Taking your pets to Australia

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If you are moving from New Zealand to Australia and would like to take your pet with you, there are a few things to be aware of before making preparations. Cats and dogs from many countries must spend time in quarantine and isolation before being allowed into the country with their owners, but fortunately, pet owners from New Zealand are not required to obtain an import permit from the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS).

Generally, all cats and dogs may enter Australia from New Zealand as long as they meet the following criteria:

  • Your pet must have lived in New Zealand for a period of at least 90 days before being sent to Australia. Pets that have been quarantined for 60 days prior to being sent to Australia are not eligible.
  • Your pet must be 8 weeks old or older.
  • Your cat or dog may not be more than three weeks pregnant or presently nursing.
  • The following dogs and cats are exempted from eligibility: Dogo Argentino, Fila Brazileiro, Japanese Tosa, American Pitt Bull, Pitt Bull Terrier, Perro de Presa Canario, Presa Canario, hybrid animals, and cats derived from Felis serval.

In addition to these eligibility requirements, you must present documentation showing the age, breed, and sex of the cat or dog. Not only this, but Australia requires that you present a documentation from a veterinarian that certifies that the animal is healthy and has been properly vaccinated.

Finally, when you ship your cat or dog to Australia, you must use shipping containers that meet certain requirements for animal transport. First of all, the cage or crate has to be able to keep the pet from escaping. Also, the packaging must have adequate ventilation with the proviso that the cat or dog cannot fit his paws or snout through the wall of the container. The crate must also have adequate room for the dog or cat to move and stand freely.

If you have any questions about taking your pet to Australia during a move, you can consult with your local veterinarian or contact the AQIS for more information.

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