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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!
 
 

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!

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.

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!

 

 

Can Cats Travel from India to Australia?

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Renuka
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
From: India
To: Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I would like to know if I can bring my cat along with me when I migrate next year. I'm migrating on a PR Visa from India. My cat is 4 years old, vaccinated and has a microchip.

Thanks,

Renuka

 

Hi Renuka,

Australia pet import rules are relatively strict, and according to the current information on the Australia Department of Agriculture website, cats cannot be directly imported from India.

That doesn't mean it's impossible to move  your cat with you, though. Again, according to the website, if you can travel with your cat to a "Category 3" country first (you'll find the list here), you may be able to fall in line with the rules. Here is an overview of the steps required to bring a cat from a non-approved country to a Category 3 country and then on to Australia.

Please contact us if you'd like further advice or if you're interested in finding out more about our services. We have helped past clients complete multi-stage moves and would be happy to go over your options with you.

Either way, good luck with everything!



 

Pet Quarantine Stations in Australia

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Rick
Number of Pets: 6
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Lab mixes and Shepard mix
From: Louisville, KY, USA
To: Brisbane, Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Where can I find a quarantine location in Brisbane? I am looking all over and all I find is the Department of Agriculture site. Is that the quarantine facility?

Thanks,

Rick

 

Hi Rick,

Thank you for your question. When moving pets to Australia, you will have two quarantine facilities to choose from: one is in Sydney and one is in Melbourne. Your pets will need to travel to one of these official facilities first and carry out the required quarantine period before moving on to Brisbane.

Check the official Australia government site for more information about Australia pet quarantine facilities. It's also important to review the overall pet import requirements from this source, as the rules have recently changed. Formerly there was a standard 30 day quarantine for most pets entering Australia, and now that time has been reduced to 10 days if all rules are followed.

Please let us know if you have more questions about your upcoming move. We've helped many pets relocate to Brisbane (including two cats, Tonks and Luna), so please fill out our free quote form if you think you'd like some assistance.

Thanks again for getting in touch with us, and good luck with all your future pet travels.



 

Moving Pets to Australia from "Non-Approved" Countries

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Natasha
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: 2 Dogs and1 Cat
Pet Breed: 2 Shih Tzu and an unknown breed cat
From: Salvador, Brazil
To: Sydney, Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I live in Brazil and I'm going to Australia, but first, according to Australia's law, my pets have to do quarantine in another country for 5-6 months. I've chosen Miami, FL for the place to do this quarantine.

Who can help me with all the paperwork, exams, flights, vet visits, etc. during the quarantine period? How much would this cost? Does your company do this?



Thank you very much!!!

Natasha

 

Hi Natasha,

Thank you for your question. We can help!

First, you are correct about the steps you'll need to take. According to the Australia Department of Agriculture, these are the steps for pets hoping to enter from a non-approved country.

In the past we have helped many pets transition to new countries with strict rules, and would be happy to help arrange boarding if necessary as well as transportation to/from the airport, health documents and more.

The costs will depend on a few factors but we'd be happy to provide an estimate. Please fill out our free quote form to send a message to one of our PetRelocation specialists.

Thanks for getting in touch with us, and we hope to hear from you soon!

 

What are the Australia Quarantine Rules for Dogs?

Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Jill
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Lab, English Mastiff
From: USA
To: Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Regarding the 30 day mandatory quarantine for Australia: Will they keep my dogs in a facility for 30 days when they arrive? I am not sure how all of that works. Getting the vaccines and tests is no problem, but I am not sure how it will work when I get to Sydney and I'd love to have some help.

Thanks!

Jill

 

Hi Jill,

Sure, we'd be happy to offer some advice about bringing your dogs to Australia. First, you should be aware that the import and quarantine rules are actually set to change in just a few days. Beginning Feb. 3, the standard quarantine for pets will be reduced from 30 days to 10.

The best way to figure it all out is to visit the Australia Government Department of Agriculture website directly and use the dropdown trip planning tool they have. You'll also find information about quarantine facilities and fees on the site.

We've helped many pets move to Australia and would be happy to assist you. Feel free to fill out our free quote form if you think you'd like some help, and for your further information, read more about some of the pets we've moved to Sydney. Meet Desmond and Wesley, Austin and Chunk, and take a look at this video of Tilly in Sydney quarantine.

Finally, here are some tips for Australia expats from a blogger friend of ours. Hope this has been helpful... good luck with everything!
 

Bird Travel: A Cockatiel from Australia to the United States

Friday, January 24, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Anna
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Bird
Pet Breed: Cockatiel
From: Melbourne, Australia
To: Santiago, USA

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Where do I start and who would be best to contact to organise my bird move? I need to know about forms etc. (basically I need to know everything I have to do).

Thanks,

Anna

 

Hi Anna,

Moving birds does require a bit of extra work, but we'd be happy to help! Here's a quick overview of the bird travel process for your information. Cockatiels are exempt from CITES regulations, which should cut back on the amount of paperwork you'll need to complete. 

Coming into the United States will also make this a little easier, but you'll still need to make sure you obtain the right travel crate and make arrangements with a bird friendly airline. Here's more info from our blog about how to relocate a bird safely

We'd be happy to discuss your options with you, Anna. Please fill out our quote form or give our office a call if you're interested in finding out more. Hope to hear from you soon!

 

Pet Client Story: Bea & Mikey in Australia

Thursday, January 23, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Here's a note from a recent client. Glad to hear that Bea and Mikey are settling in well after their move from California to Australia!

 

Hi Keith,

Mikey and Bea have been here for a few days -- they arrived on Saturday afternoon. They are settling in quite well, eating and drinking and using the litter. Mikey spent the first night patrolling the perimeter of my room, checking everything out and securing the area. He's the more curious of the two, but also the most cautious and easily spooked!

 

 

They remember me and are being very affectionate, especially Bea! She's always been a cuddle monster though, haha :)
They are staying in my room for now, but I've let them out to discover the hallway and beyond a little bit. They don't venture far from my room before they scamper back and under the bed, but they have been enjoying the views out of the windows.

I've attached a pic of the sight I came home to the other day. Bea had gotten herself between the louvres and the fly screen and somehow closed the louvres on herself! I don't know how long she'd been in there but she was fine, just chillin, haha!

 

 

I made a nice little area for the kitties in the walk-in wardrobe, but they prefer to base themselves under the bed. It's hilarious because the bed isn't very far off the ground, not nearly as high as my bed in Cali, so to get under it they have to flatten themselves and push with their back legs. I laugh when I see it (it's so undignified and I'm sure they hate it, haha).

They sleep/hide during the day and play/party at night; every day I tidy up their "area" and every morning I wake up and it's trashed! They have found new and exciting things to knock over and throw onto the ground, and Bea has found some kind of magical wonderland in amongst the dresses in my closet. Maybe she's looking for the entrance to Narnia, haha, who knows. Secret cat business!

 

 

So all in all it's going well :)

Thanks for all your help!


Best Regards,
Maddie

2014 Update: Pet Travel to Korea

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

The Korean government has updated the country's pet import requirements, effectively making it easier to move pets there from several places. In the past many pet travelers were tasked with completing a rabies antibody titer test before being allowed entry, but many nations no longer need to fulfill this requirement.

Find out more about moving pets to Korea, and note that, even if a rabies titer test isn't required, several other details need to be attended to in order to complete a smooth pet move. Please contact us if you have questions about moving pets to Korea (or anywhere else).

Now for your reference, if you're moving a pet to Korea from one of the following places, a rabies titer test is no longer necessary:

 

Korea-Designated Rabies Free Regions
 
Andorra French Polynesia Maldives
Armenia Germany Malta
Aruba Guadeloupe Island New Zealand
Australia Guam Palestine
Austria Hawaii Papua New Guinea
Barbados Hong Kong Portugal
Belgium Iceland Qatar
Brunei Italy Reunion Island
Cape Verde Jamaica Samoa
Cayman Islands Japan San Marino
Comoros Kazakhstan Sao Tome and Principe
Cyprus Kiribati Seychelles
Czech Republic Kuwait Singapore
Denmark Libya St. Vincent Grenadines
Djibouti Liechtenstein Sweden
Egypt Macedonia Switzerland
Estonia Malaysia United Arab Emirates
Fiji Martinique United Kingdom
Finland Mauritius Vanuatu
French Guyana Micronesia Wallis and Futuna

 

Australia Pet Import Requirements in 2014

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Martha
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Two dogs and one ferret
Pet Breed: hot dog and a terrier mix
From: USA, Florida
To: Whitsunday Australia

Dear PetRelocation,

What do I need to do to bring my pets with me to Australia?

Thanks,

Martha

 

Hi Martha,

Thanks for you question -- relocating pets to Australia requires several weeks of prep time, as it is a rabies free country and imposes pretty strict rules.

For the most current and accurate information applicable to your situation, please take a look at the official Australian Government Department of Agriculture website. Here you'll find outlines of the requirements as well as a helpful schedule planning tool. Unfortunately, according to this site, ferrets cannot be imported to Australia at this time.

On a more positive note: Beginning on Feb. 3, 2014, dogs and cats entering Australia who meet the designated requirements will only need to fulfill 10 days of post-arrival quarantine (rather than 30, as it currently stands). You'll still need to follow a careful series of steps no matter what, but this updated time frame has been welcome news for pet travelers like you.

Hopefully this site will make clear to you what you need to do to prepare, but if you'd like some help carrying out these steps, you're welcome to contact us for a free quote. We've helped hundreds of pets move to Australia and would be happy to assist you, as well.

Let us know if we can help, and either way good luck with everything!