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 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 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 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 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 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!

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