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 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!

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!

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