All about Australian Quarantine – what you need to know

We know that pets are part of the family, which is why we love to take them with us everywhere we go! And that means if you’ve made the big decision to move overseas, you’re going to want to take your pets with you!

Want to know how to get the International Pet Travel process started? Our Jetpets Pet Travel Consultants are experts in global travel, and are here to assist with every step of your exciting move.

One thing we find that global travellers are often curious about is the quarantine process. So this month, our Customer Service Manager Len Elliss is answering some frequently asked questions about quarantine and bringing your pet into Australia.

Q: How early do you need to start planning your global move?

A: Depending on which country your pet is travelling to Australia from, it may require several months of pre-travel planning to meet Australia’s strict quarantine requirements. If you’re planning on making a move with your pet to Australia this year, we recommend getting in touch with our team as soon as possible to start planning!

Q: How long do pets have to stay in quarantine when travelling to Australia?

A: The quarantine period is only 10 days for all countries except for travellers from NZ, Norfolk and Coco’s Islands (for travellers coming from these countries there are no quarantine requirements.)

If your dog is staying in quarantine, they will be kept in a private room, which is heated and has access to an attached, sheltered outdoor run. And when they need to stretch their legs, there is also a larger grassed area for exercise. For cats staying in quarantine, they will also stay in private areas that feature heating, an elevated resting platform, and a window overlooking outdoor courtyards.

So that your pet can rest easily in a calm environment while in quarantine, the facility has been fitted with internal acoustic panels to absorb noise. The ceilings of the kennels have also been treated with acoustic panels so that your pooch can enjoy a good night’s sleep!

Q: Are there quarantine facilities in all Australian capital cities?

A: Pets travelling into Australia attend the Melbourne quarantine facility. The purpose built centre offers state-of-the-art accommodation for pets travelling into the country. But don’t worry, if your final destination is outside of Melbourne, Jetpets is able to ensure that your pet reaches your home safely after the quarantine period. Our pet-loving handlers are on hand to pick-up your pet from the facility and our Pet Travel Consultants are ready to arrange their flights home to you!

Our team are here to provide expert advice, and create an itinerary specific to your pet’s travel needs. This ensures you know exactly what level of planning is required, and what the associated costs will be. We are here to guide you every step along the way.

Want to know more? Contact us today.

Are Your Pets Travelling With Us From Australia To New Zealand?

Furrever-6633-cropAs you know, our dedicated team of Pet Travel Consultants are always working with government bodies and organisations across the globe to ensure that we can move your pets as smoothly as we can to their new homes.

With this in mind, we would like to fill you in on some proposed regulatory changes made by The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) that are proposed to come into effect on December 1st, 2014.

Here’s a quick summary of what’s changing:

1. Veterinary animal inspections at international airport locations in New Zealand, (Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch,) will now take place during the following defined periods:

  • Auckland: 7:00 – 19:00
  • Wellington: 15:30 – 17:00
  • Christchurch: 13:00 – 17:00

Please note that the above times are now written as inspection times, not flight times, and will apply Monday to Friday (with the exception of public holidays and a period of time between and around Christmas and New Year.)

2. It is also proposed that arrival inspection fees will increase by approximately $150 for your first pet and $75 for each additional pet that you may have travelling with you.

Not sure what this means for you and your pet?

Don’t worry! Your Jetpets Pet Travel Consultant will talk you through these changes and will work closely with you to ensure a smooth journey for your furry friend into New Zealand.

As we mentioned above, these changes are currently in their draft stages and we will keep you up to date with any further changes as they come to light.

If you have any questions in the meantime, or if you are planning a trip to New Zealand in the future and just want to have a chat, please do not hesitate to contact a Jetpets Pet Travel Consultant on 1300 668 309.