Moving with pet(s)

Moving with pet(s)


It may not come as a surprise to you that moving pets into Australia from any country is not a cheap process with requirements for microchips, vaccinations, vet checks, flights and a minimum of 10 days in quarantine. There are companies which specialise in pet relocation and having them manage the process for you may be the easiest solution.

Most breeds of dogs and cats from New Zealand generally do not require an import permit or quarantine to be brought into Australia, however conditions apply.

In most cases, to move your pet to Australia you will need to fill in an import permit application form and pay an application fee. Your application can be lodged and paid for online. The average application processing time is 20 days. You will also need to pay for your pet’s accommodation in a quarantine facility.

Generally, your dog or cat will be subject to a period of quarantine, vaccination and testing for various types of illness for around six months before being able to leave for Australia. To enter quarantine in Australia your dog or cat will need to have been granted an import permit prior to their arrival in Australia. The Department of Agriculture runs two quarantine facilities – one in Sydney and one in Melbourne. It is advisable to book ahead as places can be limited.

Please consult the Australian Government Agriculture website for more information on bringing pets into Australia.


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