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Importing Dogs to Australia [Pet Passport Requirements 2020]

Importing dogs to Australia can be a complicated process. This is because Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment work hard to protect their natural flora and fauna. Therefore, in order to successfully take your dog to Australia, there are strict conditions that must be met. The requirements vary widely, depending on the breed of your dog and which country you are traveling from.

The requirements for importing dogs to Australia in 2020 can include any of the following:

  1. Microchipping
  2. Rabies vaccination
  3. Additional vaccinations
  4. Rabies blood test
  5. Internal and external parasite treatments
  6. Import permit and health certificate
  7. Government endorsement
  8. Quarantine

In this article, we will guide you through the process of importing a dog to Australia, and breakdown the strict and complicated entry requirements.


What is an Australia Pet Passport?

Australia does not have an official ‘Pet Passport’, however it is a term used to describe the documents that are required to import a dog to Australia. Customs officials will need to see these documents in order to clear your dog in customs. Essentially, a pet passport demonstrates that your dog is fit and healthy to travel. For a Australia pet passport you will likely need a microchip, vaccinations, parasite treatments and a rabies blood test. 

The documents required to travel with dogs depends on which country you are travelling from, and which country you are travelling to. Each country has different rules and requirements to export and import dogs. Requirements and restrictions also vary between pet species. We will discuss the requirements to import dogs to Australia in detail below.


What is the process of importing dogs to Australia?

The process of importing dogs to Australia is as follows:

  1. Research – the process depends on the age of your dog, and where you are traveling from. Therefore, ensure you are aware of the specific requirements for taking your dog to Australia. It’s also important to check that your dog is allowed to be imported to Australia, as they have very strict rules, prohibiting some dog breeds visiting.
  2. Visit the vet – most dogs will require a microchip, vaccinations, parasite treatments and a rabies blood test. However, the requirements vary depending on your dog’s age and home country. You can find details above.
  3. Apply for import permit (if necessary) – to import a dog to Australia, you will need an import permit. You need to apply for this before traveling to Australia as it will be required to pass customs. See import permit section below.
  4. Organise quarantine (if necessary) – as soon as you have your import permit granted, you should get in contact with the The Mickleham Center in Victoria to make arrangements for your dog. See quarantine section below.

What are the requirements to import dogs to Australia?

The entry requirements depend on which of the following country groups you are traveling from:

Group 1 Countries: New Zealand; Norfolk Island; Cocos Island

Group 2 Countries: American Samoa, Bahrain, Barbados, Christmas Island, Cook Island, Falkland Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, Iceland, Japan, Kiribati, Mauritius, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.

Group 3 Countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Canary and Balearic Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Netherlands-Antilles, Aruba, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, the Republic of South Africa, Reunion, Saipan, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland (including Liechtenstein), Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States (including the district of Columbia, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands (but excluding Guam and Hawaii), Uruguay.

PET MICROCHIPPING

All dogs imported to Australia must be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted.

A microchip is a small chip the size of a grain of rice that holds a unique number which can be detected by a microchip scanner. The chip is implanted just under your dog’s skin in between its shoulder blades.

This should be the first step you take. Your pet’s microchip must be implanted before its rabies vaccination is administered, otherwise the vaccination may not be valid. We will discuss the rabies vaccination in the next section.

In order to get your dog microchipped, simply take him or her to your vet. Your dog’s microchip number must be written on all of your dog’s documentation required to enter Australia.

RABIES VACCINATION

Dogs residing in and entering from Group 1 and Group 2 Countries do not require a rabies vaccination. However, it is a requirement for importing dogs to Australia from all other countries. 

If you are travelling from the following countries, your dog will NOT need a rabies vaccination:

Group 1 Countries: New Zealand; Norfolk Island; Cocos Island

Group 2 Countries: American Samoa, Bahrain, Barbados, Christmas Island, Cook Island, Falkland Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, Iceland, Japan, Kiribati, Mauritius, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.

If you are travelling from the following countries, your dog WILL need a rabies vaccination:

Group 3 Countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Canary and Balearic Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Netherlands-Antilles, Aruba, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, the Republic of South Africa, Reunion, Saipan, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland (including Liechtenstein), Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States (including the district of Columbia, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands (but excluding Guam and Hawaii), Uruguay.

All dogs must be older than 12 weeks old at the time of vaccination.

You can get your dog vaccinated at your local vet. Make sure you obtain certification of the period of validity for the particular vaccinations that you get. Some are valid for 1 year, and others for 3. The vaccination must be valid at the time of entering Australia. Australia accepts the 3 year rabies vaccination.

Your dog may may also require a rabies blood test, also known as a rabies titer test. We will discuss this in detail in the ‘requirement 4 – rabies blood test’ section below.

ADDITIONAL VACCINATIONS

On top of the rabies vaccination, dogs traveling from Group 2 or Group 3 countries also require additional vaccinations to enter Australia. All vaccinations must be valid for the entire post-arrival quarantine period. 

If you are traveling from the following countries, your dogs MAY NOT need additional vaccines:

Group 1 Countries: New Zealand; Norfolk Island; Cocos Island

This is the case as long as there have been no cases of canine brucellosis (Brucella canis), leptospirosis (Leptospira canicola) and indigenous cases of, and established populations of competent vectors for, canine ehrlichiosis (Ehrlichia canis) and leishmaniosis (Leishmania infantum) during the 12 months before the date of export.

If you are travelling from the following countries, your dog WILL need additional vaccinations:

Group 2 Countries: American Samoa, Bahrain, Barbados, Christmas Island, Cook Island, Falkland Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, Iceland, Japan, Kiribati, Mauritius, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.

Group 3 Countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Canary and Balearic Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Netherlands-Antilles, Aruba, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, the Republic of South Africa, Reunion, Saipan, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland (including Liechtenstein), Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States (including the district of Columbia, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands (but excluding Guam and Hawaii), Uruguay.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment REQUIRES that dogs traveling from Group 2 and Group 3 countries are vaccinated against the following:

  • Babesia canis (dogs that have visited Africa)
  • Brucellosis
  • Ehrlicia canis
  • Leishmaniosis
  • Leptospirosis

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment RECOMMENDS that dogs traveling from Group 2 and Group 3 countries receive vaccinations against the following:

  • Bordetella bronchiseptica
  • Canine influenza*
  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Parvovirus
  • Para-influenza

*Dogs entering from Canada, the United States and Korea must be vaccinated against Canine influenze between 14 days and 12 months prior to travel. Additionally, it is advised that dogs entering from other countries also receive the vaccination, if it is available.

INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL PARASITE TREATMENT

Prior to importing dogs to Australia, they must be treated against internal parasites. This applies to all dogs, no matter where they are traveling from.

Dogs must start treatments 21 days prior to Ehrlichia blood sampling.

To calculate 21 days after initial external parasite treatment, count the first day the treatment is applied as day 0. For example, if treatment is given 1 January then your dog’s blood sample cannot be collected until 22 January.

All treatments must be administered by a government approved veterinarian.

You must maintain continuous protection from external parasites until the time your dog leaves Australia.

At each subsequent veterinary visit, your approved vet should examine your dog for external parasites. If fleas or ticks are found they must be removed. Thus, the treatment will be restarted and dogs must be tested for Ehrlichia canis antibodies 21 days later.

RABIES BLOOD TEST (RABIES TITER TEST)

If you have proof of at least 6 months residency in the following countries, your dog will NOT need a rabies blood test:

Group 1 Countries: New Zealand; Norfolk Island; Cocos Island

Group 2 Countries: American Samoa, Bahrain, Barbados, Christmas Island, Cook Island, Falkland Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, Iceland, Japan, Kiribati, Mauritius, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.

If you are travelling from the following countries, your dog WILL need a rabies blood test:

Group 3 Countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Canary and Balearic Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Netherlands-Antilles, Aruba, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, the Republic of South Africa, Reunion, Saipan, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland (including Liechtenstein), Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States (including the district of Columbia, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands (but excluding Guam and Hawaii), Uruguay.

The rabies blood test (rabies titer test) ensures your dog’s rabies vaccine has provided them with adequate levels of the rabies antibody. This ensures your dog is protected against rabies. 

A licensed vet will need to take your dog’s blood at least 3 to 4 weeks after receiving their rabies vaccination. Your dog’s blood sample must then be sent to an approved lab for testing. The blood results must show at least 0.5 IU/ml of the rabies antibody in order to pass the test.

Once you have your positive results back, your dog can enter Australia no sooner than 180 days after date that the lab receives the blood sample. The rabies titer test is valid for 730 days after that date.

If your dog is currently living in a non-approved country, you can have your dog’s rabies titer tested in your home country. The blood sample must be processed in an OIE-approved laboratory in either China, France, South Korea, Mexico, South Africa or the UK. However, before applying for the import permit, your dog must have another rabies titer test once it has moved to an approved country. The sample from the second test can be processed in an approved lab in that country.

IMPORT PERMIT & HEALTH CERTIFICATE

All dogs traveling from Group 2 or Group 3 countries require an import permit. 

If you are traveling from the following countries, dogs will NOT need an import permit:

Group 1 Countries: New Zealand; Norfolk Island; Cocos Island

If you are travelling from the following countries, your dog WILL need an import permit :

Group 2 Countries: American Samoa, Bahrain, Barbados, Christmas Island, Cook Island, Falkland Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, Iceland, Japan, Kiribati, Mauritius, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.

Group 3 Countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Canary and Balearic Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Netherlands-Antilles, Aruba, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, the Republic of South Africa, Reunion, Saipan, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland (including Liechtenstein), Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States (including the district of Columbia, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands (but excluding Guam and Hawaii), Uruguay.

Upon arrival in Australia, customs officials will need to see a valid import permit, with a veterinary health certificate completed by an Official government veterinarian in the country of export.

Your dog’s import permit will prove that your dog is ready for travel to Australia. Your dog’s veterinary health certificate will be Appendix 1 of your import permit.

An official government veterinarian must:

  • Complete, sign and stamp all pages of the veterinary health certificate
  • Give you a seal to be placed on your dog’s travel crate at the time of export. The seal number must be recorded on the veterinary health certificate.

How to apply for an Australian Import Permit?

You can apply an import permit online through BICON, once you are registered to their system.

It’s important to apply for your dog’s import permit for well in advance of your expected arrival date in Australia. You can file for the permit as soon as your dog’s rabies titer test is passed, and no sooner than 42 days before import. An import permit is valid for 12 months from the issue date.

Once you have submitted your application, The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment will assess it and may decide to grant an import permit subject to any conditions deemed necessary to safely import your dog.

It is important to note that applying for an import permit does not automatically result in an import permit being issued. The department may reject your request, but they will inform you why your import permit was not granted.

Before submitting an import permit application, we highly recommended that you double check the import requirements for your dog on BICON.

GOVERNMENT ENDORSEMENT

Often proof of vaccines required must to be verified with a government endorsement. 

For example, this is the case if you are bringing a dog to Australia from the US. USDA endorsements for pets going to Australia need to be secured during the preparation process and also once again at the exit port (most likely LAX).

Check whether your home country requires endorsement before exporting a pet.

QUARANTINE

If you are traveling from the following countries, dogs will NOT be subject to quarantine:

Group 1 Countries: New Zealand; Norfolk Island; Cocos Island

If you are travelling from the following countries, your dog WILL be subjected to quarantine:

Group 2 Countries: American Samoa, Bahrain, Barbados, Christmas Island, Cook Island, Falkland Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, Iceland, Japan, Kiribati, Mauritius, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.

Group 3 Countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Canary and Balearic Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Netherlands-Antilles, Aruba, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, the Republic of South Africa, Reunion, Saipan, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland (including Liechtenstein), Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States (including the district of Columbia, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands (but excluding Guam and Hawaii), Uruguay.

Dogs traveling from New Zealand will not be subjected to quarantine. However, all dogs traveling from outside of New Zealand will be subject to a 10 day quarantine period upon arrival. 

Don’t worry, quarantine isn’t as scary as it sounds. Dogs will have great caretakers and special food/medication accommodations if your dog needs it.

We advise that you make reservations for your dog as soon as you receive your dog’s import permit.

The Mickleham Center in Victoria is currently the only quarantine center in Australia. Therefore, upon arrival, departmental staff will collect your dog and transport them directly to the Mickleham post-entry quarantine facility.

When entering Australia from another country through New Zealand, dog must be quarantined in New Zealand, then remain on the island for 90 days after quarantine prior to entering Australia.

The quarantine facility at Mickleham will be closed for the last 2 weeks of December and the first day of January. No dogs will be accepted for quarantine during that time.

How long does it take to import dogs to Australia?

The process of importing a dog to Australia can take between 1-12 months to complete. This depends on the age of your dog, and where you are traveling from.

If you are traveling from New Zealand with a dog, the time scale will be shorter. This is because they will not require rabies blood tests or import permits. However, if you are traveling from a country other than NZ, it will likely take you longer to import your dog to Australia.

The most timely steps of importing a dog to Australia, are getting your dog’s rabies blood test results back, and applying for an import permit.

Getting your dog microchipped and vaccinated against rabies will just take a quick appointment to the vet. The appointment should take no more than half an hour. If your dog requires additional treatments and vaccinations, the appointment may take a little longer.

As mentioned above, your dog’s rabies blood test (or rabies titer test) will likely take the most time. This is because you must wait at least 3 to 4 weeks after your dog’s rabies vaccination, before taking its blood sample. Furthermore, not only can it take up to 30 days to get your dog’s blood test results back, but you will then have to wait 180 days before entering Australia.

Additionally, the process of getting an import permit can be lengthy. Luckily, most permit applications are processed and decided within 20 days. However, in more complex cases, the process does take longer. In fact, under the Biosecurity Act 2015 and Biosecurity Regulation 2016, the department has a maximum of six months (123 business days) to either grant or refuse a permit.


How much will it cost to import dogs to Australia?

The total cost of bringing a dog to Australia is around $4,000 (USD) / $5,600 (AUD). The cost is broken down into the following fees:

  • Vet fees – microchipping, vaccinations 4nd treatments varies on your veterinarian centre’s fees and home country (average $300 (USD) / $425 (AUD))
  • Airline fees for shipping a dog – varies widely depending on the airline, size and weight of your dog
  • Import permit fees – costs around $480 (AUD) for one dog and $240 (AUD) for additional dogs
  • Quarantine fees – costs around $2,200 per dog (AUD)
  • Government endorsements – varies depending on home country
  • Travel gear – costs between $40 – $150 (AUD)

Of course, this is an approximate number as the real cost can vary massively depending on where you are traveling from, size and weight of your dog, and your mode of transport.

For a detailed breakdown of the costs, check Cost of Bringing a Dog to Australia [2020]


What dog breeds are NOT allowed into Australia?

It’s important to be aware that sadly a number of “fighting” breeds are not permitted within Australia. At present the following breeds are banned:

  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brazileiro
  • Japanese Tosa’s
  • Pit Bull Terriers
  • Presa Canaria

What airlines allow flying a dog to Australia?

Most airlines allow flying a dog to Australia. However, depending on the airline you fly with, pet policies differ.

When flying with a dog, it’s important to check airline pet policies before booking any travel. Different airline’s have different rules for flying with dogs, including which dog breeds are allowed, the size and weight of dogs that are permitted, and the number of dogs they allow. Fees also vary between airlines.

Most airlines will allow dogs to fly in the cargo section of their planes, in a climate controlled, comfortable pet zone. Although some pet owners think this will be stressful for their dogs, it can actually be a lot calmer than flying in the cabin.

Some airlines will allow dogs to fly int he cabin with their owners, but generally only small dogs that weigh under 8kg are permitted. This is because dogs must fly inside an airline-approved carrier that fits under the seat in front of their owners.

For a list of airlines that allow dogs to fly in the cabin with their owners, check 13 Airlines That Allow Flying With Dogs In-Cabin [2020 Prices & Policies].


Guidelines for Dog Carriers

If you are flying to Australia with a dog, it is important that you use a dog carrier that is approved by your airline. Different airlines have different pet carrier policies, which often vary between aircrafts and routes. Check that your pet carrier is approved for your chosen airline, aircraft and route. 

The rules and regulations have been set out by International Air Transport Association (IATA) ensure that dogs are comfortable when travelling. Thus, inside their travel carriers, dogs must be able to stand up, turn around and lie down in a natural position in their kennel (without touching any side or the top of the container).

The rules for pet carriers also vary depending on whether your dog will be flying in the cabin or cargo area of the plane.

If you are travelling in the cabin with your dog, then you will need to ensure that it fits under the seat in front of you. This is why only small dogs weighing under 7-8kg are permitted in the cabin.

Furthermore, airlines often require that your dog must be obedient to your commands and must behave appropriately in public. Thus, he mustn’t bark or growl at other passengers or staff. If your dog does not behave in an appropriate manner, some airlines may transfer him to the cargo hold at an additional cost, or refuse to transport him all together. Some airlines require a consent form to ensure your pet is flight-ready.

For a list of airlines that allow dogs to fly in the cabin with their owners, check 13 Airlines That Allow Flying With Dogs In-Cabin [2020 Prices & Policies].

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Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]

Can I take my puppy to Australia?

If you are traveling from the Keeling Islands, New Zealand or Norfolk Island, yes, as long as he or she is over 8 weeks of age. However, unfortunately, dogs must be at least 10 months of age to be permitted to enter Australia from any other country. This is due to the strict time requirements on microchipping, rabies vaccinations and rabies blood tests. The import requirements include microchipping and rabies vaccination no sooner than 3 months of age. You must then wait a minimum of 30 days after rabies vaccination prior to having their titer test, which can take 3-4 months.

Can I take my dog to Australia with an EU Pet Passport?

You can travel to Australia with an EU Pet Passport, however there are additional conditions to be met. You will need to apply for an Import Permit and organise your pet to stay in quarantine on arrival. Your pet may also need additional vaccines and treatments. Please refer to the requirements section above.

Can I move to Australia with my dog?

Possibly. You may be able to move to Australia with your dog, as long as you and your pet meet strict requirements. If you are from New Zealand, the process will likely be more simple. However those wanting to relocate to Australia from another country, will have a more lengthy and difficult process to go through. This is because there are additional requirements and conditions to be met. For more details, refer to the requirements section above.


Bottom Line

So, importing a dog to Australia can be a complicated process. It is particularly complicated if you are traveling from a country other than New Zealand.

If you haven’t been put off, just be sure to familiarise yourself with the conditions you need to meet to bring your dog to Australia.

Allow yourself plenty of time to prepare for your trip, even up to 1 year in more complicated cases!

Hope you have found this helpful. Happy travels!

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