Moving Pets to Australia: How Long is the Quarantine?

Name: Sharon
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Miniature Tea Cup Terrier and Miniature Yorkshire Terrier
From: UK
To: Western Australia



Can you please tell me how long my doggies would have to stay in quarantine in Western Australia?

Many Thanks,



Hi Sharon,

Sure, we'd be happy to offer some information. The best place to start is the Australia Department of Agriculture website, which should have the most up to date directions regarding which pets are allowed and what the timeline is for their import.

Australia has recently changed its quarantine rules—it used to be a standard 30 day requirement and now it's 10 days. The UK is classified as a Category 3 country, and on the site you'll find a drop-down tool that will outline each step you need to take.

Please let us know if you have any questions about these logistics, Sharon. Here's a link to our free quote form if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services.

Thanks for the question, and good luck with everything!


PetRelocation Team




UK, Australia


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By John taylor on April 23, 2018 at 6:42 am

Hi I am currently in Germany and will be here till early September, I have found 2 chihuahua puppy’s that are 7 weeks old and would like to find out more about taking them home to Melbourne Australia with us ? Would they be able to travel at around the same we leave, what needs to be done, how long in Melbourne quarantine ect, Best regards John taylor.

By Maegan at PetRelocation on April 24, 2018 at 2:48 pm

Hi John! Thanks for your question. Because of Australia’s rabies-free status, they require a significant amount of lead up preparation and have a long list of import requirements. A typical move into Australia can take at least 180-days, which begins with the completion of a rabies titer test. Here are the requirements for moving your pups to Australia according to DAFF. It's a long process so if you are looking for a company to help, our team specializes in moves to Australia. Please fill out our Arrange A Move Form here. Thanks!

By Ravinder kumar on July 7, 2018 at 11:34 am

I have a pamerian dog. We want to go to melbourne . We are on tourist visa n our stay there is for 2 months. We want to take our 7.5 kg pamerian dog with us. So will u plz provide me full information about this .. plz provide step by step ingo. Thnk u

By Christina at PetRelocation on July 12, 2018 at 2:12 pm

Hi Ravinder! The reply above to John's question should answer this. You can view timelines and requirements in the links above. If you would like to hire the assistance of a professional pet mover, feel free to fill out this form at your convenience!

By Carys Davies on March 18, 2018 at 9:24 am

I have a beautiful soft natured Staffordshire bull terrier she's chipped she's been spade she loves people she's just loves to play am I allowed to bring her with me to Australia I was born in Brisbane I have dual citizenship

By Maegan at PetRelocation on April 24, 2018 at 2:51 pm

Hi Carys! In accordance with Australia's Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956, pure breed American pit bull terriers cannot be imported to Australia. However, if she is a mixed breed it may be possible. We suggest that you reach out to the Department of Home Affairs on +61 2 6264 1111 or 131 881 (within Australia). Hope this helps!

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