Interested in bringing dogs to Australia with you when you relocate? Most canines are welcome as long as they meet the eligibility requirements and go through the proper importation process.
Here's a general overview of the required steps that must take place over the course of several months before traveling. When you're ready to get started, a PetRelocation Specialist can help you tackle each step along the way.
Regulations For Importing Dogs 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.
Does your dog have a microchip? If not, now's the time to have one implanted. Bringing dogs into Australia requires that each dog has a documented microchip implanted before any pre-export testing gets underway. All documentation for dog transport to Australia, including blood samples and paperwork, must be labeled with the animal's microchip number.
Ensure that your dog has received an inactivated rabies virus vaccine that is valid at the time of travel. If not, order a new rabies vaccination after having the microchip implanted and ask for certification of the period of validity. Keep in mind that dogs must be at least 90 days old to receive their first vaccinations.
Rabies Antibody Titer Test
Three to four weeks after the rabies vaccination, a USDA accredited vet will need to administer the Rabies Antibody Titer Test to ensure adequate rabies antibody levels in your pet (0.5 IU/ml or above). This test must go through an approved lab and be labeled with your dog's microchip number.
Once the Titer Test has been administered, you may apply for the required import permit. Your PetRelocation Specialist can give you more information about this all-important step for dog transport to Australia.
The results of the Titer Test, the lab used, and the date the blood was sampled must be noted correctly on all health certificates.
Important: The veterinarian who performs the blood work 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 blood has been drawn for the Titer Test, the countdown begins for the required 190-day quarantine. Up to 180 days of your dog's quarantine may take place in the country of origin, but the last 10 days must occur in Australia at the approved, post-entry quarantine facility located in Mickleham, Victoria.
Other Blood Tests and Vaccinations
At least 21 days before bringing dogs to Australia, additional treatments and tests may be needed.
All of this information should be recorded on the import permit as well as on documentation that travels with your dog.
Health Exam and Certificate
Within 10 days of departure, your dog will need to undergo a wellness visit with your vet. They will determine if your pet is healthy enough to travel and issue a health certificate deeming your dog OK to fly.
A series of internal and external parasite treatments are required to be given by a USDA accredited vet. The final internal parasite treatment must be given by a USDA accredited vet within five days of departure. Be sure to check the Australia government site for a list of approved products for the treatment of internal and external parasites.
Pre-Export Vet Exam
Before travel, a USDA accredited vet must ensure your pet is free of parasites and complete an international health certificate.
Final Quarantine Period
Importing dogs to Australia concludes with a minimum 10-day quarantine in an approved facility at the port of entry. If there are biosecurity issues, such as a tick found on your dog, a longer stay in post-entry quarantine may result.
Learn more about how PetRelocation can help with bringing dogs to Australia.