Travelling with your pet

Our clinic has compiled the following information that covers the basic requirements for people considering exporting their dog or cat.

AQIS accreditation allows our vets to perform testing and treatment work for the government which is required by importing countries prior to the admission of your pet.  Dr Melanie Irvine or Dr Jana Dieham will inform you of the specific testing and treatment schedules required for your cat or dog and create a schedule for you. The export process includes health examinations, blood testing, administering vaccines or medications, and issuing all the necessary paperwork to successfully export your pet.

Melanie or Jana will also discuss your individual needs, and guide you through the entire process to ensure your pet arrives in your new destination safely and without a hitch.

It is very important to contact us well in advance of your intended departure date.

You must also contact AQIS at least 10 days prior to export to obtain a Notice of Intention to Export.

For specific information please contact AQIS on (07) 3246 8731, or visit the AQIS (Live Animals) website.

Once you have read the following information, please contact Nicklin Way Veterinary Surgery via the online form below, or by calling us on 5493 2655, and ask to speak to Dr Melanie Irvine or Dr Jana Diehm, our AQIS Accredited vets.

To find out more information on what is involved with exporting your pet from Australia, please see the Department of Agriculture Exporting live animals: Companion Animals website which outlines the steps involved.

General overview of requirements for all countries

Below is a general overview for all animals heading overseas:

  • Ensure your pet is fully vaccinated as this will protect them both in transit and when they arrive at their new destination.  This means F3 (flue and enteritis) for cats, and C5 (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and kennel cough) for dogs.
  • Ensure that your pet is up to date with intestinal worming (within the last 3 months) and is currently receiving heartworm prevention.
  • Ensure external parasites (fleas) are not visible.
  • Microchipping is compulsory for pets that are exported.  We use ISO (internationally accredited) microchips which are valid overseas too.
  • Ensure your pet is fit and healthy so they are ready for their exciting journey ahead.

New Zealand information

At the time of writing the import requirements specified for New Zealand are as below.  It is your responsibility to contact AQIS to confirm up to date conditions of import.

Two visits are required for cats and dogs travelling to New Zealand.

Before the first consultation:

Please ensure you bring your pets current vaccination certificate, and microchipping documents (if applicable) to your AQIS appointments.  As dogs require blood testing at the first visit, please fast your dog 12 hours prior.  Access to water is fine.  Cats do not need blood testing.

Dogs

First visit 15-16 days prior to departure:

  • Full health examination
  • Frontline top-spot or Fido’s Rinse applied
  • Internal parasite treatment
  • Heartworm prevention administered
  • Blood collected for Heartworm and Babesia testing
  • Microchip implanted or scanned.
Second visit 48 hours prior to departure (at least 14 days after first visit):
  • Full pre-export veterinary health and welfare inspection
  • Frontline top-spot or Fido’s Rinse applied
  • Internal parasite treatment
  • Heartworm prevention administered
  • Microchip scanned
  • Veterinary Certificate A issued

Cats

First visit 15-16 days prior to departure:

  • Full health examination
  • Frontline top-spot or Fido’s Rinse applied
  • Internal parasite treatment
  • Heartworm prevention administered
  • Microchip implanted or scanned.
Second visit 48 hours prior to departure (at least 14 days after first visit):
  • Full pre-export veterinary health and welfare inspection
  • Frontline top-spot or Fido’s Rinse applied
  • Internal parasite treatment
  • Heartworm prevention administered
  • Microchip scanned
  • Veterinary Certificate A issued

Currently legislation requires that you MUST use a transport company for travel to New Zealand.  There is a list of approved transport companies below.

United Kingdom information

As of 01/01/2012, quarantine is no longer required from Australia.  However, a rabies vaccination is required at least 21 days prior to departure.

Two visits to an AQIS registered veterinarian are required prior to departure to the United Kingdom.

First visit at least 21 days prior to departure:

  • Full health examination
  • Microchip implanted/scanned
  • Rabies vaccine administered
  • International Rabies certificate and treatment certificate issued.
Second visit 48 hours of departure:
  • Full health examination
  • Scan microchip
  • Internal parasite treatment
  • Fido’s Flea and Tick Rinse applied
  • Health and treatment certificate issued.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does export cost?

Veterinary fees for both visits, blood testing and flea/worm treatments may vary depending on the weight of your pet and which country you are travelling to.  Please contact us for an estimate using our Export Quotation Request form.  Pet transport company fees vary and are additional to the veterinary testing and treatment mentioned here. While owners can export their pet to other countries without having to export through a transport company, New Zealand requires cats and dogs to be imported via transport companies.

Can I apply the flea treatment and worm my pet myself at home?

No, this is not possible.  In order to meet the veterinary requirements set out by your destination country, ALL treatments and blood tests MUST be performed by an AQIS Accreditated Veterinarian.

Can I sedate my pet for the trip?

Sedating pets for flights is not advisable.  Although baggage handlers and airport personnel will take good care of your pet during transit, they are not actually accompanied for the flight.  If they are sedated, they are wobbly on their legs, and may stumble over or fall asleep in an awkward position, or even worse, fall asleep with their head in their water bowl.  It is better to arrive safe and sound than to arrive with an injury or worse.

How can I make the journey less stressful on my pet?

Frequent travelling in the care is also a good way to prepare your pet for motion.  Spending time away from your pet will get them used to periods of separation.

Obtain the travel crate well in advance.  There are specific International Air Transport Association (IATA) standards for the size and type of crate permitted for travel. Transport companies will sell/hire the approved crates. Once you have obtained the crate, keep it in your home so it will take on your scent. Feed your pet in the crate daily, and allow them to sleep in there so they see the crate as a positive environment. When it comes time to travel place some of their bedding in the crate, but choose carefully as some countries will destroy all bedding on arrival.

We are taking several pets overseas- can they share a crate?

For safety reasons, generally pets need their own crates. There may be exceptions to this, but guidance on this matter would need to come from AQIS. Please think carefully about this, as all animals are unpredictable, and even the best of friends can have a disagreement when they are out of their comfort zone and in a confined space.

How soon after arrival can I see my pet?

This will depend on the country you are travelling to and the number of animals travelling that day. No matter how excited you are to be finally re-united with your pet, please remember their safety. DO NOT open their crate in the airport terminal! They may be feeling a little overwhelmed and may ‘run for safety’ when the door of their crate is finally opened.

Do the time frames for the treatments, tests and health checks need to be strictly followed, or are they a guideline only?

The timing MUST be adhered t o in order for your pet to be eligible for entry into your destination country.
The requirements are set by the government of your destination country and are designed to reduce the risk of importing a foreign disease. The time frames are just as important as the actual treatments, tests and health checks themselves.

Pet transport companies

The following pet transport companies service Brisbane Airport.  For a list of other pet transport companies, see the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association

Export Quotation Request

Please fill in the below. Please note Pet 1 is required (*)

* Client's Full Name
* Daytime Contact Number (9am - 5pm)
* Evening Contact Number (6pm - 7pm)
* Email

PET 1

*Pet Name
*Species
*Breed
*Age
*Sex
*Desexed or Entire
*Weight KG
*Microchip

PET 2

Pet Name
Species
Breed
Age
Sex
Desexed or Entire
Weight KG
Microchip

PET 3

Pet Name
Species
Breed
Age
Sex
Desexed or Entire
Weight KG
Microchip

Travel Details

* Country of Destination

* Departure Date / /
* Will your pet be returning to Australia?
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