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  1. The Pom Queen

    Bringing Dogs and Cats in to Australia

    How to bring your pets to Australia Moving to a new country is a big move for you and your family, and chances are that if you know you’ll be gone for a while. We’ve put together some points for you to consider and research when asking yourself 1. Why bring your pet? There are plenty of people who move away from home or even overseas for years at a time without taking their pet with them. Should you bring yours along with you? What are the arguments for or against? Travel may be stressful, but is it less stressful than being rehomed? How well do you know the new home, what if their situation changes and your pet winds up at a shelter? If you’re not sure what’s right for you and your situation, talk to a vet or a specialist (like Bob at Petair) who can help you talk through your options. 2. One step at a time Just like people, your pets will need to have paperwork filed and go through customs before they can come into the country. The steps vary depending on your country of origin and the pet you’re bringing into the country. For example, pets from New Zealand and Norfolk Island don’t need an import permit to come to Australia, but animals from the UK and US do require an import permit. If you’re transporting a dog, make sure your breed isn’t on the restricted list. If you have an unusual pet, you’ll need to do the extra research to see if your pet can be brought over, and what extra steps you might need to take (such as vaccinations). The transport process is complicated and takes a long time. The following screenshot is from the Australian government calculator indicating what steps need to be undertaken and by when. This screenshot shows the necessary dates for a dog being brought into Australia on the 1st of February, 2019. If you’re serious about bringing your pet, you’ll need to go through a number of steps to be able to bring them over. For more information on any of these steps, please visit the office Australian government website. Step 1: Contact the competent authority This happens before you begin the export process. You need to contact your local competent authority (in the country you’re leaving) to find out which veterinarians and laboratories can help you prepare your pet for export. They will also tell you if there are any additional requirements to take your pet out of the country. Step 2: Confirm general eligibility. This also happens before you begin the export process. You will need to check that your pet is eligible to be brought into Australia (this article covers some of the restrictions in Australia). Australia has some strict rules for which dog and cat breeds can and can’t be brought into the country, but fortunately the banned lists are fairly small. For dogs, animal hybrids (such as wolf-dog crosses) cannot be brought into the country. This includes (but is not limited to) the: • Czechoslovakian wolfdog or Czechoslovakian Vlcak • Saarloos wolfdog or Saarloos wolfhound • Lupo Italiano or Italian wolfdog • Kunming wolfdog or Kunming dog. Also, if your dogo Argentino, fila Brasileiro, Japanese Tosa, American pit bull terrier or pit bull terrier, or Perro de Presa Canario (or Presan Canario) are pure breeds, they cannot be imported. The following cat breeds cannot be imported to Australia: • Savannah cats (crossbreeding domestic cat (Felis catus) with Serval cat (Felis serval) • Safari cat, domestic cat crossed with Geoffroy cat (Oncifelis geoffroyi) • Chausie, domestic cat crossed with Jungle cat (Felis chaus) • Bengal cat, domestic cat crossed with Asian Leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis). Note: If your Bengal cat is more than five generations removed from its wild ancestors, it may be eligible for import. To make things even more complicated, some pet transportation companies won’t ship brachycephalic dog breeds. These are dog breeds with shortened faces, such as Pugs, Shih Tzus, Chihuahuas, Chow Chows, Pekingese, Lhasa Apso, Bull Mastiffs and English Toy Spaniels. Fortunately PetAir can help you transport these breeds, as they have veterinarians available to ensure your dog is in good health before transportation. Step 3: Verify existing microchip, or implant a new microchip. The timeframe for this depends on vaccine validity. A government approved veterinarian must scan your pet’s microchip at each visit, and their microchip number must be correctly recorded on all documentation. Step 4: Check rabies vaccination. This step also depends on vaccine validity. Your pet must have been vaccinated against rabies when they were at least 90 days old, and the vaccine must be valid and approved by the country of export. Step 5: Rabies neutralising antibody titre (RNAT) test Timeframe: Between 180 days and 24 months before the date of export. If your pet has only just been vaccinated against rabies, you will need to wait 3–4 weeks between the vaccination and RNAT test. Note: There are no exceptions for this test, the 180 day waiting period is mandatory. Step 6: An official government veterinarian must complete the rabies vaccination and RNAT test declaration This step must be completed before applying for the import permit. Step 7: Apply and pay for the import permit This must before done after you have received the completed rabies vaccination and RNAT test declaration, and at least 42 days before the proposed date of export. Step 8: Book tentative post entry quarantine accommodation and make travel arrangements This must be done after you have received your import permit. Not that your pet must arrive direct into Melbourne International Airport, and travel as manifested cargo (not in the cabin) in an IATA approved crate. Visit the official website for more information. Step 9: Check other vaccinations The timeframe for this step depends on the validity of your pet’s vaccination, and must be at least 14 days before the date of export. Step 10: External parasite treatment This needs to be started at least 21 days before the date of blood sampling for step 11 (below). NOTE: Steps 11–15 are for dogs only Step 11: Testing for Ehrlichia canis This must be done within 45 days before the date of export. Step 12: Testing for Brucella canis (Brucellosis) This must be done within 45 days before the date of export. Step 13: Testing for Leishmania infantum (Leishmaniosis) This must be done within 45 days before the date of export. Step 14: Testing for Leptospira canicola (Leptospirosis) This must be done within 45 days before the date of export. Step 15: (only if the dog has ever visited mainland Africa): Babesia canis treatment This must be done within 28 days before the date of export. Step 16: Internal parasite treatments This involves two treatments, at least 14 days apart, within 45 days before the date of export, and the second treatment is to be given within 5 days of travelling. Step 17: Pre export clinical examination Your pet must be examined by a government approved veterinarian within 5 days of travelling. Step 18: Completion of veterinary health certificate (Appendix 1) The veterinary health certificate must be completed within 5 days of travelling. Step 19: Travel to Australia Your pet must travel in an IATA approved crate, and must arrive in Australia before the import permit expires. Step 20: On arrival in Australia Your pet will be collected by department staff to be transported directly to Mickleham (the quarantine facility), where they will stay for a minimum of 10 days. Quarantine Most animals are only in Australian quarantine for 10 days, and you cannot visit your pet during this time. If your pet is in for a longer period of time, however, you may be able to request a visit with the quarantine facility. Your animals will be exercised, groomed and fed by the facility staff – if your pet has special dietary requirements, these should be mentioned on the paperwork under ‘special needs’. If your pet has any medical conditions, they should also be outlined on the booking paperwork. As there are no vets based at the facility, if your pet requires veterinary attention during its stay in quarantine, a private vet will be called and you will be invoiced separately. Generally the quarantine staff will contact you if there are any issues with your pet while they’re in quarantine, so if you don’t hear anything, then you know it’s all going well. From quarantine to home The quarantine facility in Australia is in Melbourne, so if you’ve settled in another state, it might be worth weighing your pet transport options carefully. You can pick your pet up yourself by car by heading to the facility with a cage/crate, or you can arrange to have your dog flown to you with a domestic pet transporter such as Baycity (the cheapest), Jet Pets, Dogtainers or others. Once again the total cost will depend on the service you’re after. Some places will charge $1000 for a door-to-door service, whereas some providers will fly your pet from Melbourne to Perth for around $200. You can also choose to fly and bring your pet back home with you, checking your pet as excess baggage. With Virgin Airlines, you pay between $85 for a dog up to 10kg, and $165 for a 30kg dog. It really depends on your lifestyle and what suits you best, but at least there are plenty of options for picking your pet up from quarantine. 3. Finding a pet transporter Obviously you will need to find someone to bring your pet over. There are plenty of companies that will offer pet transportation as a service, but it pays to do your research. When it comes to transporting a living thing (especially one you care about) finding the cheapest offer might not be best choice, you need to find the right transport company to fit your needs. The paperwork to bring pets into Australia is famously difficult, and if it’s not in order your pet will either be quarantined for longer, or sent even home. There are also a lot of transport requirements that aren’t just about paperwork (such as blood tests), and it helps to have professionals who know what needs to be done. One company that stands out is PetairUK;while they aren’t the cheapest, they’re the only pet transportation company run by veterinarians, and they come recommended by people all over the world. Transporting pets to Australia is often quite expensive, so if you have the time, start looking for quotes early so you know what to expect as you’re getting ready to move, especially as costs can range from £1000–5000. 4. Knowing your needs Everybody’s needs are different, and a big part of picking the right pet transporter is making sure they offer the right service for you. A more reputable provider will offer more services to help ensure that you and your pet are treated well at both ends of the trip. For example, Petairoffer services that include all veterinary work and tests, specially-built crates and door-to-door service, as well as helping you with your quarantine fees and transporting your pet to your address etc. 5. Home again home again After such a long ordeal, your pet will likely need some time to settle into their new environment (and possibly climate!). More than anything though, they’ll likely be very happy to be seeing you again and know that they’re still part of the family. Make sure you have their favourite toys and blankets etc. at the ready for when they come home, and they’ll settle in quicker than you’d imagine. If you’ve brought a dog, don’t be afraid to take them out for a walk and get to know their new neighbourhood. Any concerns will melt away in the face of curiosity. So there you have it! Hopefully that has been a helpful overview of what’s involved in transporting your pet into Australia from overseas. If you’re worried about the potential stresses of moving your pet, remember that to them it’s not so different
  2. Mbandvb

    Dog to Australia

    My husband and I are moving out to Australia at the end of January 2018 and we are taking our beloved pooch with us. We have chosen a travel company to fly her with but I am so nervous for her to fly and the idea of her being in her crate for over 24 hours scares me a little. I would love to hear some people's stories on there pets journey to Oz from the UK just to get more of an idea of the process the dog goes through and how you dogs got on after the flight and quarantine. Thanks in advance.
  3. We have two air crates for sale. Suit small dogs 41cmx58cmx82cm. Meet all specifications. Originally supplied by Transfur when we brought our cavelier king charles spaniels over 2 years ago. $40 each or $70 for the pair. Pick up only in Brisbane.
  4. Hi Everyone. We are in the very early stages of planning our emigration to Oz and before making the final decision to move to the other side of the globe we really could do with some help and advice regarding the shipping of our 2 Dalmations. If all goes to plan they will both be 10 years old when we manage to make the move and we plan to be in Melbourne. We've been to the vets this morning and given the all clear for them health wise plus Dalmations can live until around 14/15 yrs however our concern is that we have heard some horror stories about the conditions for pets whilst being transported on the flight (extreme temperature differences etc.). There is no way that we would consider rehoming them, they are our family and we feel that emigrating is not a good enough reason to rehome family members. Has anyone had a simlar experience to what we are going through and if so how were your dogs upon their arrival to Australia? Were they visibly stressed? Are you able to visit them regularly whilst in quarantine? What type of crates are best? In fact any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, D&G
  5. Plan ahead by moving overseas with the experts! Moving to Australia is not without its ups and downs. To make sure you stay ahead of the game, it pays to be well informed. Everyone wants to start their new life down under with as much money as possible and there are a number of things you can do to ensure you make the most of your funds. Key topics always discussed on the forum include moving your possessions, shipping your car, shipping your pets, transferring your money into your new Australian bank account and getting a mortgage. Poms in Oz is hosting our first Live Chat session for 2012 with leading experts in banking, currency exchange, financial advice, international removals and pet transportation. The chat event will take place on Wednesday 08th February 2012 from 7:30pm-9:30pm (UK Time). National Australia Bank, Moneycorp, PSS International Removals, PetAirUK and Vista Financial Services will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your move. To participate, click on the 'chat' menu option at the top of the page. Clicking on chat will launch the chat software. There will different 'rooms' for each of the different companies. Unregistered guests can participate by following this link - Chat with Industry Experts, then, once the chat software has loaded, tick the 'Guest' option at the top of the chat window, then choose a username and click 'Login' and enter the 'Moneycorp, NAB, PSS, PetAirUK or Vista Financial Services' chat rooms. National Australia Bank [img2=right]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/chat-nab.png[/img2] Royce Hort will talk about the Australian Banking system providing you with some insights as to what is different between the UK and Australia. She will also talk about how straight forward it is to open an Australian Bank account before you leave home and some of the services you should consider. Moneycorp [img2=right]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/newmc.gif[/img2] Whether you are moving to Australia, or living there already, John Kinghorn will bring you the latest updates on the Aussie dollar and provide insight into the key factors influencing market movements. Exchange rates are constantly fluctuating and transferring your funds at the right time, via the right channel, can make a big difference to the amount of money you actually end up with. PSS International Removals [img2=right]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/chat-pss.png[/img2] One of the key ingredients when you are moving overseas is the planning of your removal. Liam Witham will be on hand to offer advice and answer any questions you may have regarding the packing and shipping of your household effects, including what items you can ship to Australia, Australian Customs procedures and AQIS. PetAir UK [img2=right]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/petair.png[/img2] Bob Ghandour, Veterinary Consultant and Director of PetAir UK will be on hand to discuss any aspects of shipping your pets to Australia. PetAir UK is a unique pet travel service run by specialised vets for ultimate peace of mind. We will transport your pets safely and comfortably - worldwide. No matter what the journey, we will remove the stress of complicated pet travel arrangements and ensure the best possible service to our clients and their much-loved companions is one of our highest priorities. We operate a 'one of the family' policy, where all animals are treated with the same respect and care as our own pets. We know how much it means to you that your beloved pet arrives safely and by using PetAir UK you can assure yourself you are providing the very best care for your pet. We offer truly comprehensive packages which provide absolute continuity from start to finish. Every client is allocated one of our personal veterinary consultants who will oversee every step of the process. From complex documentation and import permit applications through to last minute flight changes, nothing is a problem for our competent and dedicated team. Vista Financial Services [img2=right]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/vista-financial.png[/img2] Andrew Williams is both a UK qualified and Australian practicing Financial Adviser and Mortgage Consultant specialising in advising UK expats in Australia on the transition and development of their financial affairs. From assisting clients with securing their first Australian mortgage through to working with them to understand whether transferring their UK Pensions is in their interests, Andrew is able to help answer your questions and concerns on a wide range of financial planning matters.
  6. Plan ahead by moving overseas with the experts! Moving to Australia is not without its ups and downs. To make sure you stay ahead of the game, it pays to be well informed. Everyone wants to start their new life down under with as much money as possible and there are a number of things you can do to ensure you make the most of your funds. Key topics always discussed on the forum include moving your possessions, shipping your car, shipping your pets, transferring your money into your new Australian bank account and getting a mortgage. Poms in Oz is hosting our first Live Chat session for 2012 with leading experts in banking, currency exchange, financial advice, international removals and pet transportation. The chat event will take place on Wednesday 08th February 2012 from 7:30pm-9:30pm (UK Time). National Australia Bank, Moneycorp, PSS International Removals, PetAirUK and Vista Financial Services will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your move. To participate, click on the 'chat' menu option at the top of the page. Clicking on chat will launch the chat software. There will different 'rooms' for each of the different companies. Unregistered guests can participate by following this link - Chat with Industry Experts, then, once the chat software has loaded, tick the 'Guest' option at the top of the chat window, then choose a username and click 'Login' and enter the 'Moneycorp, NAB, PSS, PetAirUK or Vista Financial Services' chat rooms. National Australia Bank [img2=right]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/chat-nab.png[/img2] Royce Hort will talk about the Australian Banking system providing you with some insights as to what is different between the UK and Australia. She will also talk about how straight forward it is to open an Australian Bank account before you leave home and some of the services you should consider. Moneycorp [img2=right]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/newmc.gif[/img2] Whether you are moving to Australia, or living there already, John Kinghorn will bring you the latest updates on the Aussie dollar and provide insight into the key factors influencing market movements. Exchange rates are constantly fluctuating and transferring your funds at the right time, via the right channel, can make a big difference to the amount of money you actually end up with. PSS International Removals [img2=right]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/chat-pss.png[/img2] One of the key ingredients when you are moving overseas is the planning of your removal. Liam Witham will be on hand to offer advice and answer any questions you may have regarding the packing and shipping of your household effects, including what items you can ship to Australia, Australian Customs procedures and AQIS. PetAir UK [img2=right]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/petair.png[/img2] Bob Ghandour, Veterinary Consultant and Director of PetAir UK will be on hand to discuss any aspects of shipping your pets to Australia. PetAir UK is a unique pet travel service run by specialised vets for ultimate peace of mind. We will transport your pets safely and comfortably - worldwide. No matter what the journey, we will remove the stress of complicated pet travel arrangements and ensure the best possible service to our clients and their much-loved companions is one of our highest priorities. We operate a 'one of the family' policy, where all animals are treated with the same respect and care as our own pets. We know how much it means to you that your beloved pet arrives safely and by using PetAir UK you can assure yourself you are providing the very best care for your pet. We offer truly comprehensive packages which provide absolute continuity from start to finish. Every client is allocated one of our personal veterinary consultants who will oversee every step of the process. From complex documentation and import permit applications through to last minute flight changes, nothing is a problem for our competent and dedicated team. Vista Financial Services [img2=right]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/vista-financial.png[/img2] Andrew Williams is both a UK qualified and Australian practicing Financial Adviser and Mortgage Consultant specialising in advising UK expats in Australia on the transition and development of their financial affairs. From assisting clients with securing their first Australian mortgage through to working with them to understand whether transferring their UK Pensions is in their interests, Andrew is able to help answer your questions and concerns on a wide range of financial planning matters.
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