A Guide to Moving Your Pet to Australia

Once you have decided to leave your country and move to Australia, you need to start thinking about your relocation process as soon as possible so that you have enough time to plan everything. Moving to another country is, more often than not, a rather complicated process which requires you to think about all kinds of stuff. You need to find a place to live, you have to find a job, to learn about the country and its etiquette, etc. When you decide on these things, you need to find the right long distance moving company which will help you with your relocating. Well, you might have just found the best one – with My International Movers you don’t have to worry about eye-watering prices or inappropriate moving service. All you need to do is contact our professional movers and we’ll be there for you.

Get the Paperwork Done

However, before you take any of the aforementioned steps, you need to think about all the paperwork. No matter how tedious and long the process may seem, you just have to make sure you’ve got all the necessary documentation before you get down to packing your boxes and booking a flight. In case you have a pet, this process is even more complicated and somewhat longer, which is why it’s of high importance that you do some research on the subject as soon as possible. If you are moving to Australia, you need to be particularly careful with all requirements for moving with your furry friend, for the conditions are rather strict. But, don’t worry, we are here to help you with this, too. In this article, you can learn all you need to know before getting on a plane with your little puppy or a cat. Just follow the instructions, all you’re good to go.

The first thing you should bear in mind is that you should start the preparations for moving your pet to Australia at least several months before the actual moving date. Don’t put it off until the last minute, because gathering all the necessary papers for your pet takes quite some time, and there’s always a chance that you might have missed something, so you should make sure you have enough time to check everything and take care of whatever it’s missing just in time. You don’t want to be forced to leave your cute little cat/dog just because you were too lazy to start with preparations on time, do you?

Pet Restrictions in Australia

As you might have noticed, we haven’t mentioned any pets other than cats and dogs. It’s not that we forgot that people keep all kinds of animals as pets, but in Australia, for the time being, it’s only allowed to import these two. As previously mentioned, they have some rather strict rules when it comes to moving to their country, and this is just one of those. So in case you have a rabbit or a hamster, make peace with the fact that they are not welcome in Australia.


Now, take a look at the following steps required if you own a dog.

1. Before you get to the paperwork, in case your dog does not have a microchip, it has to have one implanted. This is the first condition you need to fulfill, because whatever documentation is required, it has to be labeled with your dog’s microchip number.

2. Once you have ensured that your dog has a microchip, you need to make sure it receives an inactivated rabies virus vaccine. Don’t forget that you’ll also need your vet to give you the certification of the period of validity.

3. The next step is rabies antibody titer test. The test will be administered by a USDA accredited vet and the results will show whether the level of rabies antibody is adequate (0.5 IU/ml or above).

4. Once they have checked your dog’s blood sample, your furry friend has to spend 190 days in quarantine. It’s important to know that it can spend up to 180 days in quarantine in your own country, but for the last 10 days it has to be sent to a quarantine facility in Australia (Mickleham, Victoria).

5. Before you get on a plane with your dog, your vet has to check on it and confirm that it is healthy enough to travel. You just can’t go anywhere without your dog’s health certificate.

6. Once again, you will have to look for a USDA accredited vet, this time for parasite treatments.

7. When the vet has made sure your dog is parasite-free, you will get an international health certificate. And then, you’re good to go.


When it comes to cats, the process is pretty much the same.

1. The first thing you should do before even considering bringing your cat to Australia is that it is eligible to live there. Be careful if you own a cat that is a domestic/non-domestic hybrid or the one that’s over 30 days pregnant, for these are not eligible for transport to Australia.

2. When you make sure your cat is eligible, remember that, just like a dog, it has to have a microchip implanted.

3. Again, rabies vaccination is at the top of the list of priorities. In case your cat has already received this vaccine, you still have to bring a certification of the period of its validity.

4. The rabies antibody titer test is the next step, and the appropriate level of rabies antibody is the same for cats and dogs (0.5 IU/ml or above).

5. Just like dogs, cats also have to spend 190 days in quarantine.

6. You gave to bring a health certificate signed by your vet before getting on a plane. Remember most airline agencies are very strict about this and they won’t let you on a plane unless they are sure your cat is healthy enough to travel.

7. Finally, don’t forget about the international health certificate, which can be approved only after the parasite treatments.

As you can see, moving your pet to Australia is quite an intricate process, but, you’ll agree, it’s still worth it. Whether you own a cat or a dog, we’re sure they’ll find Australia just as enjoyable as you sure will.