Pet Travel Question: Moving Dogs Between the US and Australia

Name: Natalie
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: English Cocker Spaniels
From: Melbourne, Australia
To: San Francisco, California


I have two dogs (one is nine years old and the other is almost two years old). How long will they need to stay in quarantine for when we move to the US? Secondly, if we return, how long will they need to stay in quarantine in Australia and what are the requirements?




Hi Natalie,

Thanks for your questions. Check out the US pet import requirements here. You'll notice that the United States does not require a quarantine, so your dogs should not spend any time in quarantine upon arrival in the US.

Moving pets to Australia, however, is a different story. The Australian pet import requirements mandate a 30-day quarantine period in an approved quarantine facility upon arrival in Australia. Additionally, your dogs will need to go to undergo several blood tests, parasite treatments, and vet examinations before being allowed to enter Australia. If you decide to return to Australia, be sure to check out our post about 5 Things to Watch Out for When Shipping a Pet to Australia.

If you think you might like pet shipping experts to help you with your move, fill out our free quote form. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us. Thanks again for your questions and good luck with your move!


PetRelocation Team




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