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Hedgehog Travel Questions

Thursday, April 17, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Shannon
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Hedgehog
From: Doha, Qatar
To: Ontario, Canada


Dear PetRelocation,

Can we move a hedgehog to Canada?




Hi Shannon,

According to the information currently available from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and its Automated Import Reference System, hedgehogs are not permitted entry into Canada from Qatar.

Here's what the website says: "The import of these animals from this/these countries is currently prohibited. A risk assessment may be required before the development of import conditions could be considered. If you wish more information on the risk assessment process, please contact your nearest CFIA Import Office."

Feel free to contact a CFIA office to find out about the latest rules and regulations. Sometimes online information about pet import laws isn't quite up to date, so it's always a good idea to double check with the direct authorities about changes that may have occurred or that may be upcoming.

In general, rules surrounding hedgehog travel into other countries aren't often well-outlined, so no matter where hedgehog owners hope to go, it looks like a bit of research will be necessary.

Thanks for checking in with us, and good luck with everything!



"Q the Hedgehog" - Midiman/Flickr


Summer Pet Travel: 2014 Airline Embargo Information

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

puku the bulldogIt's that time again... As summer approaches many people start to plan their relocations, and it's important to be aware of temperature-based airline embargoes that may affect travel arrangements for pets.

Read on for an initial list of embargoes from major airlines. We'll be sure to keep you updated as changes are made and more restrictions are announced, so keep in touch if you have a pet move on the horizon.


  • ALWAYS: No English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs or their mixes unless under 6 months or under 20 lbs
  • May 15th – September 15th: No Pugs, Boston Terriers, French/American Bulldogs unless under 6 months old
  • September 16th – May 14th: Snub-nosed breeds are accepted if forecast temperature is 85 degrees or lower during departure/arrival times


ALWAYS: No English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, or Pugs

British Airways

  • March 22nd – October 22nd: No pets in or out of PHX
  • June 1st – September 15th: No pets in or out of DFW, IAH, DEN or AUS
  • April 21st – October 21st: No pets in or out of LAS
  • ALWAYS: No Bulldogs, Pugs, or Pekinese, other snubs are acceptable if kennel is one size larger


  • ALWAYS: No pets in or out of DTW if the temperature exceeds 80 degrees. Also, no Boston Terriers, Boxers, Brussels Griffin, Bulldogs (all breeds except American), Chow Chows, English Toy Spaniels, Japanese Chin, Pekinese, Pug (all breeds), or Shih Tzus unless under 80 degrees  
  • SUMMER: No pet imports into IAH (exports okay)


ALWAYS: 85 degrees maximum for all warm-blooded animals, except snub-nosed breeds. 75 degrees maximum for all snub-nosed breeds (Pit Bull, Staffordshire, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffin, Bulldog (all breeds), Chow Chow, English Toy Spaniel, Lhasa Apso, Japanese Boxer, Japanese Spaniel (Japanese Chin), Mastiff (all breeds), Pekinese, Pug (all breeds), Shar Pei, Shih-Tzu, Tibetan Spaniel, Burmese (cat), Exotic (cat), Himalayan (cat), and Persian (cat)

Air Canada

ALWAYS: Consult here and here to find out about the most current restrictions

Worried about summer embargoes getting in the way of your pet's move? Please contact us and we'll help you figure out the best and safest way to get your pet to your new home.

Researching Dog Travel to India

Monday, April 7, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Dr. A.
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pomeranian
From: Hartford, Connecticut, USA
To: New Delhi, India


Dear PetRelocation,

My daughter, who is working in Hartford, CT, wants to send her pet dog permanently to India. Is this possible? How would it work?


Dr. A.


Hi Dr. A,

Thanks for your question. Moving pets to India requires quite a bit of careful paperwork and preparation, as the country made changes to their policy last year and now operate with strict rules meant to target animal breeders. Please take a look at this overview of India pet import requirements for an idea of what to expect.

We also recommend double checking with the Ministry of Agriculture to find out about the most current policies, as they could change at any time. As always, we recommend choosing a pet friendly airline and discussing specific procedures and policies with them, as well.

Many people decide to hire pet travel experts to assist with relocations like this, especially if you'd like the dog to fly unaccompanied. If you'd like to find out more about the door-to-door services we offer, please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call. You're also welcome to visit IPATA.org to locate local agents who may assist you.

Good luck with everything, and we hope to hear from you soon.



Pet News Links: Dog Friendly Hotels and Spring Health Advice

Friday, March 28, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

A cute cat cartoon (made by one of our clients)!

Very strange animal laws.

The best San Francisco hotels for dogs.

Spring safety tips for pets.

Travel snacks for dogs.

Photos of Karma and Reiki, cats we've helped with two international moves.

Things you learn when you get a puppy.


Have a good weekend, pet lovers!

Rules are Rules: Pets Must be Vaccinated to Enter Rabies-Free Australia

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Christine
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Moggie
From: New York, US
To: Australia


Dear PetRelocation,

Our cat entered the United States two years ago with a clean bill of health and has never left the apartment. Why subject the animal to a vaccine if he is free of rabies, parasites etc.? Why can't a simple blood test and government approved check be sufficient?




Hi Christine,

Thanks for checking in with us. Unfortunately there is little flexibility when it comes to importing pets to a new country. Australia in particular happens to be rabies-free and very strict about pre-entry requirements, and even pets who have led a protected life and/or who used to live there must follow the rules as they're stated. It may seem unnecessary to you, but no exceptions are allowed.

According to the official Australia Government website, cats need a microchip, rabies vaccination and must be treated against parasites (internal and external). Discussing your concerns with a trusted vet may help you make a decision regarding next steps and your possible move to Australia.

Please contact us if you have any further relocation-related questions, and good luck with everything!

Pet Client Story: "Misaotra betsaka tany Madigasikara (Thanks from Madagascar!)"

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Christina
Pet's Name: Parasy
From: Madagascar
To: Arizona, USA

"Parasy Bitro!" I said. Parasy stopped dead in her tracks, and turned around. A half eaten sandwich was hanging out of her mouth.

I adopted Parasy as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar, a few days after arriving in my village. She was scrounging around a trash pit searching for food. I adopted her, and a month later, I knew I was going to take her home.

She helped keep me sane in as culture shock set in and was a built in protection system. I did some research and realized relocating an animal was going to be a lot more work than I thought it would be. Why all the paperwork? There was no way I could do this on my own. I looked around for organizations in my free time and stumbled on PetRelocation. I bookmarked the page to come back to nearer towards the end of my service.

Maybe I could do this on my own. However, as the political situation in Madagascar became more and more unstable, I knew I wanted to get Parasy out of the country before my service was done. After all, if I got evacuated, Parasy would have to stay in Madagascar while I returned to American life.

I reached out to PetRelocation for a quote and was so pleased by the service they provided. They took the time and the money to Skype me and ask about my story, when I wanted Parasy to return, what services I wanted, etc. I knew right after getting off the phone with PetRelocation, I would trust them with Parasy's move.

Eight months and many emails later, Parasy was loaded onto a plane bound for South Africa where PetRelocation would receive her and take over the transportation to the States. Even as obstacles arose, PetRelocation handled each one professionally and efficiently. Her paperwork never made the flight from Madagascar, but PetRelocation worked hard and were able to clear her. She continued on to the States without any further issues. I got notified when she arrived at every airport and was sent photos when she officially landed on American soil.

Parasy has been in America for one week already. She is still learning the ropes, never having been introduced to carpets. My service will not be done for another month, but Parasy is in good hands with my sisters. She is currently in the process of testing them to see what she can get away with. Just recently, she figured out how to open the baby gate that kept her out of the living room while my sisters were out, and decided to have a little party. She pulled the vertical blinds off two windows and chewed everything in sight. Yep, that's my girl.

I am not looking to relocate again in the near future, but if I ever do, PetRelocation will be the company I turn to. I am 100% happy with the service they provided. Special shout-out to Lyndsey and Amber who handled Parasy's move, and even after their job was done have checked in with me to see how the little one is doing.

Thank you, PetRelocation for making Parasy's move seamless and being patient with me for all the emails I sent. You're the best, PetRelocation!

Update: Australia Import Conditions & Quarantine Details

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

You may have heard about some of the significant changes implemented last month to the Australia pet import requirements. We reported a few weeks ago that the traditional 30-day quarantine has been shortened to 10 days (as of Feb. 3, 2014), thus making the transition to Australia a little easier for many pet owners.

There is another new distinction to keep in mind, however. Pet owners used to be able to visit their pets during quarantine, but now that the official stay has been reduced, this is no longer the case. Pet visitation is no longer permitted, but department staff have outlined detailed care procedures to assure pet owners that their animals will be well taken care of.

From the official Australia Department of Agriculture website:

Visiting: Under the current import conditions many animals undergo just 10 days in post entry quarantine. In this period departmental staff are focused on providing the care your animal needs, while managing the administrative and biosecurity requirements that prepare your animal for release. Due to the short quarantine period, visiting of animals in post entry quarantine is not permitted. If your animal remains in quarantine for longer than expected, visitation may be discussed with the manager of that facility

Exercise: Department of Agriculture staff will attend to your animal’s exercise needs during its time in quarantine. The kennel runs in the facilities are well set up, and provide most animals with adequate room to exercise within their run. Where veterinary advice recommends additional exercise is required, departmental staff will provide this.

Read more about moving pets to Australia, and be sure to contact us if you have questions about your upcoming relocation. We have a dedicated Oceania team who would be happy to assist!


Daphne in Australia Quarantine


Can Bengal Cats Move to Hong Kong?

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Neil
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Bengal
From: UK
To: Hong Kong

Dear PetRelocation,

What are the costs for moving my cat from the UK to Hong Kong? Is there anything in particular I need, information-wise?

Does the breed affect anything? What is the effect on the pets, travel-wise? Would there be a quarantine process, and if so how long?

Any other information would be greatly appreciated.




Hi Neil,

Thanks, these are great questions. Moving pets to Hong Kong does require careful preparation -- here is an overview of the requirements. Among other things, you'll need to present a vaccination certificate and an animal health certificate.

According to this document, which applies to Group 1 countries like the UK, Bengal cats can only be imported if you have documentation they are fifth generation or later.

There is normally a quarantine for pets entering Hong Kong, but since you're coming from the UK you could be exempted from it if you follow the procedures outlined by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of Hong Kong.

We've helped thousands of pets move safely to destinations all over the world, and in our experience it helps to start planning early, choose a pet friendly airline, and enlist the help of experts when needed. We find that pets -- even cats -- handle the process just fine if the proper effort is made. For more details, here is a list of frequently asked pet travel questions and common misconceptions about pet travel.

If you have any questions about navigating this relocation and think you might like some help, please fill out our free quote form. The costs will depend on a few factors, but international moves usually start at about $2500 USD.

We've helped many pets move to Hong Kong and would be happy to assist you, so just let us know!


2013 in Review: 7 Highlights from a Busy Year in Pet Travel

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

The world of pets and pet travel is never a dull place. As people continue to make cats, dogs, and other animal friends a more important part of life, industries like airlines, hotels, and relocation providers are realizing that they must evolve if they want to stay relevant.

In 2013 we kept an eye on various trends as we did our best to provide top notch services to our traveling clients. We learned a lot, and will use our pet moving experiences to continue to offer pet owners the attention and care they seek when it's time to plan a move.

Here are just a few notable moments and stories from 2013 that we're sure will play a role in the future of pet travel.

1. Australia announced it will be shortening the length of its pet quarantine beginning in Feb. 2014. Long known for its serious pet import requirements and rabies-free status, Australia is taking steps to make things a little less stressful for pet owners moving there. You'll still need to follow a series of careful requirements, but a shorter post-arrival quarantine (it'll be 10 days rather than 30) should make the overall experience a bit easier to handle.

2. San Diego Airport's fancy new pet relief station. It's a trend popping up all over the place: Airports are becoming more aware of and more welcoming to pets. Don't be surprised if new and improved pet relief stations are simply commonplace within a few years.

3. Qantas reversed its travel ban affecting American Staffordshire Terriers. Breed restrictions have long been a thorn in the side of many pet owners, but many countries, government entities and businesses are beginning to show signs that they're open to reversing breed discrimination.

4. EU pet travel rules were relaxed. In 2012 the UK brought its pet import rules in line with the EU, and this year the EU made small changes to its overall policies regarding the number of pets a person can import. Standards must be researched and followed for smooth pet travel to happen, but in general it's becoming less challenging and more common for pets to travel.

5. A disaster preparedness guide for pets. Climate change means that the incidence of natural disasters is likely to increase, so it's a good idea to have a travel plan in place for your pet if you live somewhere that may be affected by extreme weather. It's a downer to think about, but it's important to have a pet evacuation plan.

6. Don't be like Justin Bieber. We saw that, when it comes to pet travel, rules are rules and everyone must comply. In the 21st century even the rich and famous (who are trying to bring a monkey into Germany without the right paperwork) aren't exempt from following the pet import requirements of various countries. Do your research before you go to avoid problems -- even if you're a pop star.

7. The dos and don'ts of bringing dogs to work. More and more businesses are realizing the benefits of allowing employees to bring their pets to work. We agree that it's pretty great, and have found that it's helpful to have a few easy rules in place to keep people productive and pets happy.

Have anything to add? Have questions? Leave your comments here or contact us.


Cat Travel to Japan

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ashley
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
From: England
To: Japan


Hi There,

I'm curious as to what the requirements are for allowing my cat to move to Japan with me, more specifically, Sapporo (though my options are open right now). In the near future I'll be moving to Japan permanently to teach English and I'd like to take my cat with me as he's quite attached to me. He follows me around everywhere and meows at my bedroom door relentlessly whilst I am at college (according to my parents) so I feel like I can't just leave him behind.

I've heard a lot about a possible six months in quarantine but no concrete answers so far so I've decided to ask. I honestly couldn't bare the guilt of leaving him in quarantine for six months, and not to mention the stress from the travel could do some damage as well. If that's the case I think it may be a better idea to not take him with me, but of course that is also something I hate to imagine doing.

In addition to this, I know that a lot of places do not accept animals so my search for a place to live would be that much harder but if I can take him with me then I'm willing to give myself that restriction.

So yeah, any information would be appreciated.




Hi Ashley,

Thanks for your question -- we understand that pets are part of the family and it sounds like your kitty loves you very much! Here is some information about how you can bring her to Japan with you.

First, take a look at these pet import requirements via the Animal Quarantine Service of Japan. If planned correctly, you should be able to avoid a long quarantine. The process is very particular, as you can see, but we've helped many pets move to Japan and they've been able to go home to their families pretty quickly.

For general information about moving pets internationally, please take a look at these frequently asked pet travel questions. Your cat may not love the traveling experience but there are ways of preparing him as best you can (including by following these cat crate training tips).

The bottom line is to begin planning early, talk to your vet for help and advice, and continue to reach out to pet travel experts when necessary. If you're interested in finding out about our door-to-door services, you can fill out our free quote form.

Thanks again, and good luck with everything!




Bringing a Cat Home from Brazil

Monday, December 16, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Arthur Toso
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Siamese
From: Curitiba, Brazil
To: Sacramento, CA, USA


Dear PetRelocation,

I’m seeking information about bringing our family pet to the U.S. My family is from Brazil and recently we moved to Sacramento, California and due to airlines issues we couldn’t bring our pet with us.

We are willing now to get the family reunited again so I’d like to know if you provide a way to transport Animals from Brazil to U.S. and all issues associated with that.

I’m sure you guys have the best service for its customers, and in this case, pets.

Thank you,


Hi Arthur,

Yes, we'd be happy to assist you! Here's how it works: Your cat needs to follow these import requirements for the United States, and if you decide to sign up for our services, we would help arrange the details, including the transportation for your cat to and from the airport. International moves generally start at around $2,500 USD for one small pet.

Please give our office a call or fill out our free quote form if you'd like to find out more. A relocation specialist experienced with moves such as this would be happy to speak to you further.

Thanks again for getting in touch with us, and we look forward to speaking with you soon about reuniting you with your cat.

Cat Travel from Germany to the United States

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Brigitte
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Domestic Cat
From: Duesseldorf, Germany
To: Saywer County, Wisconsin

Dear PetRelocation,

I would like to travel with my cat from Germany to Wisconsin. I would like to enter the United States via Minneapolis, Minnesota.

My cat is chipped, has her regular vaccinations, and one vaccination against rabies. It was given to her at 10/10 2013. My cat lives in my apartment only, and because of this fact she does not get in contact with other animals.

Would you please tell me if there are any more requirements to be met in order to take my pet with me on the journey? Do I need special forms to be filled out by the vet?

If so, please inform me which ones I need and where I can get them.



Hi Brigitte,

It sounds like you're off to a great start. The pet import requirements for the United States are pretty straightforward -- essentially you need to have a health certificate (issued by your vet within 10 days of departure) and proof that your cat is up to date with the rabies vaccine.

Be sure to choose a pet friendly airline and check with them in advance to make a reservation and find out about their policies, and if your cat isn't used to traveling, you can help her in the weeks before your move with these cat crate training tips.

Please contact us if you have any more questions about your move, and good luck with everything!

Dog and Cat Travel to New Zealand

Monday, December 9, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Erika
Number of Pets: 6
Pet Type: Five dogs and one cat
Pet Breed: Chihuahuas & American Bobtail
From: Midland, Texas, United States
To: Auckland, New Zealand

Dear PetRelocation,

I'm really confused about moving all of my animals to New Zealand. Is there a certain number of animals that I can move? Do I have to wait a certain number of days after all shots before importing them? Really desperate for help!!




Hi Erika,

Here's a good resource for you to check out: it's the official government guide to bringing cats and dogs into New Zealand. Since there are several steps (vaccinations, documents to secure, etc.), it's important to set up a timeline and follow it closely.

You will also need to secure the correct travel crates for your pets and check with the airline about any restrictions they may have. It's likely that, since you have so many pets, they will end up traveling on a couple of different flights. Keep in mind: for most of the pet relocations we arrange, pet owners and pets fly separately (and that's just fine).

If you'd like to find out about the services we offer, please fill out our free quote form. Hopefully these links help to get you started... Be sure to let us know if you have more questions, and good luck with everything!


Pet News Round-Up: Understanding our Pets

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Caitlin Moore

How to speak dog.

SFO therapy dogs helped travelers de-stress this week.

The real life 'Fox and the Hound.' #OMG #CUTE

Does spending time in quarantine affect a pet forever?

What animal shelters need in the winter.

A New York Times reporter discusses the pet travel process.

How have dogs changed after 100 years of "purebreeding"?

Need help with a pet move this holiday season? Be sure to contact us soon to avoid delays.


Have a great weekend!

"Can I Bring my Bunny to Australia?"

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sandra
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dwarf Bunny
From: America
To: Australia


Dear PetRelocation,

What are the requirements that must be met to take my bunny with us to spend six months or more in Australia?




Hi Sandra,

According to the official Australia Department of Agriculture website, rabbits can only be imported from New Zealand. Australia is a strict country when it comes to importing animals, and unfortunately it looks like you won't be able to bring your dwarf bunny with you. Here is more information about bringing pets to Australia.

It sounds like you're not planning a permanent move, though, so hopefully you can find a great pet sitter to care for your rabbit while you're gone. Sorry to be the bearer of unfortunate news, Sandra!

Please let us know if you have any other pet travel questions, and good luck to you.


Pet Move of the Month: 12 Pets from Thailand to the United States!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

We're used to working with pet lovers, of course, but sometimes a client comes along whose dedication and kind-heartedness is simply unparalleled. Recently we were contacted about moving 12 pets -- 10 dogs and two cats -- from Thailand to California, and the more we got to know the pet owner Margot, the more we were in awe of her loving spirit.

Of course we knew this would be a great move to spotlight for our Pet Move of the Month. Read on to learn more about this menagerie of special pets... As you can see they come from diverse backgrounds and are all incredibly lucky to have ended up in the care of a compassionate animal advocate.

Meet a few of the pets:



Laisee was abandoned at a construction site and never had the chance to be socialized with people until Margot came along.



Arun is a proud and talkative tabby rescued from a Bangkok tourist attraction.



Phuan was a young stray with mange when Margot found him and nursed him back to health. He found his way into her garden and never left!



Bijoux is very friendly! This pup came from a breeder and was destined to be euthanized at the age of four due to bad skin problems. Margot didn't let that happen.



Doemer is an "ex-stray golf course dog" who decided that living under the shrubs of Margot's house would be a smart choice. Needless to say, she ended up taking him in.



As a kitten, Ketjil was dropped over the fence of Margot's garden in Bangkok and she's been part of the family ever since.


Dogs Duvel, Ukje, Setha, Lulu, Coco and Lily made the trip, as well. Margot is still busy settling in to her new home, but here are a few words from her:

I knew I was going to be in over my head taking on this adventure but didn't know how else to organize getting my animals to stay with me while starting a new life -- it'll all work out in the end and thankfully I could afford to have them transported by an organization like PetRelocation. I must admit that I did go through a phase of wanting to fly back and forth, taking them as excess baggage with perhaps Lulu and Lily having to be flown as cargo.

Tomorrow morning the movers will start to deliver the contents of the container shipped over from Bangkok with my furniture and all -- really exciting! There is a lot of work to be done yet, but nonetheless it's all moving towards establishing my new home in a very new part of the world to me, together with my beloved pets!


All the pet crates, lined up and ready to go!

In closing, I want to share with you that, while I'm sitting on a couple of dog cushions writing, a gas fire is burning. It's quite chilly outside and windy too, for us especially being used to the tropics. All the dogs are hanging out so very peacefully around me, with a little snore here or there. It beats music or TV and makes things incredibly cozy -- every night it's been like that. It's so very comforting during this huge transition. When I give myself a chance to be mellow, they follow suit and sigh a sigh of peace!

Many thanks again,



Thanks to Margot for sharing her move (and her story) with us. It was a pleasure and a privilege to help keep this wonderful family together. The PetRelocation team wishes them good luck with everything!

Australia Pet Travel: Byford Quarantine Facility in Perth has Closed

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Caitlin Moore

More changes are afoot regarding pet travel to Australia. Pet travelers relocating here have previously had three quarantine locations to choose from: Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. Due to the ongoing threat of bushfires affecting the area surrounding Byford quarantine in Perth, however, Australian authorities have decided to permanently close this facility.

No need to worry, though -- this just means that pets entering Australia will now need to go to either Eastern Creek quarantine facility in Sydney or Spotswood quarantine facility in Melbourne. More information about these options can be found on the Australia Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) official website.

Regarding the decision, DAFF states that "staff and animal safety are the critical factors that have guided the decision to permanently close the facility." Though it will be inconvenient for some, the closure of the Perth facility is in the best interest of people and pets.

This news comes on the heels of another big Australia announcement; beginning Feb. 3, 2014, pets who follow updated import guidelines will now be able to serve a shorter quarantine period -- 10 days instead of 30.

No matter what your route or timeline is, moving pets to Australia will still require quite a bit of careful planning. If you have questions about how to safely move your pet to Australia, please contact PetRelocation, and as always, please keep in touch for more pet travel news updates!




Breaking: Australia's New Pet Import Policy will Take Effect in February 2014

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Caitlin Moore

It's news many pet travelers will be happy to hear: The Australia Department of Agriculture has announced changes to its pet import policies that will reduce the time dogs and cats must spend in quarantine upon arrival. Beginning Feb. 3, 2014, if pets meet the stated pre-entry requirements, the quarantine will be 10 days rather than 30.

Read more about the changes on the official website and please contact us if you have any questions about moving a pet to Australia. If you're currently planning a move there and have an import permit already, here are your options:

1. Confirm that you will import your pet under the old conditions using your existing import permit(s), noting that:

-Your existing permit(s) will remain valid for use until the expiration date (indicated on the permit).
-You must prepare your pet(s) in accordance with the import conditions on your existing permit(s).
-Your pet(s) will spend a minimum of 30 days in post-entry quarantine.

2. Request that your existing permit(s) be altered to include the new conditions, noting that:

-A permit variation will cost a minimum of $390 for the first animal and $230 for subsequent pets.
-Additional pre-export preparation of your pet(s) will be required.
-Your application for a permit variation cannot be submitted until 2 December 2013.
-Your permit will not be valid for use until 3 February 2014.


Less quarantine time = more beach time


Pet Travel between New Zealand and Australia

Thursday, October 17, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kirsty
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Cat & Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador
From: Brisbane, Australia
To: New Zealand


I noticed the latest update says that cats and dogs imported to New Zealand generally require 10 days of quarantine. Can you please advise what the time frame in quarantine would be for our animals to travel from Brisbane, Australia to New Zealand?

Appreciate your help and I look forward to your reply.



Hi Kirsty,

Luckily for you, pets moving from Australia to New Zealand do not need to fulfill a quarantine. They also don't need to secure an import permit (but they will still be inspected upon arrival and must show a vet health certificate signed by your vet). Since Australia and New Zealand are both pretty strict when it comes it importing pets, traveling between them seems to be a relatively straightforward process.

Please take a look at the official New Zealand pet import requirements, and if you have any more questions, just let us know. Thanks for reaching out, and have a great trip!

"How do I move my pets to Zambia?"

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Roland
Number of Pets: 5
Pet Type: three dogs and two cats
Pet Breed: Boerboel, Jack Russel, Pit bull
From: George, South Africa
To: Ndola, Zambia

How do I go about transporting my animals to our new home in Zambia?




Hi Roland,

Moving your pets to Zambia will mean taking a look at the import requirements and also attending to basic logistics (you'll probably be flying?). Here are the pet import requirements for Zambia -- it looks like you'll need vet health certificates, import permits, and proof of updated rabies vaccines for your pets.

You'll also want to secure the correct travel crates for your pets, and check with the airline you'll be using to find out what their policies are regarding pets. As you can see, this will all take a little time and attention to detail so it's a good idea to start planning well in advance of your move.

If you have further questions and would like to find out more about our services, please fill out our free quote form. Thanks for checking in with us, and good luck with everything!