So, you have decided to travel to the land down under with your pet. The problem is that there’s a number of things that you need to know before doing just that. Traveling with a pet raises some concerns which have to be addressed, whether you like it or not. So it is better that you know what you are up against before you pack your bags and decide it’s time to embark. In this article, we are going to discuss the important things that you should know before traveling to Australia.
When it comes to rabies, the 3-year rabies vaccination is accepted, but your pet still needs to be vaccinated not longer than a year after they have entered the country. This, however, does not count for New Zealand, Keeling Islands, and Norfolk Island.
If you own a cat, it should be vaccinated against feline enteritis, calicivirus, and rhinotracheitis. If you own a dog, it should be vaccinated against Distemper, Parvovirus, Bordetella bronchiseptica, and Hepatitis. For both kinds of pets, it needs to be a vaccination that is valid during the whole quarantine period that is necessary when you arrive. If you are coming from the US, your dog also needs to be vaccinated against canine influenza, and if they have visited Africa, they have to be treated for Babesia Canis. Furthermore, treatment for Ehrlichia canis, Leptospirosis, Leishmaniosis, and Brucellosis is necessary.
It is important that your pet gets microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 microchip which has 15 digits and isn’t encrypted. In the case that your microchip doesn’t comply with the necessary standard, you can take your own microchip scanner with you. Just to be certain, when you pay a visit to your vet in order to get the microchip implanted, make sure that it is scanned right away. Finally, all your pet’s documentation needs to have the microchip number on it.
It is very important that the veterinarian that does your pet’s bloodwork and submits the titer form is USDA accredited. When you go to your vet’s office, check their accreditation before you get anything else done.
A 10-day quarantine is required for all pets that are coming into Australia, except for those from New Zealand, Keeling Islands, and Norfolk Island. You should make reservations for your pup or kitty when you get the import permit for your pet. They will stay at the Mickleham Quarantine Facility in Melbourne, and you will not be allowed to visit them during their stay there.
Rabies titer test
Before your pet enters Australia, a rabies titer test done by a licensed veterinarian is a must. Not before 180 days have passed after the time the blood sample is sent to the lab for testing can your pet enter the country. The titer test is valid for 24 months. You should make sure that your pet’s microchip is scanned before the test. Again, this is not necessary for pets that are coming from Keeling Islands, New Zealand, and Norfolk Island. The 180-day wait has an exception for pets that are from Australia and have had the rabies titer test administered before they left the country.
Places where your pet is not allowed
The bad news is that there are also locations that don’t permit pets. The good news is that there are innovative dog boarding solutions in Australia. So get yourself informed about the location that you are visiting beforehand, so that you can find a good place where your pet can stay during your travels if necessary.
Coming into Australia by air
When your pet is entering Australia, it needs to come in as air cargo through Melbourne Airport. You need to know that if there are no direct flights from the country where the pet is from, each transit and layover must happen through DAFF approved countries. The fact is that the regulations are complicated, so it might be a good idea to consult a licensed pet transport agent to help you out with all the necessary arrangements for your pet.
Remember that in most cases, it is a very long flight to Australia, so you need to think about the well-being of your pet and prepare it well in advance. Ask your veterinarian for advice about taking your pet to Australia for a holiday, as in some cases it simply isn’t practical.
If you are entering Australia through New Zealand, then you first need to quarantine your pet there for 90 days, before you can move on.
Travelling to Australia with your pet can be complicated. There are certain preparations that you must make and rules you have to follow. Remember that in some cases it might even be impractical to bring your pet along with you to Australia.