FAQ

Another pet travel question on your mind? Our Pet Travel Specialists are here to help.

How old does my pet need to be to travel?
Pets must be eight weeks old to travel domestically and 12 weeks old to travel internationally.

Can my pet travel to Australia if they have a medical condition?
Pets must be certified as fit to travel by a AQIS accredited Veterinary Specialist in the departing country before travel. Please advise our Pet Travel Specialists if your pet has been diagnosed with a medical condition or if their health changes prior to travelling.

Can my cat or dog travel while they are pregnant?
Cats and dogs can travel until they are 41 days pregnant.

Can my pet travel during hot weather?
Pets can travel in the summer season provided they are well hydrated during the 48 hours before flying. Our Pet Handlers always assess the health of your pet when they are collected for travel and again prior to departure, and our Pet Travel Specialists will re-schedule flights where weather conditions are deemed unsafe. Petraveller suggests clipping long haired pets or providing a coat for short haired pets to help them acclimate when travelling between warm and cool destinations.

Can my snub nosed cat or dog travel during hot weather?
The risk of dehydration is increased during hot weather for pure bred Brachycephalic (snub nosed) dogs and cats, including Boston Terriers, British Bull Dogs, English Bull Dogs, French Bull Dogs, Japanese Chins, Pekingese and Pugs. Our Pet Travel Specialists will re-schedule flights where weather conditions are deemed unsafe.

What types of pets can travel to Australia?
AQIS permits most dog and cat breeds, birds, horses and rabbits to travel to Australia. Chinchillas, fish, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamster, lizards, mice, snakes, spiders and turtles are prohibited to travel to Australia.

What types of dog breeds can travel to Australia?
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection prohibits the following dog cross and pure breeds (both neutered and entire) to travel to Australia: American Pit Bull, Argentinan Dogo, Brazilian Fila, Canario, Japanese Tosa, Perro de Presa, Pit Bull Terrier and Presa Canario.

What types of cat breeds can travel to Australia?
The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 prohibits cats from a cross breed with a non-domestic species to travel to Australia. Cross breed Bengal cats that don’t have any Asian Leopard Cat ancestor within five generations can travel to Australia.

Can my pet travel with me in the plane cabin?
Pets must travel to and from Australia in an International Air Transport Association (IATA) approved pet travel crate in a dedicated area in the cargo hold. Pet crates are secured to the floor and the climate, pressure and lighting are controlled to ensure your pet is safe and comfortable.

What type of crate should my pet travel in?
Petraveller prohibits the use of wire crates which are uncomfortable and can be dangerous to pets. Our Pet Travel Specialists arrange an IATA airline approved Petraveller Sky Crate tailored to the size of your pet that enables them to lay down, stand up and turn around. The Sky Crate has a water container and funnel fixed to the door and is lined with an industry leading ultra absorbent Petraveller Sky Mat. Petraveller recommends familiarising your pet with their Sky Crate and ensuring they know how to drink from the water funnel before they travel.

Can my pets travel together in the same crate?

Two pets can travel in the same crate provided they are from the same litter, less than six months old and weigh less than 14 kilograms combined.

Will my pet be sedated for travel?
Petraveller will not sedate or tranquilize your pet during travel upon the recommendation of IATA, as drugs can increase the risk of dehydration and travel sickness and lower blood pressure at flying altitude.

Can my pet drink and eat before they travel?
Petraveller recommends ensuring your pet drinks plenty of water during the 48 hours prior to travelling and feeding your pet a light meal eight hours before flying. A heavy meal or eating less than eight hours before flying can cause an upset stomach. Pets staying at a Pet Hotel before they travel will be provided with plenty of water and served a light meal scheduled eight hours before their flight.

Can my pet wear a collar or coat when they travel?
Pets must not wear any accessories during travel. Collars and coats can be attached to your pet’s crate for when they land.

Does my pet need to have a microchip before they travel?
Pets travelling internationally must be microchipped with a International Standards Organisation (ISO) compatible microchip before travelling. The microchip number must be 15 digits long.

Does my pet need to be vaccinated before they travel? 
General vaccinations must be current before a pet travels domestically or internationally. The Petraveller team will schedule, collect and accompany pets travelling internationally on a veterinary visit to administer any required blood tests, vaccinations, worming or flea treatments.

Do I need to provide copies of my pet’s records before they travel?
Original copies of microchip and vaccination records must be provided to Petraveller before your pet travels.

What is a Hydatids Tapeworm vaccination?
Dogs travelling to Tasmania must be treated for the Hydatids Tapeworm disease with a tablet before travelling. A veterinary certificate must be provided to Petraveller to confirm that the tablet has been administered.

What is a Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titre test?
A Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titre (RNAT) blood test measures a pet’s immune system response to the rabies vaccine and must be completed prior to a pet arriving in Australia from certain countries, including India, China, some parts of Europe and African countries. Petraveller recommends waiting four weeks between a first time rabbies vaccination and RNAT test to ensure accuracy of results.

Does my pet need to be quarantined when travelling to Australia?
Pets arriving in Australia from any country except New Zealand, Cocos Islands and Norfolk Islands must stay in an Australian Government post-entry quarantine facility for ten days.

Does my pet that was born in Australia need to be quarantined when travelling back to Australia?
Pets can be exposed to conditions and diseases when travelling overseas and must stay in an Australian Government post-entry quarantine facility for ten days following arrival in Australia. Pets arriving from New Zealand, Cocos Islands and Norfolk Islands are not subject to the post-entry quarantine period.