If your family is relocating to Australia, it's natural to want to include your pets. The good news is that importing pets to Australia is most likely possible, but the process will require careful planning, as you'll need to complete the several steps required by the Government of Australia in the correct order.
Below is an overview of the necessary actions to take in advance of a pet move. Be aware that the process takes several months. To ensure you're prepared, feel free to reach out to a PetRelocation Specialist for a clear understanding of what you need to do and when.
Regulations for Importing Cats 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.
Felines that are domestic/non-domestic hybrids, more than 30 days pregnant or those that will be suckling young at the time of export are not eligible for cat transport to Australia.
All cats entering Australia must be properly microchipped prior to arrival, and the chip must be scanned for all vet visits and blood sampling necessary for pre-export testing. If your cat already has a microchip, confirm that it meets the proper standards.
Before bringing cats into Australia, pet owners must ensure proper rabies vaccination and antibody levels. That begins with an inactivated rabies vaccine, followed by a Rabies Neutralizing Antibody Titer Test . The latter is a blood test that's performed three to four weeks after the rabies vaccine. It must go through an approved lab, and results must be 0.5 IU/ml or above.
Once the blood is drawn for the Titer Test, the 190-day (approximately six month) quarantine period begins. Up to 180 days of the quarantine may take place in the country of origin, but the final 10 days must occur in Australia upon arrival. (If biosecurity issues arise during that 10-day period, the post-entry quarantine may be longer.)
After the Titer Test results are received, you may apply for the required import permit. Your PetRelocation Specialist can help you with this process.
General Vaccinations & Parasite Treatments
Is your cat up to date on other necessary vaccinations? Bringing cats to Australia requires treatment for internal and external parasites before travel as well as additional vaccines and tests. Your PetRelocation Specialist will outline these for you in greater detail and provide the necessary timeline.
Pre-Export Examination and Health Certificate
Within five days of travel to Australia, cats must be examined by an approved vet to ensure pets are free of parasites and infectious diseases. The vet will fill out the veterinary health certificate that comes with the import permit; this documentation must be included when importing pets to Australia.
Learn more about how PetRelocation can help you arrange your cat’s move.