Australia Pet Travel Spotlight: Australia Quarantine Update

australia pet travel: quarantine spotligh

In addition to requiring a long flight to get there, Australia is also a challenging place to move a pet because of its strict import rules. That's why we're taking the time to spotlight this popular relocation destination and will be drawing on the advice of experienced pet relocation specialists to offer our guidance in an Australia Pet Travel Spotlight series.

Since Australia is a rabies free nation, one of the requirements for pets arriving into the country is a mandatory 10-day quarantine. In the past, pet owners had the choice between a few different quarantine facilities, but in the future this will change and all pets will need to finish up the import process at a new, consolidated facility. Enjoy Part One of our Australia Spotlight series, and if you need help now, contact us for a pet travel consultation.

Things can always change, but here's a quick look at the status of Australia quarantine facilities as of October 2015:

  • Eastern Creek Quarantine Station in Sydney will stop taking pets on November 9, 2015.

  • Spotswood Quarantine Facility in Melbourne, Victoria is still taking pets and will continue to do so for now.

  • However: Eventually all pets will be brought to a new Post Entry Quarantine facility (PEQ) in Mickleham, Victoria. [UPDATE: This facility is now open—read more about it here.]

charlie in australia quarantine

One of the PEQ's first visitors / photo via the PEQ website

Facts About The New Post Entry Quarantine Facility in Mickleham, Victoria:

  • This new facility is being built in two stages and is scheduled to officially open in October 2015.

  • The facility has climate controlled kennels with underfloor heating and exercise yards.

  • The PEQ facility is set to start taking online bookings in October 2015 and then will open progressively, taking cats and dogs beginning on November 23.

  • When complete, the facility will have the capacity to hold 240 cats and 400 dogs.

  • Here's a video showing the design layout of the PEQ.


peq dog compound

PEQ Dog Compound Plans

Find out more about the PEQ here, and if you're new to pet travel, take a look at our essential pet travel tips.

Thousands of dogs and cats are imported into Australia each year, and the intention behind the new facility is to manage the risk of exotic pests and diseases from being brought into the country in one updated facility. According to the official Australia government website: “The 10 day quarantine period, in addition to testing conducted offshore prior to import, allows biosecurity and veterinary officers sufficient time to assess that the animals are healthy and are not carrying diseases or parasites.”

The quarantine cannot be avoided (just ask Johnny Depp), so if you're planning to move to Australia in the coming months you'll need to be aware of the facts so that you can plan your flight and your pet's flight accordingly.

Remember, if you hire professional assistance, you'll have help getting your pet from the airport to the quarantine facility, and if you need it, from the quarantine facility to your home after the 10 days are complete.

Finally, now is a good time to revisit the idea of quarantine itself. Though the thought of leaving their pet in a mandated facility often strikes fear into the hearts of pet owners, in reality this is a safe and transparent part of the pet move process.

This is Part One of PetRelocation's five part Australia Pet Travel Series. Check back soon for more updates and contact us if you have questions about moving your pet to Australia.

Banner Photo: Duncan Hill/Flickr


PetRelocation Team






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By Xenia on December 24, 2017 at 6:44 pm

Hello guys I have a boxer she is 9 years old. She is in Spain .I would like to bring her here in Melbourne. I want to know if are any inconvenients and the steps she should take to vring it to Melbourne.As well if is any possibility to be together. she is avout 32 kilos.thanks.xenia

By on December 26, 2017 at 11:01 am

Hi Xenia, thanks for reaching out!

There are many steps to import a dog to Australia so we recommend visiting the DAFF website here for a step-by-step guide. Also, please know that Australia has a manifest cargo rule that requires your dog travel as unaccompanied cargo to Melbourne, meaning unfortunately you will not be able to travel with her.

If you need to hire professionals to help you with a move like this, we recommend searching this directory of reputable pet-shipping companies on the IPATA website to find a local company in Spain to help.

Good luck with everything!

By Rebecca on November 29, 2017 at 9:38 am

Hi, I am wanting to relocate my Pug dog from Santiago Chile to Perth western australia, is this possible with a Pug? I heard that pugs can not travel on planes for more than 5 hours, are there cruise options where me and my pug can go on?Look forward to hearing from you,

By on November 29, 2017 at 11:55 am

Hello Rebecca, thanks for reaching out!

You can certainly fly your pug with a pet-friendly airline to Australia. We've flown many pugs from the United States to Australia without any issue. It's just important to prepare your pug for the long journey as much as possible. Here's a page we have dedicated to tips and tricks for preparing a snub-nosed breed for travel.

Lastly, keep in mind that all animals must enter Australia through Melbourne as that is where the quarantine facility is located. Also, Chile is considered a "Category 3" country so your pug will first need to meet those import requirements before departing for Australia. Read more about this process on the Australia website here.

We hope this helps, Rebecca. Safe travels to you and your pug!

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