In Korea, people are interested in pet industries, especially traveling with dogs. As the number of pet industries has increased, new words like ‘petconomy’ which is a word formed by combining ‘pet’ and ‘economy’, have been coined. The petconomy refers to all industrial activities and markets related to pets. This industry has spread into various fields such as pet kindergartens, insurance, and funeral services.
The Korea Rural Economic Institute estimates that the pet industry will spend 3.4 trillion won this year. In 2026, six years later, the pet industry is expected to continue to be active and is predicted to increase in value to 5.7 trillion won.
One of the petconomies to be covered in the article is ‘Pet Tour’, a business that allows people to travel with their pets. In the Korean entertainment shows such as ‘Let’s go! Deng Deng Trip’ and ‘Petionista Taengoo’, some celebrities and their dogs traveled abroad together. If you are with your dogs, there are a lot of things to consider to help with preparation before going on a trip abroad; guidelines you must follow in order for your pets to be allowed in other countries. Let us find out step by step what we should consider.
First of all, you have to choose a place to go with your dogs. Typically, Britain, Hong Kong, and New Zealand have several limitations for animals that can enter, while Singapore, Europe, and Canada have no limits. Also, each country has a number of hotels, shops, and restaurants where animals can enter, so pet owners need to investigate and book where they can go in advance.
Next, people need documents to show their dogs’ health statuses. It is important to know that each country has different requirements for what documents are necessary. The commonly needed documents include health checkups, vaccination against rabies, and quarantine statuses.
People should also check if pets are allowed to enter the plane. The standard of entrance varies from airline to airline, and by international or domestic lines. In the case of Korean Air, it is possible to bring in one in-flight animal per passenger and two in luggage. However, dogs shall be at least eight weeks old and at least 16 weeks old when he or she is entrusted. Also, pets with diseases, pregnant females, and aggressive dogs are restricted from boarding.
In Korea, to help with this complex preparation process and to make the trip more convenient, ‘Mo-du Tour’ and ‘Hana Tour’ have launched pet tour packages.
Hong Soo-min of Pharmaceutical Food Engineering and Hong Min-kyung of Multimedia Engineering said the trip would be enjoyable if the above-mentioned health checks are confirmed.
They also said if people keep a ‘pet-ticket’, which is a term formed from the words of ‘pet’ and ‘etiquette’, like leashing dogs’ necks, they positively evaluated pet tours to the extent that pets do not harm others.
However, Shin So-young, a student at the School of Food Service & Culinary Arts, opposed the pet tour, saying that pets are likely to be stressed when using public transportation or airplanes.
In fact, experts say that it is important to understand the characteristics of pets well before considering taking them on an airplane trip. This is because each animal has a different personality and level of stress. It is also advised to choose who accompanies the pet carefully.
Therefore, people who want to go on a trip with their dogs should consider their dogs’ likes, dislikes and check cultural differences of how to transport and take care of the dogs. Then they can have an enjoyable experience traveling with their pets.