Dog Travel to Australia From India: Tricky But Not Impossible

Hi PetRelocation,

Please advise: How do we fulfill the quarantine formalities required for Australia for our dog, as India is not an AQIS approved country. Our pet has been given all the timely vaccinations required and is in good health.


Mrs. S.


Dear Mrs. S,

Since India is not an AQIS (Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service) approved country, you will not be able to move your pet directly to Australia. That doesn't mean you'll never be able to relocate your Lab, but you will have to take several steps to do so, including moving her to an AQIS approved country for a period of at least six months before entering Australia

Many people choose to send their pets to the United States first, and then go onward to Australia after fulfilling the necessary requirements. Here is more information about traveling to Australia from a non-approved country

Specific information from the Australian Government is available here, and we also have an comprehensive Australia Pet Travel guide available on our site. Unfortunately your trip will be more complicated than most, but luckily your dog is in good health and sounds fit to make the journey.

Good luck with everything, and contact us if we can offer further assistance by helping to arrange all or part of your move.


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Seema
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador
From: India
To: Australia

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in September 2010 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team


Air Travel, Ask the Experts, Quarantine




Australia, India


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By Bhupinder on October 28, 2018 at 9:53 pm

Hi I,m mr singh I got 6 months old German shepherd dog I m Australian residents want take dog with me please advise the correct way and quate the price please

By Shivi on June 14, 2018 at 7:24 am

HiMy husband and i are planning to relocate to Australia in October. We have a lab-indie mix 5 month old puppy. We want to take him with us. What is exactly needed to be done. We are so confused.

By Maegan at PetRelocation on June 16, 2018 at 5:34 pm

Hi Shivi! Thanks for the question - Australia is a tough country to relocate pets to & most people are a bit overwhelmed! The process to move pets to Australia typically takes 180-days and starts with a rabies titer blood test. Exact requirements will depend on your exporting country. Feel free to check out our Australia Spotlight for additional information. We have a team dedicated to Australia relocations so if we can be of assistance, please reach out to us! Hope this helps!

By Palak on June 12, 2018 at 12:09 am

Hi! I m palak I want to take my dog with me in Australia in Melbourne because my pet don't eat food from any other member Nd always needs me around him Nd I m going for study visa and I want him there with me and my residential country is India so please suggest him is it possible and how

By Maegan at PetRelocation on June 12, 2018 at 12:50 pm

Hi Palak! As you may know, India is considered to be a “non-approved” country according to DAFF. Per the updated rules, you may perform the initial veterinary work in India as long as the RNATT is analyzed by a DAFF approved laboratory. Then, your pet will need to travel to an approved country to have the remaining veterinary work performed and depart straight to Australia from there. If you’re starting from the beginning, you will need at least 180 days’ total lead time. If you'd like to get a quote for our services, please fill out Arrange A Move form here. Looking forward to hearing from you!

By Amritpal singh on March 5, 2018 at 6:23 am

Hi there,Me and my wife are planning to relocate in Aus in jul/Aug.can you please guide me the proper way to import my husky to Aus ,which is 9 months old right now and properly vaccinated. Unfortunately we dont have any likns in states. Any alternative please let me know. Thanks .

By Christina at PetRelocation on March 5, 2018 at 11:30 am

Hi Amritpal! If you are unable to travel through the United States, you can choose any group 3 country to move your dog to Australia, so you do have other options. If you would like to speak with one of our relocation consultants, we are happy to help! Please fill out this form so one of our experts can contact you regarding your move. We look forward to hearing from you!

By Sania Moloo on January 10, 2018 at 6:38 am

Hi I want to move my Pomeranian dog from India to Australia plz give me step wise details to start the process thanks

By Christina at PetRelocation on January 10, 2018 at 9:25 am

Hello Sania,

Thanks for your question! It is possible to relocate your Pomeranian by sending him to a category 2 or 3 country first, but since India is not an AQIS approved country, the move will require moving him to an approved country first. This can be a confusing process for most pet owners, so we put together a resource for non-approved countries that may help with some initial questions. The starting point for a move to Australia is when you have a rabies titer test sent to an approved lab by your veterinarian. When the lab receives the sample, a 180-day countdown begins—this is shortest period of time that must pass before your dog can be imported there after the titer test. It is important your vet is aware of the process and what labs are approved to perform this test. For instructions, please reference: Step-By-Step Guide for Non Approved Countries via Category 2 or 3 . Countries listed under Category 2 or 3 are all options for getting your pet to Australia, but some of our clients have chosen the US as their halfway point because the import process for pets is relatively simple. After arriving in the second country, you will then need to have a second blood test and fulfill the remaining requirements for Australia. This takes a minimum of 6 weeks.We know this can be quite complicated, so if you decide to enlist the help of a professional, you can fill out our Arrange a Move form and speak with one of our relocation consultants about your options. Best of luck with everything!

By Tony on December 17, 2017 at 1:47 am

Hi i want to relocated my gezman spitz 3 year old dog indian to Australia.can u plz help me.

By Christina at PetRelocation on December 18, 2017 at 10:31 am

Hi Tony,

Yes, we can help! Coming from India will be a little more complex since it is not an AQIS (Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service) approved country. Please fill out our Arrange a Move form with some more detailed information and one of our pet relocation specialists will contact you as soon as possible.

By Pawan on October 16, 2017 at 6:54 am

I want to relocated my german spitz 2nd a half year dog.i have a student visa so thats it possible.

By on October 16, 2017 at 1:13 pm

Hello Pawan, thanks for reaching out!

Yes, if you are moving from India to Australia, it is possible to take your dog with you. However, as mentioned above your dog will need to travel to another "approved" country, like the United States, and stay there for 45 days first.

If you are looking for some assistance with your dog's move, let us know here and one of our consultants will be happy to reach out to you.

By Neeti on September 24, 2017 at 7:13 am

Hi couldn't get properly that do I have to leave my dog for 6 months in quarantine before he enters in Australia from India?

By on September 25, 2017 at 10:40 am

Hello Neeti, thanks for reaching out!

There is only a 10-day quarantine upon arrival into Australia. However, when moving your dog from India, you will need to actually take your dog to an approved country (like the United States) for import for a minimum of 45 days.

This is after a rabies titer blood test is completed by an approved laboratory, putting a 180-day wait on your dog's move to Australia. More information on these rules can be found here.

I hope this helps, Neeti! Let us know here if we can offer further guidance to you.

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