Pet Travel Question: Moving Dogs from South Africa to Australia

Name: Frances
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Miniature Dogs
Pet Breed: Miniature Chihuahua
From: South Africa
To: Australia

Why is there a six-month quarantine in South Africa and another month in Australia? My pets have had all inoculations through the years and when you look at their lifespan this seems absurd! My animals are eight and 11 yrs old, and six months seems like a huge part of their lives. Is there a way of shortening this jail sentence? Is this a money making scheme? I urgently await your reply.


Hello Frances,

The pet move from South Africa to Australia is definitely a demanding one, however many pets have have made the transition safely and the whole process may not be as scary as you first imagine it to be.  In case you haven't seen the official source, here are the steps you'll need to take to get your dogs from South Africa to Australia. (UPDATE: Note that the actual time your pets will spend in quarantine is a mere 10 days upon arrival.)

Take a look at our blog for more information about quarantines as seen from a dog's perspective. It's easy to imagine the worst, but in reality these facilities are constructed with health and safety in mind and, as you can see from the Australian Government-provided information above, this is the only legal way to go about entering the country.

Contact us if you have any more questions or concerns. We'd be happy to speak with you in greater detail or help you carry out your move. Thanks for your question, and good luck with everything!


PetRelocation Team




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