If you're planning to travel with a pet to Australia from a “non-approved” country (here's the list of country categories), be aware that the rules have recently been updated. These changes relate to the rabies titer test and where it can be administered, so will affect the pre-export travel plans of pet owners tackling this process.
Here's what has changed, based on information from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture:
- In Summary, a pet can now begin the rabies vaccine and titer test in the non-approved country (administered by a registered vet and blood tested in a lab recognized by DAFF with passing results).
- The pet will then need to travel to an approved country, where a second blood sample must be collected from the animal. The rabies antibody titre must be tested at a laboratory recognised by the competent authority of that country at least 10 days prior to export to Australia. The second RNAT test must also record a rabies antibody titre of at least 0.5 IU/m.
- Immediately after the blood sample is taken for the second RNAT test, an approved inactivated rabies vaccine must be given to the animal in the approved country.
Previously, pets from non-approved countries first had to go to an approved country to begin export testing (rabies vaccination and titer test) and could travel back to the unapproved country after passing the titer test. Then they had to travel back to the approved country for the remaining preparations. Alternatively, the pet had to travel to an approved country and stay there until export, completing all necessary procedures.
Please contact PetRelocation if you have questions about these Australia pet import changes or if you need help planning a pet move. Want to know more about the process from a pet owner's perspective? Here's a move story from one of our recent Australia clients.