Moving Pets to Australia

When moving pets to Australia from another country, it is important to know that Australian quarantine regulations are very strict when it comes to importing animals. All pets are required to undergo a period of quarantine upon entering Australia in accordance with the Rabies Prevention Law. Current legislation requires pets to be quarantined for the period of 30 days.

This is not as scary as it sounds, as the pets are very well looked after while in quarantine. Also, pet owners can visit their beloved pets during this period, as visiting is allowed.

Upcoming Changes to the Inbound Regulations for moving Pets to Australia

You will be pleased to know that DAFF (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) has indicated important changes to the import requirements for pets coming to Australia.

According to this new legislation pet owners will benefit from following changes:

  • the current minimum 30 days of quarantine time upon pet arrival will be reduced to 10 days only.
  • Rabies Antibody Blood Test to be drawn and will be valid for 24 months, as opposed to 12 months currently
  • Pets can travel to Australia within 180 days from the date of Rabies blood test being drawn, currently that period stands at 150 days

The date when these changes will come into effect has not yet been set by DAFF, but all indications are that this will happen rather soon.

We wish to thank our partner JetPets for bringing this information to our attention.