Importing Pets to Australia

Importing pets to Australia can be a tough part of your relocation process. As a great cause of stress for most people, it can be beneficial to look for an experienced pet relocation service to help you arrange flights and deal with paperwork. Transfur Animals are dedicated to helping you through each and every step of the process. We’ve been helping with pet relocation to Australia for over 15 years so we can help take some of the stress away from moving. This means you can make moving yourself and your luggage your priority, and we’ll handle importing your pet.

From liaising with your veterinary practice to ensure it is safe for your pet to travel, to arranging quarantine at Melbourne; it’s our job to make sure that taking your pets to Australia is hassle-free. As one of the UK’s leading pet travel companies, we always keep your pet’s welfare as our top priority. Help is available regardless of where you are in the relocation process, so contact us for a pet relocation quote today!

Rules and regulations for taking your pet to Australia

Taking your pets to Australia involves a slightly lengthier process than other countries. However, Transfur Animals can make your relocation a lot less stressful.

When bringing cats and dogs to Australia, it’s important that you’re aware of a couple of the main rules and regulations.

Firstly, all pets must be vaccinated before entering the country. This means that pets under 3 months cannot enter the country, since they are unable to get a rabies vaccine. Please remember that you will need to have proof of vaccination from at least 30 days (but not more than a year) from your pet’s departure. This should be at the top of your list of things to do before travelling.

Your pet will require a microchip that can be read by an Avid, Trovan, Destron or other ISO compatible reader in order for them to enter Australia. If your pet doesn’t have an ISO compliant microchip, you can contact Border Inspection to ask whether they have scanners that can read your pet’s microchip. If the microchip cannot be read or is recorded incorrectly on your pet’s documentation, they cannot be imported to Australia. Our advice is that you begin organising your pet’s transport at least a month before travelling to ensure that everything is ready for your move.

There are so many more aspects involved in pet travel, so it’s important that you choose a reputable company like us to arrange your pet’s relocation to Australia. What’s more, we’re IPATA certified you can rest assured that you’re speaking to industry experts.

How we can help

Thanks to our extensive knowledge of importing pets to Australia, we are able to minimise the stress of organising your move by providing a comprehensive service under one roof. All of our staff have owned a pet at some stage in their lives, so you can rest assured that the well-being of your pet is our number one priority.

Wherever you are in the UK, we can help you take your pets to Australia. Get a free, no obligation pet relocation quote by completing our online form. If you’d rather give us a call, you can get in contact with one of our specialists on 01403 212 900.

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What We Will Do

> Arrange 10 day quarantine period upon arrival in Australia

> Arrange UK home to airport delivery service, if required

> Arrange boarding prior to departure, if required

> Apply to Department of Agriculture for Australia for import permit(s)

> Apply to DEFRA for export health certificate(s)

> Provide shippers certificates

> Obtain UK customs clearance

> Arrange vet sealing at departure airport

> Arrange flights to Melbourne – Post-quarantine transportation to most domestic airports.

Please Note: The only quarantine station in Australia is located in Melbourne

> Supply and delivery of travel container(s) for your pet(s) that meet IATA and airline requirements to your home address

> Liaison with your own veterinary practice in the UK

> Provide veterinary requirements for Australia

It should be noted that all pets must enter Australia only through Melbourne airport and go directly into quarantine upon arrival for a mandatory period of ten days. After this period of 10 days, your pet(s) can be collected from the quarantine station, or we can arrange for their onward travel to another destination within Australia.

Australian Airports Served

> Melbourne

> Most domestic airports within Australia