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Is There a Quarantine for Cats Traveling from Japan to Australia?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Lance
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Domestic Shorthair
From: Japan
To: Australia


Dear PetRelocation,

Do all the requirements for rabies vaccinations and such still apply if I'm coming from a rabies free area with my pets?




Hi Lance,

That's a great question. Figuring out the pet import requirements for Australia can definitely be tricky (especially considering that, beginning in February 2014, the quarantine rules are set to be changed).

The best way to go about researching the procedures is to visit the official Australia government website. As you'll see, they actually now provide a handy drop-down chart and timeline based on your move details. The last time we checked, the site says that pet moves taking place after Feb. 3 will fall in line with the new requirements (so pets will have a 10-day quarantine rather than the current 30-day quarantine).

Pets coming from Japan, a Category 2 country, still need to fulfill a quarantine upon arrival. For more information about Australia quarantine, please feel free to explore our blog (here's a great dog and cat quarantine story, for example). Hopefully you'll see it's not such a scary prospect!

If you have further questions and think you'd like some professional assistance with your move, please fill out our free quote form. Good luck with everything, and thanks for the questions!

Figuring Out Australia's Pet Quarantine Rules

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Jeff
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Black Lab Purebred
From: Seattle, WA
To: Sydney, Australia


Dear PetRelocation,

I have read the instructions on your site regarding moving a dog to Australia, and I understand all of the shots and doctors visits, etc.

However, I don't understand the "quarantine" whereby 150 days of the 180 days total are "under quarantine." Does that mean that my black lab can't be with me for 180 days? Can you further explain what the entire quarantine process is with 150 days in origin country and 30 days in Australia?




Hi Jeff,

Thanks for the questions. Figuring out the pet import process for Australia can certainly be confusing, but we'd be happy to help!

Here are a few things you should know:

-The first part of the quarantine process takes place at home and your dog stays with you. The "180 days" simply refers to how long the whole process takes from beginning to end. The final part of the process (after your dog arrives in Australia) is the part spent in a quarantine facility.

-The pet import rules for Australia are actually set to change in February 2014. For pets who meet all the requirements, the actual Australia quarantine time will be reduced to 10 days rather than the current 30 days. Go here for more information.

-If you visit the Australia Government Department of Agriculture website, you can use the instructions and the new drop-down tool to plan your move.

-If you're moving before Feb. 3, 2014, you'll still need to fulfill the Australia quarantine requirements as they currently stand.

Hope this helps, Jeff. If you'd like to find out more about our pet transport services, please fill out our free quote form. Thanks again for the great question, and good luck with everything!


"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 Client Story: Muffin's Move

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Donna
Pet's Name: Muffin
From: Houston, TX
To: Zurich, Switzerland

Having moved from Australia to the US only 18 months ago, we were not looking forward to moving Muffin again. She was so stressed after the flight to the US.

We explained all this to Kristen and she was great. Kirsten answered all of my questions regardless of how silly they were. Everything was so easy -- PetRelocation arranged everything and it really took some of the stress out of our move.

On the day of the trip, the agent who came to pick up Muffin was fantastic. We had explained to him her fear of the crate. He actually put the crate in his car so Muffin never saw it. He came and met us inside and patted Muffin for a little while. Once she was comfortable with him he took her out to the car and then into the crate.

We picked Muffin up in Frankfurt, and it took quite some time but the customs agent kept in contact with us so we knew we weren't forgotten.

Evelyn and Kirsten checked in on us a couple of times to make sure everything was going okay.

Muffin is loving Zurich and the colder weather. She saw her first snow last week and just loved it. She is 12 years old but was running around like a puppy.

Thank you PetRelocation -- especially Kristen, Maegan and Evelyn. We would definitely use your services again the next time we have to move.

Does Quarantine Change a Dog Forever?

Monday, December 2, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Wendy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Yorkshire Terrier
From: Phoenix, AZ
To: Taichung, Taiwan

Dear PetRelocation,

If a dog must be quarantined and isn't used to doing that, will it change the pet's personality or behavior?




Hi Wendy,

Most pet owners feel worried about placing their pets in quarantine, but it's important to know that this is a normal part of pet travel that is very safe when handled correctly. We've assisted with many pets' quarantine stays and have talked to pet owners again and again who started out very nervous but ended up happy and relieved.

Most quarantine facilities are well-kept and offer pets plenty of attention and room to live and play during their stay. In our experience pets are not forever changed following a stint in quarantine -- rather, they quickly go back to being themselves once they're home and suffer no lasting effects.

For further comfort, please read a few stories from our blog about pets in quarantine:


As you can see these pets did just fine, and yours probably will, too. If you have any particular concerns please talk to your vet, talk to the quarantine facility you're considering, or you can contact us.

Thanks for your questions, and good luck with your upcoming move!




Planning Ahead for Pet Travel to Australia

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sophie
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: English Staffy
From: Australia
To: America


I'm looking at relocating to America and was wanting to take my dog. I have read that she will need a rabies shot at least a month before we go, but I wanted to know if there was any kind of quarantine in the US.

Also, if I was to stay there for a couple of years, when we come back to Australia, will she have to go through quarantine upon return?



Hi Sophie,

Great questions. First, importing pets to the United States is pretty straightforward. You need an international health certificate and an updated rabies vaccine, and there is no quarantine if you follow those basic rules.

Australia is more strict when it comes to pets. They did recently shorten the time pets must spend in quarantine upon arrival from the United States (beginning in February 2014 it will be 10 days instead of 30), but you still need to follow a list of specific requirements in order to transition smoothly. You can find more information about this update here.

Honestly, as things have been in flux lately, we'd recommend taking a look at the requirements as they stand now (here's a link to the official DAFF site also) but then when it's closer to your actual move date you'll certainly need to research the current rules. Pet travel can be tricky and rules can quickly change, so it's wise to allow plenty of time to plan. It sounds like you're off to a great start on that front already.

Hopefully this has been helpful. If you'd like to speak to a pet relocation consultant about your options, feel free to give our office a call at your convenience or fill out our free quote form.

Thanks for the questions, and 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


"What's the deal with Singapore pet quarantine?"

Monday, November 4, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Rachael
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labradoodle
From: Sydney, Australia
To: Singapore

Dear PetRelocation,

Please advise if it's possible to relocate our dog with us to Singapore from Australia. How long does the process take, and is there a quarantine?




Hi Rachael,

Thanks for the question. Moving pets to Singapore requires following these requirements. More specifically, since Australia is a 'Category A' country you'll need to follow the rules as they are outlined here (via the Singapore government website). Good news: if you fulfill all the requirements, your dog won't need to go to quarantine.

Since Australia is a rabies-free country, you won't have to jump through as many hoops as pet owners coming from other countries overall, but it's still a good idea to allow several weeks to get ready for your move.

Hope this helps you to get organized and start the planning process. Let us know if you'd like a free quote for our services or if you have any more questions. Good luck and thanks again for getting in touch with us!

Pet Customer Story: Plonky's Move to Australia

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Here's a note from a recent customer who moved to Sydney, Australia...

Hi Mandy and Bethany,
It was so wonderful to pick up Plonky last week. She was so happy and excited to see us again. She did very well in quarantine and our friend Julia who visited her almost daily was just wonderful with sending updates and photos while she was there. If you anyone ever needs a recommendation for a dog visitor to Eastern Creek I'd be happy to share her details.

Plonky is getting used to the good life in Sydney. The weather has been glorious.  We have a beautiful and large harborside park near our apartment where dogs are allowed off leash, so she is getting to know all the other doggies and figuring out the new sights and sniffing the new smells.
We really couldn't have done it without your help, especially when everything unraveled at the end.  Attached is a photo of me and Miss P. just outside the quarantine station right after we picked her up. Not sure who has the bigger smile! Also a few photos Julia sent while she was at Eastern Creek.

Warm regards,


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 fly my dog to Australia?"

Monday, October 7, 2013 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Ramesh
From: Bangalore, India
To: Brisbane, Australia
Pet: Blacky (black Lab)
Dear PetRelocation,
I would like to relocate my dog from Bangalore, India to Brisbane, Australia. Please let me know about the rules & regulations as well as how much it will cost, approximately.
Hi Ramesh,
Thanks for reaching out with your question. Australia is a rabies free country, so moving pets here requires quite a bit of advance planning. Blacky will need to fulfill a careful series of steps in order to be admitted, and upon arrival he will need to undergo a 30 day quarantine.
This is a somewhat complex process but it's certainly not impossible! We've moved many pets safely to Australia over the years. Take a look at the overview of the pet import requirements, and please let us know if you'd be interested in our assistance.
Please note that in our experience it can be tricky to secure all the proper paperwork to export pets from India -- you will want to check with your local authorities about the procedures as soon as you can and/or fill out our free quote form (with more details we can estimate a cost) if you'd like expert help.
Thanks again for the question, and good luck with your travels!


How to Arrange an Australia Pet Move

Thursday, September 26, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Juli-anne
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog, Cat
Pet Breed: Friese Stabijhoun and American Shorthair Cat
From: The Netherands
To: Sydney, Australia

We are US Citizens living in the Netherlands and are likely moving to Sydney, Australia. I have done my research and know that import to Australia can be complex, but you can avoid the six month quarantine and cut it to one month if you follow the right steps.

It appears you only work with US clients, do you know of any pet relocation specialists that can help us here in the Netherlands? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.




Hi Juli-anne,

Thanks for your question! You're right, moving pets to Australia requires quite a bit of paperwork and preparation, however we do it all the time and would be happy to advise you. Go over the pet import requirements for Australia if you need to double check anything, and take a look at our blog for stories of pets that have moved to Australia.

We do work with clients all over the world, not just the United States. If you choose us to help with your relocation, this means that we'll be hiring agents in the Netherlands to assist you (as well as to help with customs clearance, etc. in Australia). Frankly this will add to the overall cost of your move, so if you'd rather arrange all or part of it yourself, you can check IPATA.org for information about pet shippers in your area.

We'd be happy to offer you a quote for our services if you're interested (just fill out this form), and if not, good luck with everything!


Cat Travel to Australia from Portugal

Thursday, September 12, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Maria
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: European
From: Lisbon, Portugal
To: Sydney, Australia


How much would it cost to move my cat to the other side of the world? And what type of documents and veterinarian issues do I need to take care of? Are there any periods of waiting until the pet can travel?




Hi Maria,

Thanks for your question, we'd be happy to offer some guidance. Pet import requirements differ from country to country, so it's always wise to start by looking at the particular rules for where you're going. Here's a link to an overview of the pet import requirements for Australia.

Be aware that Australia is a rabies-free country and imposes different rules for pets coming from various places; digging deeper, you'll find that Portugal is a 'Category 4' country, thus you'll need to follow the import rules as they are outlined here. A few things you'll need: an import permit, a microchip, proof of rabies vaccination, and an advance quarantine reservation.

The costs of your move will depend on a few factors, so feel free to give our office a call or fill out our free quote form if you're interested in our services.

Hopefully this helps to get you started... Good luck with the trip!


This kitty moved to Australia, too.


How to Move a Dog from Australia to Korea (and Back)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Troy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: British Bulldog
From: Gold Coast, Australia
To: Ulsan, South Korea


I am an Australian who works in South Korea and have decided to move my dog over with me. At the moment my dog is still in Australia. I will be in Australia in a few days and wish to bring her back with me to South Korea on Tuesday the 10th of September, 2013. That is exactly 15 days from now. What do I have to do to bring her over with me? Is that enough time to make it happen? Once my dog is in South Korea does she have to be in quarantine in South Korea?

Does my dog have to be in South Korea for a certain amount of time before she is allowed back into Australia? How long does she have to be in quarantine for when it's time to move back to Australia? I've heard six months but I'm not exactly sure? And is all of that quarantine time spent in Australia? Is quarantine expensive? How much is it per day? Would really appreciate if you could help me out.

Kind regards,


Hi Troy,

Check out the pet import requirements for South Korea. Because your dog is coming from Australia, a rabies-free country, she should only need a microchip and an International Health Certificate which states that she is healthy enough to fly and which has been issued within 10 days of her travel. Assuming that your dog meets these requirements, she shouldn't have to stay in quarantine in South Korea.

Fifteen days is short notice as far as pet shipping goes, but the above mentioned health inspection and microchipping can probably be completed in one day, so it might be possible for your dog to fly back to Korea with you on September 10th. In order to fly, you will also need an airline-approved travel crate that is one size larger than your dog's size would normally require (as bulldogs are prone to breathing difficulties) and you will need to make travel arrangements for your dog with your airline.

To prepare for your eventual return to Australia, take a look at the national pet import requirements. You'll see that there is a 210-day timeline for planning a pet move to Australia, including a 180-day quarantine period which begins on the day your dog's blood is drawn for the rabies titre test. The first 150 days of quarantine may be served at home in South Korea, while the final 30 days must be served in an approved Australian quarantine facility (here's the list of quarantine fees). Check out the Australian government's guide to moving pets to Australia from South Korea for more information.

If you think you might like assistance with either move, fill out our free quote form to be in contact with a pet transport specialist. And if you have any more questions, feel free to contact us. Thanks for your questions and good luck with your move(s)!

Pet Move Customer Story: Sydney's Big Adventure

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Laura and Ben
Pet's Name: Sydney Valentine
From: Sydney Australia
To: Austin, Texas via Houston, Texas

Well, our Australia Chapter has come to a close and we needed to find the best route for Sydney Girl to travel to her new home -- TEXAS. We asked around, and PetRelocation kept coming up in conversations. Three of our friends used this service to get their pets to Australia so I thought, "if they are good coming this way then they must be good going back!"

I looked them up on Facebook and their website; I liked the following facts: They are from Austin, Texas, our sales guy Mike (who I requested) was from Australia, and then our client care specialist Amber (again, I did some website stalking) has a Vizsla. All pluses in my book!!!

The PetRelocation team was great on both sides. They sent pictures and made sure that Sydney had enough water and food before all of her travels. The pet transporters (the Rosenbaums) were great! My Aunt and Uncle have Sydney until we get to the states, and it just shows you what a small world it is that my Aunt and Mrs. Rosenbaum had a couple of friends in common! They had a nice visit when they dropped off Sydney. Everyone really communicated well, which was very important to me because I am still in Australia and my Aunt is in Houston.

Sydney is settling well, playing with her cousin Jackson, a Lab mix, swimming in the pool and receiving daily treats from her Auntie! She is not going to want to come with us to Austin!

To the team at PetRelocation: Thank you so much for getting Sydney to the United States with no dramas! Everything was super smooth. It really showed during the whole process how caring and understanding you are about pets really being part of the family.

See you in Austin in October! I will bring Sydney to the office to meet the team.




Qantas Reverses Its Travel Ban Affecting American Staffordshire Terriers

Friday, August 2, 2013 by Caitlin Moore

Today revealed some good news for pet travelers of a certain breed. According to the Daily Telegraph, Australia's Qantas Airlines has announced it will lift its ban on flying American Staffordshire terriers, a policy many in the pet community have called discriminatory and loudly protested since its inception last year.

In response to the controversial policy, Staffie lovers used Facebook to voice their outrage, threatened to boycott the airline, and over 6,000 people signed a petition protesting the ban.

After hearing these complaints and undertaking a "successful trial" Qantas has reversed the ban, but requires that dogs of this breed fly in airline-approved guard dog cages or CR-82 wire mesh reinforced cages. Bookings also must be arranged through a pet transport agency.

Another policy has also been modified: snub-nosed breeds formerly allowed on domestic flights only may now fly internationally. These breeds include Himalayan and Persian cats, Pugs, Pekingese and British Bulldogs. Owners hoping to fly with these breeds must sign an agreement acknowledging the increased risks involved.

Read more about Qantas's decision here, and please contact PetRelocation with your questions about breed restrictions, moving pets to Australia, or anything else related to pet travel.


photo by Jay Lee via Flickr

Pet Move Customer Story: Whiskey the Cat Comes Home

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Toon and Lisa
Pet's Name: Whiskey
From: New Jersey, USA
To: Melbourne, Australia

Having dinner in Soho, NYC, a week before Christmas, I received a call from work. The Australian office wants to send my wife and I back home to Australia, departing NYC on the 1st of February. This left us with a frantic six weeks to pack up our house in Hoboken, NJ for the eventual move to our homeland: Melbourne, Australia. The move was made complicated as my wife was six months pregnant and we had our Birman cat Whiskey that needed to pass through tough Australian Quarantine standards.

As time was not on our side, pet relocation companies was a priority of ours to input in the google search bar! After some quotes and discussions with various companies that provided these services, we decided to entrust our full faith in PetRelocation to assist us with Whiskey's move. We know how crazy the Australian quarantine measures are, and we certainly did not want to risk missing any steps in the relocation process. That was something that we felt PetRelocation had a full grasp on, as their global 'pet shipping' experience and overall knowledge in the process seemed a class above the rest.

After we left the USA in early February, Whiskey was being taken care of by her caretakers for a number of months (as the Vet shots needed their time to soak in before her move in late June).

As June arrived, Whiskey was chauffeured from her caretaker's house and was given a first class plane ticket for her trip to LA. "Sipping on fine Champagne," I'm sure she didn't mind the six-hour flight from Newark airport to LAX. She then spent the night in LA for final checks, where I'm sure she partied hard given it was her final night in the USA.

All hungover from the previous night's festivities, she once again found herself sitting pretty flying first class, for which was this time a 14-hour flight to Melbourne. Upon arrival in Australia she was brought to Melbourne quarantine facilities to be checked in for her final 30 days of quarantine.

After Whiskey's 30 day stay in her Five Star hotel in Melbourne quarantine, we picked her up and brought her home. There was some adjusting on her behalf to the new environment, but after only two days she is back to her normal self. As you can see from the pictures, she has taken a liking to 4-month-old Jackson's feeding stool.

The best part of all of this was that PetRelocation arranged virtually everything for us. A heavily pregnant wife and the overall stress of our move was made that much easier with PetRelocation simply taking the reigns on Whiskey's move - and they did it without any hiccups.

Special thanks to Mandy Balich and Matt Kincaid from PetRelocation, and Austin and Rob (the two caretakers).





Pet Travel Question: Moving Dogs Between the US and Australia

Friday, July 26, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Natalie
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: English Cocker Spaniels
From: Melbourne, Australia
To: San Francisco, California


I have two dogs (one is nine years old and the other is almost two years old). How long will they need to stay in quarantine for when we move to the US? Secondly, if we return, how long will they need to stay in quarantine in Australia and what are the requirements?




Hi Natalie,

Thanks for your questions. Check out the US pet import requirements here. You'll notice that the United States does not require a quarantine, so your dogs should not spend any time in quarantine upon arrival in the US.

Moving pets to Australia, however, is a different story. The Australian pet import requirements mandate a 30-day quarantine period in an approved quarantine facility upon arrival in Australia. Additionally, your dogs will need to go to undergo several blood tests, parasite treatments, and vet examinations before being allowed to enter Australia. If you decide to return to Australia, be sure to check out our post about 5 Things to Watch Out for When Shipping a Pet to Australia.

If you think you might like pet shipping experts to help you with your move, fill out our free quote form. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us. Thanks again for your questions and good luck with your move!

Pet Travel Question: Moving a Cat to Australia

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Raychell
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Tabby
From: Martinez, California USA
To: WA, Australia


What do I need to do in order to move my cat from California USA to WA, Australia?

Thank You,



Hi Raychell,

Moving pets to Australia can be a lengthy process, as there are lots of requirements that must be met within a specific time frame. Here are the pet import requirements for Australia. You'll notice that, because Australia is rabies-free, these requirements include a 30-day quarantine in an approved Australian quarantine facility.

In addition to meeting all of Australia's import requirements, you will need need to prepare your cat for air travel. Pet air travel requires an airline-approved travel crate. Check out our guide to choosing the right size crate for your pet, to make sure your crate will provide optimal comfort and safety to your kitty. The best way to ensure that your cat will be comfortable on the long flight to Australia is to make sure she is properly crate-trained, so be sure to check out our guide on how to crate train your cat. After taking care of all of these things, be sure to book a flight on a pet-friendly airline (we often use KLM, United, and Lufthansa).

This covers the basics of relocating a pet to Australia, but should you have any additional questions be sure to contact us. Thanks for your question and good luck with your move!