouses.  At times it is a matter of stagnation that propels somebody from moving to a different place – no matter where.

If you moving to France, we prepared a comparison of two metropolises that you might be interested in moving into. If you take into account London or Paris, perhaps you will find this post useful and vital.

We will compare the essential aspects of life in these two cities, such as the cost of food, housing, clothes, transportation, personal care, and entertainment.


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With fresh air, beautiful countryside and energetic cities, there are lots of reasons to consider moving the Emerald Isle. Whether you’re moving solo, as a couple, or as a family, Ireland has a lot to offer.

Ireland is a country that has become the home of many nations for the past few years. However, there’s more to Ireland than booze shamrocks, so here are some things you need to know about Ireland before coming to live here.

Ireland has so many wonderful locations, but the great thing about living here is that it’s a fairly compact island. So whether it’s for a day-trip or a weekend break, you’ll never be too far away to go and explore them all.

Public Holidays in Ireland

There are nine public holidays in Ireland each year. Public holidays include:


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Belgium is well known for its beer, chocolate, and linguistic diversity. However, it is a lot more than that! Whether you are going to move to, or just visit Belgium, you may need some basic information about what living in this captivating country looks like.

We decided to help you out, by finding some accurate information about Belgian public and school holidays, car taxes, as well as shopping. Let’s get started!


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Removals to Switzerland

Whether you are relocating to Switzerland to work, to retire or simply to enjoy the beautiful countryside, some preparation will make your move run smoothly. You should know that Switzerland has four languages -French, German, Italian and Romansh. Switzerland is divided into units called cantons – and they have a high degree of autonomy. Regulations about language, housing, and other matters will be different depending upon where you settle. Also, did you know that Switzerland is one of the happiest places to live in, in the world? Please check below a few tips to make you’re moving to Switzerland easy.


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Germany. Deutschland.

If you moving to Germany and before you decide to make a booking with MyCheapRemovals we prepared some basic information about this country. Public holidays, car insurance and taxes, and the most popular supermarkets.

The land is famous for its scenic landscapes, beer and sausages (Wurst). Known for its long winters and beautiful Christmas markets. Well, everyone knows that Germany doesn’t need any introduction to their cars. The name speaks for themselves. You can discover so many new things that surprising.

Public Holidays

The amount of Public Holidays is higher in comparison to other countries. This is also depending on the state you are living in – in Bavaria, they tend to have more.

  1. January
    • 01.01.2021 New Year’s Day
    • 06.01.2021 Epiphany
  2. February
    • 14.02.2021 Valentine´s Day
    • 15.02.2021 Clean Monday
    • 17.02.2021 Ash Wednesday
  3. March
    • 08.03.2021 International Women’s Day
    • 28.03.2021 Palm Sunday
  4. April
    • 02.04.2021 Good Friday
    • 04.04.2021 Easter
    • 05.04.2021 Easter Monday
  5. May
    • 01.05.2021 Labour Day
    • 09.05.2021 Mother’s Day
    • 09.05.2021 Europe Day
    • 13.05.2021 Ascension Day
    • 24.05.2021 Whit Monday
  6. June
    • 03.06.2021 Corpus Christi
  7. August
    • 08.08.2021 Day of peace
    • 15.08.2021 Assumption Day
  8. September
    • 20.09.2021 World Children’s Day
  9. October
    • 03.10.2021 Day of German Unity
    • 31.10.2021 Reformation Day
    • 31.10.2021 DST end (Event day)
  10. November
    • 01.11.2021 All Saints’ Day
    • 14.11.2021 Remembrance Day
    • 17.11.2021 Day of Repentance and Prayer
    • 21.11.2021 Ewigkeitssonntag (Event day)
    • 28.11.2021 First Advent
  11. December
    • 05.12.2021 Second Advent
    • 06.12.2021 Saint Nicholas
    • 12.12.2021 Third Advent
    • 19.12.2021 Fourth Advent
    • 24.12.2021 Christmas Eve
    • 25.12.2021 Christmas
    • 26.12.2021 Second Day of Christmas
    • 31.12.2021 New Year’s Eve
  12. School Holidays

    School holidays in Germany are set at the regional level by each federal state. Each year for autumn, Christmas, Easter, and summer, plus schools in most states also have a winter break around February.

    A few states have a break of about one to two weeks for Pentecost around May/June.

    Car insurance and taxes in Germany

    The calculation of motor vehicle tax is based on two main components:

    1. CO2 emissions (two euros per gram per kilometre)
    2. Engine size (two euros per 100cm3 for petrol engines and 9,50 euros per 100cm3 for diesel engines).

    Before a person can register a car in Germany you must have proof of third party liability coverage for all damage or injury to another person, car or object.

    While collision or comprehensive insurance isn’t required by law, most institutions financing the purchase of a vehicle do require it.

    Supermarkets in Germany

    Here is a list of some of the local stores:

    • Aldi was the first discount chain in Germany
    • Edeka Group is the largest German supermarket corporation
    • Kaufland is a German “hypermarket” chain
    • Lidl
    • Netto Marken-Discount
    • Penny Markt
    • Rewe
    • Tegut-Markt

    Lidl and Aldi are the cheapest but they mostly have “no-brand” products, which doesn’t mean that the quality is bad. Edeka, ReWe, Kaisers are discounters as well, but they are more expensive, even when you buy their own brands like “JA!” at Rewe. Btw, some of those supermarkets are quite popular in the neighbour country – if you planning to move to Poland, you have a good chance to shop under these brands.

    There are two types of supermarkets in Germany. The regular one and also the discount supermarkets. You can find almost everything you need in a discount supermarket at a low cost. Popular discount supermarkets: LIDL, NETTO, ALDI, and PENNY.

    Also, everything is closed on Sundays. Yes, so you better get your supplies on time. The busses barely run, the whole town becomes so silent. It’s tough when you found out you ran out of bread!

    So, what do you think of German living and lifestyle? Do you think you can live here? If you want to know what the whole removal process looks like, please contact our customer service specialist. If you want to know about the removal costs – use our instant removal quote on this page, alternatively, check this page: removals to Germany


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Beautiful landscapes, fascinating culture, delicious food, and wine – France undoubtedly has a lot to offer. No wonder thousands of Brits consider moving to France – a fascinating country. However, immersing yourself in a foreign culture requires some preparation.

Whether you are planning on living in France or just visiting, you may need some ultimate information and tips on its culture and customs. In order to steady your nerves before the move, we prepared some basic information about French public holidays, car insurance and taxes, and the most popular supermarkets.

Public holidays in France

There are eleven official public holidays in a year observed in France. In the region of Alsace and Moselle, there are two additional holidays. If the fixed public holiday falls on Sunday, it is celebrated on the following Monday. The public holidays in France include:


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Are you planning on moving to southern Germany? Economically, southern Germany is the strongest part of Germany, with a well-developed automobile and machinery industry. Moreover,  those who are interested in professional upskilling or want to receive a first-class education may be interested in entering one of many prestigious universities. Some of them include such cities as Munich, Heidelberg or Tübingen.


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Instant removal quote

MyCheapRemovals, as not many of removal services provider, can send you an instant removal quote. Here last few for a guide:

From:To:5m310m315m3
Gdańsk, Poland Kirkcaldy, UK£1139£1439£2039
Germany United Kingdom£989£1259£1699
London, UK Berlin, Germany£909£1129£1519
Brighton, Vereinigtes Königreich Nennig, Perl, Deutschland£799£979£1259
Reading, UK Innsbruck, Austria£889£1059£1409
Gateshead, UK Bonn, Germany£889£1099£1469
Frankfurt, Germany Colchester, Essex, UK£839£1039£1329

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