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Friday, September 12, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Explore the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre (HARC).

Underwater pictures of cute puppies.

Again, luxury dog travel.

Pet Move of the Month: Gordon the horse moves across the United States.

Check out the latest issue of Family Dog magazine. (They profile PetRelocation!)

Despite protests from pet owners, Eurostar still does not allow pets on board.

RIP Zeus, who was the world's tallest dog.

Read about two cute Chihuahuas who moved from California to Australia!

 

darcy

Have a good weekend!

Incredible Experiences: "The Long Journey from CA to Sydney -- We Did It!!!"

Monday, September 8, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Hilary
Pets' Names: Kitty and Kara
From: Palm Springs, CA, USA
To: Sydney, Australia
 

Thank goodness for PetRelocation and in particular my kind assistant there, Anna Wasim.

The Australian regulations for importing animals are very complicated and, if not fully complied with, instead of ten days quarantine it becomes six months. I was terribly worried about my two little Chihuahuas, litter sisters who have never been separated. Amongst the awful regulations was one that insisted they travel in separate crates! So unnecessary and cruel. But we did it all.

Thanks to Anna's timeline, and her constant contact with my vet, we complied fully with all the regulations and the almost endless expensive shots. Our ten days in a quarantine kennel (which looked like Colditz) ended on Sunday and we were reunited! (See the pics below!!)

The Chihuahuas are enjoying their new lives in Sydney, although they are somewhat startled by the noisy birds.

Anna did an amazing job for us and I would urge anybody thinking of transporting their beloved pets anywhere to use PetRelocation, it's worth every cent!




Hong Kong Pet Travel (and Living There with Pets)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sarah
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cocker Spaniel
From: Brisbane, Australia
To: Hong Kong

 

Hi There,

My husband and I are looking to relocate to Hong Kong with our dog for 2 years. I have a few questions I was hoping you could help with:

  • What do we need to consider in moving our dog to Hong Kong?
  • Are there good vets, off lead areas and kennels in Hong Kong?
  • Is Hong Kong a good place for dogs?
  • What are the requirements in bringing our dog back into Australia?


Thank you so much for your help, hope these questions don't seem silly.
-Sarah

 

Hi Sarah,

Nope, these questions aren't silly at all! We'd be happy to help you with some information.

First, take a look at the pet import requirements for Hong Kong. Australia is a "Group One" country, so you'll be following these guidelines in particular. In terms of flying in general, here are a few basic pet travel tips that will help you plan a safe and smooth trip.

As far as life in Hong Kong with pets, based on the news stories we've been reading it sounds like things are getting more pet-friendly than they used to be. Here is an article about a bus that brings dogs to various dog parks in Hong Kong, for example.

Actually a couple of our team members visited Hong Kong a few years ago -- read about a fun place called Pet World as well as what it's like to have a dog to Hong Kong. We advise all of our clients to do some online research before they move internationally -- expat websites are often helpful -- and if you end up working with us, we'd be happy to offer guidance as you settle in.

To return to Australia, you'd be following the guidelines found on the official Australia Government website. Please note that Australia requires a 10-day quarantine for arriving and returning pets, and they have recently raised the quarantine fees (so take this into account when budgeting for this move).

As you can see, moving a pet internationally requires significant time and resources, but it can be done safely. If you think you'd like some help and want to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call.

Hope this information helps to get you started! Let us know if we can be of further assistance, and good luck with everything.

 


 

Relocating Pets: Moving Cats to the United States

Thursday, September 4, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Iain
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Maine Coon
From: Australia
To: Michigan, USA

 

Hi,

We will be moving to Michigan for 3 years and I would like to confirm the requirements for moving our cat. If I read the info correctly we will not need a rabies vaccination prior to moving as we are a rabies free country but may need one upon arrival, please could you confirm as it is hard to find state requirements and anything else we will require?

Thanks,
Iain
 

Hi Iain,

Thanks for the question! The pet import requirements for the United States are less strict than those for many other countries, and you'll also need to meet the airline requirements (usually that means a vet health certificate stating your cat is healthy and fit to fly).

If you'd like to be thorough (which is always a good idea when it comes to pet travel), we recommend contacting a licensed veterinarian in Michigan to find out what the state laws are, as states vary from one to the other regarding rabies laws for cats.

When you return to Australia, your cat will need updated rabies vaccines and must meet a few other requirements (even though you started out there). There is also a 10-day quarantine on arrival. Here is an official link describing the pet import requirements for Australia.

If your cat is new to traveling, it may be helpful to read over these crate-training tips for cats. If you're interested in hiring some assistance for this move, you can fill out our free quote form to find out more about our services.

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

Is Bird Travel to Australia a Possibility?

Thursday, August 14, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Stefan
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Parrot
Pet Breed: Rose-Breasted Cockatoo
From: Germany
To: Papua New Guinea / Australia

Is it possible to take my pet cockatoo with me to Papua New Guinea? It has CITES papers and came with me from Australia three years ago to Germany. This was all done legally, but I believe I cannot legally bring her back to Australia.

Or, if you know a way to ship my bird to Australia that would be the best option (otherwise the closest to the Australian border that I could take her), please let me know.

Looking forward to your answer.

Regards,
Stefan
 

Hi Stefan,

Thanks for reaching out to us. Bird travel is tricky no matter where you're going, and unfortunately it is particularly restrictive in this part of the world.

We recommend contacting the Papua New Guinea Department of Agriculture if you've yet to do so to find out for sure what they stipulate regarding bird imports, but honestly it sounds unlikely that you'll be able to travel here with your bird. Australia makes it clear on their official site that only some species of birds are allowed to be brought in and they must come straight from New Zealand. Birds are not permitted as imports into New Zealand at this time.

Sorry we can't deliver better news to you, Stefan. Please check the CITES website if you have further questions about where your bird might be permitted, and in general you can contact the Department of Agriculture for the relevant country you're interested in finding out more about.

Thanks again for contacting us, and if you have any pet travel questions in the future or ever need assistance with a move, you're welcome to give us a call or fill out our free online quote form. Good luck with everything!

 

Incredible Experiences: Milo, Toby and Ishka's Move to Australia

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

We recently helped three pretty cool dogs -- Milo, Toby and Ishka -- move from Texas to Australia. They just finished the process, quarantine and all, and sent us an email update telling us about their happy reunion!

We are grateful for finding PetRelocation. Knowing they are based in Austin helped, as we were needing help relocating our three fur kids from Texas, USA to NSW, Australia.

Knowing they were on the ground and able to do all the leg work we could not do, plus their knowledge and access to information and services we did not have, was such a big help and a huge relief for us as we had to move quickly and could not stay with our fur kids during their required time in the USA before they moved.

They were great with contacting our vet, kennels and other organizations required to make the move smoothly and their customer service to us and the services involved have been above and beyond.

The time we were separated from our babies felt like a lifetime but thanks to PetRelocation we now have all three of them home with us where they belong! 

Thank you :) 

The Phillips Family

 

milo, toby & ishka

Toby, Ishka and Milo

Dog Travel from Australia to Canada

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Keiran
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: American Blue Staffy
From: Sydney, Australia
To: Banff, Alberta

Hey there,

I'm moving from Sydney, Australia to Banff, Alberta on the 15th of October 2014. I would love to take my American Blue Staffy over to live with me. I was just wondering what I need to do to get him over there and also would like to know how much it will cost?

Any help would be appreciated.

Kind Regards,
Keiran
 

Hi Keiran,

Sure, we'd be happy to offer some information.

First, take a look at the pet import requirements for Canada. Via the official government website, you'll see that you'll need a rabies vaccination certificate or a vet health certificate. Be sure to look over these details carefully to avoid any problems or delays.

In terms of additional pet travel information and tips, you're welcome to take a look at our blog. We recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline and finding out what their particular requirements are, helping your dog to be well-acclimated to his travel crate, and discussing any health-related questions with your vet.

One further thing to note: some airlines (including Air Canada) require that American Staffordshire Terriers and other "strong breeds" travel in reinforced crates, so you'll want to double check with the airline you're planning to use to find out if they impose this rule.

Hopefully this helps to get you started! If you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form. Generally our international moves begin at around $2500 USD, but with more details will be able to give you a more precise estimate.

Thanks for reaching out, and good luck!

Cat Travel to Australia from Non-Approved Countries

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kariem
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Persian
From: Saudi Arabia
To: Australia

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I am in Saudi Arabia and planning to bring my cat to Bahrain. Could you offer some guidance about how to export her to Australia?

Thanks,

Kariem

 

Hi Kariem,

This is a good question, as Australia is a rabies-free country and moving pets here requires following particular processes very carefully.

It sounds like you know that cats can't move directly to Australia from Saudi Arabia -- here is more information about moving from a non-approved country. If you choose Bahrain as your country of departure, you'll need to follow the rules as outlined and complete all rabies vaccines, examinations, etc. in Bahrain.

The official Australia Government website also offers detailed instructions and a planning tool that will help you arrange the steps punctually and correctly. There have been a few recent rule changes regarding pet imports to Australia, and we've been hearing reports that some people have been encountering delays and extra fees due to not following procedures carefully enough.

Other than that, we can offer a few basic pet travel tips: choose a pet-friendly airline, help your cat to become acclimated to her crate, make sure she's well-hydrated before, during and after flight, and consider hiring professional assistance if you're unsure of anything.

If you'd like to find out more about our services, please fill out our free quote form.

Thanks for the question, and good luck with your move!

Preparing Pets to Relocate to Australia

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Tyler
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador, Shar-pei
From: United States
To: Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My wife and I are planning on moving to Australia this fall and want to take our two dogs with us on the trip. We recently lived in Korea for a year with the two dogs (the dogs are from USA originally) so they have had the rabies blood work (summer 2013), microchip, and all of that good stuff. Are we going to have any major problems moving them to Australia with us?

Thanks,

Tyler

 

Hi Tyler,

Thanks for your question. Moving pets to Australia is a process that takes several weeks and it requires carrying out a series of steps very carefully. It sounds like you may be in good shape (especially because your dogs are used to traveling in general), but you'll want to visit the official Australia Government website and use the information and planning tools they provide to make sure everything is in order to meet your desired departure date. Take a look here.

Also, in case you weren't aware, Australia recently increased the costs associated with importing pets. Here is more information about the new price structure.

Aside from that we can offer the standard advice: choose a pet-friendly airline, make sure you have the correctly-sized travel crates (and if they've been in storage make sure they are still in good shape), and help your pets to be as healthy and hydrated as possible before the trip. If you think you'd like to hire some assistance, you're welcome to contact us for a free quote for our door-to-door services.

Hope this helps, Tyler. Let us know if you have further questions, and good luck!

Pet Travel to Australia from Canada

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

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

Dear PetRelocation,

What are the rules for bringing dogs to Australia, and how old would the dog need to be before he/she can be imported to Sydney from Canada?

Thanks,

Angela

 

Hi Angela,

Thank you for the question. Moving pets to Australia is a process that takes several months (at least 190 days to be exact), and you will want to research the rules very carefully to make sure you're adequately prepared. For your reference, here are the pet import requirements for Australia.

Be aware that there is a 10-day quarantine for pets arriving into Australia, and the costs associated with with the process have recently increased. You can find out more about these governmental decisions here, and to help plan your trip, we recommend using the drop-down tool on the official Australia Department of Agriculture website.

In terms of age, your dog must be old enough to receive the rabies vaccines necessary at the beginning of the process, and from there he/she will be ready to travel internationally when it's time (in general, we recommend that dogs be at least 16 weeks old before undertaking a serious trip).

If you think you'd like some assistance with your pet move (we've helped many dogs move to Australia, including Kobe and Chicharito), please contact us for more details about our door-to-door services or fill out our free quote form.

Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck with everything!

 

 

Australia's Multi-Step Pet Import Process

Monday, June 16, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kristen
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mini Schnauzer
From: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA
To: Brisbane, Australia

Dear PetRelocation,

We are moving to Australia in three months. We are getting our dog the RNATT test this week, but from reading the information it looks like we will not be able to move him to Australia for six months after that. Is this correct? Will he need to stay in the USA three months longer than we will? What services would you provide to assist with this?

Thanks,

Kristen

 

Hi Kristen,

Thanks for your question, we are happy to assist with some guidance.

It sounds like you've already discovered and started following the pet import requirements for Australia, but for reference here they are again. And yes, you're correct that 180 days must pass after the RNATT is given before your dog can travel to Australia and fulfill the remaining 10-day quarantine.

It often happens that pet owners need to travel ahead of their pets, and if you decide to do that you'll just need to make plans to have him boarded or have him stay with a friend or family member until it's time for him to follow you. Our door-to-door services include transportation to the airport, and we are also happy to assist with locating a boarding facility if necessary and we can help to advise you and/or your dog's caretaker regarding the remaining vet requirements, etc.

Here is more information about moving pets to Australia (note that you'll be affected by the increase in quarantine fees that was recently announced). Please contact us if you have more questions or think you'd like some assistance, and either way, good luck with everything!

Questions About Rabbit Travel

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Aaron
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Rabbit
Pet Breed: Mini lop
From: Sydney, Australia
To: Manhattan, NY, USA

 

Hi PetRelocation,

Have you guys moved a rabbit across the world before? Is it difficult, or would it be too hard on the pet?

Thanks,

Aaron

 

Hi Aaron,

Great question. Yes, we have safely moved rabbits internationally (in fact this is Walter, who we recently helped relocate from Hong Kong to Los Angeles). And yes, it is a delicate process that you'll want to consider carefully.

Rabbits are often very sensitive to the stress of travel, so when moving them it's important to keep them well-hydrated before and after and to ensure they have a travel crate that allows plenty of good airflow. They should also only fly with a pet-friendly airline and be well taken care of when boarding and leaving the plane.

If you'd like to talk to one of our specialists about what the process entails, please contact us. It's also a good idea to talk to your vet about any concerns you may have.

Hope this helps a little, Aaron. Let us know if we can be of further assistance, and good luck with everything!

 

rabbit

Dog Travel Quarantine Questions

Monday, June 23, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Michael
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Siberian Husky puppy
From: Missouri
To: Upstate New York

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Does a dog have to be quarantined if we're going from Missouri to New York?

Thanks,

Michael

 

Hi Michael,

No, there is no quarantine necessary for a dog traveling within the United States (or to the United States from another country, for that matter). Some countries, like Australia, do require a quarantine. If you ever have questions about which countries do and which countries don't, you can check our country specific information page, the USDA animal export regulations, or the Ministry of Agriculture for the country in question.

In the meantime, here is some information that may come in handy for you:

 

Hope this helps! Please contact us if you think you'd like some help arranging your move. Good luck.
 

Importing Dogs from Rabies-Free Countries

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sonia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Chihuahua
From: Sydney, Australia
To: Austin, TX, USA

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I am a former customer and used your services when moving to Australia and brought our Chihuahua, Benicio. We are now returning to the US and see that rabies vaccination is required 30 days prior to flight unless from a non-rabies country.

Is Australia considered a non-rabies country? What are the rules for us to bring from Australia to the US?

Thank you!
Sonia

 

Hi Sonia,

Thanks for checking in with us once again!

You're right, the rules are a little different when you're bringing a pet from Australia (a rabies-free country) into the United States. According to the official government website, proof of a rabies vaccine is not necessary if you've been in Australia for at least 6 months.

That being said, many airlines do require a health certificate of some kind stating that your dog is healthy and fit to fly, so check with the airline you'll be using to find out about what, if any, paperwork they need from you.

Also, after you've arrived in the United States and have had a chance to settle in, you should research local laws regarding rabies vaccines and follow them accordingly. If you're staying in Austin (good choice!), you'll be required by law to have Benicio vaccinated against rabies every 1-3 years.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you'd like assistance with your move, and good luck with everything.
 

Globetrotting with Pets in Tow

Thursday, June 12, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sienna
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Terrier mix, German Shepherd mix
From: USA
To: Australia/Japan/Hong Kong

 

Dear PetRelocation,

We are just considering a move next year that would involve living in Australia, Japan, and Hong Kong for 3 months each. Would it even be possible to bring our dogs with us or are the quarantine procedures such that it would be too difficult?

Thank you in advance!

Sienna

 

Hi Sienna,

Thanks for contacting us with your question!

Honestly, these are not the easiest countries when it comes to importing pets and going from one to the next with two dogs would be a pretty big challenge. To undertake this you'd have to spend quite a bit of time researching the details, gathering the right paperwork and making sure you have all logistics (flights, quarantines, rabies vaccines, etc.) carefully scheduled.

For example, Australia requires about 190 days of preparation to bring pets into the country, including 10 days of quarantine upon arrival. Japan and Hong Kong are also somewhat strict when it comes to importing pets, and no matter what order you're wanting to arrange these visits you'd need to find veterinarians in each place to help you obtain the necessary documents/vaccines. Your dogs would also need to be comfortable spending time in their travel crates, and you'd need to be able to spend quite a bit of money on these trips, as the cost of flights and import documents, etc. can quickly add up.

You'd also want to take into account the travel experience for your dogs -- this will be taxing for them, and often pet owners decide it may not be worth the time, stress and expense to vacation with pets (as opposed to bringing them along for a permanent relocation, which most find a much easier decision to make). When handled correctly pet travel is very safe, but in regards to taking relatively short trips, the reality may be that it's better to leave your dogs with a trusted pet sitter.

For your reference, here is more information about bringing pets to Hong Kong, bringing pets to Japan and bringing pets to Australia. Please take a look at what each country entails and let us know if you have more questions.

Hopefully this information will help you make a decision! We also recommend talking to your vet, of course.

Good luck, and please let us know if there is anything else PetRelocation can do to assist you as you move forward.
 

Flight Decisions for Cat Travel to Canada

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Chelsey
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: DMH
From: Western Australia
To: Saskatchewan, Canada

 

Hi,

I am having a difficult time getting clear quotations from pet travel companies. Nothing is clear or itemized. Is is possible to have my cat travel as cargo with me for flying from Australia to Canada (at least two stops so this complicates things) or will I have to send her separately?

I'm assuming having her as my cargo will be cheaper? Who 'prepares' the animal at the airport, do I get to drop her off or does a vet have to prepare the crate from Australia? Will this complicate the exportation/importation process, having myself or a friend having her as cargo?

Thanks!

Chelsey

 

Hi Chelsey,

Thanks for your questions! Pet travel can definitely be confusing if you've never done it before, and we'd be happy to offer some information.

First, take a look at these frequently asked pet travel questions for an idea of how things work. You have some choices to make -- you can handle the move yourself (secure the paperwork, book the flight and check her in at the airport, etc.) or you can hire some assistance, which will cost more but will also remove a lot of the time and stress from the situation. Here are a few reasons why people choose to hire professional help with a pet move.

Also important for you to look at are the pet import requirements for Canada. You will need to visit the vet before you move and secure the correct health documents.

Finally, since it sounds like you're looking for more information about the details of pricing, here is an explanation of why it costs what it does to hire a pet transportation company to help with a move.

This is a lot of information, but feel free to take your time to look over it and then let us know if you have further questions. We arrange door-to-door pet travel services and would be happy to discuss logistics with you and give you an estimate if you're interested. The pets we move travel via cargo and usually aren't on the same flight as the pet owner -- this makes things easier by allowing the pet owner to take care of their own travel details and arrive ahead of their pet if they'd like to.

Hopefully this sets you off in the right direction. Please contact us if you'd like to talk more about your cat's move, and either way good luck with everything!


 

Dog Travel from Africa to Australia

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Shari
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Fox Terrier
From: Senegal
To: Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Can this move be done? If so, how? We are looking at a role in Dakar but only prepared to consider if we have an exit strategy for our pooch. Also, if emergency evacuation was required, ( i.e. cannot provide time as would be required to return to Australia), is there a movement option?

Thanks,

Shari

 

Hi Shari,

Unfortunately it's not possible to move a dog directly to Australia from Senegal. Australia is strict about import rules because of its rabies-free status and Senegal is considered a "non-approved" country, so you'd have to bring your dog to an approved nation for a few weeks before going on to Australia. You can find an outline of the import procedure here.

Essentially if you're looking to create an evacuation plan, it would have to be to a country that allows direct pet importation from Senegal.

Please let us know if you have any more questions about moving your dog to Australia or to any other countries. You can also take a look at our country-specific pet import page to find a general idea of what to expect for each place and/or check with the Ministry of Agriculture for any country to which you're thinking of relocating.

Hope this helps, and good luck with everything.


 

Dog Travel to Australia: How Long Is the Quarantine?

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Renee
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mixed (Lab/Sharpei)
From: Canada
To: Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I read on your site that 180 days of the 190 quarantine can be completed in the country of origin. Forgive me as I have never moved an animal before, but does that mean she has to go into a quarantine station here for 180 days?? I won't be able to have her at home with me?

Thanks,

Renee

 

Hi Renee,

Thanks for reaching out, we'd be happy to provide some information. While the process to move a dog to Australia does take 190 days when it's all said and done, your dog will only need to stay in a quarantine facility for 10 days, and that occurs at the very end, after she has arrived in Australia. She will be home with you the entire time you're still in Canada.

While you're still in Canada, you'll be preparing your dog for the move by completing various vaccines (which need to be done in a particular order and at particular times), and you'll also want to work on crate-training if necessary. Check the Australia Government website for more information about what steps you'll need to complete.

Hopefully this helps, Renee! We've moved many dogs and cats to Australia and would be happy to talk to you and/or help arrange your move. Just let us know if you're interested in finding out more, and good luck with everything!