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yam_fzr
12th March 2014, 01:04 PM
After a long drawn out correspondence with the relevant authorities I've come to the conclusion that it's:

a) Impossible to import a pet cat by yacht into Australia
b) Australia has catch 22 rules that can't be met when importing by yacht
c) No one in the government understands the issues as faced by a yacht

So here's the story so far.
We have two cats we want to import into Australia.
They are indoor cats and have met and received all vaccinations, vet visits and Australian government approvals to be imported into Australia...by plane.
After talking past each other they have finally realised that we are not importing by plane but importing by yacht.
The rules appear completely different.
A variation needs to be applied for and a firm itinerary lodged. The country of export apparently becomes the last country visited and we must import from that country. This means inspections and treatments.

The problem of course is we are a sailing vessel and can't provide a firm itinerary and we can't import into another country either. They need to have their shots and inspections done but we can't take them on land anywhere we go.

So does anyone have any experience in getting a pet/cat imported into Australia by yacht?
I just can't seem to find a solution that the Australian Government will accept that is possible for us to adhere to.

Talbot
12th March 2014, 07:23 PM
Same problem with UK. They have to enter via commercial carriers - ferry or plane

yam_fzr
13th March 2014, 08:11 PM
We just got a reply back and this time its from a veterinarian who works for the government.
It's actually pretty simple though expensive and time consuming.
Basically they give you a list of countries that are grouped into separate categories depending on if they are rabies free or rabies controlled.

Almost all the islands in the South Pacific fall into Category 2, rabies free but still have other pests. For those countries the cats need an external parasite treatment 21 days before leaving the country of export (the last country visited) and an internal treatment no longer than 5 days before export. The quarantine period is 10 days typically.

Non approved countries have a 6 month ban on importing from the time they visited that country. After that the standard category 2 import conditions apply.

So if you are going through Panama via the Canal, be aware it's an unapproved country and it will be 6 full months since leaving Panama that the animals can be imported under standard category 2 conditions to most places in the Pacific.

Also rabies vaccinations and tests need to be done by a government approved veterinarian and the paper work done by an official Government veterinarian. Note that the former is almost any qualified vet in the country. The latter is a veterinarian that works for the government specifically.

Hope that helps anyone else that needs to go through this.
The website for Australia has now also been updated, probably due to all the emails we've exchanged. It now has importation by yacht in more detail. Discovered that this morning.
Have to give them credit on that front. It was confusing before and is much better explained now.

Talbot
13th March 2014, 08:19 PM
We just got a reply back .........So if you are going through Panama via the Canal, be aware it's an unapproved country and it will be 6 full months since leaving Panama that the animals can be imported under standard category 2 conditions to most places in the Pacific.
........The website for Australia has now also been updated, probably due to all the emails we've exchanged. It now has importation by yacht in more detail....

Well done for sticking to it, and its good that they have not only listened, but actually taken action.

That 6 month delay before they can be imported to most places in the Pacific is going to make things a touch difficult.

Southern Star
13th March 2014, 09:09 PM
Difficult indeed. I have a friend who moved to Australia from Canada in order to attend law school and who was required to keep their dog in quarantine for 6 months. Yes, the dog was kept in a nice environment and they were able to visit him, but 6 months is a very long time for any animal to be kept in isolation. Nevertheless, unlike the USA and Canada, Australia is rabies free and would not have been without taking precautions.

Brad

TomHall
15th December 2017, 11:19 AM
Difficult indeed. I have a friend who moved to Australia from Canada in order to attend law school and who was required to keep their dog in quarantine for 6 months. Yes, the dog was kept in a nice environment and they were able to visit him, but 6 months is a very long time for any animal to be kept in isolation. Nevertheless, unlike the USA and Canada, Australia is rabies free and would not have been without taking precautions.

Brad

I didn't know they had that much restrictions.