Bringing cats and dogs to Australia

COVID-19 IMPACT ON CAT AND DOG ARRIVALS INTO MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

A notice regarding the impact of local COVID-19 restrictions in the state of Victoria on cat and dog arrivals at Melbourne International Airport has been published on the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website and can be accessed via the following link:

https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2020/121-2020 

COVID-19 IMPACT ON CAT AND DOG IMPORTS TO AUSTRALIA

A notice regarding the impact the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 on cat and dog imports has been published on the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website and can be accessed via the following link:

https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2020/45-2020


Cats and dogs can be imported to Australia under strict conditions designed​ to manage biosecurity risks. For the import conditions applicable, view the step-by-step guides.

I​f your country of export does not appear in the list of Group 1, 2, or 3 countries, you will need to prepare your animal usi​ng the non-approved country via Group 2 or 3 country step-by-step guide.

You will not require a permit to import a cat or dog from New Zealand or Norfolk Island, however conditions apply.

If you wish to import reproductive material or animals other than cats or dogs, view Live animals and reproductive material information.

SUSPENSION OF DIRECT IMPORTATION OF DOGS AND CATS, AND CANINE SEMEN FROM MALAYSIA TO AUSTRALIA

Direct import of cats and dogs from Malaysia into Australia is now suspended. For further information please see the Biosecurity (Suspended Goods—Cats and Dogs Malaysia) Determination 2020.

Malaysia is now considered a non-approved country and cats and dogs from Malaysia must be imported via an approved country. Please follow the step-by-step guides for importing cats and dogs from a non-approved country for further details.

It is no longer possible to import canine semen from Malaysia as it is now a non-approved country for this purpose. Please see the step by step guides for importing frozen canine semen from approved countries.

 
 
Last reviewed: 31 July 2020
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