Bringing cats and dogs to Australia


Read the latest advice regarding the impact of Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions on cat and dog arrivals at Melbourne International Airport.

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. Malaysia is no longer an approved country for the import of live cats and dogs to Australia. Cats and dogs from Malaysia must be imported to Australia via an approved country.

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. It is no longer possible to import canine semen from Malaysia to Australia.

Transhipment via Sydney to Post-Entry Quarantine, Melbourne

Cats and dogs may now be transhipped via Sydney to the Post-Entry Quarantine Facility in Melbourne, under limited circumstances and subject to eligibility. This temporary arrangement between the Department and Qantas airlines is available to cat and dog owners when there is no option for them to fly directly to Melbourne.

All other import conditions must be met in full, including completion of a minimum 10 day quarantine isolation period in the Australian Government Post-Entry Quarantine Facility in Melbourne.

Where a direct international service into Melbourne is not operating, pet owners will need to contact a local pet travel specialist to arrange their pet travel, and apply to the department for specific permission to use this arrangement ( Pet owners will also need to pay any additional costs associated with this new arrangement. The option to use Sydney as a transfer port is contingent upon available capacity and services for connections into Melbourne. Where there is an identified need, QANTAS will work with the department on making suitable arrangements for transfer flights.

Last reviewed: 22 September 2020
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