Australia Pet Passport & Import Regulations
There will be 10 days of quarantine imposed on your pet when entering Australia and the following requirements are met or your pet will be returned to the country or origin. Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs and cats only. Owners of other pets should refer to item 11.
Your pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner. Make sure your veterinarian scans your pet's microchip after it is implanted.
Your pet's microchip number must be present on all documentation required to enter Australia.
Rabies vaccination is not required for pets residing in and entering from Keeling Islands, New Zealand or Norfolk Island, but it is required for pets entering Australia from all other countries. All dogs and cats should be vaccinated for rabies a minimum of 30 days before the rabies titer test is administered if they are not currently vaccinated for rabies or their previous vaccination has expired (see step #3).
Australia does accept the 3 year rabies vaccination.
It is recommended that cats receive a vaccination that protects against feline enteritis (also known as feline panleucopenia or feline distemper), rhinotracheitis and calicivirus. The vaccination should be valid for the entire post-arrival quarantine period.
It is recommended that your dog receives a vaccination that protects against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Para-influenza and Bordetella bronchiseptica and is valid for the entire post-arrival quarantine period. Dogs entering from the United States must be vaccinated against canine influenza.
Dogs must be treated against Brucellosis, Ehrlicia canis, Leishmaniosis and Leptospirosis. Dogs that have visited Africa must have treatment for Babesia canis.
Rabies Titer Test
All dogs and cats entering Australia must have a rabies titer test (RNAT) administered by a licensed veterinarian. Wait 3-4 weeks between the rabies vaccination and blood sample collection for the RNAT test, but if your dog or cat has a history of regular rabies vaccinations, it may be possible to collect the blood sample sooner.
The titer test is valid for 24 months. (Have your veterinarian scan your pet's microchip prior to the titer test.)
Note that this test is not required for pets entering from Keeling Islands, New Zealand or Norfolk Island.
*The only exception for the 180 day wait are dogs and cats which reside in Australia and have the rabies titer test done prior to leaving the country.
If your pet is presently located in a non-approved country (see step 7), you can have your pet's rabies titer tested in your non-approved country. The blood sample must be processed in an OIE-approved laboratory. However, before applying for the import permit see step #4), your pet must have another rabies titer test in an approved country.
You must file an Import Permit after the rabies titer test that is done in the approved country and no sooner than 42 days of import. It is good for 12 months after issue date. (Not required for pets entering from Keeling Islands, New Zealand or Norfolk Island.)
A USDA or CFIA accredited veterinarian must complete a Veterinary Health Certificate within 72 hours of entry for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. Other requirements apply for other departure countries.
Internal and External Parasites
Before your dog or cat can enter Australia, it must be treated against internal parasites twice with the second treatment administered within 5 days of transport.
Two treatments against external parasites must be administered to your cat 14 days apart with the second treatment within 5 days of transport. Dogs must start treatments 21 days prior to Ehrlichia blood sampling.
Countries that Australia approves for pet import
Pets may only enter Australia from the following countries: American Samoa, Antigua, Aruba, Barbuda, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Canary and Baleavic Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Cook Islands, Croatia, Cyprus (Republic of), Czech Reputlic, Denmark, Falkan Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Gernsey, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isla of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Kingdom of Tonga, Kiribati, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia (Peninsular, Sabah & Sarawak only), Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Norway, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Reunion, Saipan, Samoa, Serbia, Seychilles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Soloman Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, US Virgin Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Uruguay, Vanuatu and Wallis & Fortuna.
If your pet is not originating (born or lived for a minimum of 6 months) from a country listed above, then you can do the 180 day titer test in a your home country as long as the blood sample is sent to an OIE-approved lab for processing. For the final rounds of testing (4-6 weeks before transport) your pet must relocate to an approved country, meet the requirements of that country and enter Australia from the approved country.
All pets entering Australia, except those from the Keeling Islands, New Zealand or Norfolk Island are subject to 10 days of quarantine. It is advisable to make reservations for your pet as soon as you receive your pet's import permit.
Entering Australia by Air
Pets entering Australia must enter as air cargo via Melbourne Airport. For this reason, pet owners should plan to avoid importing their pets to Australia during the months of December through February as the temperatures can be too high during that time to fly your pet in the cargo hold.
Note that, if there are no direct flights from your pet' originating country, then all transits or layovers must be through DAFF approved countries (see step #7).
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.
When entering Australia from another country through New Zealand, pets must be quarantined in New Zealand, then remain on the island for 90 days after quarantine prior to entering Australia.
Puppies and Kittens
Unvaccinated puppies and kittens are not permitted to enter Australia. The import requirements include microchipping and rabies vaccination no sooner than 3 months of age. Puppies and kittens should wait a minimum of 30 days after rabies vaccination prior to having their titer test, thus the minimum age of import would be 10 months of age. As these tests do not apply to puppies and kittens entering Australia from the Keeling Islands, New Zealand or Norfolk Island, pets must be at least 8 weeks of age when entering from these countries.
The following dog breeds are not permitted to enter Australia: Dogo Argentino, Fila Brazileiro, Japanese Tosa, Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull, Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario.
The American Staffordshire Terrier is not included in Australian legislation. The laws only apply to pure bred dogs and does not apply to cross breeds or mixes.
Pet owners planing to export their pets from Australia must apply for an Export Permit and supply a Health Certificate. All requirements for the country your pet is traveling to must have been met.
The following pets are not permitted to enter Australia: chinchillas, fish, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, lizards, mice, snakes, spiders, pigs and turtles. Live pigeons are permitted from any country, however, household birds are only permitted if they are entering from New Zealand.
Horses may enter from select countries.
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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com 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 your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your 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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