Entering Australia With A Pet
All dogs and cats must travel to Australia as manifested cargo. Pets can’t fly in cabin or as excess luggage.
Pets can only land in Melbourne International Airport where they will be transferred to the post entry quarantine facility.
Pet owners can import cats and dogs to Australia on board private yachts if a valid import permit has been granted in advance. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources assesses such requests on a case by case basis.
Dogs and cats must not me be under quarantine restrictions at the time of export. They also can’t be more than 30 days pregnant nor be suckling young at the time of export.
Dogs and cats can only be imported into Australia from an approved country. Dogs and/or cats that aren’t coming from a country listed below will need to do part of the process in an approved country.
Group 1: New Zealand, Norfolk and Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Group 2: 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: 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, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Malaysia (Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak only), Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands (including 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 and the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, 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) and Uruguay.