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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By Dalene Nel on August 6, 2018 at 3:14 am

We are thinking to relocate from South Africa to Perth Australia. but we need to take our two pit bulls along with us, How can we get special permits and be allowed to take these two dogs? They are sterilized and micro chipped?

By on August 6, 2018 at 3:13 pm

Hi Dalene! Pure-bred Pit Bulls are banned in Australia for import. If your pups are mixed with another breed, it could be possible to get special permission from the government. Please reference our Australia guide here for additional information about the process of moving pets to Australia. Hope this helps!

By Tracey Phillips on October 30, 2017 at 9:49 am

Hi. We have to relocate to AdeLaide, Australia a.s.a.p and as you know our dogs have some requirements to fulfill before they are allowed to travel. The problem is , we don't have anyone to take care of them while we go abd also someone to make sure that they go through the quarantine process. Does your company offer a service that could board and take care of them throughout the quarantine process as well as seeing them safely on to the plane when the time comes for them to join us? Regards, Tracey Phillips

By on October 30, 2017 at 3:48 pm

Hi Tracey, thanks for your question!

In situations like this, we always recommend that our clients find a local boarding facility and work directly with them. Even better, if there is a vet office that offers long-term boarding, you wouldn't have to worry about finding a service to carry your dogs between the boarding facility to the vet.

If you'd like some recommendations, please visit the IPATA website here to get in touch with a local company in South Africa who may be able to offer better insight.

We hope this helps!

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