Breaking: Australia’s New Pet Import Policy will Take Effect in February 2014

It's news many pet travelers will be happy to hear: The Australia Department of Agriculture has announced changes to its pet import policies that will reduce the time dogs and cats must spend in quarantine upon arrival. Beginning Feb. 3, 2014, if pets meet the stated pre-entry requirements, the quarantine will be 10 days rather than 30.

Read more about the changes on the official website and please contact us if you have any questions about moving a pet to Australia. If you're currently planning a move there and have an import permit already, here are your options:

1. Confirm that you will import your pet under the old conditions using your existing import permit(s), noting that:

-Your existing permit(s) will remain valid for use until the expiration date (indicated on the permit).
-You must prepare your pet(s) in accordance with the import conditions on your existing permit(s).
-Your pet(s) will spend a minimum of 30 days in post-entry quarantine.

2. Request that your existing permit(s) be altered to include the new conditions, noting that:

-A permit variation will cost a minimum of $390 for the first animal and $230 for subsequent pets.
-Additional pre-export preparation of your pet(s) will be required.
-Your application for a permit variation cannot be submitted until 2 December 2013.
-Your permit will not be valid for use until 3 February 2014.


Less quarantine time = more beach time


PetRelocation Team






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By David Bowley on May 27, 2018 at 4:46 am

I am an Australian citizen wanting to return home (with my dog an Australian Kelpie) having had to take care of serious family matters in UK since 2015. I have read conflicting info about exorbitant charges at the Mickleham Quarantine Centre plus either 10 days or 30 days quarantine even though full preparation will be done in UK prior to flying. This I am told is not 21 days as was in Australia but over one year!! in UK. Are all these items up to date or are they old data? I am a Pensioner and will be 80 by time I can save enough to pay for shipping my dog and my flight home in mid 2019 so would appreciate any advice about the high fees at Mickleham and if I could possibly get a discount or any other help. Many thanks and kind regards, David Bowley

By Maegan at PetRelocation on May 29, 2018 at 11:41 am

Hi David - thanks for your question!

Please check out this Simple Guide about moving your pet to Australia. The first step is to get a rabies titer blood test completed in your origin country, and then your pet must wait in your origin country 180 days before imported into Australia. Once your pet arrives into Melbourne, your pet will need to spend 10 nights in quarantine in Australia. The cost for 10 nights of quarantine in Australia will be approximately $1320 AUD.

We understand this is not a cheap venture for your family. Hopefully this blog sheds some light on why relocating a pet internationally is so expensive.

If we can be of any assistance with your move, please let us know!

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