Relocating Pets to Perth, Australia

Name: Lauren
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Domestic Short Hair
From: South Africa
To: Perth, Australia


Hi PetRelocation,

I understand that there isn't a quarantine base in Perth. What happens if my cats need to relocate to Perth? What is the process? How much will this cost?




Hi Lauren,

Great question. Relocating your cats to Perth will require fulfilling all the stated import requirements in South Africa (which will probably take at least 180 days), then your cats will fly to Australia and spend 10 days minimum in one of two official quarantine facilities located in Sydney and Melbourne. After fulfilling the quarantine, your cats can then travel to Perth and begin life as usual in your new home.

If you're planning to move October 16, 2015 or later, please note that the Sydney quarantine facility will be closing and at this time only the Melbourne facility will be available. Eventually a new Australia quarantine facility will open in Mickleham, Victoria; by the end of 2018, all pets will go to this quarantine facility upon arrival into the country.

We recently helped a dog named Kuro move from Canada to Perth—his story may shed some light on the process for you. As far as costs, they will depend on a few factors but the official Australia government website will outline quarantine fees and you can check with Qantas Airlines to find out about cargo travel fees.

Australia is one of the more expensive places to move a pet and also takes a significant amount of planning, however pets do move here safely all the time. If you'd like to discuss the process and your move options with one of our Australia pet move Specialists, please fill out our online consultation form or give our office a call at 1-877-PET-MOVE.

Hopefully this information helps to get you started, Lauren. Good luck, and we hope to hear from you soon!


PetRelocation Team





Australia, South Africa


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By Gauri Thanasingam on July 15, 2018 at 12:45 am

What about bringing a dog from malaysia to perth? What is the price and process? ( its a maltese mix terrier so its small)

By Maegan at PetRelocation on July 16, 2018 at 11:20 am

Hi Gauri! Here are the pet import requirements for Australia. You'll see that you do need to complete a variety of steps, including a rabies vaccination and RNATT. Australia is one of the more strict countries when it comes to importing pets. Find more information on the official AQIS site, contact us if you have any more questions, and good luck with everything!

By Christine davies on January 10, 2018 at 9:58 pm

I wish to bring my dog from England to Perth where is the nearest quarantine

By Christina at PetRelocation on January 11, 2018 at 9:29 am

Hi Christine,

Thank you for your question! The Mickleham Post Entry Quarantine facility would be your only option. If you’re just starting to plan a pet move to Australia, this simple guide covers the regulations and steps you’ll need to take, including booking quarantine. Best of luck, and please let us know if we can be of any assistance!

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