From: Melbourne, Australia
To: Vancouver, Canada
Pet: My baby is called Leo, he is a Spoodle and will be 6 years old in October
Recently we came across this helpful article about how to prepare for a post-retirement move abroad. More and more people are choosing to relocate to another country after they've stopped working, and doing so requires quite a bit of planning and money-saving.
The BBC points out that it's important to research housing and medical costs in the new location and to allow plenty of time to map out all the details. They also say to "consider your family," -- important advice for sure -- but we think they left out something pretty big. To the list they've made, we would add pets, who are family members, too.
Pets are becoming a bigger and bigger part of people's lives worldwide, and people in their 50s, 60s and beyond are some of the most dedicated pet owners out there. When children have moved out and when free time becomes more available, it just makes sense that people turn to pet companionship in their lives and in their travels.
So what should a pet owner do if they decide to retire abroad? We have a few tips.
We say this a lot, but it's always a good idea. Some countries (such as Australia) have quarantine requirements for pets, and no matter where you go you'll need to make sure paperwork is in order, vaccines are updated and flight reservations are made. You may not know what you don't know, so give yourself plenty of time.
We're not saying "let your pet rule your life," but just remember that each detail will affect them, too. The city to which you move (are pet amenities available there?), what house or apartment you choose (are pets allowed?), what the weather is like (will your furry friend be comfortable there?) -- these are all a part of the big picture. If you're bringing a pet along, think carefully as you make arrangements so that they will be able to find reasonable happiness, too.
The BBC article reminds potential expats that moving abroad can be more expensive than you might initially suspect, and this is especially true when you add the cost of pet travel. More expensive than just an airline ticket, relocating a pet requires vet visits, paperwork, customs fees and maybe quarantine costs and pet agent fees, as well. Also, once you're there you could face marked up prices on your favorite pet food, medical care, etc. Figure out how much you'll need to save beforehand to make your move realistic.
The common theme to all of this is 'do your research before you make a move.' Obviously it's a big deal to move to a new country, and if you've chosen to make a pet an important part of your life (as so many of us have), their needs must be a factor in the ultimate decision.
And on a lighter note, we can tell you from experience that pets are often pretty great at settling into completely new places. As long as you're there with them, they have the most important thing they need.
Enjoy your retirement adventures abroad, and if you have any questions about how to move your pet with you or need advice about a particular destination, please contact PetRelocation.
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Tonkinese, White Alley Cat
I've read the notes on your website regarding importing cats into Australia, (i.e. 180 days of 190 may be spent in country of origin) however, I would like confirm that this applies to pets (cats) whose country of origin is USA.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yes, that's correct. Much of the information you'll find on our site is geared towards pets being exported from the United States, and this is the case for the pet import requirements for Australia you see listed.
If everything is carried out properly (the rabies shots, etc.), your cat will remain in your care prior to traveling to Australia and will just need to be in quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Australia. If you haven't visited the official Australia government pet import site we recommend that you do so -- there is a helpful drop-down tool that will help you plan your schedule.
Please review this information and let us know if we can be of further help. Thanks for checking in, and good luck with your upcoming move!
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Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Miniature Tea Cup Terrier and Miniature Yorkshire Terrier
To: Western Australia
Can you please tell me how long my doggies would have to stay in quarantine in Western Australia?
Sure, we'd be happy to offer some information. The best place to start is the Australia Department of Agriculture website, which should have the most up to date directions regarding which pets are allowed and what the timeline is for their import.
Australia has recently changed its quarantine rules -- it used to be a standard 30 day requirement and now it's 10 days. The UK is classified as a Category 3 country, and on the site you'll find a drop-down tool that will outline each step you need to take.
In terms of where your dogs will be fulfilling the quarantine, there are two options: Eastern Creek Quarantine Facility in Sydney and Spotswood Quarantine Facility in Melbourne. There is no longer a quarantine facility open in Perth, so if you're moving to Western Australia you'll need to make travel arrangements for your dogs after they've finished quarantine in either Sydney or Melbourne.
Please let us know if you have any questions about these logistics, Sharon. Here's a link to our free quote form if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services.
Thanks for the question, and good luck with everything!
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Maltese
Can I bring my dog directly from Turkey to Australia without going through a third country and do all vaccinations in Australia?
Thanks for your question. Taking a look at the official pet import requirements for Australia shows that Turkey is considered a "non-approved" country, so at this time you will be unable to bring your dog directly into Australia.
Though Australia has recently loosened its quarantine rules (the standard quarantine time is now 10 days instead of 30), they still have strict country-to-country rules in the interest of maintaining rabies-free status. To move your dog, you'll need to spend time in a third country and complete various vaccine requirements. You'll find a step-by-step guide on the Australia Department of Agriculture website.
Please contact us if you have questions about this or if you think you'd like some help with your upcoming move. We'd be happy to assist you.
Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck with your pet travels!
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Toy Poodle
From: Australia, Sydney
How long will my dog have to be quarantined, and will my dog be safe and healthy during the trip?
The typical quarantine period for Taiwan is 21 days, but since Australia is classified as rabies free you may be able to avoid this by carrying out a series of careful steps. It's a good to start the process well in advance. Here's a link to the requirements.
We have moved several pets to Taiwan over the years (take a look at our blog to read about Legos and Kruez, who were featured as our Pet Move of the Month recently), and as with all long international flights, with the right planning and expert knowledge it can be a safe process. Here are a few frequently asked pet travel questions that may shed some light on some of the major factors involved.
You're welcome to contact us if you'd like to talk to a specialist about how the move will work and what the costs will be. Thanks for reaching out for advice, and we hope to hear from you soon!
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
I would like to know if I can bring my cat along with me when I migrate next year. I'm migrating on a PR Visa from India. My cat is 4 years old, vaccinated and has a microchip.
Australia pet import rules are relatively strict, and according to the current information on the Australia Department of Agriculture website, cats cannot be directly imported from India.
That doesn't mean it's impossible to move your cat with you, though. Again, according to the website, if you can travel with your cat to a "Category 3" country first (you'll find the list here), you may be able to fall in line with the rules. Here is an overview of the steps required to bring a cat from a non-approved country to a Category 3 country and then on to Australia.
Please contact us if you'd like further advice or if you're interested in finding out more about our services. We have helped past clients complete multi-stage moves and would be happy to go over your options with you.
Either way, good luck with everything!
Number of Pets: 6
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Lab mixes and Shepard mix
From: Louisville, KY, USA
To: Brisbane, Australia
Where can I find a quarantine location in Brisbane? I am looking all over and all I find is the Department of Agriculture site. Is that the quarantine facility?
Thank you for your question. When moving pets to Australia, you will have two quarantine facilities to choose from: one is in Sydney and one is in Melbourne. Your pets will need to travel to one of these official facilities first and carry out the required quarantine period before moving on to Brisbane.
Check the official Australia government site for more information about Australia pet quarantine facilities. It's also important to review the overall pet import requirements from this source, as the rules have recently changed. Formerly there was a standard 30 day quarantine for most pets entering Australia, and now that time has been reduced to 10 days if all rules are followed.
Please let us know if you have more questions about your upcoming move. We've helped many pets relocate to Brisbane (including two cats, Tonks and Luna), so please fill out our free quote form if you think you'd like some assistance.
Thanks again for getting in touch with us, and good luck with all your future pet travels.
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Bird
Pet Breed: Cockatiel
From: Melbourne, Australia
To: Santiago, USA
Where do I start and who would be best to contact to organise my bird move? I need to know about forms etc. (basically I need to know everything I have to do).
Moving birds does require a bit of extra work, but we'd be happy to help! Here's a quick overview of the bird travel process for your information. Cockatiels are exempt from CITES regulations, which should cut back on the amount of paperwork you'll need to complete.
Coming into the United States will also make this a little easier, but you'll still need to make sure you obtain the right travel crate and make arrangements with a bird friendly airline. Here's more info from our blog about how to relocate a bird safely.
We'd be happy to discuss your options with you, Anna. Please fill out our quote form or give our office a call if you're interested in finding out more. Hope to hear from you soon!
The Korean government has updated the country's pet import requirements, effectively making it easier to move pets there from several places. In the past many pet travelers were tasked with completing a rabies antibody titer test before being allowed entry, but many nations no longer need to fulfill this requirement.
Find out more about moving pets to Korea, and note that, even if a rabies titer test isn't required, several other details need to be attended to in order to complete a smooth pet move. Please contact us if you have questions about moving pets to Korea (or anywhere else).
Now for your reference, if you're moving a pet to Korea from one of the following places, a rabies titer test is no longer necessary:
|Aruba||Guadeloupe Island||New Zealand|
|Austria||Hawaii||Papua New Guinea|
|Cayman Islands||Japan||San Marino|
|Comoros||Kazakhstan||Sao Tome and Principe|
|Denmark||Libya||St. Vincent Grenadines|
|Estonia||Malaysia||United Arab Emirates|
|French Guyana||Micronesia||Wallis and Futuna|
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Two dogs and one ferret
Pet Breed: hot dog and a terrier mix
From: USA, Florida
To: Whitsunday Australia
What do I need to do to bring my pets with me to Australia?
Thanks for you question -- relocating pets to Australia requires several weeks of prep time, as it is a rabies free country and imposes pretty strict rules.
For the most current and accurate information applicable to your situation, please take a look at the official Australian Government Department of Agriculture website. Here you'll find outlines of the requirements as well as a helpful schedule planning tool. Unfortunately, according to this site, ferrets cannot be imported to Australia at this time.
On a more positive note: Beginning on Feb. 3, 2014, dogs and cats entering Australia who meet the designated requirements will only need to fulfill 10 days of post-arrival quarantine (rather than 30, as it currently stands). You'll still need to follow a careful series of steps no matter what, but this updated time frame has been welcome news for pet travelers like you.
Hopefully this site will make clear to you what you need to do to prepare, but if you'd like some help carrying out these steps, you're welcome to contact us for a free quote. We've helped hundreds of pets move to Australia and would be happy to assist you, as well.
Let us know if we can help, and either way good luck with everything!
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Lab Mix
From: Brisbane, Australia
To: Hawaii, US
I was hoping to be provided with some information about the requirements for moving my dog to Hawaii. The reading I have done this far has been very confusing.
My dog has been vaccinated with a standard yearly vaccination covering the two strands of kennel cough, parvo virus, distemper and hepatitis, along with leptospiriosis, is treated monthly for Heartworm and intestinal worms using Panoramis and monthly for external parasites using Advantix.
Australia is rabies free so she has never been vaccinated against it. Does she require vaccination against Rabies? if so how many vaccinations, how far apart and how long before travel? Is a blood test required also? How many and how long before travel? If i could also receive a simple checklist of requirements I would be very appreciative.
Thanks for the question -- pet travel to Hawaii is definitely a challenge (but certainly not impossible)!
We have a few links for you to check out: Please review this information from our blog about moving pets to Hawaii (we've helped several dogs and cats get there). Also, the best source will be the official government site that details the pet import requirements for Hawaii. Specifically for your situation, here is the checklist for pets arriving from Australia.
Essentially, you will not have to have your dog vaccinated against rabies, but you do need to have proof (via a health certificate) that she has been examined by a vet and you must certify that she has been in Australia for at least six months.
Hopefully this is everything you need to know, but if you have more questions and would like some assistance from us, please consider filling out our free quote form.
Good luck with your trip and enjoy Hawaii!
The world of pets and pet travel is never a dull place. As people continue to make cats, dogs, and other animal friends a more important part of life, industries like airlines, hotels, and relocation providers are realizing that they must evolve if they want to stay relevant.
In 2013 we kept an eye on various trends as we did our best to provide top notch services to our traveling clients. We learned a lot, and will use our pet moving experiences to continue to offer pet owners the attention and care they seek when it's time to plan a move.
Here are just a few notable moments and stories from 2013 that we're sure will play a role in the future of pet travel.
1. Australia announced it will be shortening the length of its pet quarantine beginning in Feb. 2014. Long known for its serious pet import requirements and rabies-free status, Australia is taking steps to make things a little less stressful for pet owners moving there. You'll still need to follow a series of careful requirements, but a shorter post-arrival quarantine (it'll be 10 days rather than 30) should make the overall experience a bit easier to handle.
2. San Diego Airport's fancy new pet relief station. It's a trend popping up all over the place: Airports are becoming more aware of and more welcoming to pets. Don't be surprised if new and improved pet relief stations are simply commonplace within a few years.
3. Qantas reversed its travel ban affecting American Staffordshire Terriers. Breed restrictions have long been a thorn in the side of many pet owners, but many countries, government entities and businesses are beginning to show signs that they're open to reversing breed discrimination.
4. EU pet travel rules were relaxed. In 2012 the UK brought its pet import rules in line with the EU, and this year the EU made small changes to its overall policies regarding the number of pets a person can import. Standards must be researched and followed for smooth pet travel to happen, but in general it's becoming less challenging and more common for pets to travel.
5. A disaster preparedness guide for pets. Climate change means that the incidence of natural disasters is likely to increase, so it's a good idea to have a travel plan in place for your pet if you live somewhere that may be affected by extreme weather. It's a downer to think about, but it's important to have a pet evacuation plan.
6. Don't be like Justin Bieber. We saw that, when it comes to pet travel, rules are rules and everyone must comply. In the 21st century even the rich and famous (who are trying to bring a monkey into Germany without the right paperwork) aren't exempt from following the pet import requirements of various countries. Do your research before you go to avoid problems -- even if you're a pop star.
7. The dos and don'ts of bringing dogs to work. More and more businesses are realizing the benefits of allowing employees to bring their pets to work. We agree that it's pretty great, and have found that it's helpful to have a few easy rules in place to keep people productive and pets happy.
Have anything to add? Have questions? Leave your comments here or contact us.
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This has been another fun and busy year for us, and as it draws to a close, we're looking back at some of the most memorable pet moves we completed over the last 12 months.
To start, take a look at the first few Pet Moves of the Month of 2013! You'll see why we love what we do, and why we look forward to 2014 and many more happy reunions.
Bear moved from New York to Kenya with his owner, who works for the United Nations. Africa moves are never simple, but with the right planning they can go smoothly.
This is Lovie, who moved from Texas to Kuala Lumpur. We all fell a little in love with this sweet gal.
Lou the Frenchie moved from Minnesota to Shanghai. His family is so glad they brought him along, of course.
We help lots of pets move to Australia -- including Philly, a sweet Goldendoodle who traveled from Houston to Sydney.
Mahalo is an amazing cat! He survived the Japan tsunami and zigzagged the globe until his owner was finally able to bring him home to Hawaii.
Kreuz and Legos moved from Seattle to Taipei. Here they are sniffing out their new surroundings after fulfilling Taiwan quarantine.
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Domestic Shorthair
Do all the requirements for rabies vaccinations and such still apply if I'm coming from a rabies free area with my pets?
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!
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dwarf Bunny
What are the requirements that must be met to take my bunny with us to spend six months or more in Australia?
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.
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Yorkshire Terrier
From: Phoenix, AZ
To: Taichung, Taiwan
If a dog must be quarantined and isn't used to doing that, will it change the pet's personality or behavior?
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!
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: English Staffy
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?
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!
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