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Pet News Round-Up: Travel Tips & Vacation Options for Dogs

Friday, March 27, 2015 by Caitlin Moore

This is vital information for pet owners moving to Australia.

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These are all our latest pet move snapshots.

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Animal groups are calling on the government to enact better pet travel rules and regulations in Taiwan.

Here's why you might want to hire help with your pet move.

 

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Have a great weekend, pet lovers!

Australia Pet Travel: Important Sydney Quarantine Update for 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

If you're planning to relocate to Australia with a pet in the coming months, be aware that a few big changes involving available quarantine facilities could affect your plans. After Oct. 16, 2015, the Australia Government Department of Agriculture will no longer take pet quarantine bookings at the Eastern Creek Facility in Sydney.

To protect its status as a rabies-free nation, Australia imposes a minimum 10 day quarantine for all pets arriving into the country. Currently two quarantine facilities exist that pet owners can choose from to fulfill this requirement -- one is in Sydney and one is in Melbourne. After Oct. 16 of this year, pets will need to fulfill their quarantines in Melbourne.

Note that this closure is part of a bigger plan that will eventually lead to there being just one updated pet quarantine facility. A new Post Entry Quarantine facility (PEQ) is currently being constructed on a Commonwealth owned site in Mickleham, Victoria. By the end of 2018, all pets will fulfill their quarantines here and no more facilities will exist in any other locations in Australia.

Find out about the new PEQ (the modernized facility will serve as as a secure quarantine site for plants and bees arriving from overseas, as well), and review the pet import requirements for Australia carefully if you're planning to relocate here.

Please contact PetRelocation if you need assistance with an upcoming pet move to Australia, and stay in touch for more pet news updates.

 

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Plan ahead for streamlined pet travel to Australia

 

Cat Travel Question: Australia's 10 Day Quarantine

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Elleni
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Maine Coon & Siamese
From: Thailand
To: Australia

Dear Sir/Madam,

I have heard the law has changed when bringing house pets from Thailand to Australia, where it used to be that you had to send the pets to Singapore for 6 months including one month quarantine. Now I hear that the quarantine period for a dog or cat is 190 days, where 180 of these days can be completed in the county of origin then there will be 10 days of quarantine in Australia.

Where can I find all the information relating to this? I have house cats who do not go outside my apartment in Bangkok. Where does the 180 days take place? At my home or a special facility?

Thank you in advance.

Kind Regards,

Elleni

 

Hi Elleni,

Thanks for your question, we'd be happy to offer some information. To start, here is a link to the Australian Government Department of Agriculture website -- here you can find out everything you need to know and build a timeline for your move that will outline when to get each vaccine and permit, etc. You're right that the quarantine time has changed (it used to be 30 days upon arrival in Australia and now it's 10), however you'll still need to make some special arrangements based on where you're starting your journey.

Thailand is not an approved country from which you can directly enter Australia with pets, so you'll have to choose a third country for your cats to spend time in. You'll need to follow these pre-export requirements carefully, and then the cats will fulfill the 10-day quarantine upon arrival (before that they can remain under your care).

For general advice, please take a look at these common pet travel questions and tips for crate-training your cats. If you've never traveled with a pet before the situation probably feels overwhelming, and even if you have it helps to brush up on a few basics.

Please let us know if you'd like some assistance moving your cats to Australia. Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck!

Tips for Traveling Safely with Aggressive Dogs

Monday, March 9, 2015 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Judy
From: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
To: Sydney, Australia
Pet: Casper (Pekingese, male, 5 years old, 13kg)

Hi PetRelocation,
 
We have moved to Australia and are eager to now bring our pet Pekingese here. How safe will it be for him to travel in cargo for the entire flight of around 9 hours? Which airlines can we use, as Malaysian Airlines do not take snub-nosed dogs? Also, he is aggressive to strangers and other dogs -- will this be an issue?
 
We appreciate your kind assistance and thank you in advance.
 
Regards,
Judy

 
Hi Judy,
 
Thanks, these are all great questions! First, please review the pet import procedure for bringing pets to Australia -- the official government website offers a tool to help you build a timeline and learn about quarantine facilities, etc. Note that there is a minimum 10-day quarantine required for all pets entering Australia.
 
As far as airlines, we often use Qantas for pets traveling between Malaysia and Australia. You're welcome to contact us to speak to a Specialist if you'd like to discuss your options further and find out more about what constitutes a pet-friendly airline.
 
Though cargo pet travel does sound a little scary at first, with a little research you'll see that it's actually very safe when the right steps are taken to minimize risks. Crate-training your dog is extremely important, as is proper hydration, choosing a pet-friendly airline, and discussing any health concerns you have with a vet.
 
For dogs with aggression issues, we suggest labeling the travel crate with a note explaining that Casper is wary of strangers. During the travel process only trained professionals will be handling him so his personality quirks should not preclude him from completing a safe flight, but it helps to do as much as you can to notify everyone involved.
 
Again, you're welcome to fill out our online consultation form if you'd like to discuss your move options with one of our Specialists. We've helped many pets (including ones with aggression issues) relocate safely internationally, and we'd be happy to help you, too.
 
Either way, good luck with everything and thanks again for reaching out!
 

Timeline Questions About Relocating Pets to Australia

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Alicia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pug
From: Arizona, USA
To: Melbourne, Australia

Hi There,

We have just recently found out that we will be relocating back to Australia in the next couple of months. I see that there is only mention of a 190 period of quarantine, however we are needing to be there in June and that is obviously only approximately 90 days.

Is that time frame cast in stone? What if our dog has a history of Rabies vaccines from birth due to state requirements?

I really hope there is another way to approach this situation, as we will be devastated if he can't come with us.

Thanks,
Alicia

 

Hi Alicia,

Thanks for your question -- moving pets to Australia can certainly be an overwhelming prospect and we'd be happy to discuss your options with you. We recommend taking a look at the official Australia government website for an idea of the time frame and requirements. This will provide a clear view of the primary considerations, which include the order of the microchip, rabies vaccine and titer test as well as associated paperwork and waiting periods.

It's possible for the process to be shorter if you've already completed certain steps, such as the titer test. If your dog doesn't have a microchip and/or titer test (with the microchip having been implanted first) however, then the process will take six months. Again, we advise looking over the rules carefully and possibly consulting with an expert.

Many pet owners do end up traveling before their pets when vaccine deadlines, etc. conflict with their desired timeline. In these cases it's necessary to enlist some help back home and possibly board your dog for a few days or weeks. It's not ideal to do it this way, but it can definitely work out just fine in the end (here are a few stories from our clients to illustrate the array of pet move scenarios that exist out there). Remember, if all steps are completed correctly, there is just a 10-day quarantine upon arrival to Australia.

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance, Alicia. We've helped many pets move safely to Australia and would be happy to help! Either way, we wish you safe and happy travels.


 

Q&A: Moving Pets to Australia

Friday, February 27, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ebony
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Puppy
Pet Breed: Scottish Terrier
From: Kansas, The United States
To: Perth, Australia

 

Hello,

Roughly how much does it cost to ship a puppy (>8kgs) from Kansas to Perth, Australia? What specific vaccinations does the puppy need to have?

Thanks,

Ebony

 

Hi Ebony,

Thank you for your question. To be honest, Australia can be one of the more expensive places to transport a pet due to freight costs, pre-export vaccines, and quarantine costs (among other things). The process to prepare a pet to move to Australia takes at least 190 days (that includes a mandatory 10-day quarantine upon arrival), and it all starts with your dog being implanted with a microchip and then given a rabies vaccine.

We suggest looking over the Australia pet import requirements via the official government website. There is a tool here that lets you build a timeline for your move and more information about quarantine facilities, etc. The ultimate cost will vary depending on a few details, but you can expect to spend several hundred dollars or even a few thousand to bring your dog from Kansas to Perth.

Handling the move on your own will be more cost effective, but if you think you'd like some assistance you're welcome to fill out our online consultation form. Due to the complex nature of the process, many people end up deciding to enlist expert help with their moves to Australia in order to avoid delays and problems.

Either way, we hope this helps to get you started! Please let us know if we can be of further assistance, and good luck with everything.
 

Update: New Pet Import Rules for the United Arab Emirates

Friday, February 27, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Environment and Water recently announced a few changes to the UAE pet import requirements. Specifically, the list of countries exempt from requiring the rabies blood test (or titer test) has changed -- some countries have been added to the list, and some (the United States and Canada, for example) have been removed.

Pets traveling from the United States and other non-exempt countries must now secure a Rabies Blood Test Certificate from an accredited lab. The primary rabies vaccine should be done at least 21 days before the titer test, and the titer is valid for one year.

As of now, pets traveling to the UAE from the following countries do not need a titer test:

Australia, Austria, Andorra, Aruba, Barbados, Bahrain, Belgium, Comoros, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Falkland Islands, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Portugal, Qatar, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Vanuatu.

Please read more about pet travel to the UAE, and feel free to contact PetRelocation if you have any questions about your upcoming relocation.

 

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Cat Travel from Australia to the United States

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Caroline
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: DSH
From: Australia
To: Arizona, United States

 

Hello :)

I am totally up the creek without a paddle with no clue of what is needed to relocate my cats. Do they need vaccinations, and if yes, what sort? Would there be a very simple way of relocating them other than using very expensive companies that specialize in this?

Any information you could send my way would be appreciated.

Have a great day :)
Caroline

 

Hi Caroline!

We're happy to help shed some light on your creek-sans-paddle situation. Unless you've moved a pet before, there's no reason you would even know where to begin (which is completely understandable).

To start, please take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States. Your cats will need a vet health certificate (for the airline) stating they are healthy and fit to fly. A rabies vaccine is technically not required, but since you might want or need to have your cats vaccinated once you're settled in Arizona, it wouldn't hurt to take care of this before you travel and have that documentation handy, also.

Furthermore, here are a few basic pet travel tips that we suggest looking over. It's important to choose a pet-friendly airline and to help your cats become as acclimated to their travel crates as possible in order to help ensure a smooth trip.

It's not necessary to hire professionals to handle this trip and many people choose to book the flight, take care of the vet visits and paperwork, etc. on their own. If you do decide to enlist support, however, we'd be happy to tell you more about our door-to-door services.

Hope this helps! Just let us know if we can be of further assistance, and good luck with everything.

Pet Move of the Month: Fred & Wilma's Trip to Japan

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

fred & wilmaThis month's featured pet move shines the spotlight on two very cool cats: Fred and Wilma. This charming duo has moved with us before (their mom is a busy world traveler), so they're becoming pros when it comes to relocating internationally.

Their latest trip took them from Germany to Japan, and now that they're settling in we thought we'd catch up and find out how things are going. Read on to find out more about Fred and Wilma!

What brought about your move?

Due to my job, I move every 2 to 3 years. I got the cats in Australia in 2007 and since then I moved them to the States, then to Germany and now Japan.

How did this particular move compare?

Both of the moves were the easiest, smoothest I ever had with the cats.

What were some of your initial concerns?

No matter where you are headed, the paperwork can be extremely confusing and overwhelming. I was worried that since I was overseas, it would be hard to get everything done on time.

What surprised you about the pet travel process? Can you discuss any particular challenges or interesting details?

The best advice I can give is to plan early. Lots of countries have strict rules about the importation of animals. In my case, I was taking my cats from Germany to Japan and had to have a 6 month “at home” quarantine. Also, lots of airlines have restrictions on the time of year the pet can travel based on the temperature.

How have Fred and Wilma handled the transition so far?

My fur babies are known for being “fraidy cats,” but as soon as they got to me here in Tokyo and out of their crates, they have just taken over the apartment. They found their box, their food and my couch for a nice nap. I just cannot get over how easily they have adapted. 

How do Japan, Germany and the United States compare in terms of pet-friendliness?

Both Germany and Japan are known for their love/obsession with their pets. The Germans LOVE their dogs and the Japanese LOVE their cats (see Hello Kitty). In Germany, I was lucky enough to have a vet that made house calls! I get my pet supplies online or from a military base, as my cats are used to American products. I know I could get anything I need here in Japan if I had to.

What advice do you have for people who might be planning a pet move?

As I say, plan early. Pets are part of your family and SO important to you, so I know the process can be stressful because you just want them to be comfortable and happy. It can be done (and be done smoothly) if you plan ahead.

 

fred & wilma settling in

 

What made you decide to hire PetRelocation to assist you?

I did my research, believe me. I went with PetRelocation because they were super responsive and totally understood how important my cats are to me.  I was encouraged by the testimonials of other clients. Also, I immediately felt at ease with my PetRelocation consultants. 

My situation was hard, as I was moving from Germany to Japan with a stop in the States in between. Turned out I had to leave the cats with my brother in the States for 6 months due to a Japanese regulation for an “at home quarantine.” My consultants treated my brother with as much respect as they gave me and constantly kept us both informed.

They walked us through all the paperwork and worked out a great timeline. I also LOVED that they offered a point to point delivery. They picked up the cats at my brother’s so that he would not have to tackle the nightmare of the airport processing, and they delivered the cats to me at my place in Tokyo. I have done this by myself and trust me, this was priceless!!!

Another highlight was that they tracked the cats the whole way from beginning to end so I had peace of mind the whole time. I honestly cannot recommend them enough. From beginning to end they made this process as easy and as stress free as possible. I will be using them again for sure!!!

 

Congrats to Fred, Wilma and their loving owner on another successful move! Thinking about relocating with your own pets? Feel free to contact us to speak to a Specialist about your options.

Incredible Experiences: Kuro's Move to Australia

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

We recently helped Kuro, a sweet Pomeranian, move from Canada to Australia with his family. His owner Valerie was kind enough to send us an update after Kuro came home from quarantine. It's a great read!

Hi Keith,

Kuro is settling in nicely. He is definitely feeling the heat; it's in the 30s here now every day and it's almost too hot to go outside. Even in the house with the air conditioning on, he's still panting. He is drinking lots but hasn't eaten yet, I expect in a day or so he will when he's more rested.

He follows me around everywhere, but he was like that before I left, too. I was kinda worried that he would get depressed in quarantine, because it does happen, but he didn't seem too upset or doesn't look like he's lost too much weight! He's just happy overall to be here, like he can't believe he's with his mom again!

kuro

I have to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your help during the past 6 months, I feel like you're family now!! As you know, I was very scared at the beginning of this whole process and had many fears and doubts, but you were always there to answer any questions I had and put my mind at ease.

I know I probably got on your nerves more than once with all my emails and questions, but you always went out of your way to get the appropriate answers for me and always made me feel like I was not being a bother.

kuro and valerie

When I look back now, you made the process a breeze! All I had to do was basically see to his vet visits and pay the money! You guys arranged the whole trip, the timing of his visits and the schedule for each, his quarantine and flights. It could not have gone better. Even when I left Canada myself in November, you continued to keep contact with my sister and the vet for me. I am extremely happy with your professionalism and would definitely recommend you to anyone that may ask.

I would also like to thank Sarah Smith, she also went out of way to answer my questions and personally called me during a long weekend in the US, because she knew I was freaking out!  Sarah had even referred me to a couple of past clients, whom I did email, to get their side of the story, which was a huge help to me, and this also calmed me down.  

kuro

Overall, I am very happy with your company and my experience, and that Kuro arrived safe and sound during the whole ordeal. You are true professionals and really do care about the pets :)  I feel like I cannot thank you enough!!

Take care,

Valerie

Thanks to Valerie for sharing her story! Have questions about a pet move of your own? Please contact us for a consultation.

Preparing in Advance for Dog Travel to Australia

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Jennifer
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs (Summit and Daisy)
Pet Breed: Mixed (one a Boxer/Lab, the other a Carolina dog/Greyhound)
From: Seattle, WA, USA
To: Brisbane, Australia in May 2016

 

Hi There,

I know it is quite far away, but my family is looking now to move my two dogs with us when we move to Australia next May. I am very nervous about moving them (as most dog moms probably are)! I was reading that Australia limited their quarantine from 30 days to 10 days, however with no visitation allowed. How is this possible? I also read that there are only two quarantine stations available in Australia.

How have you seen the conditions of the quarantine? Will my dogs make it and be safe? What is the most economical way to get them there with the least stress for my two dogs? Also, one has special eating needs -- how will I be able to accommodate that?

If you could provide an estimate and some information it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.

Jennifer

 

Hi Jennifer,

These are great (and understandable) questions to have, and you're very smart to be starting the process so early. It takes several months to properly prepare for a dog move to Australia, but when the right steps are taken it can be a safe and smooth process.

To start, we'd like to recommend that you take a look at the official Australia government website, where you'll find everything you need to know about import requirements and quarantine facilities. There is also a timeline calculator that will tell you what you need to do and when.

Of course it's normal to feel nervous about the quarantine part of the process, but in our experience pets do fine while staying at either of the two available facilities (one is in Sydney and one is in Melbourne) and tend to behave like their normal selves once they are home with their family. Again, on the site you'll find an explanation of quarantine procedures, including instructions for requesting permission to feed your dog special food (it can be done).

When you have some time, feel free to read a few of the stories submitted by some of our past Australia clients: here is Elvis's story, here is an account of Jack's relocation to Brisbane, and here is a video of Tilly in Sydney quarantine. As you'll see, these pet parents started out feeling pretty anxious and were glad when the move was all over, but ultimately found that it wasn't as scary as they thought it would be.

If you think you'd like some help with your move, please take a look at the services we offer and consider filling out our consultation form. With a few more details, we'll be able to provide more information about your move options.

Hopefully this helps, Jennifer! Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.
 

Pet Travel Update: Barbados Relaxes its Pet Import Rules

Thursday, January 8, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

dog chillinThe pet import requirements for Barbados have been relatively strict in the past, but as of January 1, 2015, pets from all countries can now be imported directly into the country without quarantine provided that all import requirements are met.

Import requirements vary depending on the country of origin, but certain standards apply to all pets. All dogs and cats will need to have an ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to standard 11785 microchip and must be vaccinated with rabies after the microchip has been implanted. An Import Permit is also required; this is obtained from the Barbados Ministry of Agriculture and applications are available here. Dogs and cats also need an Export Permit endorsed by the Official Veterinary Services from their country of origin.

Per the Barbados Ministry of Agriculture, pets coming from rabies-free or low-rabies countries (these 'Category 1' countries include the United States, EU countries and Australia, for example) must meet the following requirements:

1. The pets must be microchipped;
2. The pets must be vaccinated against rabies after the microchip has been implanted;
3. Thirty-five (35) days must pass after the rabies vaccination before the pets are eligible to enter Barbados;
4. Within seven (7) days of travel, dogs must be treated against ticks and tapeworms;
5. For countries where the following diseases are endemic, the pets must be tested for heartworm, leishmaniasis, nipah virus and/or hendra virus and found to be negative;
6. Within seven (7) days of travel, the pets must undergo a veterinary examination and be issued with an Official Veterinary Export Health Certificate.

For pets coming from 'Category 2' countries (all those not considered low-rabies or rabies-free), these are the health requirements:

1. The pets must be microchipped;
2. The pets must be vaccinated against rabies after the microchip has been implanted;
3. Thirty (30) days after rabies vaccination, the pets must have a blood test (FAVN rabies antibody titre test) carried out by an approved laboratory, with a result of at least 0.5 IU/ml
4. Ninety (90) days must pass after the successful blood sample was taken before the pets are eligible to enter Barbados
5. Within seven (7) days of travel, dogs must be treated against ticks and tapeworms;
6. For countries where the following diseases are endemic, the pets must be tested for heartworm, leishmaniasis, nipah virus and/or hendra virus and found negative;
7. Within seven (7) days of travel, the pets must undergo a veterinary examination and be issued with an Official Veterinary Export Health Certificate.

All pets traveling via commercial airline must arrive in Barbados via cargo and clear customs upon arrival with the help of a customs broker. Arriving without proper notice or outside of regular business hours may incur extra fees or delays. For a full overview of the requirements as well as a list of Category 1 and Category 2 countries, please refer to the Barbados Ministry of Agriculture website.

As you can see, though the Barbados import process is now more inclusive, it still requires several careful steps and precise attention to detail. Feel free to contact PetRelocation if you have questions and would like more information about enlisting door-to-door assistance with your move.

How Long is Australia's Pet Quarantine?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Diogo
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: French Bulldog
From: Luxembourg
To: Adelaide, Australia

 

Hello,

I'm thinking about moving from Luxembourg to Adelaide and I wanted to know how long my French Bulldog must rest in quarantine in Adelaide.

Thank you,

Diogo

 

Hi Diogo,

Thanks for your inquiry! The standard quarantine for pets traveling to Australia is 10 days. Please review the pet import requirements for Australia for more detailed information about preparing for this relocation, as this process is fairly complex and will take several weeks to complete.

We recommend using the official Australian Government Department of Agriculture website for more information and assistance about vaccine timelines and quarantine details. For example, the quarantine will need to be fulfilled at one of two official facilities: one is in Sydney and one is in Melbourne.

Feel free to contact us if you think you'd like some assistance with this move. We have helped many pets relocate safely to Australia and would be happy to discuss your options with you. For further reference, here is a video of our client's dog Monty at the Spotswood Quarantine Station in Melbourne.

Hopefully this helps to get you started. Good luck and please let us know if we can be of further assistance!

Pet Travel to Australia Requires Careful Planning

Friday, December 26, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sonya
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Hound Mix, Silky Terrier
From: United States
To: Australia

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I have two dogs that I would like to take with me to relocate to Australia in January (end of January). Do I follow the instructions as suggested and then board the dogs when we arrive in Australia?

Please advise.

Sonya

 

Hi Sonya,

Moving pets to Australia requires that you follow a series of specific steps and pay close attention to timing. Please take a look at the official information about importing pets via the Australia Government Department of Agriculture website. Pets must undergo a 10-day quarantine upon arrival after all vaccine and health document requirements have correctly been fulfilled, and the process usually takes 190 days altogether. 

Unless you have already started this process (microchip implantation, titer test, etc.) and are well on your way to completion, your dogs likely won't be able to travel at the end of next month. There's no need to panic, though; one of our Specialists would be happy to talk to you about your move options, so please fill out our consultation form or give our office a call if you'd like.

Many people end up flying before or after their pets when quarantine and import requirements make timing tricky to manage. Feel free to read some of our recent customer stories for an idea of the diverse array of scenarios that pet travel tends to bring about. Often things aren't as simple as you first imagined them to be, but multiple solutions are available and it's all about finding the one that works best for you and your pets.

Please review the Australia pet import rules and timelines closely and then let us know if we can be of further assistance. Thanks for reaching out, and good luck with everything!


 

Can Bengal Cats Travel to Australia?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Yudha
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Bengal
From: Medellin, Colombia
To: Sydney, Australia

 

Hi,

We have a Bengal and we are currently living in Colombia. We have plans to move to Sydney, Australia around April 2015. We understand that we cannot transport our cat directly to Australia from Colombia. However, we are planning to stop by Los Angeles for one week.

Is there a possibility of bringing our cat to Australia from Colombia via USA? If yes, what will be the procedure and cost?

Regards,
Yudha
 

Hi Yudha,

Thanks, great question! First of all, Bengal cats may not be imported into Australia unless they are at least five generations removed from their purebred, non-domestic ancestors. Please read more details about import restrictions regarding breed here

If you can proceed, then we'll continue: yes, moving pets to Australia from a non-approved country will require first spending time in a second, approved country, and the United States does qualify. You'll need to follow the pet import requirements for the United States to move your cat there, and then you'll need to follow the Australia pet import requirements from the United States. You can find the overview of steps on the Australia Department of Agriculture website.

Unfortunately you will need to arrange your schedule so that you are in the United States for more than a week. You have a couple of options -- you can either go to the US for the initial rabies vaccine and testing, go back to Colombia, then go to the US again before moving on to Australia, or you can just move to the US for the full vaccine preparation process and then go to Australia.

Typically the entire pet import process to Australia takes 190 days from the start to the finish (including the 10-day quarantine upon arrival). Finally, the costs of a pet move to Australia vary from one instance to another and are significant; you can probably expect to spend at least $3500.

If you think you'd like some assistance with this move and want to find out more about our services, please fill out our online consultation form. You're also welcome to take a look at our blog for more information about international pet travel

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

 

Cat Travel to Australia from Papua New Guinea

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Beverley
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Tabbie
From: Papua New Guinea
To: Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Please advise what is required before my cat can travel from Papua New Guinea to Australia.

Thanks,

Beverley

 

Hi Beverley,

Thanks for your inquiry! Australia is a rabies-free country with fairly strict import requirements, however you will be able to bring your cat there by following the stated rules.

Papua New Guinea is a "Category 2" country, so you'll need to use the Australia Department of Agriculture website to determine the timeline of pre-import steps and follow those carefully. Upon arrival, your cat will need to undergo a 10-day quarantine, which you can also find out more about on the official site. 

Many pet owners understandably feel stressed out by the idea of quarantine and international pet travel in general, but the more you learn about the process, the more comfortable you'll hopefully feel. Please take a look at these common pet travel questions, these cat crate-training tips, and these pet travel experiences straight from pet owners who have gone through the process already.

If you think you'd like some assistance with your move and want to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our consultation form. Thanks for reading, and please let us know if we can be of further assistance!
 

Dog Travel to and from Australia

Monday, December 15, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sook
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: West Highland Terrier
From: Perth
To: Houston

 

Hi PetRelocation,

1. What vaccination is required for pets travelling/relocating to the US?
2. What is the typical quarantine period required for pet relocating from Perth to US?
3. As we are planning to return to Australia at some point, is there any required procedure, vaccination or test that we should prepare for now to ensure relocation back to Australia is smooth and to minimize the quarantine period on the way back?
4. I have two pets, it will be great to have them travel together in the same crate since they are very attached to each other. Is there an option for such arrangement?
 

Thanks,

Sook

 

Hi Sook,

Thank you for your questions, we'd be happy to help. Moving pets to the United States requires less preparation than moving to Australia, so it's definitely a good idea to learn as much as you can right now about each process so that you can be well-prepared.

Please review the pet import requirements for the United States as well as the pet import requirements for Australia. Going to the US you'll need an International Health Certificate and proof of an updated rabies vaccine, but coming back will require stricter vaccine rules as well as a 10-day quarantine upon arrival. The official Australia government site will allow you to plan out a feasible timeline for this process.

Your dogs will need to travel in their own airline-approved travel crates, and we highly recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline and working on crate-training in the weeks before the move. Here is a video guide for choosing the right travel crate along with an overview of crate-training tips that apply to dogs as well as to cats.

If you think you'd like some assistance with your move, please contact us for a consultation.

Hopefully this helps to get you started, Sook. Good luck!

Update: Pet Travel to Australia from "Non-Approved" Countries

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

If you're planning to travel with a pet to Australia from a "non-approved" country (here's the list of country categories), be aware that the rules have recently been updated. These changes relate to the rabies titer test and where it can be administered, so will affect the pre-export travel plans of pet owners tackling this process. 

Here's what has changed, based on information from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture:

  • In Summary, a pet can now begin the rabies vaccine and titer test in the non-approved country (administered by a registered vet and blood tested in a lab recognized by DAFF with passing results). 
  • The pet will then need to travel to an approved country, where a second blood sample must be collected from the animal. The rabies antibody titre must be tested at a laboratory recognised by the competent authority of that country at least 10 days prior to export to Australia. The second RNAT test must also record a rabies antibody titre of at least 0.5 IU/m. 
  • Immediately after the blood sample is taken for the second RNAT test, an approved inactivated rabies vaccine must be given to the animal in the approved country.

 

Previously, pets from non-approved countries first had to go to an approved country to begin export testing (rabies vaccination and titer test) and could travel back to the unapproved country after passing the titer test. Then they had to travel back to the approved country for the remaining preparations. Alternatively, the pet had to travel to an approved country and stay there until export, completing all necessary procedures.

Please contact PetRelocation if you have questions about these Australia pet import changes or if you need help planning a pet move. Want to know more about the process from a pet owner's perspective? Here's a move story from one of our recent Australia clients.

Questions about Australia Dog Quarantine

Thursday, December 4, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Julie
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Shar Pei
From: Colorado, United States
To: Australia

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I'm curious about the entire relocation process. Will my dog have to be in quarantine? For how long? Is he amongst general population? Do they cater to special needs dogs? He is so submissive and susceptible to being bullied and bit bitten by other dogs regardless of size, breed, etc.

Thanks,

Julie

 

Hi Julie,

Great questions! We'd be happy to tell you more about this move process. First, take a look at the Australia pet import requirements if you've yet to do so. You can also find all official information about Australia quarantine procedures and fees here.

Your dog will stay at either Spotswood Quarantine Facility in Melbourne or Eastern Creek Quarantine Facility in Sydney. Standard quarantine lasts 10 days and visitation by the owner is not permitted. The quarantine used to be 30 days, and when it was shortened earlier this year the visitation policy was changed, as well.

Pets have their own pens while in quarantine (so won't be interacting with other animals) and will be fed and given exercise while overseen by trained staff. 

We have helped many pets move safely to Australia, and though most people don't love the idea of their dog or cat spending time in a quarantine facility, most find the process to be much easier than they originally thought. If you'd like some specific examples (what pet traveler wouldn't?), here are the stories of three cats who recently moved from California to Sydney and three dogs who traveled from Texas to Australia.

Hopefully you'll find that this necessary part of pet travel to Australia isn't really so scary, but if you still have questions or think you'd like to hire some assistance, please fill out our consultation form.

Good luck with everything, and thanks for reaching out to us!

 

weezie

Weezie is moving to Australia next year! (She'll have to save the bee costume for when she gets out of quarantine.)

 

 

Can Pet Birds Travel to Australia? Probably Not.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Curt
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Bird
Pet Breed: Cockatiel
From: Singapore
To: Australia

 

Hello PetRelocation,

We're moving to Singapore from Australia in Jan. 2015 and want to take our cockatiel with us. However, I'm having difficulty understanding if we'll be able to bring her back after a period of say three years.

Can you please advise? The information on various Australia government websites is contradictory.

Regards,

Curt
 

Hi Curt,

Thank you for your question. As the requirements currently stand, only certain types of birds from New Zealand may enter Australia. Take a look at the Australia Government Department of Agriculture website for more information.

Pet travel rules do change from time to time (Australia has both shortened the animal quarantine and increased quarantine fees in the past few months), but it seems unlikely that the requirements for birds will change that drastically in the space of three years. Australia is strict about pet imports due to its status as a rabies-free island nation, and in general birds often face more stringent import rules.

Please take a look at our blog for more information about bird travel, and for your reference, here is some guidance about moving birds to Singapore. Finally, please let us know if we can be of further assistance now or in the future.

Sorry we didn't have better news for you... Good luck!