Moving to Australia is the dream of many, something that certainly has to do with the country’s prosperity, advancements in the health, and education sectors, the fact it welcomes nationalities from around the world, has high employment rates, and provides plenty of work opportunities.
Another crucial fact that reaches the hearts of many is that it is a pet-friendly country, so it’s not surprising many relocate to the Land Down Under with their pets. Though a pet loving nation, Australia also imposes some strict policies regarding the relocation of pets, designed to manage biosecurity risks, so if you intend to move with your furry friend, it’s best getting to know them beforehand, such as the one regarding import pet permit.
If you don’t want to make it more of a hassle than it already is (any relocation is!), it’s best to hire some professional help from licensed experts, who’ve had previous experience in this, as they know all of the laws, the documents needed, vaccines, vet checks, parasite treatments, so they can guide you through every step until you and your pet start your life in Australia.
One of the basic import pet conditions is pet stay in quarantine for 10 days, in the only quarantine facility in the country, called Spotswood, entering via the Melbourne international airport. Along with acquiring the import for you, professionals can help you with your pet’s customs clearance, and even book the flight of your pet’s final destination, in case it’s not Melbourne.
To be able to get to those steps, of course, you have to make sure you do everything that’s required to prevent your pet’s deportation, which is also where professionals can guide you, starting from letting you know which vaccines are required (both for cats and dogs), apart from rabies which isn’t a must for pets coming from New Zealand, Norfolk Island, and Keeling Islands.
After vaccines, there are parasite treatments to undergo too. As soon as the vaccines are taken, and treatments are done, there’s a rabies test that has to be done by licensed vets, followed by acquiring the import permit, and health certificate.
Depending on where you live, there may or may not be a direct flight to Australia; in the case of no direct flight, it’s advisable to book flights transiting through countries approved by the DAFF (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry).
Additional services you could count on from professionals are delivery and pick up from the quarantine facility, and delivery of your pet to the new home as soon as the quarantine is over.
If your pet hasn’t been travelling, be sure to ask for the vet’s advice on how to make the flight easier and more stress-free, the food you should acquire, the kennel adequate for the plane, and tricks on making your pet used to the kennel. A happy pet makes a happy owner!