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Q&A: Understanding Australia Pet Quarantine

Thursday, October 8, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Dear PetRelocation,

I'm moving to Australia with my cat. I saw that there will be 180 days of quarantine that the cat can do in the country of origin, but does that mean I can have her at our house? Or does she have to be at a vet for 6 months?

Once in Australia, where does my cat spend the 10 days quarantine required?





Hi Silvia,

Thank you for your question, we can certainly offer some guidance. Here's the quick answer to your question: the only part of the quarantine that must be...

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Australia Pet Travel Spotlight: Australia Quarantine Update

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by Top Pet Travel Destinations

australia pet travel: quarantine spotligh

In addition to requiring a long flight to get there, Australia is also a challenging place to move a pet because of its strict import rules. That's why we're taking the time to spotlight this popular relocation destination and will be drawing on the advice of experienced pet relocation specialists to offer our guidance in an Australia Pet Travel Spotlight series.

Since Australia is a rabies free nation, one of the requirements for pets arriving into the country is a mandatory 10-day quarantine....

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Top Pet Travel Destinations: Australia Spotlight

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by Top Pet Travel Destinations

Top Pet Travel Destinations: Australia Spotlight

Planning a pet relocation to Australia is not one of the easiest things you'll ever do, but if you know where to look for help and start organizing your pet's details well before you plan to move, you can accomplish the impressive globetrotting feat of bringing the whole family safely to your new home Down Under.

To help, we're taking a look at the top Australia pet travel topics and offering some expert pet travel advice. If a pet move to Australia is something you're considering or have already...

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Can Pit Bulls Travel to Australia?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hello PetRelocation,

I am originally from the Gold Coast and currently live in New York. We are looking into moving back to Australia but I now have two adopted pups, both Pit Bull mixes (one is mixed with what we think is a Weimaraner and the other a Lab). Online it looks like they will need to undergo a temperament test. I am wondering where I can find out more information and whether we can do this in New York?

Our dogs are very well behaved and we have never had any aggression problems but I...

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Q&A: Pet Travel with English Staffies

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions


I am moving to Fiji in a few months and want to take my dog, a 13-year-old desexed female English Staffy. I have heard they are considered a Pit Bull breed in Fiji and are therefore restricted although I am having trouble finding reliable information. Are you able to help with this query?

Thank you.


Hi Maia,

Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately Fiji does prohibit a few breeds from entering the country, including Pit Bull Terriers.

Since English Staffordshire Terriers are in the Pit...

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Q&A: Traveling to Australia With Pets

Monday, September 14, 2015 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Hi PetRelocation,
How much does it cost to bring my cat Perlita from Quito to Sydney and what to I need to do to do this? Also, how long would she stay in quarantine?

We are planning for a visit to study in Australia.
Hi Carmen,
Thank you for your inquiry. First, please review the official instructions for pet imports into Australia via the official government website. Unfortunately, as you'll find out it is not possible to bring a pet directly from Ecuador to Australia. You will...
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Pet Move of the Month: Three Pets Travel to Oman

Thursday, September 3, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

cyrus on the beachTraveling with three pets is stressful no matter where you're going, and when your destination happens to be far away and a bit unfamiliar (Oman, for example), it's all the more challenging.

That's why we were happy to step in and make Francis, Cyrus and Monkey's journey overseas a little easier for their owner Kim, a college professor and Fulbright Scholar (!), who had plenty to deal with on her own during this exciting transition.

Read more about these lucky pets and their incredible experience...

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Incredible Experiences: Walter & Wolf's Move to the United States

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

"The Luckiest Street Dogs in the World"

Walt and Wolf started their lives on the street and in a horrible pet market in China. Through fate they ended up with us, as brothers and as our babies.

Walter & Wolf

We decided very early on that if we left China it was unquestionable that they come with us. A friend has used PetRelocation to move their HUGE American mastiff from the US to China and back and had raved about how helpful they were and how happy their dog had been after the journey.

I was a very worried...

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Incredible Experiences: Dudley's Move to Australia

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

dudley"Beloved Sir Dudley"

We rescued our beloved Dudley when he was 7 years old.

He was an anxious Blue Roan Cocker Spaniel who had terrible separation anxiety. If he were ever left alone at home he would cry literally like a baby. None of this worried us, as we knew he was the perfect match for my daughter and I, who understood his fear of abandonment.

But, bringing him back from San Francisco to Melbourne, Australia seemed terrifying given we had to leave 6.5 months before he could come due to...

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"When Should I Start Planning for My Pet's Move?"

Monday, August 24, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

How much time in advance should I contact you guys and start working with you? Also, how much is it to move my 2-year-old, 11 lb dog from the USA to Australia?

I am planning on moving in March 2017.




Hi Alexandra,

Thanks, these are great questions.

Generally speaking, we advise starting to plan a pet move at least 30 days ahead of time, but since you're going to Australia we'd say to contact us at least 6 months before you're planning to move.

Australia pet import...

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Incredible Experiences: Three Pets Travel Around the World

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

"Three Brave Pets Around the World!!!"

My name is Natasha and I was a GP in Brazil. I decided to move to Australia with my husband and my three lovely pets: two female shih tzu (Mel and Sophie) and one male cat (Pretinho).


Leaving them behind was never an option, so I decided that if I was really going to do this, I should do it properly. Migrating with pets from Brazil to Australia is definitely a difficult process to say the least (6-7 months in 3 different countries: Brazil for 5 months,...

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Tips for Cat Travel to The United States from Australia

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

My vet suggested I contact an agency to help with relocation and vaccination advice as he was unsure of said requirements for cats traveling from Australia to the United States. Do you have any contacts or can you help me?




Hi Jacinta,

Thanks for reaching out -- you've come to the right place!

When starting to plan a pet move, it's important to first understand the import requirements so that you can start to put together a timeline that works for you. We also...

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Incredible Experiences: Calvin's Move to Switzerland

Thursday, July 23, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

calvin"Calvin's First and Last Flight"

So I've had Calvin for eight years now, and I had to leave him behind already for one international move when we went to Australia for five years. It was heartbreaking saying goodbye to my little furry baby, and even more heartbreaking when we went home to visit every year.

He would go through his sassy stage and pretend like he forgot about me, then he'd start warming up to me, and a couple days later he wouldn't stop following me around the house and wouldn't...

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Finding Pet Safe Flights to Australia

Thursday, July 9, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions


We are currently in the process of getting our dog ready to travel to Australia, but we are having trouble finding an airline that accepts French Bulldogs. Do you have a list of preferred airlines you recommend and who are also willing to accept our Frenchie?



Hi Kyle,

Thank you for your inquiry! Choosing a pet safe airline is a big part of planning a smooth and streamlined pet move, and we'd be happy to help with some advice about traveling with your French Bulldog.


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Video: Chester's Grand Adventure to Australia

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

We chose Chester as our July Pet Move of the Month not just because he's cute and handled his trip to Australia like a pro (though both those things are true), but also because his family members happen to be exceptional storytellers!

Be sure to read about Chester's exciting journey if you've yet to do so, and also take a look at this wonderfully dramatized video (password: chester) created by his talented owners to fully appreciate this pet travel experience.

Way to go, Chester!


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Pet Move of the Month: Chester's Move to Australia

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

ChesterAnyone who has ever considered moving to Australia with a pet knows that this is a daunting challenge to undertake.

Even wealthy celebrities can't skip over any of the rules, which involve pets needing a microchip, a series of vaccines, undergoing waiting periods and ultimately fulfilling a minimum 10-day quarantine upon arrival.

The process isn't impossible, though, and often it makes for a great story! For example, because Chester the Havanese's family faced the complicated Australia pet travel...

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The Tricky Business of Pet Travel to Australia

Thursday, June 25, 2015 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

I will be leaving Lebanon permanently for Australia in November, but I know that moving pets between these two countries is difficult. Given Australia's pet quarantine laws, what is the most streamlined way to move my cats? Is there a way to prevent them from having to stay in quarantine for months?

Hi Rasha,
Thank you for your question! You'll need to follow the guidelines as outlined by the official Australia government website concerning pet travel to Australia...
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5 Myths About Pet Quarantine

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Sembawang QuarantineWe field lots of questions from pet owners who are starting to plan their international pet travel adventures, and more often than not concerned pet parents wonder about quarantine. Is it necessary? Is it terrible? How can it be avoided, or at least handled safely?

Read on to see a few common misconceptions about pet quarantine along with our tips and advice for carrying out quarantine with as little stress as possible.

Most people feel better once they've faced these myths and facts head on (and...

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Dog Travel to Australia From India

Friday, May 22, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Dear PetRelocation,

As per the latest Australia pet import policies, are dogs from India allowed to relocate there? What is the quarantine period and where can I quarantine my St. Bernard?




Hi Garima,

Thank you for your question. Unfortunately pets cannot travel directly to Australia from India. India is classified as a 'non-approved country' which means that you'll need to transit through a third country and complete all the required vaccines, etc. before your dog will be accepted...

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Pet News Round-Up: Cats, Dogs & Travel Stories

Friday, May 15, 2015 by Pet Travel News

Even Johnny Depp has to follow Australia pet import rules (his dogs have safely left the country, don't worry).

A travel guide for cat fans.

Dog friendly shopping: 19 stores where you can shop with your pet.

How and when are emotional support animals protected by the law?

Cats are Uber, but for love.

Finding dog friendly accommodations this summer.

Pet move spotlight: all the latest Incredible Experiences.



Have a great weekend, pet lovers!

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