Australia Quarantine and Inspection Service
+61 2 6272-4454
Australia has very strict rules on the importation of animals, controlling the types of animals that can come in and the countries they come from. The rules are set by the Australian Quarantine and inspection Service (AQIS).
As a general guide – dogs, cats and horses may be brought in from the United States, subject to quarantine controls, at least 30 days after arrival. Other household pets, such as hamsters, guinea pigs, caged birds, etc are prohibited. You are responsible for paying fees and accommodation for your pet while in quarantine.
All animals entering Australia require an import permit, issued by AQIS. To obtain an import permit, an application to import your pet must be completed. Your application must include your pet’s microchip number. An import permit will be returned to you. The import permit contains Veterinary Certificate A and B which must be completed and endorsed by an Official Veterinarian in the country of export prior to the arrival of your pet in Australia. The steps below provide information for completing the entire import process.
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