Taking a dog to Australia from the UK

Are you considering taking your beloved canine companion with you to Australia? Moving your dog to a new country can be both exciting and challenging. From IATA air travel crates and understanding banned breeds to age restrictions and quarantine protocols, there are several important considerations to keep in mind. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the essential information you need to know when taking a dog to Australia from the UK.

IATA Air Travel Crates 

When travelling by air, providing your furry friend with a safe and comfortable environment is crucial. Pet Air specialises in building IATA-approved air travel crates suitable for transporting dogs. These crates are designed to ensure the well-being and security of your pet during the journey. Your pet should be able to stand up in the crate without their ears touching the top, lie down with enough space behind and in front of them, and have the ability to turn around. It’s also important to spend time crate training your furry friends so they are nice and relaxed come departure day.

Banned or Prohibited Breeds of Dogs

Australia has strict regulations regarding certain dog breeds that are considered dangerous or pose a risk to public safety. It’s essential to familiarise yourself with the list of banned or prohibited breeds before making any plans. Researching and understanding these regulations will help determine whether your dog falls under any restricted breed categories.

Age Restrictions for Dogs

The strict veterinary requirements and waiting times for dogs entering Australia means that your dog will be at least 1 year old by the time they are able to travel to Australia. 

Quarantine for Dogs in Australia

Upon arrival in Australia, dogs must undergo a 30-day quarantine period at an approved facility. The only facility is the Mickleham Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facility in Melbourne. This quarantine period is crucial to ensure the prevention of the spread of diseases and pests.Your dog will only be eligible for the 10-day quarantine period if it is a returning Australian pet.  It is mandatory to make bookings for quarantine facilities to secure your dog’s spot before departure.

The Veterinary Health Certificate Process

To facilitate the move, your dog will require a Veterinary Health Certificate, which includes documentation of vaccinations, blood tests, microchip identification, and other essential health records. The import regulations into Australia are very strict and will involve multiple visits to your vet to ensure your dog is compliant. PetAir UK are the only pet shipper able to include all of these tests and visits within our service, giving complete peace of mind. 

Cost of Moving to Australia with a Dog

Moving to Australia with a dog involves certain expenses, including crate purchases, veterinary visits, vaccinations, microchipping, quarantine fees, and more. Understanding the estimated cost of relocating your dog will help you budget accordingly and make necessary financial preparations.

Planning a trip with your beloved pet can be exciting yet overwhelming. From travel regulations to their safety, there’s a lot to think about. That’s where PetAir comes in. Reach out to us for your furry friend’s upcoming adventure. We’re not just experts; we’re animal lovers who care about their well-being. Contact us today to make their journey safe and positive!

Fri Jan 5 2024