Moving your Pet to Australia CAN I TAKE MY PET WITH ME TO AUSTRALIA?
If you own a cat or dog the answer in principle is YES. However all other types of domestic including rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, snakes and mice are not permitted for import into Australia.
Pets have to meet specific conditions for entry into Australia. Eligibility guidelines vary from country and species but taking the UK as an example your pet will need to have:-
- a) Not been under quarantine restriction
- b) to be at least 12 weeks old at the time of export
- c) to be not more than thirty days pregnant at the time of export
Certain breeds of dog are prohibited and therefore are not eligible for importation into Australia. These are:-
- a) Dogo Argentino
- b) Filo Brazileiro
- c) Japanese Toza
- d) Pit Bull Terrier
- e) American Pit Bull Terrier
- f) Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario
Also, generally domestic/non-domestic hybrids such as wolf crosses. Bengal cats are not eligible for import unless they are five (5) generations or more removed from their pure-bred non-domestic ancestors.
In addition to the above certain breeds including some Brachycephalic Animals (snub nosed) are not accepted for travel by certain airlines. These include Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Bulldogs, Pugs and Pekinese. For more information on what breeds are acceptable please check with Transfur.
An Import Permit is required for each pet. These are currently valid for a period of twelve months. A condition of the import permit is that all pets must be microchipped, be vaccinated against rabies and have had a successful rabies blood test. A period of 180 days from the date the blood is taken for this test must elapse before your pet is eligible for export from UK
Once the import permit has been issued, quarantine can be arranged at Australia’s only Quarantine Facility located close-by to Melbourne. Under current rules all pets are required to serve a mandatory period of ten days quarantine upon arrival into Australia, the cost of which is borne by importer.
If you are relocating your pet to another part of Australia you will have to consider how your will get your pet to it’s new home after quarantine has been completed. Before leaving the UK your pet will be required to undertake a series of tests of blood tests and parasite treatments. These should start approximately six weeks prior to departure from UK.
A Pet Passport is not required for entry into Australia but if you feel your pet may return to the UK, then you may wish consider obtaining. Provided that your pet meets the current rules for entry into the UK there is no longer a six month quarantine period.
Your pet must travel in an airline approved travel container which has to conform to IATA (International Air Transport Association) standards. The travel container must be of a sufficient size so as to allow your pet to stand up, lie down, sit up and turn around inside it.
As a condition of importation into Australia pets must travel as manifested cargo. It is recommended where possible direct flights are utilised thus reducing the effects of any stresses and strains the journey may place upon your pet. It also minimises the risks of your pet missing connecting flights and remaining in en route airports for extended periods of time.
Sedation of pets is not advisable. It is highly recommended that you consult with your veterinarian before administering any type of sedative or tranquilliser.
The cost of transporting your pet very much depends upon it’s size and the size of travel container it will require. Almost certainly you will be paying for the amount of space your pet’s travel container occupies on the aircraft and not it’s weight.
When your pet arrives in Melbourne, Australia it will be taken directly from the aircraft to the quarantine facility where it will remain for the thirty day quarantine period. During the period of quarantine you will not be allowed to visit your pet. The cost of food and boarding is included in the quarantine fees. However if your pet should need the attention of a qualified veterinarian this will be arranged by the quarantine station, the costs of treatment and medication being borne by the importe
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Transfur is one of the UK’s leading Pet Relocation companies and a member of IPATA (International Pet and Animal Transport Association). Transfur is well versed in organising pet relocation and by putting your pet’s transportation needs into their hands not only will you relieve yourself of the stress and strain of the exercise, but will also you to concentrate upon the other important aspects of your move to Australia.
For further information in transporting your pet to Australia please contact Andy Symons at www.transfuranimals.com or tel. +44 (0)1403 212900