Moving Your Pet to Australia: What You Need to Know about Pet Quarantine
Are you a pet owner looking forward to move to the wonderful land of opportunities that is Australia? If you thought obtaining a visa for yourself and your family was complicated enough, wait until you see all the laws regulating pet import. Australia’s strict criteria for pet entry is what keeps this country free from many animal diseases that other parts of the world still haven’t eradicated. This is a great benefit both for people and their pets. In Australia, you will never have to worry that your pet can become infected with rabies, and you can freely pet other animals on the road and not be worried about you yourself catching this deadly disease.
This country wouldn’t have been 100% rabies free if it weren’t for the obligatory quarantine stay as soon as the pet arrives in the country. However, the whole process starts even prior to departure. In order to come to Australia, the animal has to undergo special medical tests to be given an import permit, be fitted with a microchip and you as an owner have to prepare a lot of paperwork. Australian pet clearance services can help you with every step along the way starting with paperwork, to transportation arrangements, all the way to preparing the animal to undergo quarantine.
Currently in Australia, there’s only one quarantine facility located in Mickleham, Melbourne. Therefore, it is more convenient if animals are arranged to arrive in Australia via Melbourne International Airport. Because all animals are checked at the Mickleham facility, the owner needs to book a stay for the pet at least a month prior to ensure there will be a spot open at the intended arrival date. The staff at the quarantine facility can pick your pet up from the airport, but only at certain times – from 6am to noon, only on week days. Therefore, you need to plan the flight, so that the animal will arrive on time to be picked up.
If this is impossible to do, Australian pet clearance services can conveniently transport your pet from the airport to the quarantine. Later, the same professionals can pick the pet up and ensure you get reunited as fast as possible. Once at the quarantine, the animal undergoes veterinary check ups for animal diseases, receives medication for any known condition, and is treated for external parasites. The whole stay lasts a minimum of 10 days and the owner gets charged for all the necessary analysis and treatments. However, once it’s finished, you will have the peace of mind that your beloved pet is disease and parasite free, and both of you can enjoy your stay in the sunny Land down Under.