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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put the pet into quarantine, return the pet to the country of origin, or destroy the pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.

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Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to Australia

Australia requires for dogs and cats to enter the country with a minimum of 10 days quarantine except for pets traveling from the following countries: New Zealand, Norfolk Island or Coco Island who will be admitted to Australia with no quarantine. Note: Australian import rules will be changing for pets imported after February 3, 2014. See details below.

This completes a passport for your dog or cat to enter Australia.

Dog Passport Australia

The following pets are not permitted to enter Australia: chinchillas, fish, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, lizards, mice, snakes, spiders and turtles. Live pigeons are permitted from any country, however, birds are not permitted unless they are entering from New Zealand.

The rules and regulations are complex and we recommend that you enlist the services of a licensed pet transport agent to assist you in making the arrangements to take your pet into Australia.

From most counties, it is a very long flight and you should consider the health and well being of your pet including asking the advice of your veterinarian. Taking a pet animal into Australia for a holiday is not practical. Pets must arrive as manifest cargo into Sydney or Melbourne.

Puppies and Kittens: Unvaccinated puppies or kittens are not permitted to enter Australia.

Restricted Breeds: Dogo Argentino, Fila Brazileiro, Japanese Tosa, Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull, Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario.

New Regulations: For pets entering Australia after February 3, 2014, the quarantine period will be reduced from 30 days to 10 days if the Blood Titer test is done no less than 180 days and  and no more than 24 months prior to entry. The rabies vaccination must be valid at the time of the test, administered no sooner than 4 weeks after vaccination, and kept current through import. Pets from countries not approved by DAFF can also enter Australia through approved countries as long as they conform to the regulations of the intermediary country. (pets do not need to reside in the country for 6 months).  There are also additional vaccination changes.

Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet will be refused entry or returned to the country of origin or placed in quarantine, all at the expense of the person responsible for your pet.

Inspection: All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to Australia. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.

Other Animals: Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Australia. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.

Veterinary Certificate: All countries have unique veterinary certificates. This form may differ from the veterinary certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) It is an essential part of the cat or dog passport.

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where will the pet be kept when serving the 30 day quarteen and how expensive is it.
Posted on 2013-05-14 04:36:14.0

The three quarantine facilities are: •Eastern Creek Quarantine Facility (Sydney, New South Wales) •Spotswood Quarantine Facility (Melbourne, Victoria) •Byford Quarantine Facility (Perth, Western Australia) You can find costs here:
Posted on 2013-07-17 02:54:56.0

incredible people still insist to put pets in quarantine, cats and dogs they live most of their lives in human homes.
Posted on 2013-07-23 21:42:17.0
Who do you contact to do the change of address of the dog's microchip when it was implanted in the UK? Not sure what to do as it is registered on the UK database
Posted on 2013-10-12 12:11:06.0
try they might be able to help x
Posted on 2013-10-12 16:27:13.0
It would depend on the manufacturer of the chip. There are websites where you can register chips no matter what the manufacturer is such as
Posted on 2013-10-26 03:33:27.0
"For pets entering Australia after February 3, 2014, the quarantine period will be reduced from 30 days to 10 days if the Blood Titer test is done between 180 days and 2 years prior to entry." Can the blood titer test be done earlier than the 180 days after the dog has had its rabies vaccination?
Posted on 2013-11-14 05:04:37.0
Hi Cecilia - the Blood Titer Test should be administered no more than 4 weeks after the rabies vaccination. The BTT should be administered no less than 180 days prior to entry. The BTT is good for 24 months.
Posted on 2013-11-23 15:00:31.0
Hi I want to take my little puppy with me in australia we make the injection 22/11/13 and I am leaging 29/1/14 my little puppy will come 5/2/14 is it ok or I have to wait 180 days after the injection....? Help pla ;)
Posted on 2013-12-01 17:19:09.0
Is it possible to bring your pet with you on a ship to Australia? I don't think I could put him through the flight.
Posted on 2013-12-12 11:26:24.0
Australia recognizes that pets can enter the country through maritime vessels and have strict inspections and monitor vessels with pets. We are not aware of any commercial vessel that will transport pets to Australia, however, aside from a private charter.
Posted on 2013-12-17 03:39:16.0
I cannot answer your question without knowing what country your puppy will be traveling from. If it is the US or Canada, your pup will require a blood titer test no sooner than one month after rabies vaccination. Assuming acceptable results, it can enter 180 days after the date the blood is drawn and only be subject to a 10 day quarantine. There are countries that Australia will not permit pets to enter from. This is why it is important to know the country your pet is entering from.
Posted on 2013-12-17 03:43:41.0
I am from cyprus
Posted on 2013-12-17 08:30:43.0
Jenny Poliviou I am from Greece and we have the same requirements for importation to Australia. I sent an email to daff in which I asked them if it is a problem to revaccinate my dog for rabies in December 2013? My dog's importation will be on early March. They assured me that I can revaccinate my dog normally and I will not have any problem. I asked them that because my dog's last vaccination for rabies was on February 2013 and as a result it is valid until February 2014 (on March will not be valid yet). The blood for the rabies titre test taken on September 2013 (180 days before export from Greece). Am I answered your question? Did you complete the rabies antibody titre test proccedure and if yes, which is the date that the blood sample taken?
Posted on 2013-12-17 16:16:37.0
Posted on 2013-12-17 16:18:47.0
Andriana mou se efxaristw poli gia ton xrono sou vasika prospathw na parw to skillaki m australia onos to embolio egibe prib 1 mina kai i aimolopsia se mia vdomada k mu ipan oti ton maio tha mporo na parw to skillaki mu omos egw 29/1/14 fefgo :(
Posted on 2013-12-17 18:51:55.0
Jenny dustuxws prepei opwsdipote na exoun perasei 180 meres apo tin aimolipsia gia na mporesei to skulaki sou na vgei apo tin Kypro! Kai egw tha fugw 1 mina prin apo ti skulitsa mou..ta teleutaia diadikastika k ti metafora sto aerodromio tha ta kanou oi goneis mou gia mena. Den exeis kapou na to afiseis to skulaki gia ligo kairo? uparxoun kai etairies pou analamvanoun tin metafora katoikidiwn, tis exetaseis ta emvolia klp me kapoia xrimata. Emeis edw px exoume tin aegean pet transportation, sigoura tha uparxei k stin Kypro. Psaxe an theleis edw De nomizw vevaia na mporoun na kanoun kati gia ti filoxeneia tou skulou, auto prepei opwsdipote na to kanei kapoios allos gia sena! Euxaristws pantws na se voithisw se otidipote mporw, gt ton exw faei to gaidaro, to exw psaxei para polu kai exei polu treximo i upothesi!!
Posted on 2013-12-17 19:23:31.0
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Posted on 2013-12-17 19:26:49.0
Adriana Papachristou Because your pet had a current vaccination that was administered more than 30 days prior to the date of the titer test, the date you can enter with 10 days of quarantine would be 90 days after the date the blood sample was taken in September. And yes, Greece is a DAFF approved country.
Posted on 2013-12-23 00:31:28.0
Thank you for your answer! Could you please inform me what do you mean about 90 days after blood sample taken; My dog's blood taken on 4th of september, can I import my dog 90 days later? I think that daff accepts importation only afrer 180 days passed of blood sample drawn, is not this right? This is a very important information, please inform me as soon as possible, thank you in advance!!
Posted on 2013-12-23 01:26:24.0
Do the same quarantine rules apply if I were to import a dog from Europe instead of USA?
Posted on 2013-12-27 22:51:56.0
What if I was to bring out from Australia a cat? What papers would I need then.Will my cat be able to come back to Australia without too much hassle afterwards?thanks!
Posted on 2013-12-31 06:02:28.0
Yes, the requirements are the same whether your pet is entering Australia from the EU as from the US.
Posted on 2014-01-01 00:49:33.0
You can find the details on exporting your cat from Australia here: The requirements for returning to Australia depend on where you are traveling to.
Posted on 2014-01-01 00:58:34.0
For Australia, it would be 180 days for the reduced quarantine. For the EU, it is 90 days. Sorry for the confusion.
Posted on 2014-01-01 23:20:30.0
Hello, I want to bring my dog from Kuwait to Australia. Can they be imported from Kuwait? i understand all the other parts but noticed a comment reply that said you can not import from certain countries.
Posted on 2014-01-04 18:29:22.0
Yes, you can bring your dog to Australia from Kuwait as it is a DAFF approved country. In order to reduce the quarantine from 30 to 10 days (assuming you are not traveling to Australia prior to February 3, 2014) you will need to have a titer test done 180 days in advance. You can see the requirements here:
Posted on 2014-01-06 01:58:51.0
What are the requirements for bringing my Pet Parrots from the USA to Australia? We are considering moving there for retirement and to be closer to family and would like to bring our birds.
Posted on 2014-01-15 04:08:59.0
Australia is clear about regulations for importing pigeons but no so much for other birds. Try getting more information from here: Sorry I could not have helped more..
Posted on 2014-01-17 02:43:55.0
Ok, thanks, I know you only do cats and dogs but thought you might have some insight. I did check out the department and its a bit ambiguous.
Posted on 2014-01-17 02:45:32.0
Elissa Long Try emailing Let us know what they tell you. Thanks
Posted on 2014-01-17 03:58:03.0
Elissa - pigeons are permitted to enter Australia from any country, but other birds are not permitted unless they are entering from New Zealand.
Posted on 2014-01-17 13:30:44.0
hi Im planning on moving to Australia to live for a year and I would like to bring my puppy with me. At the moment I live in Dublin-Ireland and my puppy is microchipped and has received all of her inoculations, so, her pet passport is completely up to date, considering that Ireland is rabies free, should there be any problem with me taking here with me? thanks
Posted on 2014-02-06 21:16:20.0
Hi Carmela - since the UK and Ireland changed their rules and no longer require a titer test 6 months prior to entering, it is no longer considered as rabies free. However, it is DAFF approved to import pets to Australia. The requirements are stated here (, The new rule states that if you complete the titer test at least 180 days prior to entry, the quarantine will be cut from 30 days to 10 days. The rest of the requirements still stay the same.
Posted on 2014-02-07 03:28:26.0
Dear PetTravel, do I get it right, is it not possible to carry the pet in the airplane cabin, only as cargo? I would travel from Slovakia, EU and I really don´t like the idea of carrying my little dog for more than 20 hours in the cargo/luggage compartment. It´s silly :-( Thaks a lot for your reply!
Posted on 2014-02-17 01:37:40.0
Hello - your dog will need to reside in the United States or another DAFF approved country for a minimum of 6 months prior to entering Australia.
Posted on 2014-02-18 04:32:52.0
How long is the quarantine period from taking a dog to th UK for a yr then returning to Australia
Posted on 2014-02-19 02:24:14.0
Hi Naomi - once your pet leaves Australia, they lose their status. The UK is an approved country, but not considered rabies free by Australia so your pet will need a microchip, then vaccination, then blood titer test 30 days after vaccination, then an Import Permit, veterinary certificate and ticks and tapeworm treatment. The quarantine will be shortened from 30 days to 10 days if the titer test is done 180 days in advance.
Posted on 2014-02-20 02:13:01.0
Hello! We will be traveling via personal sailing vessel through Australia and then onto the South Pacific. Likely, our stay in Australia will be 10 days or less. Do the same rules apply that apply to air travelers? Will quarantine be required if we keep the dog on board at all times? We originate from the US and will be sailing down the coast of US/Mexico and across the Pacific. Thanks for any helpful tips you can provide!
Posted on 2014-03-03 22:11:50.0
Hi Gina - your pet must remain onboard and your vehicle must remain at anchor. The Department of Agriculture must be notified of your movements. You can find details here:
Posted on 2014-03-04 02:00:27.0
Let us know how your trip goes!
Posted on 2014-03-04 02:01:19.0
Is it possible to bring in my German Shepherd adult dog into Australia if I immigrate from India to Australia? Are there any restrictions? Please advise
Posted on 2014-03-05 10:28:23.0
Hello Subho - India is not on the list of approved countries for importing pets to Australia. So you cannot take your pet directly from India to Australia. However, Australia just changed its rules and now will allow pets to enter from approved countries as long as your pet meets the import requirements of the approved country. (list is here: You will still need an Import Permit and will have to meet the requirements for entering Australia. What this means is that your pet will need to be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies and have a Blood Titer Test between 60 days and 2 years of entry. There will be quarantine upon arrival depending on the timing of the titer test. if it is done 6 months before arriving, there is a 10 day quarantine. Let us know if you have further questions.
Posted on 2014-03-07 16:24:55.0
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Posted on 2014-03-14 11:31:08.0
Pets can only arrive in Australia as manifest cargo. It facilitates their handling process and gives them added notification.
Posted on 2014-03-15 02:13:46.0
Hello Darrell - the only way you can take a pet to Australia from Pakistan is to enter a DAFF approved country and conform to the regulations of that country. The difficult part is that many countries in the far east require quarantine and also a resident address to enter. You can research them all at
Posted on 2014-04-02 03:41:09.0
I can't find an answer to this question, maybe you can help. If I take my dog with me for a month's holiday in the Uk. from Australia are the requirements the same.
Posted on 2014-04-15 23:42:14.0
Hi PetTravel, I have been searching for a solid answer to the question "What Quarantine period is required in SA for dogs going to Australia"? I've heard that the rules have changed and apparently they now only require a 10 day quarantine in Aus, but it is not clear on time frame here in SA. Would be much appreciated if you could let me know.
Posted on 2014-04-16 06:35:53.0