BEFORE TAKING YOUR PET OVERSEAS
The concern with importing/exporting pets is the potential transmission of diseases. The biggest concern is the spread of rabies and of Avian influenza, which can spread from birds to humans. To be able to take your pet abroad with you, most countries require that you get a health certificate for your pet from a vet professional. Essentially this states that your pet is in good health and free of any parasites.
The entry requirements for every country is different so start planning early. If you are moving your pets into Australia, then they’re required to be quarantined for ten days. The best way to find about the definitive quarantine and restrictions, contact the country’s consulate and ask the appropriate questions.
How you transport your pet to your new overseas destination is an important issue and will vary between airlines. Some airlines allow you to travel with your pet in the cabin if they are small enough, but generally, most airlines will need to place your pet in a separate section of the plane next to the cargo. Before you book tickets, you can request detailed information on the company’s policies towards flying with pets, including what the air pressure is, the temperature, and what the holding room might look like.
Also bear in mind that your pet won’t know what’s happening. The idea of being thrown into a cage for many hours, and possibly put in quarantine, may be extremely stressful for your pet. To put them at easy, let your pet become well acquainted with the kennel or container well ahead of your flight. Try adding some familiar toys, and even some of your old clothing in kennels or containers so your pet can have, or learn to develop, a sense of familiarity when the big move happens.
If you are stretched for time with the pet requirements for taking your pets overseas, then you may want to consider a pet relocation service. Jet Pet, for example, is an Australian company that does all the work, without you needing to lift a finger.
As you can imagine, the process of shipping your pet can be expensive. Normally your pet will be checked in as check-in baggage, so sometimes flying a more expensive airline may be worth it for your pets. In addition to paying for the transportation of your pet, you will also need to pay for the health certificate and vaccinations. Other items you may need to purchase is a microchip transponder (approx. $50) and a kennel or crate (between $50 – $100).
TAKING YOUR PETS BACK HOME
This is something you need to consider, especially if you are from Australia. Australia has some of the world’s most strict quarantine laws in the world which may involve more than just your pet being in quarantine for ten days. For a step by step process to bringing beloved back into the land down under, check out this Australian Government link.
Reference Source: Transitions Abroad