Pet Travel Question: Exporting Cats from Australia

Name: Steff
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Domestic long hair and domestic short hair
From: Melbourne, Australia
To: Maryland, USA

Is a quarantine required, and if so for how long? What shots are needed for Maryland (near Washington DC)?

Hi Steff,

Thanks for contacting us with your question. No, there is no quarantine required when bringing a cat from Australia to the United States (view the full set of rules here), but be aware that, though the US is a fairly easy country to bring pets into, Australia is not. If you think there's a chance you might someday return to Australia, it's a good idea to consider those import rules now in order to weigh the pros and cons of leaving in the first place, as travelers are often surprised by the degree of difficulty associated with this move.

Please contact us if you have any more questions, and good luck with everything!


PetRelocation Team




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