Can I take my pet to Australia?

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can i take my pet to australiaIf a dog or cat is part of your family, and you’re considering emigration to Australia, you’re probably wondering, ‘can I take my pet to Australia’?

We’re here to tell you the answer is ‘yes’ – but only if you’re from an approved country, and it’s not a cheap or simple process.

Chances are though that you can’t bear the thought of leaving your pet behind. That’s why we’re sharing the most important facts about taking your pets to Australia:

  • Approved countries.
  • The cost.
  • Quarantine requirements.
  • Requirements around microchips, vaccinations, etc.
  • What happens to old animals or animals with medical conditions.

Let’s start by finding out if you can take your pet to Australia.

Which countries have approval to import pets to Australia?

Australia has divided all approved countries into 3 groups, each with different import conditions.

These countries all have adequate animal health services and a satisfactory animal health status. This provides a high level of assurance in the treatment, management and health of pets imported to Australia.

You can find lists of the countries in this glossary of terms from Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

But not all cats and dogs make the cut

Australia prohibits the import of some pure bred dogs, as well as domestic and non domestic hybrid breeds. These include but are not limited to:

Cats

Dogs

  • Savannah cat
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Safari cat
  •   Fila Brasileiro
  • Chausie
  • Pit Bull Terrier or American Pit Bull
  • Bengal cat
  • Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario
 
  • Czechoslovakian wolfdog or Czechoslovakian Vlcak
 
  • Saarloos wolfdog or Saarloos wolfhound
 
  • Lupo Italiano or Italian wolfdog

How much does it cost to import a cat or dog to Australia?

You’ll have to pay two sets of fees to take your pet to Australia:

Together, it will bring the cost of importing one cat or dog, that undergoes the minimum quarantine, to AU$2000.

Additional fees will apply if your cat or dog needs extra treatment, veterinary care, an extended quarantine stay or other other services.

How long does my pet have to stay in quarantine?

All cats and dogs must stay in quarantine for at least 10 days. This has to be at the Mickleham post in Melbourne, meaning your animal must enter Australia at Melbourne International Airport.

Stays will be longer if issues arise that increase the biosecurity risk, for example when a tick is found on your dog.

What else must I have?

To take your pet to Australia, you’ll need the import permit you’ve paid for, plus the following:

  • Pet microchip: Your pet must have a microchip which was scanned by a vet.
  • Vaccinations: Your pet must have had a rabies vaccination within one year of entry into Australia. It is recommended, but not required, that your dog or cat get other common vaccinations too. The type of vaccination will depend on whether you’re emigrating from a Group 1, 2 or 3 country.
  • Treatments and blood tests: Additional treatments and blood tests are required before departure. Again, this will depend on the group of country you fall under.

What if my pet is old or has a medical condition?

The good news is that there aren’t any age restrictions on animals. But if you are concerned about the effect of a long flight and quarantine time on an older animal, please speak to your vet. You vet will be able to advise on any extra precautions you should take.

As for pets with medical conditions, these animals can be imported but they must still be able to meet all Australian import conditions. Please note that medical conditions must be mentioned in the import permit and if your pet is diagnosed after the permit has been granted, you must inform the Australian authorities.

Visit the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources for more

Like we said, importing a pet to Australia is not a simple process. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has a full list of FAQs on their site, so bookmark it and visit it when the time comes to start your emigration.

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