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Pet Client Story: Kobe and Chicharito's Move to Australia

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Dear Anna & Staff at PetRelocation,

We are home! Thank you so much for ensuring our well being and making all the necessary arrangements for our safe arrival in Australia. We couldn't have been in better hands than those of your professional team of pet relocation experts. We are truly grateful and cannot stop boasting about the great service and attention to detail provided.

Paws and scratchies always,

Kobe and Chi!

 

Pet News Round-Up: Travel Trends & A New Pet Adoption Tool

Friday, May 30, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Relocation related: will your cat's identity change if you move to a different place?

Due to an increase in quarantine fees, moving a pet to Australia just became significantly more expensive.

Have you heard of BarkBuddy? It's like Tinder for choosing a dog.

Brands are targeting owners who like to cook their own pet food.

Still though, many pets are overweight.

It's been busy around here! Read about a few of our recent pet moves, a.k.a. #IncredibleExperiences.

 

Happy Friday, Y'all

 

Pet Client Story: Jack's Relocation to Australia

Friday, May 30, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Christina
Pet's Name: Jack
From: Ferndale, Michigan
To: Brisbane, Australia

Overall, we are very satisfied with the services provided by the team at PetRelocation. Taking our 10-year-old Labrador to Australia with us was never really a question, but his safety was a huge concern.

Daniel, Anna and Heather were all very helpful along the way and definitely eased our fears. I knew he was in good hands and it was mostly stress-free. They were available every step of the way and handled all the paperwork, permits, correspondence with my vet and even made arrangements to have a special vaccine sent from out of state. All I had to do was get him to his appointments and they did the rest.

Jack arrived in Brisbane safely and is back to normal enjoying his time in the sun and in the surf. I would recommend this company to anyone looking to move a pet overseas.


 



Australia Pet Quarantine Update: Fee Increase Effective July 1

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

A few weeks ago we reported about the possibility that Australia pet quarantine fees could potentially rise. As it turns out, this initiative was approved and, starting soon, a number of changes will go into effect relating to Post Entry Animal Quarantine (PEAQ) procedures at the facilities, which are located in Sydney and Melbourne.

You can find a full overview of the changes here, but read on for a few of the main ideas:

-The fee increase will take effect on July 1, 2014.

-The new fee will be $149 per pet, per day. (The minimum stay is 10 days.)

-It's been the case for a little while but it's worth restating: owners cannot visit pets during quarantine. It is due to the new, shorter quarantine period that PEAQ made the decision not to allow visits. During quarantine, department staff has pledged to exercise pets and attend to all their basic needs.

-Why are the fees being increased? The Australian Government Department of Agriculture lists three primary reasons:

  • Fees haven't been adjusted since 2009, and since then various quarantine management costs have risen.
  • The program is currently operating in deficit, and in order to meet the government policy of "full cost recovery," fees must be increased.
  • The recent PEAQ policy changes have affected the bottom line of the overall operation, and the increase is meant to serve as a counterbalance.

 

This cost increase probably isn't welcome news to hear, but if you're planning a pet move to Australia it's important to be educated about the new conditions so as to make the process as streamlined as possible.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if you think you'd like some help organizing an upcoming relocation, and please stay in touch for more pet travel updates.

Service Dog Travel to Australia

Monday, May 19, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ingrid
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pug
From: Canada
To: Australia

Hi,
Can I travel with my emotional support animal (in cabin) to Australia? Which airline would you suggest?

Thanks,
Ingrid

 

Hi Ingrid,

Thanks for your question. We typically use Qantas Airlines for our Australia pet moves, and they have explicit rules about pet travel. Service animals are sometimes allowed to travel in cabin, but certain requirements must be met and this is only applicable to particular routes.

Please review the information Qantas has posted on their website regarding service animal travel, and it will probably be a good idea to call and speak to someone directly about your situation. Whenever documentation is required, in this case service dog identification, it's smart to make sure you're on the right track before you book your flight.

Hope this helps! If you decide you'd like some help moving with your dog, please give us a call at 1-877-PET-MOVE or fill out our free quote form.

Thanks again for reaching out, and please let us know if we can of further assistance. Good luck!
 

Pet Move Update: Addison in Australia

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Need your #IncredibleExperience fix for the day? Meet Addison!

We helped this sweet girl move from Michigan to Australia earlier this year, and her mom was kind enough to send us an update photo. Here she is enjoying the beach, which she unsurprisingly prefers to the snow she so often encountered in the States.

 

Addison in Australia

 

Moving a pet to Australia (or somewhere else)? Contact us if you think you'd like some help.

Are you a former client of ours? Your pictures and updates are always welcome! Feel free to post on our FB wall, reconnect with your Client Care Specialist, or email info@petrelocation.com.

Cat Travel to Romania

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Gabriela
From: Sydney, Australia
To: Bucharest, Romania
Pets: Porto (cat, domestic short hair, 8 years, 8kg); Cody (cat, tabby cat, 7 years, 8 kg)

Dear PetRelocation,
 
I would like to know an estimated cost to relocate two cats to Romania and also would like to know if I am required to have any medical checks or tests for the cats.

Thanks,
Gabriela
 
Hi Gabriela,
 
Thank you for your question. For an idea of what to expect, please take a look at the pet import requirements for Romania. Pets moving to the EU need to have microchips, full vaccinations and the proper import paperwork, so you'll need to allow a few weeks of preparation time before you go.
 
We'd be happy to tell you more about the door-to-door services we provide, which entail pre-move guidance as well as delivery to and from the airport. Our costs usually begin at around $2500 USD for one small pet to move internationally, but with a few more details we'll be able to give you a more precise estimate. Please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call if you'd like to find out more.
 
If you're thinking of organizing the move yourself, we recommend IPATA.org as a great source for hiring local agents to assist with part of the process. Please take a look at this information and then lets us know if you have any further questions.
 
Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck with your upcoming cat move!

Pet Travel to and From Australia

Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kirsty
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Miniature Fox Terrier
From: Australia
To: Europe

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I want to move to Europe for 12 months, either to Italy, Hungary or London. I am hesitant, as I have to take my 2-year-old dog and possibly a 2-year-old cat (mostly about cost and coming back in to Australia).

Can you assist me?

Thanks,

Kirsty
 

Hi Kirsty,

Thanks for your question! It's possible to do what you're proposing, but it will take quite a bit of planning, time and money. We'll go over a few of the details to give you an idea of what to expect.

First, take a look at the pet import requirements for the UK and also for Australia (you can find a full list of country requirements here). Each time you cross into a new country you'll need to follow their particular rules, even if you used to live there and only left for a few months.

Australia is stricter than going to a European country, as Australia is rabies-free and requires a quarantine for entering pets. The process to plan a pet move to Australia generally lasts about 180 days, so you'd need to be aware of all the steps and start preparing for your trip back just a few months after you leave. If you decide to make this trip with your pets, we recommend researching the above information very carefully and then building a detailed timeline to follow.

If you think you'd like some help arranging all of this, feel free to contact us to find out more about our door-to-door services. Hiring help does add to the overall cost (for us, moving one small pet internationally generally begins at around $2500 USD -- here's why), so you may decide to handle the move yourself or find local agents to assist with part of the move.

Pet owners facing temporary moves often decide it's not worth the time, effort and expense to move their pets and instead opt to leave their furry friends with a trusted family member or friend. It can be a tough decision, but sometimes it's the right thing to do (especially for pets who aren't crate trained and/or who are especially nervous travelers). It's always a good idea to talk to your vet for further enlightenment or if you have any concerns. If you do decide to bring your pets with you, here are a few things to keep in mind that will help with making the trips as safe and smooth as possible.

Please let us know if you have any questions as you go forward, and good luck!

Tricky Pet Moves: Moving to Sabah, Malaysia

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Stephanie
From: Perth, Australia
To: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Pet: Jack Russell (Bubu)

Dear PetRelocation,
 
What do I need to do to move my pet from Perth to Sabah? Where can I get all up-to-date information? Roughly how much does it cost to move my pet?

Thanks,
Stephanie
 
Hi Stephanie,

Thank you for submitting a question to us. In truth, moving pets to Sabah is no easy task, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. We have moved pets there and would be happy to offer some direction.
 
First, take a look at this overview of what it's like to move pets to Sabah and Sarawak. You'll need to follow a careful schedule of rabies vaccinations and there will be a quarantine for your dog upon arrival (30 days minimum). We recommend flying with KLM or Lufthansa, but other options may exist, as well. Your dog will also need to be microchipped and you'll need to secure the correct size and type of travel crate.
 
As you can see, there are several variables at play for a move to Malaysia, and you may decide to hire some assistance from a professional pet transport service. If you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our quote form. A move like this will probably exceed $3,000 USD, but knowing more details will allow us to give you a more precise quote. If you'd like to invest more of your own time and spend less money, we recommend using IPATA.org as a resource for locating local agents.
 
Hope this helps to get you started. Please let us know if you have more questions, and good luck with everything!
 

Sign This Petition to Protest Increased Australia Pet Quarantine Fees!

Thursday, April 24, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

If you're planning to move to Australia with a pet in the future, you should be aware that a proposal to dramatically raise pet import fees is currently being considered by the Australia Department of Agriculture.

The proposal would raise quarantine fees to $149 AUD per day, so a typical 10-day quarantine along with the various other fees attached would amount to around $1800 AUD per pet. This may make a move to Australia cost-prohibitive for many pet owners and certainly isn't good news for anyone hoping to relocate to Australia with a pet.

What can you do? For now, you can sign this petition by Monday registering your disagreement with the plan.

 

 

We'll keep you updated as this issue develops!

 

 

Dog Travel to Australia from a Category 3 Country

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Charmaine
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Japanese Chin
From: Spain
To: Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I moved my dog from Pakistan to Spain a week ago. All the required testing to meet European requirements was achieved to do this - the rabies vaccine was carried out by an approved laboratory in the UK.

I want to eventually move her home to Australia. Given that her origin is Pakistan, what are the requirements now for her length of stay in Spain and her activity in Spain so that I can apply for her to go to Australia?

Thank you.
 

 

Hi Charmaine,

Great question. Your dog will need to stay in Spain for at least six months before becoming eligible to move to Australia, and you'll need to carefully follow the steps as they're outlined by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture. The website has a drop-down tool listing the dates that each step of the process should be carried out based on your desired departure date.

If you have more questions or think you'd like to hire some assistance, please take a look at our blog to read a few pet travel to Australia stories and/or fill out our free quote form. We'd love to help to make your move an incredible experience -- just let us know.

Either way, thanks for the question and good luck with everything!

Breaking Down (and Understanding) Pet Travel Costs

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Robin
From: Melbourne, Australia
To: Vancouver, Canada
Pet: My baby is called Leo, he is a Spoodle and will be 6 years old in October
 
 
Dear PetRelocation,
 
I am very nervous, as I am not sure how my dog will cope with such a long flight. I am also getting very expensive quotes from companies in Australia, however my friends are paying a lot less for transporting their Spoodle from London to Vancouver.
 
Could you please tell me if you could assist? What will be the costs involved? I am already in Canada. Lastly, is it safe for him to travel, and are there any requirements that I need to be aware of for Canada?
 
My main concerns are that pricing seems to be high and I'm worried about Leo's well-being in the hold. Also, once I go back to Australia, will it be easier for him to go back? He is a very healthy and a bubbly dog -- all he wants is attention.
 
Thanks,
Robin
 
Hi Robin,
 
Thanks for contacting us with your questions -- hope we can help!
 
First, take a look at the pet import requirements for Canada. There is no quarantine, but you'll need to make sure your dog's paperwork is in order. If you ever decide to bring him back to Australia, you'll need to meet a much stricter set of rules and there will be a 10-day quarantine (based on current requirements). You can find more information from Australia's official website.
 
Second, many people do feel nervous about flying their pet in the cargo area, but if you choose a pet friendly airline and learn about how things work, you'll hopefully become more comfortable with the idea. We fly pets in the cargo area of a few select airlines all the time. Again, with pet friendly airlines it's very safe (here's a more in-depth explanation of how it works).
 
It's also smart to talk to your vet about how diet and exercise are important to your pet travel preparations, and you'll need to work to help Leo get used to his travel crate (if he's not already). This cuts down on his overall stress level and will make the flight safer and smoother for him.
 
Choosing a door-to-door service provider to handle your move won't be cheap, but arranging all the moving parts does require quite a bit of time and expertise. If you'd like a quote from us to see how we compare to the other providers you've talked to, please fill out our free online quote form. Typically an international move for one small pet begins at around $2500 USD (but the actual cost will depend on a few more factors). Here's a post from our blog discussing the costs of pet travel
 
Hopefully this helps to get you started. If you have further questions just let us know, and either way, good luck with everything!
 
 

Retiring Abroad? Plan for Your Pets, Too

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Recently we came across this helpful article about how to prepare for a post-retirement move abroad. More and more people are choosing to relocate to another country after they've stopped working, and doing so requires quite a bit of planning and money-saving.

The BBC points out that it's important to research housing and medical costs in the new location and to allow plenty of time to map out all the details. They also say to "consider your family," -- important advice for sure -- but we think they left out something pretty big. To the list they've made, we would add pets, who are family members, too.

Pets are becoming a bigger and bigger part of people's lives worldwide, and people in their 50s, 60s and beyond are some of the most dedicated pet owners out there. When children have moved out and when free time becomes more available, it just makes sense that people turn to pet companionship in their lives and in their travels.

So what should a pet owner do if they decide to retire abroad? We have a few tips.

Start planning early

We say this a lot, but it's always a good idea. Some countries (such as Australia) have quarantine requirements for pets, and no matter where you go you'll need to make sure paperwork is in order, vaccines are updated and flight reservations are made. You may not know what you don't know, so give yourself plenty of time.

Keep pets in mind as you consider the major (and minor) details

We're not saying "let your pet rule your life," but just remember that each detail will affect them, too. The city to which you move (are pet amenities available there?), what house or apartment you choose (are pets allowed?), what the weather is like (will your furry friend be comfortable there?) -- these are all a part of the big picture. If you're bringing a pet along, think carefully as you make arrangements so that they will be able to find reasonable happiness, too.

 

 

Calculate the costs

The BBC article reminds potential expats that moving abroad can be more expensive than you might initially suspect, and this is especially true when you add the cost of pet travel. More expensive than just an airline ticket, relocating a pet requires vet visits, paperwork, customs fees and maybe quarantine costs and pet agent fees, as well. Also, once you're there you could face marked up prices on your favorite pet food, medical care, etc. Figure out how much you'll need to save beforehand to make your move realistic.

The common theme to all of this is 'do your research before you make a move.' Obviously it's a big deal to move to a new country, and if you've chosen to make a pet an important part of your life (as so many of us have), their needs must be a factor in the ultimate decision. 

 

 

And on a lighter note, we can tell you from experience that pets are often pretty great at settling into completely new places. As long as you're there with them, they have the most important thing they need.

Enjoy your retirement adventures abroad, and if you have any questions about how to move your pet with you or need advice about a particular destination, please contact PetRelocation.

More Questions About Australia Pet Quarantine

Friday, March 28, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Nicola
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pug
From: Scotland
To: Australia

 

Hi,

I am looking to take my dog Barney to Australia. He has had his rabies injection and is waiting to get his antibodies blood test. The problem is I am now going in June -- is there any way he can enter Australia before the 180 days even if it means staying in quarantine longer?

Thanks,

Nicola
 

Hi Nicola,

Australia is very particular about its pet import procedures, and you'll need to follow them exactly (so no, unfortunately you won't be able to bring your dog as early as you'd like).

It sounds like you have a handle on the requirements, but just in case, here is the link to the official rules as well as the drop-down tool that outlines your dog's move schedule based on when you started the process.

Know that pet owners often move before or after their pets (it's often better for the pet to arrive after the owner has had a chance to move into the new place and settle in). You may need to enlist the help of a boarding facility, friend or family member to keep your dog in Scotland (if you end up deciding to go first) and help you finish out the requirements before Barney can eventually fly to meet you and then spend the required 10 days in quarantine.

Please let us know if you'd like further advice from us -- we'd be happy to help. Thanks for the question, and good luck with everything!

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?

Thanks,

Christine

 

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!
 

Cat Travel to Australia from the United States

Monday, March 24, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Lindsay
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Tonkinese, White Alley Cat
From: USA
To: Australia

 

Hello,

I've read the notes on your website regarding importing cats into Australia, (i.e. 180 days of 190 may be spent in country of origin) however, I would like confirm that this applies to pets (cats) whose country of origin is USA.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Lindsay
 

Hi Lindsay,

Yes, that's correct. Much of the information you'll find on our site is geared towards pets being exported from the United States, and this is the case for the pet import requirements for Australia you see listed.

If everything is carried out properly (the rabies shots, etc.), your cat will remain in your care prior to traveling to Australia and will just need to be in quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Australia. If you haven't visited the official Australia government pet import site we recommend that you do so -- there is a helpful drop-down tool that will help you plan your schedule.

Please review this information and let us know if we can be of further help. Thanks for checking in, and good luck with your upcoming move!

 

 

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

 

Moving Pets to Australia: How Long is the Quarantine?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sharon
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Miniature Tea Cup Terrier and Miniature Yorkshire Terrier
From: UK
To: Western Australia

 

Hi,

Can you please tell me how long my doggies would have to stay in quarantine in Western Australia?

Many Thanks,

Sharon
 

 

Hi Sharon,

Sure, we'd be happy to offer some information. The best place to start is the Australia Department of Agriculture website, which should have the most up to date directions regarding which pets are allowed and what the timeline is for their import.

Australia has recently changed its quarantine rules -- it used to be a standard 30 day requirement and now it's 10 days. The UK is classified as a Category 3 country, and on the site you'll find a drop-down tool that will outline each step you need to take.

In terms of where your dogs will be fulfilling the quarantine, there are two options: Eastern Creek Quarantine Facility in Sydney and Spotswood Quarantine Facility in Melbourne. There is no longer a quarantine facility open in Perth, so if you're moving to Western Australia you'll need to make travel arrangements for your dogs after they've finished quarantine in either Sydney or Melbourne.

Please let us know if you have any questions about these logistics, Sharon. Here's a link to our free quote form if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services.

Thanks for the question, and good luck with everything!

Pet Shipping to Australia from "Non-Approved" Countries

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Shaun
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Maltese
From: Turkey
To: Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Can I bring my dog directly from Turkey to Australia without going through a third country and do all vaccinations in Australia?

Thank you.

Regards,
Shaun

 

Hi Shaun,

Thanks for your question. Taking a look at the official pet import requirements for Australia shows that Turkey is considered a "non-approved" country, so at this time you will be unable to bring your dog directly into Australia.

Though Australia has recently loosened its quarantine rules (the standard quarantine time is now 10 days instead of 30), they still have strict country-to-country rules in the interest of maintaining rabies-free status. To move your dog, you'll need to spend time in a third country and complete various vaccine requirements. You'll find a step-by-step guide on the Australia Department of Agriculture website.

Please contact us if you have questions about this or if you think you'd like some help with your upcoming move. We'd be happy to assist you.

Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck with your pet travels!

 

Dog Travel to Taiwan

Monday, February 10, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Danii
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Toy Poodle
From: Australia, Sydney
To: Taiwan

 

Dear PetRelocation,

How long will my dog have to be quarantined, and will my dog be safe and healthy during the trip?

Thanks,

Danji

 

Hi Danji,

The typical quarantine period for Taiwan is 21 days, but since Australia is classified as rabies free you may be able to avoid this by carrying out a series of careful steps. It's a good to start the process well in advance. Here's a link to the requirements.

We have moved several pets to Taiwan over the years (take a look at our blog to read about Legos and Kruez, who were featured as our Pet Move of the Month recently), and as with all long international flights, with the right planning and expert knowledge it can be a safe process. Here are a few frequently asked pet travel questions that may shed some light on some of the major factors involved.

You're welcome to contact us if you'd like to talk to a specialist about how the move will work and what the costs will be. Thanks for reaching out for advice, and we hope to hear from you soon!