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International Removalists with Pets

Your Guide to International Pet Travel

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When you move overseas with pets, there are a lot of things you need to consider. You need to think about if their vaccinations up to date, if they’re anxious flyers, what size cage they’ll need, and many more concerns. To make your move easier, we’ve come up with a guide to international pet travel.

Looking for international removalists with pets? Let WridgWays help you! Contact us today for a free quote.

What moving a pet overseas means

One of the most important decisions you’ll make when moving overseas is whether you plan on taking your pet with you or not. While pets are often considered a part of the family, it isn’t always practical or in the pet’s best interests to travel abroad.

Things to consider before moving your pet overseas:

  • How old is your pet?
  • What kind of accommodation or living situation will you have?
  • What will your pet’s quality of life be like?

How pet travel works

puppy in a container ready for international removalists with pets

Pets generally travel via air in specially designed crates. These crates must be large enough for your pet to lie down, stand up, and turn around comfortably. They also need to be ventilated and have water and food provided for long flights. You can drop them off and pick them up yourself with the airline, or arrange for international removalists to do this for you.

How to prepare your pet for travel:

  • Trim their nails so they don’t get caught on the crate.
  • Don’t feed them for around 6-8 hours before you fly to prevent any accidents on the plane.
  • Arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes early.

What it costs

International pet travel can be expensive, especially if you plan to bring them back to Australia. Depending on the airline, the size of the pet, and the distance you’re travelling, it could cost anywhere from $100 to $1,000 to take your pet overseas. This doesn’t include any extra quarantine or vet costs either. If you choose a pet transportation service that will move your pet for you, the prices may vary as well. This is because they provide end-to-end services to make your move easier.

What to think about with costing:

  • If you want to take the pet yourself with the airline or choose a pet transportation company.
  • Whether you need travel insurance for your pet.
  • If the country has costly quarantine requirements.
  • The costs of vet bills and vaccinations.

What types of pets can travel

Most pets should be able to travel on airlines so long as they meet the requirements of that airline. Airlines will generally carry dogs, cats, and sometimes other small animals. Some airlines will even let you carry your pets with you in the cabin if they can fit under the seat in front of you. Pets are generally not allowed to travel if they are under eight weeks old as they are at a much higher risk of sickness or dehydration.

To ensure your pet is allowed to travel:

  • Make sure they’re in good health.
  • They don’t exceed the maximum weight.
  • Must be carried in a container approved by the airline.
  • They cannot be too aggressive.

Restrictions to be aware of

doctor checking a puppy with resctrictioins on international pet travel Australia

Some pets may have health issues that make it more difficult for them to travel in a pressured cabin. These animals are at a much higher risk than most pets, and many airlines will not carry them as a result. When you enter into a new country, you will also have to be aware of quarantine restrictions. Pets are not allowed into the country if they do not meet these requirements.

What to check before you move:

  • What the rules and regulations are for your destination country.
  • Are certain animals prohibited in some countries?
  • What kind of vaccinations your pet needs.
  • Make a note of any health issues your pet has.


Most airlines and pet transportation companies will not provide travel insurance for your pet. If you are worried about them travelling or know that they are a higher risk breed, it is worth considering purchasing insurance for your pet.

What to know about insurance:

  • In general, it will cost around $200 to $400 a year for pet insurance.
  • If your pet is a high-risk animal, it might be important to look at insurance.
  • Make sure your pet insurance covers travel.
  • Decide if you need pet insurance while overseas as well.

International removalists with pets can be hard to find. But as long as you’re prepared, your move doesn’t have to be hard. At WridgWays, we make your move easy! We will be there every step of the way to make sure your beloved pet gets safely to their new home. Trust us with your next move for the best service in the industry!

When you need international pet travel Australia, we can help. Contact WridgWays today to organise your next move!