Australia’s New Requirements for Dogs and Cats Traveling from the United States

PetRelocation is committed to helping pet owners navigate the complex process of international pet transportation to Australia. This blog will discuss the new requirements for dogs and cats traveling from the United States to Australia. 

Effective March 1, 2023, new requirements will be in place for import permits issued on or after this date. We will provide a detailed guide for pet owners to ensure they are aware of these requirements and well-prepared for their pet's transportation to Australia.

Old Requirements for Import Permits Issued Before March 1, 2023

If you have an import permit from Australia issued before March 1, 2023, you can follow Australia's old requirements, which are listed on your import permit and posted on the APHIS pet travel website. Additionally, the pet's USDA Accredited Veterinarian must complete the health certificate available in VEHCS or post on the pet travel website. Remembering that the pet's veterinarian must be a USDA Accredited Veterinarian in the state where they perform the work is essential.

New Requirements for Import Permits Issued on or After March 1, 2023

For those whose import permit from Australia is issued on or after March 1, 2023, you must follow Australia's new requirements, which are available on Australia’s step-by-step guides. .. APHIS is working diligently with Australia to determine how we can implement identity verification (Step 4 in Australia's step-by-step guides), which is required for pets from Hawaii and Guam, and optional for pets from the rest of the United States. We hope they finalize this with Australia very soon, and we will look for updates on the APHIS Pet Travel website.

30-Day Post-Entry Quarantine for Dogs and Cats from the United States

Currently, dogs and cats from the United States (except Hawaii and Guam) will only be eligible for 30 days in post-entry quarantine upon arrival into Australia. Once we can implement the identity verification, pets that complete this verification will be eligible for ten days in post-entry quarantine upon arrival in Australia. It is essential to note that dogs and cats from Hawaii and Guam must seek advice from Australia before proceeding with any other steps: 

Export Health Certificate

Regarding the export health certificate, the pet's USDA Accredited Veterinarian must complete the applicable model health certificate attached here (these will be posted on the pet travel website once it is updated). As mentioned earlier, it is crucial to remember that the pet's veterinarian must be a USDA Accredited Veterinarian in the state where they perform the work.

Stay Tuned for Updated Guidance

We understand that this process can be overwhelming, and we are here to help you every step of the way. We will send out updated guidance, and please refer to the APHIS pet travel website to check if they have finalized the identification verification requirements with Australia.

PetRelocation is dedicated to ensuring your pet's safe and comfortable travel experience. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet's travel to Australia, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always here to help.


PetRelocation Team




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