Taking your Pet Overseas
Tasmanian Animal Hospitals are now able to offer pre-export preparation for sending your pet overseas. Dr Jim Connah is an AQIS Accredited Veterinarian (AAV) who can help with this process.
Most countries require either some form of pre-export medical treatment or blood testing. There may be time periods which need to be adhered to as well.
Here is a checklist of things that need to be done:
- Go to the AQIS website to read the information on preparing for export: http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/export/live-animals/companion
- Go to the MiCOR website to check any requirements for the country you are going to: http://www.daff.gov.au/micor/live-animals
If an Import Permit is required, you will need to apply for this early.
- Decide whether you would like to organise the transport of your pet yourself or not. Some airlines allow you to check your pet through as luggage, whereas others require that you utilize a pet transport company. You will need to contact your airline for this advice. Pet transport companies include Dogtainers (1300 13 52 52) or Jetpets (1300 668 309). Although more expensive, these companies make the whole ©process much less stressful.
- Forward a “Notice of Intention to Export” form to AQIS. This needs to arrive at least 10 days prior to export. If you are using a transport company, they may do this for you. The form is available from: www.daff.gov.au/_media/documents/aqis/exporting/animals/procedure/non_livestock_noi.pdf
- Most pets leave from either Melbourne or Sydney. The addresses of these offices are at: http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/export/live-animals/companion
- Contact us to make an appointment with Jim. When you book, please mention that it is for an export check and let the receptionist know where your pet is going. Please allow for a half hour appointment. If any blood tests are to be performed, this should not be done on a Friday. If a rabies vaccine is required, please give a week’s notice.
- If you are organising the transport of your pet yourself, there are a few extra steps:
- You will need to obtain a suitable transport crate. Please ask us for information on the regulations for these crates.
- You will need to make an appointment with AQIS prior to your flight to collect the official documentation. This is outside the main airport precinct in both Melbourne and Sydney, and you do not need to take your pet.
Questions and queries
Please feel free to ask as many questions as you like and please also give us your feedback. We will keep you posted on common questions and answers as the weeks go on.