Importing a dog from Oman to America

I wrote this back in the summer and posted it to my F.A.Q. page. Since this seems to be a pretty popular topic, I thought I'd go ahead and give it a bit more attention. This may be a boring blog post for those of you not looking to import a dog into the United States but I'm sure it'll be helpful to someone! 

Importing Carlos into America was the EASIEST process ever! I worked directly with Qurum Vets and paid for them to handle all of the necessary paperwork for me. The only thing I really had to do on my end was provide his vaccination card, my flight information, a copy of my passport and make sure Carlos had a health check.

I'd say the hardest part was probably figuring out my flights. You have a few options but I went with Lufthansa. Lufthansa is really known for going above and beyond for animals and Frankfurt (which is where we had our layover) has a doggie hotel where they'll take your pooch for a walk and feed them ... I even heard there's a pool! I was also fortunate enough to have a direct flight from Frankfurt to Boston, so no other stops in between.

You must be wondering about price? Well fortunately, the price was quite reasonable. Instead of having Carlos fly in cargo (which would have been triple the cost), I had him fly as my excess baggage (a.k.a "inhold"). And instead of charging me by weight, Lufthansa charges by size of crate. Because Carlos is a pretty big dog, I had to purchase the biggest crate, which I believe is a 122cm box. In the end, it only cost me $400 to ship him to the USA (doggie hotel included) ... not bad, huh?

Qurum Vets will help you prep your kennel as well, e.g., making sure it's secure, attaching the flight information on top, and attaching dog food for your pup to eat on the layover. Since they are handling imports and exports all the time, they are able to give you a load of helpful tips and information to make your trip a little less overwhelming. They'll even accompany you too the airport (for an extra fee!) if you're needing someone with a larger vehicle!

So all together you'll have to pay for:

  • a certified kennel (if you don't have one already)
  • whatever it costs to ship your puppy
  • All the necessary paperwork and treatments (Ministry of Health Certificate, AQVC Health Certificate, Frontline, Deworming) 
and I think that covers it all .... hope that helps a bit! 
PS: as long as your puppy is healthy, you don't have to worry about any quarantine in the states! 
easy peesy....

For more information contact Qurum Vets: +968 24562263

Y Magazine Interview

I am so very honored to be featured in the current issue of Y Magazine as one of the "...Sultanate's most influential bloggers". To be featured with bloggers like Heather from The Duncan Adventures, Freddie from Muscat Mutterings,  Andy in Oman, or Maurizio from Oman Collective Intelligence, is so flattering; I'm grateful that I get to be apart of this blogging community with all of you. There are so many wonderful bloggers in Oman that I truly respect and admire; all with unique voices. You all influence, and inspire - Keep doing what you do:-)

If you'd like to read the full article, click HERE!

Here's a copy of my piece...


Tell us about your blog?
I started Pumpkin Polar Bear to document all of my adventures and experiences as an expat living in Oman. In my earlier blog posts, I wrote about my ‘culture shock’ and struggles of adjusting to my life abroad; I also shared a lot of my rookie mistakes as an expat – and there were many. My goal has always been to entertain, inform, and excite people to live life to the fullest. I love sharing all the ups and downs of my journey in the hope that it might inspire someone else to take risks and step outside their comfort zone. Oman is such an amazing place to live and I’m very grateful for all the memories that I have to look back on – which all happen to be neatly archived on my blog. My site has taken a bit of a turn since I recently moved back to America. But who knows? Once I get my degree in Graphic Design, I may return.
What got you started? 
I initially started Pumpkin Polar Bear to help keep family and friends up-to-date with our new life abroad. There are so many misconceptions about the Middle East, especially in the States that I wanted to reassure everyone that I was, in fact, okay and having the time of my life.
Are all your followers in Muscat? 
I get views from all over the world! People wanting tips and information about Oman contact me frequently. House Hunters International even contacted me via my blog to film an episode for them in Oman. Once filming wrapped up and the episode aired, the traffic on my site tripled.
What do you love about blogging? 
Blogging is a creative outlet which has allowed me to incorporate all of my interests of photography, travel writing and design in one place. It has also given me some pretty neat opportunities; I’ve written for quite a few expat websites and been filmed. I also love having a way to document life’s moments – but a backspace key is always a plus.
How would people in Oman find your blog useful?   
It was a slow start at first but once I found my writing niche, the blog took on a life of its own and it’s become a helpful resource for people visiting and/or moving to Oman. If you’re looking for restaurant recommendations, or helpful tips on making the move, I’ve probably written about it at some point in time – and if I haven’t, readers can always contact me. One of my most popular posts is called ‘Challenges of Raising a Dog in Oman’. It just goes to show the variety of topics people are looking to find out about in the country.

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