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  1. 5 points
    We left because we felt the kids had a better future outside of SA - lower crime, more predictable economics, and less volatile politics. I was also tired of the race-based thinking in SA: too much focus on skin colour. As a Christian I view everyone equal and I dislike the fact that too many SAns are so race obsessed. Here people mostly look at each other based on criteria other than race. No country is perfect and SA still has its pluses especialy if you are already established economically. Coming to Canada can mean a big economic setback for some. If you could see the future you would never make a mistake.
  2. 4 points
    We moved for career prospects. We'd been married less than a year, no children, living in a small "townhouse" with mostly hand-me-down furniture (we knew we'd be leaving so didn't bother buying nice stuff). We could easily do the "arriving in a new country with only 2 suitcases" scenario. We boarded our dog with my parents and sent for them later - we had to do the " 6 month quarantine thing" which was hell. We lived in the UK for 10 years, started to build a life, then decided to move to Canada for the space, lifestyle, did I mention SPACE? and career prospects. Obviously this time it was a bit different - with a 4 yo child and 3 dogs. We shipped a small pallet of "things" and started off in Ottawa, 18 months later moved to the Maritimes. We love it here. We do get shed-loads of snow and horrible, blizzard winter storms but we're on an island in the Atlantic ocean, it's to be expected. Winter starts later as Lizelle mentioned - we haven't even had proper snow yet, there's a dusting on the ground right now but you can see the grass through it. It doesn't get as cold as many other areas of Canada either. On average -18 is the coldest in the deep winter months, with the odd -25 drop.
  3. 4 points
    Think about the last time you heard someone had their house broken into. In SA, you're first reaction is not complete surprise and indignation that someone actually broke into someone else's house. Your first reaction is: "You are so lucky you were not home."
  4. 4 points
    We left SA because we could not possibly see it getting better in the next few generations (I used to say that I think my childrens' children may be able to return. I have now changed it to my childrens' childrens' childrens' children...maybe) We did not take a dive in living standard, but we moved out of SA about a year or two into working (so, not much up the ladder anyway). The difference in living standard is huge. I think in SA you get so used to the creeping security situation that you don't notice the absurdity of it. I really like going shopping at night. I can leave the kids at home. When was the last time you went shopping at night? I can watch my garden through my huge windows - no security bars. You will confuse a Canadian no end if you tell them that you take your radio out of the car when you get out. I drive happily with my hand bag on the seat next to me. I never worry that having my sunglasses out in full view will convince someone to break into my car. In summer I can drive with the windows open with no care. I will live in the most desolate bit of Canada before I move back to SA. In fact, I can't see any situation anywhere that will convince me to go back. Now, for the ugly: I hate winter here. Pretty much all Canadians hate winter. I have met maybe 1 out of 10 that genuinely like it. But we live in the Prairies. Winter is 6 months. Of cold and dark. Add in a cold month here and there for fall and spring, and you have 8 months of crappy weather, and 4 months of nice weather. If I could wangle it, Vancouver Island would be my first pick to live, and there after Kamloops or Kelowna. Yes, it rains a lot in Vancouver/Vancouver Island. But there you get 4 months of crappy/rainy weather, and 8 months of nice weather. After that, the Maritimes. It seriously dumps down snow in the Maritimes, but it starts later, and ends earlier. Plus they are more south, so they have a bit more daylight during winter. Property is seriously cheap in the Maritimes (but there is a corresponding lack of work, so you move there only if you can get work). Candians tend to think that no-one else in the world can possibly know how to do things. When you look at the hoops doctors and lawyers (and I am sure other professions) have to jump through to work here, it is ridiculous. It was not a problem for us, but we moved from New Zealand to Canada, and hubby works in construction, where the dollar value of your project counts for more than where you did it. I have never been sorry that we moved. Life is easy. Immigrating was not hard or depressing for us. Definitely did not go through the first few months wondering what the heck we did. Sure, not having family around sucks. But you get used to it, you Skype and message.
  5. 3 points
    This is really good advice. We did our application ourselves and I must say it really wasn’t rocket science. Furthermore it’s worth saving the money in my opinion.
  6. 3 points
    That turned out to be a very brief unemployment period. Just got hired back by the same bank but into a better role. I start on Friday.
  7. 3 points
    We live in the maritimes too and love it here. My argument about SA is that it has come to a position that those who can really need to decide whether they want to stay. It is no longer a european country stuck in Africa. It is now an African country comparable to Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana etc not comparable to the UK, France, Germany etc. If you feel you will be comfortable living in an African country then by all means stay. If you prefer to live in a Western country then move to a Western country. It is not the same country that we were born into. It has changed dramatically. Canada certainly has it's own problems. We haven't put our kids in school here for example because we believe the school system is in a very bad place. But these are Western problems and I feel we can live with them. They are not African problems like dictators and genocide that I would rather stay away from.
  8. 3 points
    Almost everyone responding to this post will have a different reason for emigrating. In our daughter's case, a promising career with unlimited prospects in the South African army, suddenly disappeared when Nelson Mandela and his comrades took over. Everything she worked for was no more. So she opted to move to Canada and became the only doctor in a small village in the snowy, far north of the country. Fortunately her courage paid off. She persevered and eventually ended up on Vancouver Island with its more benign climate. She was happy, but alarmed by the deterioration of our lives in South Africa. An ample pension was fast disappearing, private medicine became unaffordable and the spiralling costs of owning a home, may eventually have forced us to sell our house. Add to that the increase in crime. She was terrified of getting that alarming phone call in the middle of the night. So she sponsored us. Immigrating as a senior is not easy. We left all of our family behind. We missed our friends. We moved in with our daughter. Fortunately her house has a walkout basement. The basement suite is about the size of our house in South Africa, so we still had our independence. It was the best decision we ever made. I only have to compare our lives with those of most of our friends in South Africa to know that we hit the mother lode. We are growing old in a first world country. Our safety is a given. Health care is excellent. We're financially stable. Even our Black friends in South Africa worry about the country's future. They see how prominent political leaders are preferring Mugabe's style of governing. They know the economy is faltering. Crime is truly out of control, especially when being compared with countries like Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Emigration is a difficult decision, especially for the wealthy who can still create their own safe haven. If you don't feel ready, at least liberate your hard earned money and invest it outside Africa.
  9. 2 points
    Only if you still hold property after you land. Here’s a link to the form: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/forms-publications/forms/t1135.html
  10. 2 points
    Hi @SunshineGirl, I am no expert, but remember that "policies" can be annuities, life cover, provident funds, etc. Different rules for each. In my case I know RAs (Retirement annuities) can be paid out taxfree (in SA) when you do the financial emigration, but not sure about the others. Your advisor is probably correct, you just need to focus on the different rules for different types. The SA bank could also be your "blocked account" that you get when you do the financial emigration. You can still use the funds, but you are not allowed to have any SA credit cards, etc. I am now in that position - did the financial emigration, got my RAs paid out, and next year my provident fund payout will follow. I don't even have my SA blocked account anymore, so I still have to see how that is going to work. By the way, remember you can do the financial emigration long after you arrive in Canada - there is no rush to do that quickly. I recommend leaving that as late as possible, as it becomes quite cumbersome to do credit cards, transfers, etc in SA with the blocked account. Financial emigration is totally unrelated to your actual emigration, no time limit, not mandatory. Many people here in Canada has never even bothered with it, especially if you still have any property or financial commitments in SA (e.g. financial support of family members in SA.)
  11. 2 points
    I always check the road conditions before I leave for work/go someplace, using this link. http://traffic.ottawa.ca/mobile/ You can zoom in on the area where you want to go/are coming from. Click on the camera of your choice. I think there's a similar website for Toronto.
  12. 2 points
    HI @Cornel! We also did something similar to this :-). Hubby & I drew up a list of criteria & agreed of weightings. Then, individually, scored CA & SA. Although we differed on the scores of per criteria (we compared his & my excel spreadsheets), the bottom line result was the same - we both think it will be better to make the move. The intention is to keep this scorecard that we each individually completed to remind us of our reasons in the difficult, heart-sore days after (hopefully) moving to CA. It's also a tangible reminder that we both agreed on the way forward, so no finger pointing during the difficult days. So while our heads tell us "GO", our hearts struggle with the decision. We are collectively terrified, but we will come to terms with it more & more (esp as ONIP keeps us waiting on tender-hooks)!
  13. 2 points
    This is interesting. I actually was thinking about this the other day. I can't remember where I heard it from (and certainly someone can confirm and correct), I've heard that it's illegal to use traffic cameras if the motorists are not forewarned about them. Meaning there would always be a sign before you actually get to the traffic cameras on an intersection. I know in Mississauga, all the camera locations are on the City website. Certainly this is a very different experience from when I drove in SA. I remember travelling the M1 highway and there's this stretch of road where the speed limit changes (I think it was from 120kph to 100kph or 100kph to 80kph). I was caught on this stretch by the camera several times. Grrr...
  14. 2 points
    I would say that we moved because we were given the chance to come here (we came via FSW). Sure, we had a nice life in SA, not in any hardship or distress. Of course, there was crime but crime was everywhere. But...I didn't like that we've become insensitive to violent crimes, like it was a natural occurrence that happens to everyone. A vacation trip to Europe really opened my eyes up that we were living in quite an unnatural, eerie, super-defensive, "put up walls everywhere" way. After that, it was just full steam ahead to Canada. And so here we are. Canada has been great to us all these years. I can feel myself being "Canadianised" more and more as each day pass. When I tell my colleagues at work that I've only been here 5 years, they can hardly believe it. Apparently, I act and seem like I've been here years. To which I say, well yeah, 5 years. But to them, it seems to be much more. I'm not sure if you'll see it instantly when you finally settle here. It might be immediate, it might be later. For me, it was not obvious at first but I knew I didn't wanna go back. When I see how my children has grown and flourished, and how my husband and I have finally settled in Canada, it's really a wonderful experience of knowing "this was the right decision" for us.
  15. 2 points
    Just an update from our side. Almost everything is set up and ready. Bags are packed and starting our Farewell trip though SA on Monday the 18th. Last thing we need to do is finalize our Goods Accompanying list (not sure how much detail to include) and we are still waiting to finalize our bank account with RBC. Hoping to move the first batch of funds this week still. Regarding the proof of funds, our money is currently in 3 different bank accounts, can I take bank statements from these accounts now? Will they still see them as valid in January? Or can I just take the sale agreement of our house and proof of payment received? I am not a big fan of over-complicating things.
  16. 2 points
    NSNP cat b opening tomorrow- reflected on their website
  17. 2 points
    Hi So you disnt receive any notification that it was received? We sent in ours via courier as well and only my husband received a mail stating that it has been checked in. I didnt receive anything. And then 3 weeks later we got ours delivered to us . Oirs was delivered on the 18th of Nov 2017. Dont mean to alarm you but mayne you should phone the vac and make sure that they received it. As far as i know there is only a mail adres for the embassy and no other way to contact them.
  18. 2 points
    Oh I recalled something else you should definitely do before you leave South Africa. Get a copy of your transunion credit report - you cant login to the self service channels without your old SA cellphone number receiving sms's and it takes 15 working days, and massive admin for them to email you a copy if you request one via email. This report (eventually obtained with the help of my mother in SA) helped us get a mortgage 10 days after landing and could help you with car financing or just getting your first Canadian credit card which you need for EVERYTHING here. You old SA credit card will work in stores but wont be accepted for cellphone contracts or anything like that. Again of all the banks RBC was the most helpful with getting up set-up with credit cards ect with zero Canadian credit history. Just remind them if they don't seem to know about the newcomers package.
  19. 1 point
    when it gets dirty. Maybe twice a winter
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  21. 1 point
    I would also think that you would not be able to do general employment with that visa. As far as I can tell you will have to buy/start a business here for that visa to work (one of the requirements are that you provide jobs for Canadians) If you are not dead set on Canada, I would suggest having a look at NZ. Canada can be really hard to get into if you don't follow the general EE path. Canadians love entrepreneurs in general Canadian life, but for immigration, that seems to count for very little. In NZ getting a WP is pretty easy (provided there is a lot of work for your position)(takes about 5 working days to process). Their economy is booming right now. They do a lot of fishing, so I would guess that your husband should have no problem getting a job in that field (until such time as he can start a business again if he wants) They also don't put up the barriers that Canada does for registration, so I would be highly surprised if you have any problems with your accounting qualifications. If you are seriously set on coming to Canada, you may consider NZ to be a detour to get here. You will be able to build up more capital, get out of SA, get more experience in a country that Canadians can place on a map. It may feel like that will take too long to do it that way, but it seems that general immigration stuff to Canada takes around 2 years. You could be in NZ in a month of two. Anyway, something to think about.
  22. 1 point
    13 years of hindsight I will say we made the correct decision. Kids are happy and settled with a great future.
  23. 1 point
    Seems like you and I are in the same boat, as are many people on this forum. We've decided to take the plunge...a decision that was made all the more easier when we found out my wife was pregnant.
  24. 1 point
    @JulesI agree, I wish I could see the future Do you still feel like you made the best decision? Are your kids studying in Canada? @SunshineGirlStrongs with your journey as well.. I completely agree that it is the most terrifying and are getting more and more excited by the idea at the same time. @poorguyI think if we had jobs, we would not hesitate... Thank you guys.. It helps!
  25. 1 point
    @Petronel I bought the NCA notes from http://www.nca-tutor.com/. They were a little cheaper than the textbooks and really helpful. @Cornel I wrote 2 exams in October (Foundations and Constitutional Law). The Constitutional Law was not too bad and I'm sure I did enough to get through it. The Foundations exam however was a nightmare...it literally left me baffled and without a shadow of a doubt the hardest exam I have ever written. I left the exam hall feeling really demotivated and I'll be surprised if I did enough to pass it. I struggled to get into the study mode but I studied for about 3 - 4 hours a day for 2 months before the exams. I wish I could give you a more positive response but in reality it will take some effort, I was mislead to think that an "open book" would be easy...it was not.
  26. 1 point
    Thank you @SunshineGirl and @MaryJane! It would be a bit of both I suppose. If I could get a work permit that would be first prize. My second thought was that whilst we are trying to get PNP or WP to get some work experience done so that we can show it at a later stage. If it doesn't count toward WP, then at least I've done something good for someone :-)
  27. 1 point
    We have decided to go with PetPort. I asked them about this a little while ago, and they indicated that they fly pets at any time of the year and the winter months do not make a difference to them. They use either Lufthansa or KLM
  28. 1 point
    You declare it on your first tax return as you are taxed at worldwide income in Canada. When I say this, I don’t mean you pay taxes on the profit here (you might if the thresholds are different) because the dual tax agreement exists. It just means that if you are getting an income/profit somewhere outside Canada, it needs to be on the tax return. If you pay CGT on it, you can claim these taxes as paid over. On the Canadian tax return, there is an area where it asks you to declare properties, you need to declare. This is what Nelline is talking about above. The form to use for declaration is T1135 I believe. And I think the threshold was CAD100,000. It will avoid unnecessary trouble for you at a later stage. Canadian tax season only starts end Feb to end April. Tax returns will only become available then.
  29. 1 point
    @Gary van der Westhuizen.. i just want to compliment you on the apologies you write everyime you leave a comment .. real canadian of you... its rubbing off on you 😉.. i enjoy your posts as one can read the truth in what you experience?.. thank you for it.. i am sure like you say in the long run it will be worth it. just take it day by day and when you least expect it a year will have passed... we all need to go through this process and i am sure when i rant and rave... you will send this back to me.. he hee... good luck with your first white Christmas and may you have a good one....
  30. 1 point
    Hi there, just wondering if there is anyone that submitted their application in November? Would be nice to connect we submitted on 28 nov in the PNP Outland stream
  31. 1 point
    So it’s now 12 days to go for us...so close I can feel it. We didn’t manage to sell the house, dropped the price down to a ridiculous level and still had very faint interest. We’ve now put it up to let and rented it out to a great family that want to stay in the house for a long time. Luckily have close family nearby who can help manage the property for us. Packing up is interesting, our original plan was 5 suitcases but it looks like we’re moving swiftly towards 8. A whole bag of toys, a whole bag of medicine and toiletries stock for the first month and winter clothes are very big when it comes to packing (and we don’t want to leave any behind!) On the house side, we’ve sold all our furniture through groups on Facebook and some to family and most will be gone by next week. We are now trying to clear cupboards, get rid of old groceries and pots and pans and get ready to leave an empty house. No luck on the job front yet either. I’ve heard that the hiring cycle is fast in Canada which is why local candidates are preferred so going to take a break on that until we’ve landed All in all feeling very excited and overwhelmed but we are doing it and we can only do our best!
  32. 1 point
    I've mainly used it to see if the roads have been ploughed.
  33. 1 point
    Cosmetic products and Toiletries? That's what I said on mine. I hope you're not bringing a mega-load. Have a safe landing.
  34. 1 point
    Hi everyone, TJG here. Been reading a lot of the posts on the forum for a few weeks now, and finally decided to join. My wife and I decided on Canadian immigration at the beginning of 2016, this was cemented after we had a consultation withe Deanne from Canada Abroad. It was a difficult decision due to the time and financial commitment required for Express Entry and the scores being so high (at that time). But thankfully the scores dropped as predicted due to the paper systems back-log clearing. So, fast forward to today. We received our passports and COPR's back from VFS Global yesterday, and the reality of things are beginning to sink in. I booked our tickets for landing scheduled for the end of September. We will be spending 10 days in Windsor with my Uncle, and sorting out all the admin associated with our class of immigration and developing a few contacts with recruitment agents in the area. Awesome forum btw, informative posts and fantastic stories.
  35. 1 point
    @TJG, wow - exciting times! One more thing ticked off the (very long) list, I'm sure. Enjoy!
  36. 1 point
    nice! enjoy your final month in SA
  37. 1 point
  38. 1 point
    @Raakhee Singh Thanks we're doing great so far! For intent to return to SA we submitted our bond statements to CIC and stated on our letter of explanation that our family all still reside in SA. I don't know which of the two was the "deciding factor" though. For the most part the application process was effortless. The hardest part was showing proof of funds as we don't have much of a savings habit. (Something that's definitely going to change as soon as I find a job!) When submitting your application, just be sure to read the instructions very carefully and ensure that the documentation is exactly what is required. As stated before, CIC tends not to look at pension statements as proof of funds. We had received two follow up responses saying that we need to submit proof of funds and eventually we received a call from the JHB office (I think?) telling us that they don't accept pension statements as it's not immediately accessible funds. @Cornel In my experience, what Cathy K suggested is true in that Ottawa is predominantly English speaking. However, as it's a "government town" (the words from the locals here, not mine! :-D) you'll find it very advantageous to be able to speak and understand French when it comes to looking for a job, the majority of which that I found on the Canadian Job Bank requiring some level of French proficiency. And no, I have not found a job yet. I did receive a good lead (thanks @Nelline !) though it was in the Atlantic provinces and my wife and I decided it might not be in our best interest at this point to move away from Ottawa considering her studies. I am still working for my old employer back in South Africa as a type of "consultant" though, and I get paid by the hour. It really does help having some sort of income. Come January I'm going to push the job market again. I've had two interviews thus far after submitting around... 20 or so job applications, so the market is either very competitive or my CV is not very impressive...
  39. 1 point
    Further to what @SuzieQ announced. It will open in 4 hours time. If you want to apply for this, get your docs ready. https://novascotiaimmigration.com/move-here/nova-scotia-demand-express-entry/ Good luck!
  40. 1 point
    Yes, it's called the PR Travel Document - search the forum for PRTD. It takes about a week to get one, it's really just another single entry visa they stick in your passport and costs R500ish if I remember right or $50. Sorry to hear about your situation, having been through this myself this year it's the *worst* thing about emigrating :-( Good luck and stay strong.
  41. 1 point
    hi i delivered my passport to VFS personally - it took 20 days before the system showed that my visa has been issued and 5 days after that I received my passport:) don't stress:) all i ok
  42. 1 point
    The CP Holiday Train is scheduled to roll into Port Moody on Dec 17th at 4:20pm, decked out in thousands of lights. The Rotary Club of Port Moody will be offering hot chocolate, face painting and cookie decorating, all by donation. All proceeds go directly to food banks. This will be a fun activity for all.
  43. 1 point
    @Cornel There is an Avoidance of Double Taxation Treaty between South Africa and Canada which exempts you from paying tax in both countries according to certain conditions. This treaty takes precedence over each country's domestic tax laws. Article 4 of the treaty aims to establish whether you are a resident of either Canada or South Africa only, for the purposes of the treaty and avoidance of double taxation. As far as I understand this overrides South Africa's laws on whether you are a South African resident or not, the amount of days you've been outside the country etc. Article 6 may be applicable in your case. This is the information that I've gathered after speaking to several tax specialists in South Africa and Canada. I am not an expert and would encourage you to speak to a tax specialist who is familiar with tax laws in South Africa and Canada (not everyone in this field is knowledgeable about both) to make sure that you don't do anything illegal or pay more tax than you have to.
  44. 1 point
    @Rikj, it is pretty much certain now. Provided you don't rob a bank before you get your passports back
  45. 1 point
    We've had the same thing when we moved here years ago and I had the same experience when I moved back in 2014. People have been very friendly and invited us/me over. This has been mainly through people who we met at church. Our first Boxing Day was spent at a lady's house who invited us over after church. (This was our first visit to that church). When we got there and the living room was a bit quiet when we arrived, one of the (about 15-20) guests said: "You can relax, no one here knows anyone, we all met her last week." This was this lady's ministry to invite people over. Her name is Star and she is truly a shining one. We met lovely people from all over the world. A truly memorable experience.
  46. 1 point
    I'm still confused if we maybe live in an alternate reality since so many people have written on forums and told us in person how hard it is to make friends with Canadians and to get them to invite you over to their house. We've had the complete opposite experience where we've been surprised at how readily people would invite us along on activities or to their house, much more so than in SA. We've been invited to Canadians' houses for special occasions and casual get-togethers, to baseball games, picnics, ice cream, hiking and to restaurants after not even knowing them for very long (or in some cases, after we've literally just met them). This is definitely not what I expected after hearing about others' experiences, especially since we are introverted, not very social and have not really done anything to actively meet people except say hi to neighbours, go to church and join a Bible study group.
  47. 1 point
    I disagree with BC not being a good option, it is an absolutely beautiful place with the southern parts having some of the mildest temperatures in Canada and there are many job opportunities. Yes, Vancouver and some larger cities are expensive, but you have the option of living outside the city or in smaller places and you will be earning Canadian dollars. Many people live here and get by just fine.
  48. 1 point
    So, we're finally back in S.A after completing a successful landing and 10 day stay in Windsor and Toronto. The people, culture and cities are simply fantastic and I'm happy to have chosen Canada as our new home and thankful for Canada for choosing us worthy candidates to contribute to their beautiful nation. The Canadian society is not perfect and they to have their issues, but coming from S.A one cannot help but appreciate how well things function. It was very difficult flying back to S.A but we know its just for a short time while we sort our affairs. Reality has set in for my wife and I, knowing that our next flight out will be our last, is both exciting and scary at the same time, but in the end it is worth it.
  49. 1 point
    This week we flew our 10-year old Boston Terrier from Johannesburg to Montreal. 1. Who should we use? We used Keringa Petwings and they were excellent. We used them before for general kennels for our dogs and we have always liked them. The only person to use there is Elize (elize@petwings.co.za). She is such a friendly and efficient person. She replies to your emails rapidly and will always put you at ease. The staff there are all generally friendly but she definitely steers the ship. Keringa told me that they have never lost a pet during an overseas transfer - I'm not sure if it's true but it's definitely believable. 2. Can all dogs be taken? This depends on many factors. Snub-nosed dogs like ours (and bulldogs, pugs) have an increased risk of death while flying due to their inherently flawed nasal systems. They can overheat and die. For this reason my airlines will not fly them (like Emirates), though we used Lufthansa who would. Lufthansa, however, will not transfer her if either the destination or origin airport is warmer than 27 celsius, so that can cause delays until it cools down. Keringa also orders larger crates than needed for snub nosed dogs to prevent overheating. Some breeds are banned in Canada e.g. pit bulls. Other breeds are considered to be 'dangerous' by the airline and need reinforced crates e.g. bull terriers. Very sick or elderly dogs may not be permitted to fly. Our dog has a heart condition and needed a letter from the Vet to state that she is stable on medication. 3. Is it expensive? Our dog cost R20k to transport and that included everything. We actually included our bull terrier in the quote but he died of old age before we flew. He cost R37k so it's probably weight dependent. The quotes including boarding at Keringa, all vet checks, the crate, transport and customs duties. You can have your dog dropped off at your front door but this added R5k to our quote and we decided to fetch her at the airport. 4. Is there a quarantine? Not for Canada. Your dog's rabies and other vaccines need to be up to date when they go to Keringa and they are issued a health certificate by a Vet on the day. We took her to Keringa on the day of her flight and we flew with her on a different airline, and picked her up at the cargo terminal. Clearance from customs takes about 3-4 hours after your pet lands. 5. What's the crate like? We only saw the crate after the flight. It was a large wooden rectangular crate. The back side opens up and is locked with various locks. The front side is wire mesh for her to look out of and includes a water and food bowl. The sides are wood and include holes for breathing and perhaps an eye to look through. They don't allow toys or other things into the crate in case they smother the dog, but they do allow a blanket that they encourage you to sleep with for a day or two before the flight so that it smells like you. They are very sturdy crates but we 'donated' ours to the customs officials. 6. Is it stressful for the dog? It is. She lost weight during the process and had some separation anxiety afterwards. It's likely they don't understand what is going on and all the noise, darkness and turbulence makes it distressing. That said, she was fine within 24-48 hours after the flight and is her old self. 7. Anything else? Lufthansa offers a premium service for 50 euros. For this they send you a picture of your dog when he/she arrives in Frankfurt. They also offer you 24/7 client support to see if your dog is progressing well. The dogs also get more space at the pet wing in Frankfurt to run around. It's quite nifty getting an email the next morning with a picture of your healthy dog and a reassuring email. Keringa won't offer this service freely, so maybe bring it up if it interests you, and they will add it to your bill. Hope this helps!
  50. 1 point
    Thanks @Nelline - sorry sometimes I forget that the different states here are like different countries with their own laws. Hi @Karen 1225... our bull terrier was destined to go with us but unfortunately he died of old age a few weeks ago. We were heartbroken but at least our boston terrier could come with us! As far as I know you can't spend time with them, but I suppose you could look into it. Keringa mainly uses Lufthansa and they stop over in Frankfurt - where they have a whole animal center with dogs and horses etc. They are excellent at responding to emails so I would ask them if I was you. Our boston terrier was angry with us for about two days after the flight but after they realise that they are back with their family and everyone is happy, the quickly let it all go.