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Moving to Australia: A Guide to Moving with Pets

Nov 14. 2014

Moving to Australia has always been a life-long hope for you and your family. But now you are worried that a certain family member – your pet might not be able to join you on this journey moving to Australia from the UK. Dogs and cats, two of Britain’s most popular pets are permitted to Australia. However, there are certain restrictions so please check that your breed of dog or cat is eligible to be imported to Australia here.

The first step when importing pets to Australia is a Rabies Vaccination; your pet must then wait a minimum of 180 days before it can be imported. Also, it is a requirement under Australian legislation that all live animals coming to Australia from category 3 countries must be accompanied by a valid import permit. Dogs will require some additional blood tests to be completed prior to export. Both dogs and cats will be required to have some external and internal parasite treatments.

All pets must travel in an airline approved travelling crate. Your crate must meet IATA standards to ensure that your cat or dog cannot escape or be injured while travelling. Upon arrival in Australia your pet will spend a minimum of 10 days in Quarantine. Once your pet is released you will be free to enjoy living in Australia as a complete family.

As pet owners you will naturally worry about your pet therefore importers are encouraged to use a professional pet transport agent as it may be simpler and more effective. Using an experienced company means you can ensure you comply with strict guidelines, as mistakes are easily made and can be expensive to rectify. Finally, companies generally offer different service level packages if you wanted to handle some of the move yourself.

Now you have sorted your pets, do you need a removals company to bring the rest of your home contents? Here at Burke Bros, we offer a professional international removals service – give us a call today on 01902 714555.

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