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Step-by-step guides

​​If you intend to import cats, dogs or frozen canine semen into Australia you will need to ensure you comply with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources import conditions.

Please refer to the below step-by-step guides to help you understand the requirements relating to the different categories of approved countries. The material below is provided as a guide only; the import permit will contain the definitive import conditions. This page also has a guide to importing dogs and cats from non-approved countries.

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Group 1 Country: cats and dogs

New Zealand; Norfolk Island; Cocos Island

Dogs and cats from New Zealand and Norfolk Island do not require an import permit to enter Australia.

Cats from the Cocos (Keeling) Islands do require an import permit.

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Group 2 Country: cats and dogs

American Samoa, Bahrain, Barbados, Christmas Island, Cook Island, Falkland Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, Iceland, Japan, Kiribati Mauritius, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna

Group 2 countries are described as approved rabies-free countries and territories in and animals from these countries require an import permit to be eligible for import to Australia.

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Note: Some south Pacific Island countries with limited animal health services may not have a permanent government approved veterinarian present to perform the required blood testing, treatments or examinations. If prospective importers cannot locate a government approved veterinarian, they must contact the department well in advance of their proposed travel dates to discuss further options. In some cases, procedures completed by a regularly visiting foreign veterinarian or para-veterinarian may be acceptable.

Group 3 Country: cats and dogs

Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Canary and Balearic Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Malaysia (Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak only), Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Netherlands—Antilles & Aruba, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, the Republic of South Africa, Reunion, Saipan, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland (including Liechtenstein), Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States (including the district of Columbia, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands (but excluding Guam and Hawaii, Uruguay.

Group 3 countries are described as approved countries and territories in which rabies is absent or well-controlled and animals from these countries require an import permit to be eligible for import to Australia.

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Non-Approved Country via Group 2 or 3 country: cats and dogs

Animals from non-approved countries are not eligible for direct import to Australia. The information in the below guide provides details of what preparation is required to import your animal from a non-approved country.

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Frozen canine semen from Approved Countries

If you intend to import frozen canine semen from New Zealand or another approved country into Australia, you must comply with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources import conditions. 

Frozen canine semen from non-approved countries is not eligible for import into Australia.

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American Samoa, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Christmas Island, Cook Islands, the Republic of Croatia, Curacao, the Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, the Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Kiribati, the Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia (Excl. Federal Territory of Labuan), Malta, Mauritius, the Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Niue, North Mariana Islands (Saipan only), Norway, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Reunion, Saba, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, the Republic of South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu,  United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, United States Virgin Islands, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna Islands.

Frozen canine semen from Non-approved countries

Frozen canine semen from non-approved countries is not eligible for import into Australia.

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We recommend you check our website regularly for up‐to‐date information as import conditions can and may change without notice.