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