All animals entering Australia require an import permit, issued by AQIS. To obtain an import permit, an application to import your pet must be returned to you on approval of your application. The import permit contains Veterinary Certificates A and B which must be completed and endorsed by an Official Government Veterinarian in the country of export prior to the departure of your pet. The steps below provide information for completing the entire import process.
The importer as listed on the import permit is responsible for the collection of the animal from quarantine and payment of all quarantine fees associated with the importation and quarantine accommodation of dogs and cats imported in Australia.
Step 1: General Eligibility
Time Frame: Confirm eligibility before proceeding.
Residency: Dogs and cats must have been continuously living in the country of export for a minimum of 6 months immediately prior to export, or since direct importation form Australia (please view page 9 before proceeding).
Your pet must not be under quarantine restriction at the time of export.
Age: Animals must be more than 6 months old at time of export.
Pregnancy: Female pets must not be more than3 weeks pregnant nor be suckling young and must be eligible for minimum 30 days in Quarantine at time of export.
Breeds: Under the legislation of the Australian Customs Service (ACS) dogs of the following pure breeds are not eligible for importation into Australia.
*Pit dull terrier or American pit bull
The ACS can be contacted on ph:=61 2 6245 5484 of 1300 363 263
Under the legislation of the Department of the Enviornonment and Water Resources, domestic non-domestic animal hybrids (eg Bengal cats or wolf crosses) are not eligible for import unless they are proven to be 5 or more generations removed from their pure-bred non domestic ancestors. Please contact Wildlife Permits and Enforcement Section, the Department of the Environment and Water Resources on ph:+61 2 6274 1111 for further information.