Pet Passport Australia
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. Note: Australian import rules will be changing for pets imported after February 3, 2014. See details below.
- ISO 11784/11785 compliant ISO microchip. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
- Rabies vaccination within one year of entry.
- Blood Titer Test (RNATT) no sooner than 180 days prior to entry. (Have your veterinarian scan your pet's microchip prior to the titer test.)
- Import Permit (this will take about 10 days to process.)
- A USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must then complete the
Australia Veterinary Certificate for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA
if traveling from the United States or Canada. Other requirements
apply for other departure countries.
- A copy of the Rabies Certificate and Blood Titer Test should also be included for endorsement.
- All pets must travel as manifest cargo will need a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel.
This completes a passport for your dog or cat to enter Australia.
New Regulations: For pets entering Australia after February 3, 2014, the quarantine period will be reduced from 30 days to 10 days if the Blood Titer test is done no less than 180 days and and no more than 24 months prior to entry. The rabies vaccination must be valid at the time of the test, administered no sooner than 4 weeks after vaccination, and kept current through import. 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.
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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