How to immigrate with your Pet from South Africa to Australia
The process of shipping a pet to Australia requires a lot of preparation. Good news is that you do not need to do it alone! At PETport our team of experts will make sure you know everything you need to make the move to Australia problem-free.
The requirements for bringing your pet into Australia is dependant on what ‘group’ the country you are coming from falls into. South Africa is a group 3 country which means it is a part of the approved countries or territories where rabies is absent or well-controlled.
- Valid Vaccinations (5in1 for Dogs; 3in1 for Cats) – over 30 days less than 12 months
- Valid Rabies Vaccination – over 30 days less than 12 months
- Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titration Test (RNATT)
Entry to Australia may only take place a minimum of 6 months after the bleed date for the Rabies Titre blood test that yields a valid test result
There are numerous additional blood tests and treatments for dogs and cats that need to be carried out in the last 45 days prior to departure. A detailed and personalised export schedule will be provided by PETport on setting of exact travel dates which will show the specific testing and treatments required before departure done at very specific timings to coincide travel dates.
Most frequent questions and answers
The standard stay in quarantine for dogs and cats is 10 days. This is the minimum period; there is a chance a longer stay may be required. (The rules are only slightly different for assistance dogs, with the option for an isolated stay at a nominated address.)
When the standard quarantine stay for dogs in Australia was longer, it was possible to visit your pet during their stay in quarantine. With the reduced stay to 10 days, it is no longer possible.
You can import your cat or dog to Australia. You must apply for an Australian import permit for your animal and the animal must meet all Australian import conditions from the approved exporting country.
- Start planning at least 7 months before your move. …
- Visit your vet and inform them that you’re moving your pet to Australia. …
- Get your pet micro-chipped. …
- Get your pet vaccinated against rabies. …
- Get your pet tested for rabies. …
- Get your vet to complete an RNAT test declaration. …
- Apply and pay for your import permit.