Bringing cats and dogs to Australia

SUSPENSION OF DIRECT IMPORTATION OF DOGS AND CATS 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.


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.

 
 
Last reviewed: 11 March 2020
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