Yes, cats and dogs from all over the world are dancing and rejoicing as the news breaks about the new Australian quarantine rules.
Pets moving to Australia
I got an email the other day from Anita who has been a subscriber to my emails and been reading my posts for a while now. She is in the process of organising a move to Australia in the early part of next year, but had a slight problem with one of the blood tests for her pet dog.
This delayed her move a bit so early next year has become later next year, but, as Anita said, every cloud has a silver lining. That delay has meant that her dog will only need to spend 10 days in Australian quarantine, not 30. New rules, which kicked in on 2 December 2013 will now apply to her pet so she’s actually a very happy bunny.
As she said to me in the email “I hope you don’t mind me saying but it would be really helpful to put a message on your next email about the reduced quarantine time as this may help to reassure people coming to Aus with dogs and cats in the future.”
Well no, I didn’t mind her saying it and the funny thing is, with Mrs Bobinoz running Dog Walks, we have both been more than aware of these changes for some time. So why didn’t I think of letting you know sooner?
It may sound strange, but when my wife and I have talked about these changes it has always been in terms of her business, Dog Walks Pty Ltd. So much so, that I completely overlooked that these changes are also of great interest to my readers at Bobinoz.
Bad, bad Bobinoz; but better late than never.
The new ten-day quarantine rules
Here’s another problem, although these rules came into effect a week ago on 2 December 2013, ALL the rules regarding visiting dogs during their 10 day stay and perhaps walking them have not yet been fully announced.
So, whilst I can confirm that
Dog Walks will continue to operate in 2014, (No it won’t, see update below) I can’t tell you exactly what services they will be able to provide. Will Dog Walks be able to walk dogs? Will they be able to visit dogs? Will they be able to continue to take photographs, provide treats, toys or even deliver, as they have done in the past, a pet’s favourite food?
The great news for cats and dogs is that, provided they qualify by having gone through the correct procedure, they’ll be staying for just 10 days in quarantine and not 30.
Update: to find out what happened to Dog Walks, click on the following link…
All your questions answered
Not by me, but by the Australian Governments’ website for the Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, more commonly known as DAFF.
Before we go over to their website though, these new rules come into effect only where a permit has been applied for after 2 December 2013 and the dog or cat does not enter Australia until on or after 3 February 2014, the date when the new Australian import conditions come into full effect.
All pets arriving before 3 February 2014 are still required to stay the full 30 days.
To find out everything you need to know about the new rules, visit:
To find out more about exporting your pet to Australia, visit:
- The Department of Agriculture’s page Bringing Cats and Dogs (and other pets) to Australia
On that very same page is a useful tool to help you calculate your pre-export treatment schedule for your dog or cat in three easy steps:
- Select whether your pet is a ‘dog’ or a ‘cat’
- Select your ‘country of export’
- Select the ‘date of export’ from the fields below
The “Calculator” box looks like this…
Clicking on the “click here for more information” link underneath that will take you to a fresh page with a step-by-step guide to exporting your pet to Australia. In the example I tried, there were 20 steps in all.
As for visiting or walking whilst your pet is in quarantine, as soon as I have any updated information about that I will post it here.
Our dog, Baggy (God rest him), had to spend the full 30 days in quarantine when we moved here; I wonder what he would’ve made of all these changes…
You can read more about Baggy in my post Moving to Australia: Baggy’s Story