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Are you looking to arrange pet transport to Australia? Several factors go into a move down under for dogs and cats, including proper paperwork, health requirements, and a 180-210 day preparation period. Being organized and knowledgeable is key.

Importing dogs and cats to Australia (no other pets are currently allowed, unfortunately) begins with planning and ensuring your pet has an implanted microchip and a rabies vaccination. You'll need to work with a USDA accredited vet (if arriving from the United States) to complete several steps, one of which is completing and submitting a FAVN report form. Note that all pets will spend at least 10 nights in Australia's approved government quarantine facility upon arrival in Australia.

Before bringing dogs to Australia, help them acclimate to their travel crate to reduce anxiety during the trip and work with your USDA accredited vet to align all necessary vaccinations. (Cats should be crate trained as much as possible, as well.) Also, we recommend taking a look at our simple guide to Australia for more insight on the process, import permits, and quarantine.

Take the stress out of bringing pets to Australia by relying on the expertise of PetRelocation Specialists, who can guide you step by step through the intricate process.

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Overview: Regulations for Importing Pets to Australia

Attention: Precise regulations vary from country to country, so be sure to double check with the appropriate authorities or with your PetRelocation Consultant to find the most current and accurate information available.


All pets entering Australia must have a microchip implanted prior to travel. The microchip must be implanted before the rabies titer test is administered.

Rabies and Other Tests

All pets relocating to Australia must undergo a Rabies Antibody Titer Test at least three to four weeks after receiving an inactivated rabies vaccination. This blood test, which ensures the vaccine has provided your pet with adequate levels of the rabies antibody, must be reviewed at an approved lab.

Dogs and cats must undergo additional treatments and blood tests before departure.

Veterinary Credentials

Important: The veterinarian who performs the bloodwork and submits your pet's titer form must be USDA accredited. Check your vet's accreditation with your vet's office and with your local USDA office before completing this part of the process.


Once your pet has completed the required waiting period in preparation for their move, they will have a required 10 night stay at the Mickleham Quarantine Facility in Melbourne. This is the only quarantine facility in Australia and visitation during your pet’s stay is not allowed. We can assist in arranging special dietary and/or medical needs while in quarantine if needed.


Additionally, an Import Permit and special export documentation are required. PetRelocation will take care of this on your behalf.

Other Animals

Note: Only dogs and cats may be imported to Australia at this time (birds, rabbits, etc. are unfortunately not allowed).

Learn more about how PetRelocation can provide step-by-step guidance through the process of importing pets to Australia.

Sample Timeline for Importing Pets to Australia

Note: Only dogs and cats may be imported to Australia at this time (birds, rabbits, etc. are unfortunately not allowed).

The rules and requirements below apply to pets arriving from the United States.

Here is a sample recommended timeline for bringing pets to Australia. Your particular timeline may vary, so please consult with a PetRelocation Specialist before making your plans.

On the condition that the following criteria have been fulfilled, the quarantine period for a dog or cat entering Australia is 190 days. Most of these days can be completed in the country of origin, however there is a mandatory 10-day quarantine for all live animals entering the country.

210 Days Before Arrival

Pets must have microchip identification, and the microchip must be implanted before the rabies titer test is administered. Be sure to obtain certification of the period of validity for the particular vaccinations that you obtain (some are good for two years, others for only one). Pet must be at least 90 days old at time of first vaccination.                           

180 Days Before Arrival

After the rabies vaccination (at least 3-4 weeks later), pets must receive a Rabies Neutralizing Antibody Titer Test to ensure that the rabies vaccination has provided adequate rabies antibody levels. The test must be sent to an approved lab and the results of the blood test must be 0.5 IU/ml or above.

Your vet will need to scan your pet’s microchip prior to the blood draw for the titer test.

The date the blood was drawn for this test is when the 190-day quarantine countdown begins. You may keep your pet in the country of origin for 180 days and allow your pet to complete the minimum 10-day quarantine period in Australia upon arrival.

This test result will remain valid for two years from the time the blood sample was taken.The date of the blood sampling, the laboratory used, microchip number, and the test results should be well noted on all health certificates.

Once the test results have been returned to either yourself or the vet, you can begin the process of applying for the required Import Permit. Please contact your PetRelocation Specialist at this time for further instruction.

21 Days Before Arrival  

For Dogs Only:  Have your vet scan the pet’s microchip and draw blood for the appropriate tests, which may include Ehrlichiosis, Brucellosis, Leptospirosis, Leishmania, and an External Parasite Treatment.

Note: All original results will need to travel with the dog and will also need to be recorded on the Import Permit (Veterinary Certificate A).

10 Days Before Arrival               

Obtain a Health Certificate from your vet within 10 days of departure. This certificate must state that pets are in good health and OK to fly. 

Four Days Before Arrival            

Internal and external parasite treatments may be needed as well as a final vet exam performed by an accredited vet. Vet Certificate A is to be completed at this time. An international health certificate must also be issued (APHIS Form 7001).

In addition to the above, we may recommend that your pets have the following annual vaccines given prior to departure:

Dogs:  Bordetella, Distemper, ontagious Hepatitis (Adenovirus type II acceptable), Parvovirus Infectious Disease Trivalent Vaccine (parainflueza, corona virus, infections disease immunizations are also suggested).

* Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) must be noted individually.

Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Feline Caliccivirus, And Feline Panleukopenia Vaccine

Advice From Pet Owners

Curious about the transport process? Here's what a few pet owners had to say about their pet moves to Australia.

“Remi absolutely loves going to the beach, meeting new dogs in the neighborhood, and playing in all the parks nearby. We are so happy that she is here with us in Australia.” - Read more about Remi

“T-Rex coasted easily through his 10-day quarantine and now spends his days enjoying beautiful Melbourne, where he's happier and more playful than ever!” - Read more about T-Rex

“With flights from SFO to LAX then to Melbourne there was a lot that could have gone wrong, but we were informed of tracking numbers and status at every single step. Many thanks for a very well executed multi-month long engagement.” - Read more about Taz and Sydney

“I can't imagine going through the whole process by myself, as it is very complicated to transfer dogs from Mexico to Australia. Finally Dadi and I are together and we both are sooo happy!” - Read more about Dadi

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