“Don’t leave home without me!”

Andrew Leeson


Pets and Retirement

You’re ready to make the move overseas, your financial affairs are in order, you’ve got your visa and everything is moving along nicely. Now it’s time to address a very important member of your family, your Pet.

Australians LOVE animals. 63% of Australian households own at least one pet, with dogs and cats making up the vast majority of this percentage, so it’s no surprise that making travel arrangements for your pet forms a key part of any long stay or permanent plan to relocate overseas. 


A common question we get asked by our clients is, “Can I take my pet with me?” and the answer in nearly all cases is, “Yes, you can”. However, preparing your pet properly for the move is essential to avoid delays and disappointment.

Before being able to bring your pet with you, there are a number of key requirements which you must have in place to ensure a safe and successful relocation. These include the following;

  1. Pet Microchip – ISO 11784 (15 digit non-encrypted)
  2. Import Permit – Acquired from the Department of Livestock
  3. Vaccinations – These typically include Rabies, Leptospirosis, Distemper, Hepatitis and Parovirus.
  4. Health Certificate – Completed by a qualified Vet

There are subtle variations of these key requirements for each country. It is also important to stress that ‘exotic’ pets (such as reptiles, certain birds etc..) will need to be assessed on a case by case basis prior to leaving Australia.

How do I transport my pet to Asia?

Each airline has its own rules and regulations about pet travel. We checked in with Qantas, who advised us that animals (such as dogs and cats) cannot travel in the aircraft cabin, unless they are certified to accompany a disabled passenger. Pets will therefore almost always travel in the aircraft cargo hold, and must be housed within a pet crate that is IATA compliant.

Important note: The section of the cargo hold which is transporting your pet will have the same regulated temperature as the cabin.

Post Arrival

Pets are generally required to spend a certain period of time in quarantine upon arrival at their destination. This does vary from country to country, but is usually less than 30 days.

Exciting times

Moving overseas is the beginning of an exciting adventure, one that you can share not only family and friends, but also just as importantly, with your beloved pet

If you’d like more information or have any questions, please feel free to call 1800-961-377 or email in**@re**********.au and let the team at Retire to Asia help make your dream lifestyle a reality.

Andrew Leeson

Andrew Leeson

Over 20 years of experience helping people live a better life in SE Asia. Having worked in financial services in Asia I understand the challenges when moving to and living in a new country. I have travelled extensively throughout the region and experienced what SE Asia has to offer to retirees.

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