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    Nattylou has a great idea. Talking to a pet company will help alot.

    I brought my cat's from NZ to Australia and it cost me $500 per cat to fly them through a pet travel agency. This was twice the amount of my flight so it's an expensive process. The reason i went through an agency instead of doing it by myself (i'm not sure which is cheaper) was

    a) couldn't find enough general information
    b) too many fiddly details to sort out & if you miss out one thing, or getting something wrong it can result in your pet on not being able to fly with you and having to start the costly process all over again.

    It can be a long process and it would be made much easier if you got an agency to do it for you. Pet importation from NZ to Oz and back is fairly easy as both countries allow them to fly in and back freely without quarantine as long as they are looked over by a MAF vet before departure and on arrival, but i am not sure what requirements are of your pet. Most agencies will also supply you with a air carrier for your pet (they have to also be of a certain standard - meet height regulations etc) and they can also try and get your animal on the same flight as your self as long as you are flying into a major port (we flew from Hamilton airport, not a major airport therefore our animals were unable to accompany us and had to fly from Auckland). Also make sure you do checks with the airline you are flying with on their policy in regards to travelling pets, and ask what they keep the temperature in their holding area on the plane as some will treat them like baggage and will leave them in freezing cold temps - imagine what will happen if they are kept in those conditions on a 20 hour flight.... i have heard some gory stories which made me double check with my airline. I even reminded them when i boarded my plane and reminded the air hostesses on board. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    Sometimes talking to a pet travel company is a great idea. They should be even able to advise if he is travelling with you instead of on his own.

    These guys arranged one of our pup's trip to Hawaii and were fantastic beyond words. I know them personally and know they will help with basic advice even if you don't end up using their services.

    http://www.animalair.com.au/contact.html
    Thanks for the link Nattylou. I actually ran a quote with Pet Carriers this morning and hopefully hear back tomorrow. I will also send an inquiry to the one you supplied.


    Quote Originally Posted by Kuri_89 View Post
    Nattylou has a great idea. Talking to a pet company will help alot.

    I brought my cat's from NZ to Australia and it cost me $500 per cat to fly them through a pet travel agency. This was twice the amount of my flight so it's an expensive process. The reason i went through an agency instead of doing it by myself (i'm not sure which is cheaper) was

    a) couldn't find enough general information*
    b) too many fiddly details to sort out & if you miss out one thing, or getting something wrong it can result in your pet on not being able to fly with you and having to start the costly process all over again.

    It can be a long process and it would be made much easier if you got an agency to do it for you. Pet importation from NZ to Oz and back is fairly easy as both countries allow them to fly in and back freely without quarantine as long as they are looked over by a MAF vet before departure and on arrival, but i am not sure what requirements are of your pet. Most agencies will also supply you with a air carrier for your pet (they have to also be of a certain standard - meet height regulations etc) and they can also try and get your animal on the same flight as your self as long as you are flying into a major port (we flew from Hamilton airport, not a major airport therefore our animals were unable to accompany us and had to fly from Auckland). Also make sure you do checks with the airline you are flying with on their policy in regards to travelling pets, and ask what they keep the temperature in their holding area on the plane as some will treat them like baggage and will leave them in freezing cold temps - imagine what will happen if they are kept in those conditions on a 20 hour flight.... i have heard some gory stories which made me double check with my airline. I even reminded them when i boarded my plane and reminded the air hostesses on board. LOL
    Wow, The price Looks like I'll be selling more and storing less lol. I noticed with Pet Carriers I mentioned above they also have a charge on the carrier of over $300 if one isn't supplied. Did your price mentioned have the carrier charge? I hope so haha Oh god. Ticket for me it upwards of 2k I'd hate to think what it will end up at for Bud.
    The airlines I've looked at so far claim to have temperature control and such so that's a good thing I guess. I need it to be a good experience for him. don't want him to come out the other end frayed and traumatized lol

    Thanks again. Super helpful, I should sleep a bit better tonight hopefully.
    Cheers, Phil

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    The last two pups we sent overseas both went in rented crates. This turned out cheaper than buying them. Both had long flights but came off at the other end bouncy and happy and raring to go so were very well looked after. Both trips weren't cheap though... Both over 2k, to Sth Africa and Hawaii. The cost depends not so much on the dog's weight rather than the height vs length so required crate size.

    But the cost may vary if they are flying with a passenger rather than on their own.

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    Yes my carriers were supplied free with the fee. I shopped around for quotes from many companies and the one i found was the cheapest and they were excellent and informed me of every process ( i also recieved 4 days free boarding with them as the cats had to fly from auckland) so make sure you shop around, there are afforable agencies out there but it does not mean you will recieve cheap service! All animals arrived well, although a little annoyed (lots of meowing lol) i found leaving a peice of my clothing in each of their carriers helped.

    Natt is also correct, you are charged in regards to the space that your crate takes up rather than weight. I dont think the price would change in regards to whether you are travelling on the plane with your pet, we had wanted to be on the same flight as our animals and the price was still the same.

    Best of luck with everything!
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    PGB, When I brang me 2 dogs over from NZ, it cost me about $3k. And that is just from NZ. That included their travel crates and vet costs (mine had to be vaccinated and microchipped as they wer enot previously done)

    I actually found th eprocess quite easy. We came over here before out dogs and I managed everything here while my mate did all the leg work back in NZ.

    I dont know if the process will be the same but it is essentially:

    * a month or so before travel they need certain vax's (unelss they already have them), they have to be deflead and wormed by a vet. They also need to be tested for certain diseases (what they need to be tested for will be specified by the incoming country)
    * A stat declaration has to be signed by yourself and a JP to state they are not a certain breed (if that applies in the country of import), they are over a certain age and they are not pregnant
    * you book them to fly with an animal shipping company (I guess oyu can just book them directly with the airline)
    * within 3 days of flying, they must have another vet check to ensure they are fit for flying, they will also be deflead and wormed again, and any further vax's done (booster shots if needed)

    It may have changed somewhat (this was 2 and a half years ago) but it is roughly a similar process.

    Like others have mentioned though, you can contact companies like jet pet etc who will do it all for you. We could have had the same company who flew them (like Kuri, our dogs could have had 3 days free boarding with the company who flew them) also do their vet checks etc, but they were checkd by our local vet in Hawkes Bay and then driven up to Auckland the day after their last vet check, and the day before they flew.
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    Might have been! Lol. I didnt have to do anything with mine, my costs included the MAF testing and everything, all i had to do was pay the money & they did the rest

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    If you go to the AQIS website, you can search their database "Animex" for import requirements for different countries. It tells me there are no transport requirements for dogs entering the Netherlands from Australia. But I have found there are normally small details like the worming etc that the transport companies keep up to date with more than the Govt...

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    Oh yea...AQIS was what I was trying to think of yesterday! LOLL

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