Migrating Down Under with Your Pet

Starting a new life in Australia but don’t want to leave your pet behind? Don’t worry, no fur will be left behind because there are ways to bring them with you down under. There are seven steps that you can follow but take note that some of it will take some time.


Can you bring your pet with you or not? The answers are all here:


Step 1 – Make sure that your pet is qualified for export to Australia

You need to make sure that your dog or cat is eligible for export to Australia

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How will you know if your pet is qualified?


First of all, your pet must not be more than six weeks pregnant. Also, Australia has a list of certain breeds of dogs that cannot be exported. Especially breeds that tend to be aggressive.


These breeds are Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Japanese tosas, Pitbull terrier, American pit bull or the Presa Canario.


Hybrid animals are also not qualified unless they are proven to be on the 5th generation or more away from any pure-bred non-domestic ancestor.


Step 2 – Your pet must undergo microchip implant for identification purposes

Get your dog or cat microchipped for identification purposes

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Microchip implants for pets are very important. The microchip is a radio-frequency identification transponder that carries a unique identification number.


Thanks to the microchip, it will be easier to know who the owner is and their address if a dog is lost.


Step 3 – Get your permit for quarantine

Get your permit for quarantine

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Now we go to permits. It is not allowed to enter Australia without a valid AQIS permit to import.


The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service import permits are only valid for six months. After receiving the permit, make sure to book a space at your preferred Quarantine station. In Australia, there’s three main quarantine station:

  • Byford Quarantine Station (covers Perth and the rest of Western Australia)
  • The Eastern Creek Quarantine Station (covers Sydney and the New South Wales regions)
  • Spotswood Quarantine Station(covers Melbourne, Victoria)

Step 4 – Schedule your pet for a health check

Your pets health check

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Same as humans, your pets need to have a health check before shipping them to Australia. Official Veterinarian can sign you certificates on behalf of the government’s veterinarian administration. But your local veterinarian can also be an option.


Step 5 – Plan your pet’s itinerary

Make your pets travel arrangements

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There are specific airports where your pets are allowed to travel. In Australia, there are three airports:

  • Mascot Airport in Sydney (New South Wales)
  • Perth Airport in Perth (Western Australia)
  • Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne (Victoria)

Your pet must also travel as a manifested cargo and in an international Air Transport Association (IATA) approved container for dogs and cats. Your pet will be quarantined for 10 days upon arriving.


Step 6 – Get your pet a new vaccination

Get your pet vaccinated

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Dogs must be vaccinated against canine parvovirus (parvo), parainfluenza, distemper, Bordetella bronchiseptica (kennel cough), and infectious hepatitis.


If some vaccines are not available in the country of origin, dogs may be vaccinated upon arrival in Australia at the owner’s expense. While Cats must have been vaccinated against rhinotracheitis, feline enteritis (feline panleukopenia, feline distemper) and calicivirus.


Step 7 – Final Vet Checks

Final Vet Checks

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After days in the quarantine, your pet will undergo its final health check. Lastly, if your pet has no health issues, then they will be released in the quarantine and you’re free to take them home.

Migrating down under with your pet needs a lot of work. The quarantine will take a lot of time and of course, a lot of money. But fur parents know that these will all be worth it once you’re united with your pet upon arriving in Australia.

Samantha Baluyot

Sam joined Remit this 2018. She is a Journalism graduate who loves to see the world in different point of views. Her goal in writing is to inspire her readers to have a better perspective and to live a meaningful life. She may look aloof but she’s a very friendly and a happy-go-lucky person.


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