Moving countries can be an emotional experience – saying goodbye to friends, family, your local barista… but luckily you don’t have to say goodbye to your pets! If you’re moving overseas and you want to take your loyal pal/s with you, you can use our safe, efficient and reliable pet transport service to keep the family together.
Not sure what pet relocation is all about? We often get asked how it works, who our clients are, and other general queries you'd expect for a niche business like ours, so we’ve put together an informative guide to explain what Pet Transport is in black and white.
Who Can Use Pet Transportation Services?
Anyone living in New Zealand who has a pet to move! If you’ve got the will, we’ve got the means. We help Kiwis and expats take their pets out of New Zealand. We’re also the official pet courier for SPCA, Blind Foundation Guide Dogs, NZ Defence Force, The Paw Blacks and we’re recommended by the MPI and vets nationwide.
We even help local governments in countries without established protocols develop policy and procedures for the safe transport of pets into and out of their country.
What is Pet Transportation?
Simply put, it’s transporting pets from New Zealand to Australia and other pins on the map. We make sure your pet is comfortable throughout their travel, all the legalities are taken care of, and you and your pet are reunited in your new home with as little stress as possible.
We ensure your pet has the best possible travel experience by handling every element in the logistics chain of their export with the utmost care.
When Do I Need to Get in Touch with Pet Transportation?
As soon as possible. Your pet may need to begin a vaccine schedule for entry to your particular destination.
Where Can My Pet Travel To?
Your pet can stamp their passport in Australia, the UK, Europe, Asia and the UAE, Africa, India, South America, USA, Canada and many more places! Different countries have varying laws around the minimum age a pet can travel, and the required vaccines before flying in, so we are here to help you tick off all the relevant boxes.
Why is It Important to Transport My Pet?
Let no family member be left behind! Pets can’t share a seat with you on the plane (even though watching an in-flight movie would be better with a snuggle buddy). By law, all animals are treated like an export item, meaning pets need to meet all the legal requirements and be flown in their own special area of a plane.
How Does Pet Transportation Work?
If you’re moving overseas with pets, the first step is to request an online quote. Once you’ve filled out your pet’s details and we’ve given you a customized quote, we can work together to find the perfect crate for your pet’s transition. We offer crate training, so your pet feels confident and relaxed on the day of the flight. Then we'll tell you which vaccines your pet needs before the move and handle all the legal paperwork for you.
The MPI is responsible for the final pet checks, so we recommend using these MPI vets to ensure your pet is taken care of by the best. When the final day on New Zealand soil arrives, we will attend the MPI check, prepare your pet's travel crate, and make sure they have a fresh supply of water and food. We'll take them for walks, play with them, plenty of cuddles and pats, take them on toilet breaks with treats and water before the journey. Our mantra is destress, hydrate, relax.
If you’re keen to learn more about us and what we do, send us a message, give us a call, or pop into our pet-friendly office. You can kick-start the pet transportation process by requesting a quote online, and we’ll get back to you with a customised solution. While you’re waiting for our response, check out our Instagram and Facebook pages to see the happy faces of pets we’ve moved overseas – maybe your pet will be a featured model soon ;)
Taking English Bulldogs to Ireland from New Zealand seemed impossible to Sonya. She was repeatedly refused international pet transport for her two Bulldogs, Bono (below left) and Bella (below right) by other NZ pet couriers. Bulldogs are notorious for excitable temperaments, coupled with an inability to regulate their own body temperatures and breathing like most brachycephalic breeds. Airlines and other pet transporters are reluctant to fly English Bulldogs. That's where Pet Transport NZ can help!
Using our trusted agents in the US, we gained permission from the USDA (US authorities), DAFM (Irish authorities) and NZ MPI (NZ authorities) to create a new routing for these gorgeous snubnosed dogs. Using two different airlines, and two long stopovers in LAX and Zurich, we ensured Bella and Bono had time at each transit to get out of their cages, and have some free space to chill until their next flight.
With each snubnose or brachycephalic client we take on, we make sure we meet the dogs or cats first. We need to assess their physical health and explain to owners the risks at play with flying their pets overseas. However, we stand by the motto we always held – that so long as snubnosed pets are properly cage trained, healthy and fit, and travelling in MASSIVE cages – (we think safety requires providing at least 4 x body weight in airflow), then they should travel exactly the same as all our pets: safely and comfortably!
Without making light of their special needs, flying snubnosed pets is more complex but we wholeheartedly support anyone who can't bear to leave their pets behind. If you are travelling long haul and want to take your snubnosed dog or cat, we are the only international pet transport agency who can and will make it happen. It does take patience and a bit more hard work but if you are committed to taking your pet with you, so are we. We are all about keeping furry families together!
We write these blogs in the hopes it helps families make informed decisions when planning overseas travel. If you liked this blog, please do give us a like below! And if you know anyone with pets who is thinking about travelling abroad in the near future, please do give us a share on social, it really helps! :)
Relocating pets from New Zealand this month has seen a whole lot of moving pets to Canada! August has been full of sending dogs to Canada, and some back again! So here are some of our favourite regular clients and furry friends plus some tips for shipping pets to Canada successfully!
Our biggest international pet transport clients this month were the MacDonald dogs, a team of working dogs we flew to Canada last month. Half the troupe of dogs had their contracts extended and remain in Canada working. The other half were sent back to Auckland to complete 10 days of quarantine together before going home to their farm.
Although return interntaional trips are not the norm at Pet Transport NZ, we are proud to be the world leaders in this pet travel field. Return flights for pets are not a common thing due to the added costs and logistical complications of 2 exports and reentry requirements into New Zealand. However, where there is a will there is a way! This is not the MacDonald dogs first return flights overseas from New Zealand with us. nor is it likely to be their last!
Whether you are moving 7 dogs to Canada and back again or just a cat, Pet Transport NZ is the only pet transporter who promise to deliver your pets safely! We have been in the international pet transport game for over 50 years and we have never had an accident or fatality. We care for your pets by ensuring the paperwork is perfect and everything happens exactly as we detail it in our quotes. Ready to move overseas? Contact us now for a free quote and cage fitting!
We write these blogs because we hope it will be helpful for you to plan your future pet travel. Our pet owners love sharing their travelling pet pics in the hopes it brings a smile to someones face! If you liked this post about sending pets to Canada from New Zealand, please click like below! We would love it of you would share it on Facebook if it might be useful to someone you know! Thank you!
Moving pets to the UK from NZ takes a little more coordination than a quick trip across the ditch to Australia. We fly pets to UK from New Zealand on a daily basis. Our team of international pet transport consultants have a few tips to help you move your pet to the United Kingdom successfully.
If you want to travel on the same plane as your pet, contact a pet transport consultant in NZ before you start booking your flights overseas. You need to ensure you both arrive during the Veterinary Border Control hours at your destination airport.
.Before flying, your pets must undergo an examination by the Official Ministry of Primary Industries Veterinarian of NZ. Here they must obtain an MPI Health Export Certificate and a separate Animal Welfare Export Certificate. As the only Pet Transport service located at Auckland airport, moving pets to the UK is really easy with us. MPI is also based at Auckland airport and MPI Certification is simply completed on the day we fly your pet to the UK.
This is part of a series on taking pets to the UK, we hope you like it - if you do, please click like below! Have you got a specific question you would like answered, drop it in the comments below! if you have friends thinking about moving to the UK with pets, we'd love if you would consider sharing this post!
Moving pets from NZ to Australia is so commonplace for us it often gets overlooked on our blog! Relocating pets to Australia is a simple destination for international pet travel because there are no quarantine requirements for New Zealand pets. Yes you can travel on the same flight to Australia as your pet but it will need to be a morning flight on one of the following airlines: Virgin, Air New Zealand or Qantas.. You should discuss this with your consultant prior to booking flights because your pet and their paperwork need to arrive during customs clearance business hours on the same day.
Moving pets from NZ to Australia with us means you can fly your pets direct to: Perth, Adelaide, Cairns, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Coolangatta. Darwin and Canberra are possible with connecting flights. Hobart has no customs clearance facility for pets in Tasmania so your pets must do customs clearance at Melbourne. For any other location not listed above, you can either organise your NZ pets' onward travel from one of the main airports or use the help of one of our expert agents in Australia. Certain ports wont accept pets or large cages so please discuss with your pet transport consultant.
Entry requirements for relocating pets to Australia: your pet must be at least 8wks, be microchipped, and within 5 days of departure be issued with a Pet Health Export Certificate. This usually involves a tick flea worm treatment 3 or 4days preflight. Vaccinations are a vet issue and their own definition of pet health. Some vets require vaccinations, some don't. Talk to your consultant if you would like a vet recommended to you or if you have lost your pet health book. If your current council registration has expired, you don't need to renew it before flying. Pet registration is not a requirement.
If you would like to go on holiday with your pets we can apply for a short-stay, 30days visa and they wont have to do a blood test to re-enter New Zealand! Win! Whether you are moving pets from NZ to Australia permanently or just popping over for a week or two, Pet Transport NZ have been moving pets to Aussie for over 50years. We know the ins and outs of Australian pet travel how to streamline the process for you. Let us help your pets travel safely with professional pet couriers both here and in Australia. We can answer any questions over the phone: 09 256 0999 or drop us an email!
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At Pet Transport NZ, one international pet shipping client we are the most proud to have serviced for years, is the Blind Foundation; specifically, the Guide Dogs chapter. One of our senior interntaional pet travel consultants, Michael, received an award for his help in bringing a US born dog, Eudora (below right), into New Zealand this year! The Blind Foundation provide amazing services to the community and we love moving their dogs overseas.
Earlier this year we orchestrated the move of Eudora the German Shepherd from America to NZ and back again. Eudora is a world famous Guide Dog we helped fly all the way from New York to New Zealand. She shares her special skills at work by helping other Guide Dogs learn by example from an awesome assistance dog.. Even more exciting, once here, Eudora had her first successful puppy – and we couldn’t be more proud!
New Zealand offers world-renown Guide Dog training facilities in South Auckland and when we get the call that more pups need to move so they can start their lives helping others – we jump in to action! We love working with these very clever dogs and feel happy knowing we have helped new guide dogs find international fur-ever homes all over the world!
We are the only pet transporter in New Zealand that can organise return trips and import pets from overseas into NZ. It is tricky though, so it pays to get in touch early and start planning your pet travel from overseas now! We look forward to hearing from you soon. If you liked this post or think a friend might, please give us a like below!
At Pet Transport NZ, we will often work with our clients, whether they be cats, dogs or humans over a period of months to get you and your pets ready for international travel. The cage fitting, the crate-training, the vaccinations is just part of the preparation work for moving overseas with pets. During this prep time we get to know you and your travelling pets personalities, likes, dislikes and behavioural issues if there are any. We love helping your international pet transport experience be a positive one!
When you invite us to help you and your pets to travel overseas from New Zealand the job doesn't end for us when your pet gets on the plane. We know your journey in a foreign land only really starts when you collect your pet at your end destination. For all the pet travel consultants, logistics coordinators and admin staff, we want to hear about your new life together. Our payoff is knowing we helped keep a fur-loving family together and played a small part in showing you a new corner of the world.
The best part is when you write to us after you land to tell us about your reunion. We love hearing how your cats, dogs, kittens or puppies flying experience was and how you found them at the other end as that is the only part of the journey we are never present for. This is exactly how we want it to be for you and your pets: exciting, happy, loving cuddle times. Thank you so much to Marley the lovely Fox Terrier and her wonderful humans for letting us be part of your relocation to Stockholm, Sweden. We are grateful to all our clients and their pets for choosing us to help with your move abroad!
When we hit 10,000 followers on instagram and 11,000 fans on facebook (both @pettransportnz) we wanted to say thank you to all of you. Thanks for following our pet travels, joining our international pet courier journeys and sharing your experiences with us. We love the little online community that has formed around the pets who travel overseas with us. We hope you understand why we so passionate about our job and doing it right because for us, it's all about the pets!
WINNERS - PLEASE COMMENT YOUR CONTACT DETAILS BELOW AND WE WILL BE IN TOUCH TO ARRANGE DELIVERY AFTER THE LONG WEEKEND!!! WELL DONE TO ALL WHO ENTERED!!!!
Special mention to Ayla Crawford and Anika Horn, you were both equal points runner up and we have a selection of all natural NZ doggy farm treats for all your pawfect pooches!
So many cute cats! So many darling dogs! So many wonderful humans trying to win things for their precious pets! In truth, you are all winning at life so we just had to find some extra prizes for you all...
CATS SPOT PRIZES
Blue Cat Collar, 3 x Pack of Cat Toy Bliss Balls, Glamour Puss Slicker Brush + Organic Cat Treats
Rachel Crimins and Liam Fagan
DOGS SPOT PRIZES
Blue Lead, Blue doggy poop bags, 1 x toy duck, Farm Treats
TRAVEL CRATE WINNERS: we literally couldn't choose! There were just too many adorable cats and dogs and puppies and kittens and the back stories and community involvement was too much to go unrewarded! So these gorgeous creatures have all won a travel crate each!
Winner of a PP20 – Ann Harris
Winner of a SG821 – Cassie Gibbons
Winner of a PP40 – Jen Keir
Winner of a PP40 – Lisa Buttunz Taylor
But there was one cheeky grin that had us all in agreeance... drum roll please! THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER OF A PP60 - Leah Jellyman and "Koda" Congratulations to everyone who participated in the competition and well done to all the lucky pets who won! We were astounded by all the entries and we can't wait to run another competition again soon!
WINNERS - PLEASE COMMENT YOUR CONTACT DETAILS BELOW AND WE WILL BE IN TOUCH TO ARRANGE DELIVERY AFTER THE LONG WEEKEND!!! THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED!!!!
Pet Transport NZ was pretty chuffed to hear our little bloggy woggy won an award! Ok, full disclosure we thought it was spam so we ignored it for ages but they were really persistent and eventually we checked our email to read the pet transport blog had been placed in the top 100 Feedreader Blogs.
We would like to thank everyone who has read, liked and shared our blog. We hope you find our tips useful and our journeys interesting. Biggest round of applause goes to the beautiful pets themselves who brighten our blog with their antics. We look forward to more international adventures with you!
The importance of planning international pet travel in advance, can not be stressed enough. The one who suffers most from lack of adequate travel planning is your pet. And your pocket! Future planning any overseas adventures with pets allows you time to crate train, vaccinate your pets and budget your pets' transport into the other costs of moving overseas. Your pet courier will break it down for you.
Your pets need time to be vaccinated and tested. If flying long haul, especially to Europe, they will likely need rabies vaccinations. Rabies vaccines take 30 days to develop antibodies in the bloodstream in cats and dogs. Then you must allow time to receive their test results which come from labs in England. All flying pets must be in tiptop health at departure or they will not be rejected by MPI.
Pets flying internationally from New Zealand need time to get comfortable with their IATA approved travel crate. Even if they are crate-trained or have flown overseas before, warm them up for the journey. Crate training is best done in a low pressure environment that is not time sensitive. Prevent any anxiety about cratetraining to a specific date by allowing a buffer of months not weeks.. You want to avoid any anxious associations with your crate and travel prospects entirely.
Whilst pet transport is often more affordable than most people think, it is an unknown quantity until you request a quote. Unlike flying humans, where booking fees are standard regardless of how tall or heavy you are, booking flights for pets is not the same. The volumetric weight charge is unique to each animal; how much space they occupy in the cargo hold and how much they weigh. Once you know how much the your pet's travel tickets will cost, you can plan when and how to pay accordingly..
Planning in advance allows you time to prepare your pets and budget your travel with a nice time cushion, just in case vaccination goes curly or crate training takes a little longer than anticipated. Most importantly, it ensures both humans and pets have a pawsitively awsome travel experience together! Contact one of our knowledgable pet transport consultants to get your pet travel plan underway!
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