Taking Pets to Australia

1 April 2013
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Introduction

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 a number of countries, subject to quarantine controls. Other household pets, such as hamsters, guinea pigs, ferrets, caged birds, etc are generally prohibited. Note that you can buy these animals from pet shops or breeders in Australia, it's just that you can't bring them in as pets.

Some caged birds may be imported from New Zealand only - more on that at www.daff.gov.au/aqis/cat-dogs.

Other animals can only be imported for scientific or commercial purposes and as such are subject to very strict guidelines - more on that from the link above.

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