How to Ship a Cat From Australia to the United States

Hi PetRelocation,

Can I send my cat alone on a plane from Australia to the USA and have a family member pick it up? Is there any quarantine in the USA when the cat arrives?

What are the the requirements for sending a cat from Australia to the USA? What are the estimated costs?




Hi Laurel,

Thanks for your questions! Yes, your cat can travel unaccompanied from Australia to the United States. They will go via cargo, preferably on a pet safe airline (we often use Qantas and United for our pet clients).

Good news: there is no quarantine upon arrival in the United States. The U.S. is one of the more straightforward countries when it comes to pet import rules, in fact, and all that you need is listed here (primarily an International Health Certificate and proof of an updated rabies vaccine).

As you prepare for your cat's relocation, you'll also want to spend some time on crate training (making sure you've purchased an airline-approved cat travel crate) and refer to your vet with any health-related questions or concerns.

Let us know if you'd like to connect to a pet travel consultant to discuss how to arrange your cat's move, Laurel. We specialize in taking over these responsibilities so that you can focus on other things! Costs will vary depending on a few factors, so once you get in touch with us we'll be able to start building a quote for you.

Either way, good luck with everything and thanks again for the question.


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Laurel
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: ?
From: Australia
To: United States


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