Can Pet Birds Travel to Australia? Probably Not.

Hello PetRelocation,

We're moving to Singapore from Australia and want to take our cockatiel with us. However, I'm having difficulty understanding if we'll be able to bring her back after a period of approximately three years.

Can you please advise? The information on various Australia government websites seems to be contradictory.



Hi Curt,

Thank you for your question. As the requirements currently stand, only certain types of birds from New Zealand may enter Australia so it appears you won't be able to travel as you'd like. Take a look at the Australia Government Department of Agriculture website for more information.

Pet travel rules do change from time to time (Australia has both shortened the animal quarantine and opened new quarantine facilities recently), but it seems unlikely that the requirements for birds will change that drastically in the space of three years. Australia is strict about pet imports due to its status as a rabies-free island nation, and in general birds often face more stringent import rules.

Please take a look at our blog for more information about bird travel, and for your reference, here is some guidance about moving pets to Singapore. Finally, please let us know if we can be of further assistance now or in the future.

Sorry we didn't have better news for you… Good luck with everything!


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Curt
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Bird
Pet Breed: Cockatiel
From: Singapore
To: Australia


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in November 2014 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team





Australia, Singapore


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By Natasha on June 15, 2018 at 3:36 am

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By Shirley debono on April 1, 2018 at 3:06 am

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By Jason on March 14, 2018 at 6:28 pm

Hello, I am thinking of teaching abroad. I live in Toronto, Canada with my 1-year-old African Grey parrot. Does anyone know if I would be allowed to bring him for 1 year to Australia, or China?Thanks so much for any information :-)

By Maegan at PetRelocation on March 15, 2018 at 9:17 am

Hi Jason

Thanks for your questions. Birds are not allowed to be imported in Australia from Canada. China is quite complex, and moving a bird there might not impossible, but it will take a lot of time, money, and potential stress so it might not be an ideal situation if your are not relocating there permanently.

Check out this blog post for more info

If you’d like a consultation about arranging your bird’s move, please fill out our: arrange a move form.

By Sheryl on October 16, 2017 at 2:36 am

Hi just wondering if I can bring my hand raised galah and alexandrine parrots into Australia from New Zealand

By on October 16, 2017 at 4:04 pm

Hello Sheryl,

It is possible to import pet birds into Australia from New Zealand. Here are the import regulations to follow for this.

In addition, we recommend checking if your birds are CITES-listed species to see if there are additional requirements you may need to follow here.

We hope this helps and best of luck with everything!

By Emad on July 12, 2017 at 6:42 pm

Hi, I have a macaw that I wish to take to lebanon permanently what do I have to do to allow the Australian government to allow me to do so

By on July 13, 2017 at 8:45 am

Hi Emad, thank you for your question.

To arrange this move you'll need to learn about Australia's export requirements, which you can review here, as well as Lebanon's import requirements, which you can see here.

Let us know if you require further assistance, and good luck with everything!


By Ansuman on March 16, 2017 at 7:47 am

Forgot to mention.The move is from Bangalore, India to Sydney, Australia..

By Ansuman on March 16, 2017 at 7:46 am

Hi,I have a Alexandrine Parrot, about one year old. Can I take him along with me to Australia? I referred the Australlian agriculture website, but couldn’t find the species mentioned anywhere.Would appreciate any help on this.Thanks,

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