Australia Pet Quarantine Update for 2017

AU Quarantine Update - dog sitting outsideOctober 9, 2017

Are you planning to move to Australia with your pets within the next few months? Here's an update for you.

We were recently informed that Australia's Post Entry Quarantine facility in Melbourne won't be accepting pets from December 14, 2017 through January 2, 2018 due to the holidays surrounding that time. Keep in mind this is the only quarantine option for arriving pets. 

Also if your pet will be traveling to Melbourne from the United States, flights can only carry 5 pets at a time. We are already running into capacity issues because of this.

While there is still some availability for pets traveling this year, you may need to re-work your move plan if your pet is traveling before March of 2018. 

This also means if you're moving shortly before or after this time, quarantine may already be at or near capacity. In other words, if you're thinking of moving in the near future, it's time to start planning now.

Moving Pets to Australia

For those new to this process: Transporting pets to Australia can be challenging due to the country's rabies-free status, and bringing pets to Australia means following strict import requirements, a lengthy and precise timeline, and then fulfilling a 10-night quarantine upon arrival.

No matter the circumstances, it's crucial to start planning well in advance in order to avoid problems and delays when moving pets to Australia, so this announcement makes it especially important to contact our team soon if you're hoping to move later this year or early next.

These exact details may change, so stay in touch with PetRelocation for updates! We're happy to keep you informed and make sure all pets travel to Australia safely and as easily as possible.

Ready to get started? Contact our Australia team today to begin planning your pet's journey.

Editor's Note: This blog was originally posted in July 2017, but has been updated to reflect the exact dates of quarantine closures.


PetRelocation Team


Air Travel, Ask the Experts, News, Quarantine


Cats, Dogs




Add a Comment

By Ian & Sue Hustwick on September 21, 2017 at 10:32 pm

Hi We live in New Zealand and come to Australia twice a year during winter for up to 6 weeks at a time. We depart from Christchurch and normally transit through Sydney or Brisbane on our way to Hervey Bay, Queensland where we store our caravan. We are planning on getting a small (miniture schaunser) and would love to bring it on holiday with us. Is it possible (in reasonable terms), and if so at what cost? Thank you for any help you can give. Regards Ian & Sue

By on September 22, 2017 at 1:23 pm

Hello Ian and Sue!

Moving a dog from New Zealand to Australia is a fairly straight-forward process, considering both countries are rabies-free. Here are the rules and requirements as listed on Australia's government website for pets to be imported from New Zealand.

Also, for the return trip, you can find those import requirements here.

If you are interested in having a pet-shipping company help you out with this (and obtaining costs for those services), we highly recommend finding a local partner in either Australia or New Zealand to help. Here is a great website for finding other reputable companies who can help.

We hope this helps and good luck with everything!

Add a Comment

Name is required

Email is required and must be in the format

Comment is required

Back to top