Pet Travel to Australia – Changes in Import Rules in 2014

Traveling with your pet to Australia? Changes are coming in 2014We get a lot of questions about traveling to Australia with a pet. It is an exciting and beautiful destination and worth spending time exploring with your pet.

Australia just announced changes to its import policies which will make it easier and less expensive for pet owners to bring their dog or cat Down Under. Starting in February 3, 2014, pets will be able subject to reduced quarantine (30 days to 10 days) if they have a Blood Titer Test (RNATT) done between 6 and 24 months prior to entry. (Presently, regulations call for 3 months ahead of time.) This will reduce costs for quarantine, much less time spent away from our pets.

There is another important change to the rules for pet import to Australia. Dogs and cats originating in non DAFF approved countries can enter Australia through an DAFF approved country as long as they meet the regulations to enter the approved country.  No longer must pets reside in the approved country for six months prior to entering Australia.

You will still need an Import Permit and your pet will need a 15 digit microchip and veterinary health certificate. There are also vaccination requirements and tests. More information on taking a pet to Australia. If you are planning a trip to Australia with a pet and you already have an Import Permit, you can change your permit as long as you remit a fee and are not importing your pet until February 3, 2014.

There are other changes as well. You can compare the old and new policies here:

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5 comments to Pet Travel to Australia – Changes in Import Rules in 2014

  • Renata – according to the DAFF website: The animal is not eligible for export to Australia until at least one hundred and eighty (180) days have passed from the date that the blood sample is drawn for the RNAT test (with a satisfactory result).

  • Guest

    Renata – I think you are mistaken, those are the old rules the new rules only require 10 to 30 days (maximum)quarantine in Australia and not at all in the country of departure.

  • Renata

    I have done extensive research and spoke to authorities, the stay in quarantine in Australia has to cover the 6 months if not taken in the exporting country. So if you have 3 months only in exporting country, then 3 months will be required in Australia.

  • Julie – in order to be eligible for the minimum 10 day quarantine stay, you would have to be entering from an approved country and have the RNATT done at least 6 months ahead of time. Because that is not possible, your pet would be subject to the 30 day quarantine.

  • Julie

    I know about the rule changes for quarantine times once a dog arrives in Australia – but what I want to know is IF I don’t get the RNATT done at least 6 mths before departure – does that automatically mean a longer stay in quarantine once the dog arrives in Australia ? My plan is to fly in late March – which gives me only 3 months.
    Please advise what this would mean for length of stay at quarantine facility.

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