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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put the pet into quarantine, return the pet to the country of origin, or destroy the pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.

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Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to Australia

Australia requires for dogs and cats to enter the country with a minimum of 10 days quarantine except for pets traveling from the following countries: New Zealand, Norfolk Island or Coco Island who will be admitted to Australia with no quarantine.

This completes a passport for your dog or cat to enter Australia.

Dog Passport Australia

Pets from countries not approved by DAFF can also enter Australia through approved countries (see list below) as long as they conform to the regulations of the intermediary country. (pets do not need to reside in the country for 6 months).  There are also additional vaccination changes.

Pets may only enter Australia from the following countries: American Samoa, Antigua, Aruba, Barbuda, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Canada, Canary and Baleavic Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Cook Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Reputlic, Denmark, Falkan Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finoland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Bernsey, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isla of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Kingdom of Tonga, Kiribati, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia (Peninsular, Sabah & Sarawak only), Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Norway, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, REunion, Saipan, Samoa, Serbia, Seychilles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Soloman Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, Tahiti, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, US Virgin Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Uruguay, Vanuatu and Wallis & Fortuna.

Other animals: The following pets are not permitted to enter Australia: chinchillas, fish, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, lizards, mice, snakes, spiders and turtles. Live pigeons are permitted from any country, however, birds are not permitted unless they are entering from New Zealand.

The rules and regulations are complex and we recommend that you enlist the services of a licensed pet transport agent to assist you in making the arrangements to take your pet into Australia.

From most counties, it is a very long flight and you should consider the health and well being of your pet including asking the advice of your veterinarian. Taking a pet animal into Australia for a holiday is not practical. Pets must arrive as manifest cargo into Sydney or Melbourne.

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

Puppies and Kittens: Unvaccinated puppies or kittens are not permitted to enter Australia.

Restricted Breeds: Dogo Argentino, Fila Brazileiro, Japanese Tosa, Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull, Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario.

Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet will be refused entry or returned to the country of origin or placed in quarantine, all at the expense of the person responsible for your pet.

Inspection: All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to Australia. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.

Other Animals: Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Australia. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.

IIf your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES).  You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Search their database. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. Read more about CITIES.

Veterinary Certificate: All countries have unique veterinary certificates. This form may differ from the veterinary certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) It is an essential part of the cat or dog passport.

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