Perth Australia (Byford) Quarantine Station Closes Temporarily

“The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) is writing to advise of a decision to cease the intake of animals to the Byford quarantine facility (Perth, Western Australia) until 31 May, 2013. This is due to the heightened and ongoing risk of bushfires in the surrounding area.

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The extension to this measure has been put in place to ensure the safety of the animals and our staff during a time of heightened fire risk. Our main concern is for the health and welfare of the animals in our care.

This will affect all dogs and cats that are expected to arrive at the Byford quarantine facility until 31 May, 2013.

DAFF is contacting the owners of pets that we expect to arrive in Perth between now and May.

DAFF recognises that some animals will need to arrive in Perth over the next few days due to the immediacy of their travel plans, and on arrival they will be transferred to the Eastern Creek quarantine facility in Sydney. Pet importers with later arrivals will be encouraged to change their travel arrangements for arrival in either Sydney or Melbourne. Pet owners are asked to contact DAFF on +61 2 6272 4454 to see what they need to do.

I would greatly appreciate if you distribute this message to other relevant stakeholders.

If you require any further information please call DAFF on +61 2 6272 4454 or email us at”


Winston is here on his way to London, United Kingdom!

Saying “see you in two weeks when we meet again in London.”  Isn’t Winston Cute?


International Pet Travel

Winston’s pet transport from Dallas / Fort Worth DFW International Airport to London Heathrow LHR Airport in London United Kingdom.

Winston will be boarding with us for a few days while we complete his international health certificate and EU Annex II Veterinary Certificate for import into The United Kindgom.

Pet Transportation to China

Moving Pets to China

Pet Relocation

China allows each U.S. citizen entering the country on an employment, or type Z, visa to bring one cat or dog into the country if the animal meets Chinese entry requirements. Families, however, may only bring a total of two pets. Visitors heading to China for a short stay cannot bring pets with them into the country.


All pets entering China from the United States must have proper documentation. Each pet, excluding those under three months old, must have proof of a rabies vaccine given within the last year but at least 30 days before arrival in China. All animals must also travel with an International Health Certificate, available through your veterinarian and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture within a month of your pet’s travel. A copy of your passport and a picture of your pet should also accompany it as it travels to China.

Types of Transport

The most common mode of transporting pets into China is by air. Many airlines allow pets to travel in the underbelly of the plane as cargo or checked baggage for an additional fee, though specific airline requirements vary. Air China, for example, allows passengers to book pets as cargo, ensuring that you both arrive in China at the same time. Alternatively, you can hire a professional pet shipper. The Independent Pet and Animal Transportation Association International maintains a list of shipping companies that transport pets into China.


All pets entering China must pass through customs and undergo a quarantine period upon arrival, with a fee for quarantining charged to the owner. Typical quarantine periods last for 30 days, though some pet owners, such as those with elderly pets or traveling on a diplomatic visa, may be able to quarantine their pet at home after the pet has been held in a Chinese facility for several days. The International Center for Veterinary Services suggests vaccinating your pet for kennel cough at least two weeks before arrival in China, to reduce its likelihood of contracting the disease while in quarantine.


Once you arrive at your destination city in China and your pet has been released from quarantine, you must register it with the local authorities. Each police office has registration requirements, but all pets must be registered within one month of arrival. The USDA notes that not all Chinese towns consistently regulate pet registration.



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Pet Transport to Ireland

Moving Your Pet to the Ireland?


Dog Shipping Services




Moving pets to Ireland has gotten a little easier.  In the spring of 2012 Ireland modified their requirements for importation of pets from the United States to eliminate the need for a rabies blood titer test (RNATT / FAVN).


Requirements to Ship Pets into the Ireland




Your pet should have an ISO (International Standardization Organization) compliant microchip placed.




A rabies vaccination should be done AFTER the ISO microchip is placed.  Any vaccinations before microchipping are irrelevant to importation and transportation.


Health Certificates


A European Union Annex II veterinary certificate should be completed along with a United States Department of Agriculture USDA 7001 International Health Certificate for Small Animals should be completed.  At least 21 days must have passed after the rabies vaccination before these documents can be signed for transport to Ireland.  These must be done by a USDA accredited veterinarian and endorsed by the USDA.  The timing of these documents depends on the origin location due to endorsement logistics.


Tapeworm Treatment


Your pet dog must be treated for tapeworms (Echinococcus multilocularis) within 1-5 days prior to import.  This must be documented on the EU Annex II veterinary certificate and signed by the administering veterinarian.




We can provide all of these services for you or work with your veterinarian to assure that everything is done properly at the appropriate time.


AirVets Pet Relocation is a veterinarian owned and operated pet transportation company specializing in domestic and international animal transportation door to door anywhere in the world.  Operating from our Dallas Fort Worth office, we are a member of the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA) and are licensed by the USDA Intermediate Handler program. Dr. David Landers DVM is a USDA accredited veterinarian certified to write International Health Certificates and other export / import documents.


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