Australia pet shippers

As Australia pet shippers this is our summary information and requirements for the importation of cats and dogs into Australia.

Animals must be shipped in IATA approved transit kennels that allow the animal to stand up without touching the top of the box, lie down and turn around.  It is a requirement that cats and dogs are shipped as manifest cargo and not as excess baggage.   


There is only one Quarantine Station in Australia based in Melbourne, so animals must enter Australia at this airport. (Byford Quarantine in Perth has now been permanently closed.) If you are unable to collect your pet(s), arrangements for movement of pets from these Kennels to other cities in Australia may be possible after the quarantine period but would have to be made in Australia.  The kennels themselves will probably be able to help, as this is not an unusual request.


All Cats & Dogs from 3rd February 2014 will have to complete 10 days in Quarantine on arrival. Appox Quarantine Costs are A$149 per day. These charges are for pets not sharing accomodation and elgible for the minimum quarantine period of 10 days. Veterinary and supplies are extra and at cost.Please be aware payment for quarantine accomodation for your animal(s) will be due at the time of making the booking at your chosen quarantine station.

Every destination country has their own peculiar import requirements which can be at first sight slightly confusing.  We at can provide the complete professional service, covering you and your pets wishes.  Whether you need us to complete all your veterinary requirements or if you just need to talk to us for advice our caring staff will be on hand to help. 

Animals must be accompanied by the following paperwork:

A.  An Import Permit obtained from Australian Quarantine Services (Current cost A$585.00 for first pet and A$345.00 for each additional pet).  Application forms can be obtained from the AQIS website or we can send you copies as required.  All animals must be microchipped (approved types only), have a valid Vaccination and Test result for Rabies before an Import Permit can be applied for.  One application form must be completed for each animal.  The Import Permit will be valid for 1 year from the date of issue.

B.  An Official Export Health Certificate (this must be applied for from DEFRA (formerly the Ministry of Agriculture) – and is to be completed and certified by your LVI within 5 days of the departure.  

All UK Pets must be vaccinated against Rabies with an approved inactivated rabies virus vaccine at least 210 days prior to export and when the animal is at 12 weeks of age.  If the animal has never been previously vaccinated, AQIS recommends that at least four weeks elaspe between vaccination and blood sampling.  From the date of the blood sampling for the RNATT (as long as the result is at or above the correct level) will be when the 180 days period starts before the animal can enter Australia.

C.  For cats, vaccination certificates for feline enteritis, feline rhinotracheitis and feline calicivirus showing vaccination at least 14 days before the flight and not more than 12 months beforehand.   For dogs, vaccination certificates for Distemper, Infectious Hepatitis, Canine Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Leptospirosos & Bordatella Bronchiseptica (DHPPiL) showing vaccinations at least 14 days before the flight and not more than 12 months beforehand. Treatments against Ticks, Fleas & Worms are to be given within the required schedule and repeated as per the manufactuers recommendation.

D.  In the case of dogs only, blood samples to be tested for Leishmaniosis, Ehrlichia, Brucella Canis (not required if dog has been desexed) and must be submitted to the relevant authority (VLA, Weybridge, Surrey) within 45 days of the flight.  The dog must be treated with a long lasting acaricide (FRONTLINE) 21 days prior to the Ehrlichia blood test.  If other acaricide used please refer to manufacturers’ dosage instructions. 
A blood sample to be tested for Leptospirosis (L. interrogans serovar canicola) within 45 days - only if the dog has not received the vaccination against it. If the blood test receives a positive result the vaccination must be given and must be fully vaccinated 14 days prior to departure. All blood test results MUST accompany the Export Health Certificate. 

Last updated 20/02/2015

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