Service Dog Travel to Australia

Emotional Support Dogs and Service Dogs Traveling to Australia 

Hi PetRelocation,

Can I travel with my emotional support animal (in cabin) to Australia? Which airline would you suggest?



Hi Ingrid,

Thank you for your question. We typically use Qantas Airlines for our Australia pet moves, and they have explicit rules about pet travel. Service animals are sometimes allowed to travel in cabin, but certain requirements must be met and this is only applicable to particular routes. Also, there is a difference between service animals and emotional support animals, so be prepared to understand and follow that distinction and all that it entails. 

Please review the information Qantas has posted on their website regarding service animal travel, and it will probably be a good idea to call and speak to someone directly about your situation. Whenever documentation is required, in this case service dog identification, it's smart to make sure you're on the right track before you book your flight.

For reference, here's a little more information about international travel with service dogs. We also have a comprehensive Australia Pet Travel Guide available on our blog if you'd like to take a look. 

Hope this helps! If you decide you'd like some help moving with your dog, you're welcome to contact us for a consultation. 

Thanks again for reaching out, and please let us know if we can of further assistance. Good luck!

Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Ingrid
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pug
From: Canada
To: Australia


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in May 2014 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team


Air Travel, Airlines, Ask the Experts, Quarantine




Australia, Canada


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By Roger Smith on March 30, 2017 at 5:14 am

Really enjoyed reading this blog. You have experienced some great adventures.

By on March 30, 2017 at 3:16 pm

Thanks for reading!

By Seth Reed on July 11, 2017 at 7:26 am

My dog is a mix with some obvious " dangerous dog" physical characteristics. He is my emotional support dog. I have been diagnosed with PTSD and severe anxiety disorders as well as suffering chronic depression. I want to go to australia and need my dog but I worry about Australia's breed restrictions on importation.

By on July 11, 2017 at 8:54 am

Hi Seth, thanks for reaching out.

Due to the delicate nature of your situation, we recommend reaching out directly to the Australia government to find out what your options may be.

Here is a link to the site where you can peruse the rules and regulations and find the appropriate contact information. Hope this helps and good luck with everything!


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