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The rules and requirements in this document are applicable only for imports to Australia from the United States. 

Dogs, Cats and other small animals imported into Australia must undergo import quarantine in accordance with the Rabies Prevention Law.

On the condition that the following criteria have been fulfilled, the quarantine period for a dog or cat entering Australia is 190 days.  180 of these days can be completed in the country of origin, however there is a mandatory 10-day quarantine for all live animals entering the country.

Below we have broken down the requirements and the recommended days, prior to your departure, that you should have this done by.

210 Days Before Arrival:

MICROCHIP IMPLANTING: Animal must have (or obtain) microchip identification. This must be done before the rabies vaccinations. The only microchips that can be read in Australia are those that meet ISO 11784 and 11785 Standards. For any other chips, you must bring your own microchip reader.

After implant of the microchip, the animal receives a new rabies vaccination. This must be an “inactivated rabies vaccination.” Be sure to obtain certification of the period of validity for the particular vaccinations that you obtain (some are good for two years, others for only one). 

Pet must be at least 90 days old at time of first vaccination.                           

180 Days Before Arrival:

After the Rabies Vaccination (at least 2-3 weeks later), pets must receive a Rabies Neutralizing Antibody Titre Test (RNATT) to ensure that the rabies vaccination has provided adequate rabies antibody levels and must be tested by a facility approved by the Government of Australia. Your vet will send these to the approved lab listed below.  Please have your vet call them before sending to make sure they are aware of the delivery and the destination location (Australia). The results of the blood test must be 0.5 IU/ml or above.

Your vet will need to scan your pet’s microchip prior to the blood draw for the RNATT Test.

The date that blood was drawn for this test is when the 190-day quarantine countdown begins. You may keep your pet in the country of origin for 180 days and send at this time, exposing the pet to the minimum 10-day quarantine period. 

This test result will remain valid for 2 years from the time the blood sample was taken.

The date of the blood sampling, the laboratory used, microchip number, and the test results shall be well noted on all health certificates. The matching of these numbers is critical to its success. Please double-check them!

BEFORE the blood collection and its shipment to this laboratory, please have your vet ask the lab listed below how to apply for the test, label the blood container, and send the sample.

Once these results have been returned to either yourself or the vet, you can begin the process of applying for the required IMPORT PERMIT. Please contact your Pet Relocation Agent at this time for further instruction.

21 Days Before Arrival:    

DOGS ONLY:  Have your vet scan the animal’s microchip and draw blood for the following tests:

1. Ehrlichiosis

2. Brucellosis (or provide a desexing certificate)

3. Leptospirosis  (or provide relevant vaccination records)

4. Leishmania

5. External Parasite Treatment

Note: All original results will need to travel with the dog and will also need to be recorded on the Import Permit (Veterinary Certificate A). 

10 Days Before Arrival:                

Obtain a Health Certificate from your vet within 10 days of departure. This certificate must state that the pet(s) are in good health and OK to fly.  

4 Days Before Arrival:                

1. Internal Parasite Treatment – Dogs and Cats must be treated with a product approved for the treatment of nematodes and cestodes, e.g. Drontal. 

2. External Parasite Treatment - Treat with medicines effective against ticks and fleas. Note product and concentration. Oral products, injections and medicated collars are not satisfactory, neither are products that rely on the parasite biting your pet. Washes and rinses that prevent ticks and tick bites are acceptable. 

The active ingredient, dose rate, and treatment date for the above treatments must be recorded on Veterinary Certificate A. 

3. Final Vet Exam – Must be performed by an accredited vet.  Vet Certificate A is to be completed at this time.  An international health certificate must also be issued at this time:  APHIS Form 7001.

In addition to the above, we strongly recommend that your pets have the following annual vaccines given prior to departure:

Dogs:  Bordatella, Distemper, Contagious Hepatitis (Adenovirus type II acceptable), Parvovirus Infectious Disease Trivalent Vaccine (parainflueza, corona virus, infections disease immunizations are also suggested).

* Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) must be noted individually.

Cats:  Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Feline Caliccivirus, And Feline Panleukopenia Vaccine


Attention:  This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements.  Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities for your destination country.

Local Pet Resources

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Sydney Animal Hospital Inner West: 1a Northumberland Avenue Stanmore NSW 2048 Phone: (02) 9516 1466

Baulkham Hills Veterinary Hospital 332 Windsor Rd (Cnr Charles St) Baulkham Hills NSW 2153 Telephone: (02) 9639 6399

Groomers and Pet Supplies

Sydney International Pet Grooming Centre:13 Princes Highway Kogarah New South Wales 2217 Phone:02 9587 3263

Pet Addiction: 275 Crown Street Darlinghurst New South Wales 2010 Phone:9360 0012

Up Market Pets: 462 Queen St Melbourne Victoria 3000 Phone:03 9600 9120

The Oz Pet Shop (www.ozpetshop.com.au) has all you will ever need for your pet. You can find huge range of pet beds, flea treatments, collars, and toys.


Bones Cafe (Dog’s Picnic): It is a big park located next to a canal in the city of Leichhardt at Hawthorne Canal Reserve with a cafe for the dogs and their owners. You can take your dog down here and let them run around while you sit and enjoy a cup of coffee watching the dogs play like little children in a play group.


Australia lies in the Southern Hemisphere and is regarded as the world’s smallest continent. It is inhabited by indigenous Australians for around 42,000 years. Australia is famous for its natural beauty and vibrant landscape including the Great Australian Outback and the Great Barrier Reef.

Capital: Canberra
Currency: Australian Dollars (AUD)
Language: English, (de facto 1)


Australia has a mild to pleasant climate and can be quite cold in the winters. The Climate is also influenced by ocean currents like the El Niño southern oscillation.


Australia’s landmass is stretched over an area of 7,686,850 square kilometers and is surrounded by the Indian Ocean and the Southern & Pacific oceans. It has 25,760 kilometers of coastline and an exclusive Economic Zone of 8,148,250 square kilometers.The Great Barrier Reef in Australia extends over 2,000 kilometers and is one of the largest natural attractions. The larger part of Australia is desert like landscape that has some of the least fertile soils. The northern part of Australia consists of rainforest, mangrove swamps and grassland.

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Living in Australia: www.livingin-australia.com, is another website about emigrating to Australia and living In Australia.  

Life in Australia:www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia/index.htm, is a section of the website of the Australian Department of Immigration and Cultural Affairs, providing useful information on working and living in Australia.  

Live in Victoria: www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au, is a government website providing information about immigrating to Australia and living in Victoria.  

Working in Australia.com: www.workingin-australia.com, provides a lot of information for those interested in working and living in Australia.  

Yanks Down-Under/Mates Up-Over: www.matesupover.com, provides support for Australians living in North America and expatriate North Americans living in Australia, with discussion forums, chat, stories, etc.