Returning Your Pet to Australia

Cats and dogs returning to Australia AQIS – the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service –
cannot guarantee that dogs and cats exported from Australia will be eligible for re-import. Please consider this carefully before exporting your pet.

This is largely due to the fact that exported animals may be exposed to exotic diseases and therefore may not be able to meet the AQIS import requirements. Dogs and cats that are eligible for re-import MUST complete a minimum of 30 days quarantine upon return to Australia, as once exported cats and dogs immediately relinquish their Australian status.

Animals must be resident in the country of export for six months before being eligible to return to Australia, under the conditions of that country. If you wish to re-import your pet within six months of export, preparations must be made prior to leaving Australia. You can find details about these preparations under: