Each year we advise our clients about the possible roadblocks you could run into when traveling with pets around the holidays. Government closures and busy airlines are just a couple of things that might stop you from making your pet’s trip on time. If you’re moving to Australia, though, you have one more thing to consider.
Mickleham Quarantine Station Holiday Closures
Mickleham quarantine station is the only animal quarantine facility in Australia. That means all pets entering the country that require quarantine must spend their minimum ten-day stay in this state-of-the-art pet facility.
Mickleham is staffed by some of the most dedicated pet lovers in the world and just like everyone else, they occasionally need a break. As a result, the quarantine station closes for two weeks each year. This downtime gives the staff a chance to relax and allows the state-run facility time to restock, clean, and get ready for the new year!
So, what does this mean for your move down under? If you’re traveling with a pet, it means that the last day they may arrive and begin their quarantine is December 11th, 2020. The reopening will take place on January 4th, 2021, and pets from around the world may begin to arrive the following day.
What Else Do I Need To Know About Moving A Pet to Australia?
- COVID-19 and the Mickleham quarantine facility: To combat the spread of COVID-19, the Mickleham staff has followed the lead of the London Heathrow Animal Reception Center and has reduced its staff and intake. That means, for 2020 it’s unlikely that any spots for quarantine remain vacant. If you’re just starting to plan your move to Australia for this year and have yet to make a reservation, talk to your relocation coordinator today to discuss how we can help.
- Meeting Australia’s import requirements: You can not reserve your pet’s spot in quarantine until you have obtained an import permit. Once you know you’re relocating, make sure Fido and Whiskers meet the requirements so you can get started on the paperwork!
- Traveling around the winter holidays: No matter where you’re traveling, if you’re taking your furbabies, there is always a risk when traveling around national holidays. Make sure to discuss your timeline and any possible roadblocks that may arise with the PetRelocation team!
If you’re planning your pet’s move this holiday season, or any time of year, make sure you’re prepared. Don’t leave it until the last minute. Send us your questions and get started today!