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Moving to Australia with your pets has become much easier. In February 2015 a shorter quarantine period for domestic animals was introduced in Australia.

Australia is a pet-friendly place which is why it’s a popular destination for people moving with their pets.

Dogs are allowed in most public places. Places where dogs are not welcome are usually clearly marked with ‘Dogs not allowed’ signs. However, In some public places dogs must be kept on a leash.

While moving with your pets will require a lot of organisation including: Paperwork, vet checks, micro-chipping, and a long haul flight for your pet. With a little bit of planning your pets can move to Australia with you to enjoy the great outdoors lifestyle. If your dog or cat is healthy and tick free you can expect to be reunited with them after only 10 short days of their arrival in Australia.

Importing your pet

To import your pet you must comply with certain conditions which are set by the Australian Department of Agriculture. Did you know that if you are moving to Australia from New Zealand your cat or dog does not require an import permit to enter Australia?

The Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture has a helpful online tool you can use to enter your pet, your country of origin and the expected date of your pet’s departure. You will then be provided with a tailored step-by-step guide of exactly what you will need to do to import your pet including all the necessary veterinary visits, permit applications and quarantine bookings you will need to make.

In all cases, except for New Zealand, to move your pet to Australia you will need to fill in an import permit application form and pay an application fee in AUD. Your application can be lodged and paid for online. The average application processing time is 20 days. You will also need to pay for your pet’s accommodation in a quarantine facility.

To enter quarantine in Australia your dog or cat will need to have been granted an import permit prior to their arrival.

The Department of Agriculture runs two quarantine facilities – one in Sydney and one in Melbourne. It is advisable to book ahead as places can be limited.

Note that importation fees increased in July 2014. For up-to-date fees and more information about moving to Australia with your pets visit The Department of Agriculture’s website.

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