Emigrating from South Africa to Australia may have been done by millions before you, but that does not make it any easier. One way to lower the stress of the big move is to feel the calming presence of your four-legged friends.
The good news is that you can take your beloved dogs or cats – no more than two cats and/or two dogs – to Australia with you. Being an island, Australia is particularly strict about keeping disease and the like off its shores. Thankfully, South Africa is Group 3 Country, in other words, rabies well-controlled, if not absent. You will have to jump through some hoops to get your pet across, but it is possible with a little planning.
To be eligible, your cat or dog:
Because pet import permit applications take around 20 days to process, apply for it with sufficient time to spare. (Once issued, they are valid for 12 months.)
Apply for the permit from the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website and double-check for any updated requirements before getting started.
Together with the valid import permit, you will also need:
Upon arrival in Australia, your fur babies will have to spend at least 10 days in a quarantine centre in either Sydney, Melbourne, or Perth. Book their spot well in advance.
A pet transportation company collect your pet from your home, drive them to the airport, and transfer them to the quarantine centre in Australia.
Pet transportation companies can also assist you will the items listed above to make sure that everything is on track and ready for departure day.