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.


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By Jordan on April 19, 2018 at 1:25 pm

Hello! I am a United States citizen that is planning on working as an nanny in Australia starting this June. The job I have lined up is in Darwin, which is on the other side of the country from Melbourne. So will I have to fly into Melbourne to drop off my dog at quarantine, and then book a second flight to Darwin? And, if I have to do that, once my dog is out of quarantine, will I then have to pay to have him shipped up to me?

By bindiya on April 14, 2018 at 12:39 pm

Hi i have been researching for some time now and I am quite stressed. I want to move him from India to Adelaide. i know its complicated process. either he has to live in another country which is rabies free for 6 months and then clear his quarantine in Melbourne for 10 days before he can come to Adelaide. can you please suggest how to go about it. i am told by pet relocators that after his vaccinations > titer test > Singapore/Dubai ( quarantine 30 days ) > Melbourne 10 days. or he has to live in rabies free country and then come to Melbourne. Any suggestions ?I can take him to Canada with me and stay there for ( rabies free country ) 6 months and then can i bring him to Australia.are there any months when they don't take pets for quarantine?Lhasa's are moody dogs , so will he be understood :(Sorry for asking so many questions

By Stephan Preissler on January 13, 2018 at 1:03 am

I recently came into information that any pitbull related breed is banned from being imported. Even though he is my service animal here in the states that does not apply in Australia.I am unsure if he is a pitbull breed as he is a mix. What are some things i can do to find out. Or will they test for that while he is quarantined

By Christina at PetRelocation on January 15, 2018 at 11:44 am

Hello Stephan,

Thanks for your question! Australia has a ban on some pure breeds, so if you can prove your dog is a mix, then you should be fine. Here is a link to a breed-related FAQ along with the contact information for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, which can provide more information regarding this topic.

We’ve also put together a simple guide to help you as you’re beginning the planning process of moving a pet to Australia.

Hope this helps!

By Lauren on January 7, 2018 at 10:26 am

Hello! We have been living in France for the last two years, when we moved over from Australia we took our dog with us. We will be moving back in July this year and I wanted to know if we need to be there in Melbourne when our dog arrives for any paper work or can we come to pick her up after the 10 days of quarantine? Any advice would be great! Thankyou!

By Christina at PetRelocation on January 8, 2018 at 12:41 pm

Hi Lauren,

If she is current on rabies vaccinations, the first step you should take is to have a RNATT (rabies titer) blood test drawn. 180 days must elapse between the time the lab receives this sample and the time a pet departs for Australia. So, for a July move, that countdown will pretty much start now. We put together a simple guide on our website that reviews the import regulations for Australia, so this would be a good resource for starting the planning process. You do not have to be present at the airport when she arrives in Melbourne, and can pick her up once the quarantine period is over.

Relocation to Australia can be a bit complicated, so if you would like to speak with one of our relocation specialists about this move, we’re happy to help! Just fill out our Arrange a Move form and someone on our team will be in touch as soon as possible!

By Chris Barber on December 3, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Hi, we are moving two small dogs for Switzerland to Australia on the 8 th January. The dogs have had full vaccinations as per requirements of entry back into Australia. They are very nervous dogs and this will be the longest they have been away from the family. Do they have to do 10 days? And can they be housed in the same kennel\room. We are also worried about them eating as they are fussy with the dog food and biscuits., can we send food with them. My wife is panicking as these two are her babies...ThanksChris

By on December 4, 2017 at 11:22 am

Hi Chris, great questions!

The 10-day quarantine is mandatory so unfortunately there is no way around it. The Mickleham staff will put dogs together only if they can tell they are not doing well apart. Otherwise, to ensure each dog is drinking an adequate amount of water and eating enough food, they must keep them in separate kennels.

If you'd like to send your own food to the Mickleham facility, you can but it must be sent via post in Australia (so you'll need to source it in Australia first). We recommend reaching out directly to the facility on the best way to do this.

We hope this helps, Chris! Good luck to you, your wife, and your dogs in Australia!

By Gigi on November 23, 2017 at 2:55 am

We plan to move from Dubai to Adelaide at the end of 2018 (sometime October-December) please could you help plan this move. We have one small rescue , Saluki mix. She will be 2-1/2 by then. We want to make this as smooth as possible for her. Many thanks

By on November 27, 2017 at 11:44 am

Hello Gigi,

Thank you for reaching out to us! We can certainly help with your move to Adelaide, however we need more information about your pets.

Please fill out our online consultation form here (it's free!) and one of our consultants will be happy to reach out to you and offer guidance.

Thanks again, Gigi, and we look forward to hearing from you!

By Jenny on November 11, 2017 at 6:19 pm

Hi, I am planning to move to Australia in February 2018 from Bangladesh.I have two bunnies that I would love to take with me. Are bunnies allowed ? The usual airlines I travel with won't allow pets on board and I feel scared keeping them in cargo. What can I do now ?

By on November 13, 2017 at 9:51 am

Hello Jenny, thanks for the question!

Unfortunately due to an existing species ban, bunnies are not allowed to be imported into Australia from anywhere except New Zealand.

We're sorry to be the bearer of this bad news, Jenny, and wish you the best of luck! Please let us know if you need anything else.

By Seven mills on November 8, 2017 at 2:21 am

I live in New Zealand with my pet ring neck parrot and I'll be migrating to Brisbane in july of 2018. He is very young and will be 8 months old when I move. Will my birds age be an issue when migrating?

By on November 8, 2017 at 10:30 am

Hi and thanks for the question!

According to the requirements listed on the Owner's Pre-Export Declaration (for birds) here, the bird must be in your possession for a minimum of a year before you can begin the process for importing him into Australia.

We hope this helps and wish you the best of luck!

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